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Giving cash in creative ways?

post #1 of 14
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Giving cash is sometimes even better than giving a gift certificate, especially for children who like the to see and count the cash. Does anyone have creative ways for giving money - coins or paper bills? My grandmother used to give us cash gifts all the time. She fashioned the bills into ornaments and even one year gave me 16 one-dollar bills that were made into roses which she gathered together into a corsage. Any thoughts?
post #2 of 14
My husband's aunt gave us 'bows' of dollar bills. 100 of them in a pretty box. We knew she wouldn't be alive much longer, so we saved 2 or 3 and I made them into an ornament for our Christmas tree.

She 'accordian' folded the bill *lengthwise*, then gathered it in the middle and tied with ribbon.
post #3 of 14
You could tie them with ribbon and put them on a small xmas tree.

You could put them in a clear balloon.
post #4 of 14
I love the clear balloon idea.
I wasn't as creative as you all here, still will share it, I bought a mini maze that you stick a bill into. You must complete the maze for it to unlock. It was a nice one so you really couldn't break it, otherwise the bill may get ruined. It was a trying maze. Lastly, you could re-gift it for another after you retrieve your $$ out.
post #5 of 14
Ohh almost forgot,
website for "Money Origami" - Money Origami

Poems for gift of money:
Been from store to store
Looking for just the right gift
I couldn't find it anywhere
It really had me miffed
And so I decided
After making my mad dash
The best thing I could give you
Would be some cold hard cash.


It was time to go shopping,
Didn't know what to do
Wanted to get something
Perfect, as special as you.
As I sat there in panic,
The answer came in a flash�
Along with warm, loving thoughts
Give the kid COLD, HARD CASH!
post #6 of 14
Ohh almost forgot,
website for "Money Origami" - Money Origami

Poems for gift of money:
Been from store to store
Looking for just the right gift
I couldn't find it anywhere
It really had me miffed
And so I decided
After making my mad dash
The best thing I could give you
Would be some cold hard cash.


It was time to go shopping,
Didn't know what to do
Wanted to get something
Perfect, as special as you.
As I sat there in panic,
The answer came in a flash�
Along with warm, loving thoughts
Give the kid COLD, HARD CASH!
post #7 of 14
My mom gave us the maze one year- it took about an hour to get the money out! We regifted it to my brother, and he has since regifted it It was fun. Annoying, after awhile but fun.
My FIL likes to line up dollar bills perfectly end to end, tape then together then fold them into a stack so when you lift the first bill the rest all follow accordian style. My kids LOVE it.
Last year my aunt took a bunch of walnut shells and VERY carefully cracked them in the center cleaned them out and put coins and very tightly folded dollar bills in them and glued them shut for her grandsons. They got to crack open the nuts for their treats.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by 2bearsmom View Post

My FIL likes to line up dollar bills perfectly end to end, tape then together then fold them into a stack so when you lift the first bill the rest all follow accordian style. My kids LOVE it. .

Similar to 2bearsmom's idea, my SIL taped up dollar bills and put them in a tissue box with one sticking out. So when the recipient started pulling, they'd just keep coming out.
post #9 of 14
any more clever ways to give cash?
post #10 of 14
As many of you may remember, I'm into slightly mean ways of wrapping things and giving gifts haha

I've given money or gift cards in a small box, wrapped in a larger box, wrapped in a larger box....... I was getting creative looking for boxes all over the house. Some boxes were wrapped beautifully in wrapping paper, others were layers and layers of packing tape, others layers of duct tape, etc. I've also done this and all that is in the final box is an "I.O.U." At that point I pull money out of my pocket and toss it there way. Basically making opening all those boxes a huge waste of time and effort haha. I've found no one has ever smashed into/cut open boxes for free of damaging a present.

I've also written up cards and sent recipients on 20 clue scavenger hunts to find their gift.

Same as above but I put them a bunch of random tasks or questions. howl like a dog, tickle so-and-so's feet, pat your head and rub your belly, find a cat and kiss it, etc. Once completed they get their gift.
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