Looking for some fun and creative ways to give money for Christmas or special occasions? We’ve got you covered!
Who doesn’t love cash when it comes to gifts? Cash is sometimes the best present. Giving cash allows your gift recipient to get whatever they want for Christmas. They can use that money to go towards anything they want and you don’t have to worry about getting something they won’t enjoy.
While we can simply give a card with cash inside of it for the holidays, it’s fun to mix it up and do something creative. Your gift recipient will love these gift ideas with money!
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Creative Ways to Give Money for Christmas & Gift Ideas with Money
1. Make a Money Lei – Fun Gift Idea with Money
Love this idea from Lil Luna. Not only does this work for Christmas, but it would be a creative way to give cash for other occasions.
2. Make it Scavenger Hunt
This is fun, especially for kids. To set this up all you need are a few a Christmas cards, some clever holiday clues, and cash. In your holiday card, write a clue that will lead them to a destination with another card that has money in it. A few clue ideas:
- Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock.. you might find your gift wherever you put your ____! (socks)
- Santa Claus stopped by last night, maybe you will find a surprise where he took a cookie ____! (bite)
- The presents were all wraped for all to see, maybe you’ll find something on the ____. (tree)
- Santa has checked his list and has made the decision that you were nice, I think you might find something where you find the ___. (ice)
These are just a few creative Christmas money scavenger hunt clues that can be used. Once they have figured out the clue, they can grab the cash along with the next clue until all the money has been found.
3. Superhero Piggy Bank and Cash Gift -Gift Ideas with Money
Make your own superhero banks out of mason jars (you can use this tutorial from Fireflies and Mudpies). Put a few bills or change inside the bank and give them as a gift. Once the holidays are over, they will have a cool piggy bank they can save their money in!
4. Chocolate Box of Money
What a cute idea! Life as Mom shows you how you can turn an empty box of chocolates into something that they will love even more. This is also a great excuse to eat those delightful chocolates before the holidays!
5. Confetti Money Balloon – Gift Ideas with Money
What’s more fun than popping a balloon and getting covered with confetti? Getting covered with confetti and money of course!
Before you blow up the balloon, put confetti and rolled money inside of it. Once the balloon has been popped, it will be raining money and sprinkles of joy!
6. Make a Money Notepad
Definitely creative and fun! For a fun gift this year, make your own real-life money notepad with this tutorial from What Mommy Does. Your gift recipient will be amazed at the real-life money notepad that was made just for them.
7. Creative Ways to Give Money for Christmas: Money Pizza Box
This one is both fun and easy to make! Grab a pizza box and place the money inside to look like the shape of a pizza. Roll up a few bills to use as the crust. In the middle, have the money fanned out in a circle to make the “pizza”. For the toppings, you can use coins, poker chips, or silver dollars.
8. Candy Lei – Gift Ideas with Money
We shared a fun money lei above, but this one adds a few more fun surprises. This lei from Tikkido uses both candy and money as a gift.
If you are headed to a warm weather destination for Christmas, like Hawaii, this is the perfect gift to give!
9. Creative Ways to Give Money for Christmas – Use Dollar Bills as Gift Wrap
We did this one year for the kids and it was hilarious! The first time we did it, we just wrapped an empty box with dollar bills using tape. We waited to put the gift out until Christmas morning so that they didn’t see it beforehand.
This last time we did it, we actually filled the box with clothes and then wrapped the box twice. Once with the money and then again with actual wrapping paper. This allowed us to put the gift under the tree before Christmas day.
I really did feel bad afterward because they had to unwrap each individual dollar without ripping it, but they had fun doing it. It was probably one of the best Gift Ideas with Money.
10. Pop Out Money Gift Box
I love this pop out money gift box idea from DIY Inspired! It’s perfect for any occasion and will be fun for your gift recipient to “open”.
11. Money Maze Puzzle Box – Creative Ways to Give Money for Christmas
Gift the gift of cash with a creative brain teaser! This money maze puzzle gift box is great for both kids and adults and they’ll have to put in a little brain work for their money.
12. Make a Money Tree
One of the easiest ways we like to do a money tree is to grab one of those holiday trees from the Dollar Tree. Then, roll up the dollar bills and stick them inside the tree. Not only does your gift recipient get some cash, but they also get a festive Christmas decoration they can use for their home.
13. Spider Prank Money Box
If you are a bit of a prankster and want to show some prank love, this money box is the way to go!
14. Creative Ways to Give Money – Add Money to Ornaments
Take the tops off the ornaments and place rolled bills inside. We like to go with solid color ornaments so that they can’t see how much is inside. Then, we write their name on the ornaments so they know which ornament is theirs.
If you do use a clear ornament, you can add some festive holiday accents in to make them look festive and fun.
The first time we did this, they were confused as to why they would get an ornament for Christmas, but they loved it after they opened it. You can also use personalized ornaments or a special collectors ornament they can keep forever.
15. Money Inside a Book
If you are gifting a book this year, have the bills sticking out from the top between various pages. Not only will they get a new book to read, but the money inside will also be an extra surprise.
16. Money Shooter
A fun gift for any age! Place bills inside the toy money shooter and both kids and adults will have fun shooting money all over the place!
17. Creative Ways to Give Money – Candy Mason Jar
This one is easy and you can use their favorite candy! Simply wrap the money in saran wrap (so the candy doesn’t touch the money) and add it and some candy to the jar. Grab a Christmas gift tag and you are good to go!
This works well with small candies like M&Ms, Reece’s Pieces, Jelly Beans, etc. You can use their favorite candy so they can enjoy a treat and the money.
18. Ugly Sweater Money Gift
Grab one of those interesting ugly sweaters and attach some money to it. They will love both the ugly sweater and the money. Plus, it will make one of the most colorful Creative Ways to Give Money.
19. Origami Money – Creative Ways to Give Money
If you are good at origami, you can create a fun design that is made out of money. Just use bills instead of paper. If you are like me and need a little help with learning how to do origami, this book should help you learn simple designs.
20. Give Money with Christmas Treats
Make some cute Christmas treats, like these Christmas rice krispie treats, and give the treats and cash as a gift.
Creative Ways to Give Money for Christmas
Everyone loves getting cash but plain envelopes are just boring, so mixing it up with some creative ideas makes it even more special. I hope you love these fun ways to gift money! Creative Ways to Give Money is also a great way to make your gift stand out!