I love to give gifts. Whether to my kids, other family members, friends, neighbors…I love it. My husband always makes the joke that if we were really rich, we’d still be broke. That means I have to get creative when I go on a gift-giving spree.
Surprises can come in all shapes and sizes, but that doesn’t mean they have to cost an arm and a leg. You can still treat your kids to something fun without having to spend a dime! These 10 surprises are not only a ton of fun, but your kids will love them!
Spa day at home
Spa days don’t have to just be for mom! Make a fun bubble bath and let them sip on sparkling grape juice. You can even do manicures and pedicures if you have daughters or just do a foot soak with your kids. It’s a great way to relax together!
Have a surprise play date
Don’t tell them a friend is dropping by and let it be a fun surprise! You can plan a whole afternoon of fun for them and their friends. Make some special treats for them and they’ll love you and the time they spend with their friends.
Create your own holiday
Who says you need a calendar holiday to celebrate? Make up your own holiday and do something fun. You can have everything from activities, crafts, to food that you create right at home.
Go on a scavenger hunt
Create your own scavenger hunt and have your kids look for items around the house or outside. If you need some inspiration, these Christmas Scavenger Hunts will help get you started! Have an afternoon of fun planned for your kids and a prize at the end if you want to.
Let your kids pick for the day
Choose a day and let it be a kid’s choice day. Let each kid pick something for the day. Whether it’s an activity you do or what meal you eat. Make sure you give each child a pick to make it fair.
Have a movie night
Surprise your child with a fun movie night. It can be a new movie that came out at Redbox, or a favorite movie you own! Join the Redbox newsletter to watch for free codes! You can have popcorn, soda, and other goodies at home to make the movie night a success.
Themed dinner night
Dress up for the occasion or even create a restaurant atmosphere right in your own home. Set up candles, put on music, and enjoy some good food right at home.
Go camping in the backyard
Tell your kids to grab their sleeping bags and have a fun camping vacation right in your own backyard. Make s’mores and tell silly or spooky stories by the campfire.
Host a game show night
Dress up and have a game show night. Pick a fun game show you can play as a family and make a night of it. You can easily make a deal or no deal board with sticky notes or suitcases if you want to. Have the whole family participate and take turns being the host.
Make a surprise treat
Whether it’s a pan of brownies, their favorite cookies they can decorate or a seasonal pie – they’ll love seeing a surprise treat show up unannounced. Maybe let them in the kitchen to help you bake for some added bonding!
Surprising your kids don’t just have to be for those with extra room in their budget. All of these surprises won’t cost you anything but your time.
What’s your best surprise that doesn’t cost a dime?