Think about what the person you're making the I.O.U.s for would be interested in. Some examples would be:
- Household Chores: Mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, washing the windows, cleaning the gutters, washing the car, raking leaves, shovelling snow, cooking dinner, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, ironing, etc.
- Fun Things: Movie of your choosing, babysit the kids so they can enjoy some free time, drive in the country, backrub, manicure, romantic evening out, etc.
The possibilities for these Christmas I.O.U.s are endless: use your imagination.
The I.O.U.s can be simply written on small pieces of evenly-sized different colored construction paper and placed in a decorated basket. Another alternative is to use a three-hole punch to make holes in the paper and then use a ribbon to bind the pages together and present the I.O.U.s as a coupon book (decorate the outside of the book by drawing on christmas shapes or cutting out small christmas-related pictures from magazines or old Christmas Cards. These I.O.U.s can be redeemed at any time during the year; however you can put an expiry date on them to be sure that they're used up before getting some new ones next Christmas. :-)
Here are some Free Printable IOU's