Sometimes the best gift is money. But, if you are at all like me, you don’t always like to just slide cash into a card and sign your name. Placing a $20 bill in a card is so boring!
I took to the Internet to see what I could find and/or create myself to turn cash into fun, thoughtful gifts. I’ve tracked down several ideas here – and even included a few of my own money gift ideas.
Most of the pictures show graduation gift ideas, but with a few changes of the wording or colors, you could use them for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day … anytime you want to give someone the gift of money!
Many of these fun ideas work well with teens, because when it comes to giving them gifts, money is usually at the top of their list. And, let’s face it, that is simpler than trying to find them something they want!
CREATIVE WAYS TO GIVE MONEY
Most gift recipients love a good surprise. Here are a few creative ways to give someone a cash gift – that doesn’t look like it at first glance.
What a sneaky way to give a child money! Grab a box of crayons and wrap each with a dollar bill. Add a coloring book in the package and they’ll have no idea they get money — until they open the box! (Source: Esmaloda)
Another fun one for kids: money balloons! Pop the balloons and claim the cash inside.
Fortune cookies are super easy to make and so much fun!
Who says they’re just for Valentine’s Day? A creative money gift idea for Christmas, graduation or a birthday is an empty chocolate box — filled with cash!
TANTALIZING PACKAGING FOR MONEY GIFTS
With these ideas, it’s all about some unique, showy presentation.
This is a cake that won’t add any calories to your diet! Get the instructions on how to make a money cake (it’s easier than you’d think).
This funny money gift idea will make the recipient work to get their cash! (Wouldn’t this be the perfect graduation gift idea?!!) (idea courtesy of Runt of the Web)
There is nothing quite like “cold hard cash!” Isn’t this a funny money gift idea?!? You’ll probably want to put the money in a plastic bag before you freeze it, though! (Courtesy of ShortStopBlog)
A money box — it’s the gift that gifts bill after bill!
Make them work for it! A money maze box will make them use their brain before they get their gift of cash or a gift card. Order one HERE.
Grab a bottle and make a money soda!
Money and candy bottles work for everyone!! This is an easy one to make in bulk during the holiday season, whether you need something for teen nieces and nephews or all the people you want to give end-of-year tips to.
Get your fold on by making all sorts of origami shapes out of bills! Get an origami book and get creative — order one HERE!
Is origami too much folding for you? Give them a money book!
FUNNY SAYINGS TO PUT ON MONEY GIFTS
Pair your packaging with with a little wordplay to give someone a chuckle along with their money!
A creative way to give a “money pizza” from Making Memories with your Kids.
Don’t “blow” it all in one place! A clever gift idea to give money to just about anyone! Get the instructions from Good Housekeeping.
This is a clever gift idea! In case of emergency — break glass! No creative skills required to make this one!
Another really cute idea is this money light bulb. The future DOES look bright! (via Good Housekeeping)
Who doesn’t love a little “dough” as a gift?!
FUN MONEY GIFTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Here’s a handful of graduation gift ideas.
College students need quarters for vending machines and laundry, so this water bottle full of quarters would make a great graduation gift!
Make a money lei! Your graduate may not get a trip to Hawaii…but at least they’ll feel like it!
What better gift for graduation and a box of “dollar diplomas!” (via STL Dispatch)
Make a fun chain as a graduation money gift!
Create a money notepad for the grad or a birthday!
A few ideas for Mother’s Day that can last longer than a traditional bouquet…
Flowers always make someone feel special — especially when they sprout bills!
A cute idea for giving money is to make a money tree topiary! You can get the instructions over at Sugar Bee Crafts.
Finally, for a truly special occasion like a wedding, milestone anniversary, or retirement, check out this showstopper!
If you feel really ambitious, this money rosette would be awesome to make!