Make Money Fast This Christmas

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‘Tis the Christmas season and we all need a little extra cash to buy presents or do our annual shopping. Whatever it is, you might be looking for ways to earn. Make use of the season to make some money for additional expenses. There are several ways you can use this holiday season to do so.

In general, there are many ways to make money from home; but many people do not make use of what’s in front of them. Each holiday brings new moneymaking opportunities that must be utilized before the season ends. Here are some ideas.

Gift shopping service

Many people have no idea what to get their family members nor do they have the time to shop. If you are good at choosing gifts and have the time on your hands offer your expertise in this matter. You have several options:

  • For someone without a credit card, you can shop online and they pay you cash
  • You can source stuff which are hard to get
  • You can go store to store to pick the ideal gift given that you will have more time to scout the shops before actually choosing something; many cannot afford this luxury.

Gift wrapping service

This is a service you can do alone or add to your gift shopping service. With a little finesse, you can set up a stall at the mall, a prominent store or (depending where you live) right at your gate. There are so many places to choose from. Just make sure you get the right permission to set up your table. Many stores will be over run and shoppers will welcome the extra service instead of waiting in line at the stores.

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Gift making service

If you are artistic any at all, you can make little things that you know people will like. The thing about gifts is that many people prefer the personal touch. I don't really like store bought stuff where hundreds, or even thousands of the same items already exist. Hand-made stuff are usually unique and special. Here are some ideas:

  • Cards
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Print on t-shirts
  • Satin flowers
  • Drapery
  • Crochets
  • Knitted stuff
  • Quilts

There are so many ideas to choose from I am sure you can find something.

Greeting Cards

This is listed in the gift list above but this can be a service in itself year round. You don't have to wait until Christmas to do it. You can do handmade cards or use graphic software on your computer.

I did this before and found that I was always getting orders. I even started doing invitations. I didn't expand it because my computer crashed at the time but I guarantee that during the Christmas season you won't be out of gigs.

My biggest holiday earners where Christmas and Valentine. If you can write poetry that's even better.

Christmas treats

Can you make candies and cookies? Christmas cookies are popular but not a lot of people have time or the know how to make them. This could be your chance to cash in on their weakness! Wrapping these treats in really nice packaging will catch the eye of buyers.

Grocery shopping and delivery service

There are many people, especially the elderly or sick, who are unable to do their own shopping. This can be done throughout the year as a regular job. You write their list, take it to the supermarket and return their goods; this will work great if their local supermarket does not deliver. You can unpack their groceries and even make them a meal in order to make the service really special. This service could also include picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy.

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Making decorations

This is one of the most lucrative money making ventures for Christmas. Not many people, including myself can make Christmas decorations. If you are any good, try doing it for money. I guarantee you will make some sales

Tree and house decorating

I know people and businesses that employ someone to decorate their house or the office. If you are great at Christmas décor, just offer your services to nearby offices. You can even offer to pick out their tree and deliver it as well. Your service should include the purchasing of the decorations and even hand-made stuff if you can.

Some of these elaborately decorated houses are professionally done.

Stocking making

Added to the Christmas decorations is stocking making. You may offer customized stocking with embroidered names for family members.

Catering

This is something I used to do. If you can bake and cook, you will have no problem getting jobs so long as you advertise in your local paper. After your first gig, you should be getting free advertising from word of mouth. Make sure you make the best meal you can so the people who have had your food can recommend you.

Singing

Singing at Christmas concerts and get-togethers may earn you some money if they are paying. Usually I don’t charge but if the concert is a money making concert they will pay their participants. Office parties and reunions may also employ singers.

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Photography

Not only for Christmas but weddings, birthdays, Christenings and any other functions; this is a great way to make money. Take photos in the mall and charge a dollar. The park is also a great place to take photos of couples and children.

Snow shoveling

Offer to shovel your neighbors drive way for a small fee. If you are a teen boy you may want to take your girl on a date so make some cash to take her to a nice restaurant. Charge five dollars per drive. Pray that it snows really often this winter so you can make more money.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I was laughing when I got to the end of the article...show shoveling...that's how I made money during the winters when I was a teen. Good, hard work, great exercise, and no shortage of people willing to pay you to do a job they hate doing. Win-win situation.

Great suggestions. In today's economy this article should be viewed many, many times.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Billy. I figured people were looking for ideas in this economy of ours. Of course some are just plain lazy but with initiative we can make a few extra dollars.


