Fun Printable Christmas Gift Certificates & Ideas

Updated January 31, 2019
Christmas gift certificate

Gift certificates often top lists of most wanted Christmas gifts. Create your own festive certificates that friends, family, and kids can redeem throughout the year for different services and activities using festive certificates.

Free Holiday Gift Certificates

To download and use the gift certificates below, you'll need Adobe Reader installed and working properly. Make sure your printing options are set for a horizontal or landscape setting before you print. Each certificate is 8.5 x 11 inches, so you'll need a festive envelope to fit the certificates once you fold them.

Gifts of Service

If you're stuck on ideas for using the certificates, consider making them for a service you can provide. Just a few ideas include:

  • Cleaning - Room, house, garage
  • Yard work - Mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, pulling weeds in the garden
  • Personal beauty services - Massage, bang trim, manicure or pedicure at home
  • Help with kids - Night of babysitting, carpool duty for a week or month, diaper changing for a week
  • Household chores - Cooking, dish washing, changing the sheets, laundry duty

If you have special skills, like you know how to install carpeting or you can decorate cakes beautifully, make your certificate for something related to those skills. Kids who give the gift of service should think about what they can reasonably do, like cleaning their rooms without complaining, before they fill out the certificates.

Activity Gifts

Not all gifts have to be services you perform. Instead, brainstorm things the recipient might like to do in the future and fill out the gift certificate with that in mind. Consider:

  • Events - Concerts, sports games, festivals, date night
  • Trips - Museum visits, weekend getaways, family vacation destination
  • Hobby activities - Camps, classes, lessons

The activity gift could be for just the recipient, the recipient plus yourself, or the whole family - these are customizable, so it's up to you!

Christmas Gift Certificate Template
Click to download.

Printable Christmas IOU

Sometimes, getting the right gift just doesn't work out before it's time to exchange presents, but you still want to give the recipient that particular item. In these cases, a printable Christmas IOU (I owe you) certificate is the perfect solution.

Click to download the IOU.
Click to download the Christmas IOU.

Like the other two gift certificates, the IOU prints on 8.5 x 11 paper in landscape format using Adobe.

Use the printed IOU in the following circumstances:

  • A gift is back-ordered.
  • The gift was delayed in shipping.
  • At the time you ordered it, the gift was out of stock but will be replenished after the holidays.
  • An item isn't available for sale until after the Christmas holiday.

Tips for Giving

Once you've decided that a printable Christmas gift certificate is the perfect present for the hard to buy for person on your list, follow these tips to make the gift memorable:

  • Fill the certificate out using a fancy font or your best handwriting.
  • Fold and place the certificate in a brightly colored, matching envelope.
  • Add a Christmas sticker to the envelope to seal it.

If you're using the certificate as a Christmas stocking stuffer, you're set. If you are giving it as the sole gift, consider placing it in a flat shirt box and wrapping it or adding a bow to the front of the envelope.

Personalized Presents

A gift certificate that you fill out is the most personalized present you can give during the holidays. Consider your skills and what the recipient's needs and wants are, and you're sure to come up with an idea that is fitting. They are perfect for gift giving regardless of whether the giver or recipient is an adult or child.

Fun Printable Christmas Gift Certificates & Ideas