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Creative Ways to Give Money as a Gift

Updated on January 27, 2014

Giving Money As A Gift Can Be Fun

I'm one of those people who just doesn't like giving just money as a gift. To me its too easy, too quick, and often given with too little thought. Giving cash can be impersonal and says you didn't put a lot of thought or time into a gift.

A gift is an extension of your thoughts, love and care for the person you are giving the present to, a gift is an outward sign that you thought of them, love them, care for them and personally know that person.

But there are times when someone really needs the cash, and situations like housewarming, graduation and weddings where cash is the gift of choice. I do understand this and there are creative ways to give cash as a gift that still says I thought of you and this gift is specifically for you to celebrate the season of your life.

I Don't Like Giving JUST Money - Yes, It's the thought That Counts

If you do decide to give money as a gift make it interesting or a challenge. The recipient might have to spend all day on Christmas trying to get tot he $50 you placed in a puzzle box, but that makes it fun!

Ok, it's fun for you to watch, fun for parents to watch their kids work and work at getting the money from the puzzle, but should getting money be work. Gee I see a lesson for parents in here somewhere.

Grandparents like to give cash, sometimes because they don't know what else to give, and grandfathers specifically like to have a little fun in the process. Kinda like hide the quarter behind the ear, but this time it's hide the dollar in a puzzle box and then watch their grand kids spend the rest of the afternoon quietly trying to figure out how to open the puzzle box.

Bilz Retro Pinball Money Machine (Set of 2)
Bilz Retro Pinball Money Machine (Set of 2)

Must get all three pin-balls in the slots to unlock and open the box and retrieve the money, gift card or other small gift.

The puzzle money boxes can be re-purposed and upcycled for future presents when the newness of the "game" as worn off. Pass along the fun of giving money over and over.

 
Puzzle Pod Cryptex - Brain Teaser & Coin Bank
Puzzle Pod Cryptex - Brain Teaser & Coin Bank

Create your own DaVinci code and place the treasure inside. This gift makes the person think, you create the code and provide hints for the five letter code. It's up to them to figure it out.

Ideal for people who love brain teasers and makes a great conversation piece at a graduation party or wedding.

The possibilities for a party game is endless. The clues can be written to ask certain people the month of their birthday, or the name of their youngest child.

 
Clear Money Gift Maze Cash Puzzle Brain Teaser Box by CloseoutZone
Clear Money Gift Maze Cash Puzzle Brain Teaser Box by CloseoutZone

Similiar to the traditional money puzzle box, this clear money maze is easy to insert money, gift cards or a check , but much more challenging to get it out.

Close the money in side the clear box and to unlock the cash the ball needs to be rolled through a three dimensional maze to unlock the Money box.

Great birthday party gift.

 

Gift Cards for College Students - Better than Cash

I think gift cards are better than cash because at least you know the money won't be spent on mundane items such as bills or gas for the car. I know I'm often tempted when I get cash as a gift to not spend the money on something I wouldn't normally get for myself, but to spend it on groceries.

Amazon.com $50 Gift Card (0109)
Amazon.com $50 Gift Card (0109)

Amazon has everything. Seriously, I think you can buy just about anything from Amazon and have it delivered right to your door.

Not only is an Amazon gift card a good gift for a college student, but anyone in general. College students can use the card to shop for school supplies, back packs, dorm room items, rugs, posters, and yes, even some text books.

Amazon gift cards are actually really good for military personnel and troops deployed as Amazon delivers internationally and to APO/IPO addresses.

 

Fun Ways to Give Money - Fun Cash Gift Ideas

When you just can't give something other than cash you should make it fun. High school graduates really appreciate a little cash, when don't teens like money. But you can make it fun and creative in the ways the gift is presented. I just don't like putting cash in an plain envelope as if no thought was given.

You can tape (use removable tape) money together in a long streamer and roll it up and place in a gift box, or find a creative money bank they can use.

Miles Kimball Green Money Machine Cash Dispenser
Miles Kimball Green Money Machine Cash Dispenser

This cash ATM dispenser holds as much money as you would like to give.

