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What’s the gift nobody will return? Here are the top 5 most creative and unique ways to gift money!
Yup, it’s money! Good old cash. I know this is something everyone can use. I usually opt for the gift card, but with so many businesses going under, I’m turning to cash more and more these days. My nephew is graduating in December from High School. Since the kid has everything already, including the best aunt ever, I feel I may have to just hand over some cash. So I’ve been brainstorming some unique ways to gift money.
Bread, a.k.a. money is the perfect way to wrap up your generosity. One reason people don’t like to give cash is because they think it’s impersonal or appears to be the easy route. Doing something like this will show you did put some thought into their gift.
What To Do:
- Purchase a loaf of bread, whether it be a roll or a large loaf.
- Cut it in half, then scoop a little of the bread out to make room for the cash.
- Place the bread in a clear bag or bakery box.
- Add a ribbon or raffia tie with a gift tag attached that clearly indicates they need to open the bread loaf. This is very important otherwise you run a small risk that they’ll just throw it out…or even eat it!
- “Thought you might like a little bread to help feed your craving for a vacation (fill in what you know they would like it for).”
- “Man cannot live on bread alone, so look inside!”
- “Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.” (butter inside)
- Be sure to break open the bread…
The next idea unveils money origami. The problem is, at least for me, is it can be complex to make. I finally found one that I was able to make it in less than 5 minutes on my first try! It’s the money ring. You can find a lot of tutorials on the web but this one was easiest to follow. How to fold the dollar bill ring courtesy of Homemade Gifts Made Easy.
After you’ve completed making your ring, simply wrap it up in a jewelry/ring box. I don’t know any girl that wouldn’t love to receive that kind of bling! They say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, but I think the green stuff comes in a close second.
A clever, but corny, tag line for gifting the money ring: “Will you… go shopping with me?”
Who doesn’t knead a little dough? This is my favorite way to gift money. I know it’s a little cheesy, but it sure is fun!
Here’s what to do:
- Purchase pre-made pizza dough at a store like Trader Joes or make your own.
- Get together a clear bag, Ziplock baggie, twine, gift tag, flour, and your money.
- Lay the flour out on a board and roll your pizza dough in it. Then place your money in a small Ziplock back and hide your cash in the pizza dough mound. Put the dough in your clear bag closing it with the twine.
- Add your gift tag to the bag. It is very important to write something that will let the person know they need to dig into the dough to find their treasure. You wouldn’t want them to accidentally just throw it out.
Gift tag quotes:
- “Thought you might like some dough… peak inside.”
- “Just a little dough to put towards your new computer (or whatever).”
- “Heard you might knead some dough…”
Money CD Case
How to gift money idea number four, makes me want to sing! This is the perfect gift for music lovers. You simply take a blank cd case and fill the cover page with money. Get creative and make a monogram or funky design using the money bills. Then on the inside, I have a CD that I burned songs that have a money theme. I think this is sure to be a hit!
Money to Burn
Who wouldn’t love some money to burn? Guilt-free spending at it’s best. Get a matchbook and fill it with some cash. Just like all the other wrappings mentioned this week, be sure to indicate on the outside of the matchbook that there is something important on the inside. I suggest writing something like, “Money to burn, courtesy of Aunt Nellene.” You could even put it in an envelope with your card just like the photo above, half exposed. The ideas are really endless when you put your right side of the brain to work!