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

These are excellent ideas, Cardisa, just in time and informative for the holiday season. Everybody can use a little extra change, especially those like us who freelance, have solo businesses, or multiple gigs here and there. I do gift baskets every year for my church's Christmas bazaar. Your hub gave me a few more ideas, if I can find the time. :-) Well-done article, voted up and useful.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Jan. I meant to mention the baskets in there as well but AI think readers w ill get the picture. Thanks for the support.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I am hoping to sell my totebags. And I think handcrafted is huge today and especially the prices in stores. May as well get something original. I am just trying to figure out the marketing angle.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Jason. Have a great day :)


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Carol, keep a party just for your gift items. Set up some tables decorated with the bags, some colored tissue paper (that pretty paper they use in gift bags)...just decorate the tables with the bags or any gifts you are selling. Invite all your neighbors, office friends and people you know. Serve sandwiches and hot cider (if it's cold out), or make a pot of hot chocolate. When I was an Avon rep I used to have these little parties to showcase my products and they usually turn out quite well.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Thank you for your idea..I really appreciate. It is funny but I never expect my friends to support my stuff as I am so sensitive and since I made them ..what if they don't like them..Silly eh?


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Your friends are your best critics and I guarantee they will adore them because "you" made them. I would rather buy something from my friend than a stranger any day. Give it try. Organize it so they invite their friends as well. You can have a sale, take orders and hand out business cards. If you could put little tokens in the bags that would be great. Something simple like a pack of nuts or some candy. People like surprises, so when they open the bags they will get something extra special.


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Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

Great ideas here. I can tell you worked hard at this list!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Karen, well actually I wrote the hub on a whim. I already did a hub about making money with hobbies so I thought, why not make some extra holiday money? I wrote it in less than 30 minutes.


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carrie Lee Night 3 years ago from Northeast United States

Interesting:) Loved the picture. Have a great week.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Carrie. Have a great week yourself.


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Emmanuel Kariuki 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Excellent ideas, and just enough for creative people to pick at least one (and why not several?) - Shared!


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Cardisa. A lovely helpful hub from you today. Your tips are first class. I feel nice and warm and ready for Christmas now. Really good!

voted up and all.

Graham.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Emmanuel. Have a great day :)


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Graham, thank you. Glad I could help with the Christmas spirit. :)


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Sushma Webber 3 years ago from New Zealand

Hi Cardisa, great ideas for the season. I have been working on the Greeting card idea and a unique gift idea. Hope it takes off. Am creating a shop on Etsy.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Sushma, good luck! I am sure it will take of especially the unique gift idea. I know you will do well.


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oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

These are good suggestions. I can even shovel snow if it means working out. Thanks for these ideas. :D


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Oldiesmusic. Shoveling the snow is a good workout. Helps to keep active for the winter. Thanks for stopping by.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Wonderful suggestions. If I could get my hubby to agree, I would love to cater or bake Christmas cakes. It would be so fun.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

If he doesn't agree you should just not bake any more cakes for him :) That would be his punishment! Make some extra cash Dianna.


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cuttler 3 years ago from HubPages

No better way to usher in the festive season than by making money for the festivities. Great read, simple but awesome ways to make money. Thumbs up.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Cuttler. No better way to earn than to be self employed...lol


themance 3 years ago from South Carolina

That was a great article. Thank you for your ideas.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Themance. Welcome to Hubpages and have a nice day :)


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Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

It's no wonder you are doing well in your own business, Cardisa! One of the things a lot of people don't "get" is that if you want to make money at home, you can't have just one job - you need to build several different streams of income, so that if one isn't doing so well, your other businesses will keep you going. You not only grasp that concept, you have an inexhaustible fund of ideas!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Marisa. I have had to learn tomake money in this economy...lol


ElleBee 3 years ago

I am definitely interested in making some extra money for the holidays and I think these ideas are great -- the shopping/errands and delivery service one seems like a great idea to me.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi ElleBee, thanks for stopping by. I hope you make that extra cash. I am working on my holiday money venture as well. Good Luck!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Very interesting ideas, just in time for the coming season.


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you JPSO138. Have a blessed day.


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Cindinspired 3 years ago from Texas

Great ideas! Thanks for sahring! Love the pics!

~Cindinspired~


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you Cindinspired. Have a great week *_*


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Richawriter 3 years ago from On Top of the World

Boy oh boy have you been learning some neat tricks while I've been gone. I'll have to be studying your work, princess Cardisa and perhaps I'll be able to make some extra bucks from hubpages then!!

Your hub creation skills, the layout and arrangement is top notch.

You've moved up a level or two. Great to see Cardisa!

See you around.

P.S. is the Green Knight still valiantly fighting for the cause?

Richawriter


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Richie, Yeah, I had to move away from fiction for a while due to the Apprenticeship program I was involved in. I also had to make a choice about whether or not I wanted HP to be a steady income source.

I am still working on the Green Knight and want to have it published as soon as I am done but progress have been delayed due to my freelancing projects.

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