The older my kids get, the more they ask for cold hard greenbacks as gifts. But I don't just want to hand them an envelope on Christmas morning! I would at least like to make it festive and fun, and give them something “real” to open! So here are 6 ways to give cash as a gift at the holidays!
I love an element of surprise in my cash-box gifts! Let them think that they are just opening a box of candy and then allow them to discover what's hidden inside!
Creative Ways to Give Cash as a Gift
Inside a Pez Dispenser
My kids loved discovering that cash inside when they went to fill their new Pez dispensers with candy!
Each white cardboard gift box was filled with green tissue paper , three Christmas Pez dispensers , and a big assortment of Pez candy refills for the dispensers! And of course, each Pez dispenser had a rolled-up bill inside!
A Cash Box Full of Candy
When the kids first open the box, they'll think they are just getting a bunch of sugary goodness… until they glance up and read the label on the inside of the lid- and wonder where the “dough” is!
I created three different versions of this idea: a box filled with Hershey's Kisses with a label that says “Merry Kissmas”, a box filled with Sweedish Fish with a label that talks about “Swimming in dough”, and a box filled with licorice candies and a label that wishes them holiday gifts that are “Good and Plenty”!
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Cash in Santa's Belt Box
You Want Fries with That?
Go pick up a French Fry box from you-know-where and fill it with cash french fries! You can see the tutorial on how to fold the cash over on Create It. Go!
In Case You Get Crap…
A cute idea for giving cash is to hide it in the center of a toilet paper roll! Lucy from Fly Away Home actually used her sewing machine to embroider her gift- but you hand write the sentiment or even create a label for the outside of the package!
Cash Tucked Into a Fortune Cookie
It's super easy to create fortune cookies out of decorative scrapbook paper , tuck a bill inside and place a few inside of a Chinese food take-out box . You can find the tutorial on how to fold and tape them over on BuzzFeed!
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