Elaine is an avid crafter who enjoys celebrating holidays with beautiful DIY decorations and gifts.
Fun and Clever Ways to Give Money for Christmas
Many people like to give money for Christmas so that the recipient can choose what they spend it on. Teenagers are particularly fond of this gift and it can be so hard to keep up with the latest trends and tastes so it's the perfect option. However, it's not as fun as an actual gift since the surprise element is gone.
There are some really great ways to disguise cash to keep your recipient in suspense and give them a lovely surprise. For example, you could make a shirt out of money and place it in a shirt box or even hide it inside a pizza box. So, for the person who has everything or is just hard to buy for–check out these ideas and choose your favorite.
Money really does grow on this tree. You can make a tree shape from a cone or purchase a styrofoam cone for your base. Use a curling iron at the bottom of the bills and attach them using glue dots, or something that will ensure they stick but do not rip. You could then place it in a gift box or gift bag.
For a cute way to give money for Christmas, make up a hamper of treats and wrap the cash around the candy. You could purchase their favorite snacks and candy; this is also a nice way of ensuring you have a little gift besides money to give them.
Hide the Money in Toilet Paper
Your recipient will get a hoot from this gift. Hide cash inside a roll of toilet paper and wrap it in cellophane wrapping paper. You can print out a label saying “In Case You Get Crap for Christmas” and place that on the front (or you can buy a pre-made version online). Finish with a nice festive ribbon.
Looking for a last-minute gift? How about a little bit of "Gingerbread Dough?" You can add a little saying such as "So instead of the cookies, I ties with a bow, your own personal serving of Gingerbread dough."
For a creative way to give money to teenagers for Christmas... Hide it in balloons! You could get special foil ones and each one could have a different amount in it, almost like a money pinata.
What a fun way to give money as a present–make it into a shirt and place it in a shirt box. They will think that they are getting clothes, when in fact they will be receiving a wad of cash to purchase what they like.
This is such a jolly way to present a cash gift. You could either make or purchase a little stocking and fill it with cash. On the front place a message such as "Ho Ho Ho, here's a little holiday dough."
Baubles are a fantastic way to present all sorts of gifts, from jewelry to candy and even cash. Usually, you can purchase baubles with a little gift box so this is a very clever way to disguise your cash gift.
If they love their fast food, then why not present their cash as "money chips." You can roll up as many notes as you like, and finish with a cute little shiny ornament. This is definitely the kind of takeout anybody would love to receive.
For a cute pun, gift your cash in a pizza box and write on the inside of the box, "The best part of the pizza is the $ $ DOUGH $ $." This gift could be used for any occasion such as graduation, birthdays, and more.
Build a Snowman
Take inspiration from the movie Frozen for this idea. "Do you Want to Melt (pop) A Snowman?". This is such an adorable way to give cash. Fill two white balloons with cash and tie them together. Add details such as a sparkly orange pom pom for the nose and use a ribbon to make the scarf. Make a poem telling the recipient that they must pop the snowman with their seat–no hands, tools, or feet.
Display money on a holiday wreath. It can be made as big or small as you like, depending on how many notes you use. Simply arrange the cash in a circular shape and attach them onto a wreath form using glue dots. Finish with a pretty bow.
Re-purpose a tissue box to look like Santa's coat. Wrap it in red paper and Wrap a big black bow around the middle for the belt. Make a sparkly buckle using silver glitter card stock to finish it off. Tape $1 bills together and place them so they are coming out of the slit.
Never underestimate the power of a gift box when it comes to gifting. This is a great last-minute idea to disguise your cash gift. Wrap the notes with ribbon and place them inside the box. You can pick out a really nice sparkly box to make it extra special.
This is a super cute way to give dollars. Disguise the notes as trees in their card by folding them into triangles and adding star stickers on the top. See several more examples of these money trees in the photo gallery at the end of this article.
Even More Ideas
If you're still looking for creative ways to give money for Christmas, check out the photo gallery below. If you have any of your own ideas or gift-giving tips, feel free to share them in the comments!