All my nieces and nephews are requesting money as gifts. This saves me a lot of shopping but I would like some creative ways of giving it to them. Any and all ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Ronda from Decatur, AL
I think a fun way would be to do some money origami. You can find sites if you search the web. I made some gifts that way this past year for fathers day....folded the money to look like a button-up shirt, and there are others too. It was fun for me and the receivers! (11/20/2005)
Someone else posted this on ThriftyFun a few days ago, and I thought it was a wonderful idea. Go to the bank and get crisp brand-new bills (for example, get 20 $1 bills if you want to give the person $20). Then take them to a print shop like Kinkos, and have them put rubber edging along one side to make a notepad-like thing. The kids will get a kick out of "tearing off" sheets of money to pay for things at the store. (11/20/2005)
Here are some cool ideas:
Buy a toy piggy bank or combination lock bank and fill it with cash as a smart way to teach kids to start saving money.
Cut a small tree branch with lots of smaller branches coming off the main one. Mix plaster of Paris with water for a stiff consistency and add it to a flower pot or other container. If you are using a terra-cotta pot make sure you cover the bottom drainage hole with plastic wrap or tape before filling it with the plaster. Next, insert the tree branch and let it harden overnight. Using hot glue add Spanish moss to cover the top of the plaster. You can also hot glue silk plant leaves to the branches for a realistic effect. Last, tie money bills to the tree branches for a unusual gift. (11/20/2005)
By Stacey Silva
I took an idea from the "Harriet Carter" type gift books. They had a box with special tape and you tape together 10-20 one dollar bills end to end and then roll them up and put them in the box and they pull it out in one big line. We took a small birthday (you could use Christmas) gift bag, used regular tape to tape our bills together end to end and then put a "Pull Here" tab attached to the last dollar. We rolled it up and put it in the bag and stuck the "pull here" out of the top and put a small piece of tape on either side so the bag wouldn't come open. The recipient loved it! (11/20/2005)
One year I gave my nephews money for Christmas. I carefully took labels on off canned carrots (they hate them), put the money around the can and then glued the label back on (be careful so you don't get any glue on the money. I then wrapped the cans. It was a lot of fun to see them open the package. They knew something "was up". It took a long time before they figured it out. (11/20/2005)
For our young niece, on one gift giving event, we took all $1 bills and just placed them in her card. My sister said you should have seen the look on our niece's face when she quickly jerked the card, from the envelope and all the single bills fell to the floor!! Sis said it was a great moment & our niece felt like she'd won the jackpot! The same could be done for teenagers, I'm sure. (11/21/2005)
I called the bank and order two dollar bills. Sometimes I put them in a nice wood box or cookie jar. You will be remembered when they use the two dollar bills! (11/22/2005)
We did this one time for a b-day gift we got 50 ones taped them together and stuffed them in a kleenex box and wrapped it up really pretty! OMG you should have seem the face on that child when he opened it up just to see a BOX LOL (11/27/2005)
Insert $1 bills into a balloon and fill it with helium. The kids have a blast popping them and scooping up the cash. (12/01/2005)
By Debra Gagnon
I have been giving money in creative way for some time now. My cousins son was into farming so I took some ones, fives and rolled them up and inserted them partially into clear straws (really you only need about 1/2 inch straw pieces just enough to keep them rolled). I then made a little farm inside a box with a toy tractor, barn, and toy animals. I made a field using foam and covered it with dirt then I inserted the money. On the card enclosed was the statement "Money doesn't grow on trees, It grows on the farm". The next year another child was into dirt bikes so I did the same thing but made a dirt bike track instead of the farm, using the money for jumps and toy motorcycles. Each year the children look forward to find I drew their name for Christmas. (12/11/2005)
When I was 5, my great uncle gave me 25 Snickers bars wrapped with $1 bills. I don't remember what else I got that year, but I remember that gift and always smile. Every kid loves money and candy!!! (05/02/2006)
By Jen Pen
i had a friend give this to my daughter....she took the money (however much you are giving) and put it into a ziplock bag the froze it into a block of ice.. she called it COLD HARD CASH! when you get to the party insist you have to put something in the freezer to help the money stay in its frozen block of ice. (07/18/2006)
We used a 10 pack set of play-doh(small containers). I emptied the play-doh out and we filled them each with $1.00 bills for a younger child. They absolutely loved it and had fun opening all the cans. I put in the card, "It's not doh you play with, it's not dough you eat, it's dough you spend!" Everyone thought it was such a cute idea. (09/28/2006)
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