Gift Wrapping Money
We exchange money a lot at our house for the holidays. It may seem crazy but the adults and older kids are always saving for something so we would rather give them the cash to help pay for it than some trinket they won’t use.
Just because we give cash doesn’t mean that we can’t do it in a creative way. There are lots of ways to give cash and the receiver will never know it’s cash by looking at the gift.
As with all the gifts we give each other, we put some thought into it. Here are a few of the many ways we’ve given cash:
- In a piggy bank. The kids wanted a "real" piggy bank. So mom got them one and put some money in it.
- Mom made my nephew his favorite cake (Boston cream pie) for his 16th birthday and made 16 "candles" out of money. (We didn’t burn them of course!
- I gave Mike $50 for Christmas to go toward the digital camera he wanted. The catch. I gave it to him all in PENNIES!!
- Get their favorite candy, like a bag of M&M’s and make the wrapping paper out of cash! Just tape the ends of the bills together. I usually use one dollar bills. It’s always a huge hit!
- Mom found a monster faced Peep candy in a jar after Halloween for .25. My son loves Peeps. She folded the one dollar bills like a fan and taped them to the top of the head for "hair".
- I gave Mike and my brother cash one year for their digital toys. I got a piece of plywood and made a heart of out one dollar bills for Mike and a Superman logo out of one dollar bills for my brother.
- One year for my son I taped 20 one dollar bills end to end and gently folded them into a new cat coffee mug. He loves cats and coffee! Then when he pulled it out there was a huge string of ones!
- My sister in law gave my son some of his favorite coffee creamer. She folded a $10 bill and put it into the top so when he opened the pour spout he saw a "10."
- Treasure Hunt- We stuffed a box full of 20 one dollar bills. Then we put a clue in another small box he opened and we sent him on a treasure hunt. When he came back, the gift with the bills was wrapped and on the table ready for him to open.
- Mom found a huge clear jug and filled it with one dollar bills for our son. She put a label on the outside that said, "Millionaire Jar".
- Mom found a new "expensive, never used money clip" for $1 at yard sale. Then she clipped some money in it and gave it to her grandson.
- Mike needed a new wallet so Mom put some money inside of it and gave it to him.
- I wrapped some Hershey’s chocolate syrup (Mike’s favorite) and put money around it to buy ice cream later because I couldn’t get it right then.
- For a 16 year old saving for a car: Get a hot wheels car and wrap it up with some money.
- Mom got my son a ledger to keep track of his money. She put one dollar bills all through out the pages.
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