Giving cash doesn’t have to be boring! Here are some creative ways to give money as a gift, either for Christmas or other times of the year:
Creative Way to Give Money #1: Money Tree
A “Money Tree” (pictured above) is a cute Christmas table decoration as well as a gift. It’s pretty easy and takes less than 15 minutes! Start with a small terra cotta pot, some floral foam, a dowel stick and a styrofoam cone. Simply pin your dollar bills to the styrofoam to make the tree’s branches. Add a little moss at the base of the tree, and a star on top. It’s very festive!
Creative Way to Give Money #2: Play “Dough”
Reuse a Play-Doh container to hide money in as a gift. This gift idea works great as a stocking stuffer! Add a gift tag that says something like, “Here’s some ‘dough’ to play with this Christmas” for a funny play on words.
Creative Way to Give Money #3: Rubber Band Ball
Wad up the money you’re giving as a gift and start wrapping rubber bands around it. Keep wrapping until you have a nice big ball of rubber bands! Then wrap up the rubber band ball with the money inside and give that as a gift.
Creative Way to Give Money #4: Canned Goods
Use a canned food item to hide your cash gift! If there’s a food your recipient particularly hates, be sure to use that for extra laughs. Use a knife to slit the label at the back of the can, near the glued seam. Peel the label away from the can (on the side without glue) and slip the money underneath the label. Carefully glue the loose end of the label back in place, without gluing the money.
A bill fits perfectly around a regular sized can without getting in the way of the glued area.
Creative Way to Give Money #5: Money Pad
Make a “money pad” by glue a stack of bills together on one end. This is an easy and fun way to give cash as a gift. All you need is white school glue and money. New bills work best. I’ve done this, and the glue does not ruin your money! Kids especially will enjoy peeling the bills off the stack as they use them.
Stack up a pile of bills neatly. Place something heavy, like a stack of books, very close to the end you want to glue. Apply the glue to the very edge of the stack of bills and allow to dry (mine took about an hour). The bills will peel off individually, like a notepad.
You could also add a cardboard base to your money pad (cut a rectangle from a cereal box) or a note to the recipient on top of the money stack. I recommend using $1 bills, to make a more impressive stack. The money pad pictured is 20 bills and it’s not very big.
Creative Way to Give Money #6: A Box in a Box – NOT!
This is a fun twist on the box-in-a-box gift idea. Wrap up a box within a box, within a box. Fill in the space with tissue paper, crumpled newspaper, grocery bags, junk, whatever you like. As the gift is opened, the recipient will dig through for the “real” gift, only to find nothing at all! Then you pull the money out of your wallet and say, “oops, guess I forgot to wrap it!”
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