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Creative ways to give cash gifts

By on July 22, 2010

Money can be a great gift: You know the recipient will use it. But you can be more thoughtful and creative than simply sticking it in a card or stuffing it in a plain envelope. Jazz it up by wrapping it in a more personalized and fun way. How have you given cash as a gift?
Here are a few fun ideas.

money origami

INSIDE A BOOK OR CALENDAR:

You can slip money into various pages of a book. Use paper clips so it doesn’t fall out. Or tape money inside of a magazine or onto each month of a calendar.

IN A BOX:

Use a cereal box, candy box (M&M Minis tubes are great for holding quarters), juice box, deck of cards, etc., as a fun way to wrap your gift. You can place a box inside a box inside a box to disguise it, or add shredded paper to a shoebox, roll dollar bills and tie them, and put them in the box hidden in the shredded paper. One reader, Paula from Kentucky, shares: “A couple of years ago, I got $100 in fives, pulled all the tissues out of a small, cubed tissue box, taped the fives end to end, rolled them up, stuffed them in the tissue box and taped a tissue to the end of the money roll. I made sure the tissue hung out slightly from the box. I found one of those plain white labels and wrote: ‘It SNOT your regular tissue.’ Imagine my son’s confusion when he opened his beautifully wrapped gift and found a box of tissues! I said, “I’m sure you could just cry, go ahead and grab a tissue.” Now, imagine his surprise when he grabs the tissue and out comes money! Last year, I bought a 100 count box of security envelopes, put a $100 bill in one, then put it back into the box with the other envelopes.”

WRAPPED IN CLOTHING:

Tuck money into items such as gloves, socks, a hat, shoes or slippers.

FOLD IT UP:

There are many money origami directions for making money roses, shirts, rings, butterflies, etc. Visit www.members.cox.net/crandall11/money and www.lisashea.com/japan/origami/index.html.

4-, 6- OR 12-PACK BEVERAGES:

Tape money onto bottles of drinks that come in pack carriers. It’s hidden from plain sight, but can be seen when lifted from the packaging. Empty bottles such as Starbucks frappuccino bottles and their cardboard carriers can be decorated and filled with candies and small gifts, including money.

CLEAR ORNAMENTS:

Wrap the money around a pen or roll it in your hands, and use a tweezer to place it into a clear glass ornament.

ON A ROLL:

Unroll a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. Print or buy fake money and tape it along with real dollar bills intermittently on a roll of toilet paper or paper towels. Roll it back up and tie a ribbon around it and a bow on top, or wrap it in wrapping paper.

MISCELLANEOUS CONTAINERS:

Be creative. Money can be placed into empty containers, such as shampoo bottles, under a candy bar wrapper, in an egg carton (you can reuse plastic Easter eggs) or a picture frame, etc. Another reader, Vail from Washington, shares: “I gave my daughter her birthday money once by going to yard sales and buying every lame CD I could find. I don’t think I paid more than about 10 cents for any of them. Then I put a $10 bill inside each CD case. Watching her struggle to find something nice to say about the Dean Martin Christmas album was priceless.”

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4 Comments

  1. Grampa Ken ranting for change

    7/25/2010 at 3:27 pm

    Nice ideas Sara. We have given the Grandkids ‘piggy’ banks partly filled. And foreign currency in a card to their parents when they have a trip planned, as a recent one to Spain.
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  2. Karin

    11/22/2010 at 2:37 am

    I gave the monkeypodgames magic box. It is a real fun way to give money. The person receiving it has to figure out the trick to opening the box.

  3. Mama Kelly aka Jia

    12/4/2010 at 10:17 pm

    As a little girl an uncle of mine gave me a dollar, but first he folded it into a ring. That ring was so magical to me that I never did spend it. To this day its tucked into one of my “Treasure” boxes.

  4. darlene

    10/19/2011 at 8:47 pm

    One year for Christmas for my three daughters I hid money in a small pull-top can of beans and weenies (Walmart). I opened the cansfrom the bottom using a side opening can opener. I then cleaned out the contents and refilled with some sugar (to make heavy). Then I added money and re-glued the bottom back on so you couldn’t tell it had been opened. I put the cans in the girl’s stockings. It was really funny to see them looking puzzled– ‘yeah, Mom’s really lost it–beans n weenies in our stockings this year’. I told them times were tough. As it turned out one of them was hungry and opened her can expecting a snack–surprise! It was a hoot!

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