You can tape together $1.00 bills, fives, or even $20 dollar bills if you are feeling generous. Or, mix them up to keep the recipient guessing and wondering. Imagine how much fun you would have watching this being opening.

Give a little "green" for a your childs birthday, graduation, bar mitzvah, Christmas, or even Easter. Everyone could use a little bit of spending money.

What a fun way for grandparents to give cash to their grand kids that is more impressive than just handing them a ten dollar bill.

 
Trademark Home  Hide Your Money Pringles Can Diversion Safe
Trademark Home Hide Your Money Pringles Can Diversion Safe

This Pringles can doesn't hold potato chips but cold hard cash.

It's a safe way to store valuables and money without being obvious and diverts.

This money safe is made from an actual branded Pringles can and even has a layer of chips on top. The bottom screws off to hold money and valuables. A great diversion safe.

 
Dollar Bill Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)
Dollar Bill Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)

My son loves origami and has given me several gifts of folded money. I haven't spent them, they are still folded into a crane and a dress shirt on my bureau as a token of his love and thoughtfulness.

This book contains 37 different ways of folding money into different shapes and animals.

If would be fun to start a tradition. Every time Grandpa visited his grandson he could give them a paper crane folded into a crane, a windmill, a tree, or an origami butterfly for his granddaughter.

What a great memory.

 

Good Clean Money - Fun way to give money

Money Soap CASH In Every Bar!! Delightfully Scented Practical Joke Gag Gift
Money Soap CASH In Every Bar!! Delightfully Scented Practical Joke Gag Gift

Sometimes the anticipation is worth the wait. Give some good clean fun in the way of money soap.

You don't know how much will be inside, it could be $1, $5, $10 or even $50 inside the bar of soap. That's where this gift becomes fun.

Great gift idea for kids, may even encourage them to actually use soap when they take a bath. Gee imagine that!

Parents will love this gift for stinky teenage boys, you might even be dropping a subtle message to your teenage son.

The rule to this money soap. The soap has to be used, the money cannot be carved out with a knife.

 

Creative Ways to Give Cash to Her - Cash Gifts Girls and Women Will Appreciate

The Original Cash Candle, Real Money Inside! - Star Money Candle with $1 to $50 Inside Each Candle!!
The Original Cash Candle, Real Money Inside! - Star Money Candle with $1 to $50 Inside Each Candle!!

Girls and women love candles, we just do. Candles are pretty feminine, and smell good. So what a better gift than just a candle? A candle with money inside.

Each candle contains real money, you just have to burn the candle down to find out how much. Out of every 50 candles one contains a $50 dollar bill and two contain $20, that' pretty good odds I think. Better than a lottery ticket.

Bills are hidden inside a metal capsule inside the candle so there is no worry of burning money.

 
US Patrol Hanging Closet Safe (Tank Top Style) (1)
US Patrol Hanging Closet Safe (Tank Top Style) (1)

When I say this I thought, what a great idea to hide money and valuables in a dorm room. (or house, or traveling)

At first glance this black shirt hanging in the closet looks just like it belongs, but in reality it's a diversion safe for women. What thief or robber is going to break to your house and rummage through your closet looking for money?

As an extra benefit you can place your money gift inside the security pockets. A very creative way to gift a cash gift to a girl who is graduating from high school and going to college or on her way to a new apartment.

 
Clever Travel Companion Unisex Tank Top with Secret Pocket (XS, Black)
Clever Travel Companion Unisex Tank Top with Secret Pocket (XS, Black)

Many times high school or college graduates decide to travel or take a trip before leaving for school.

Again, to avoid being a target for theft it's safer not to travel with a purse or wallet. This fashionable tank top has a secret pocket to store cash, identification and your passport.

A great gift idea for a bride who will be traveling on her honeymoon. Place your money gift inside the pocket for an extra Bon Voyage surprise.

It's also nice to be hands free when traveling without the burden of carrying extra items,

 

Wedding Gifts Ideas - Money Gift Ideas for a Bride and Groom

Money is probably the most popular gift to give at a wedding and yes, money is practical and money is what a new couple starting off needs most. They have the wedding and reception to pay for, spending money for the honeymoon, and cash is always needed when setting up a new house.

There are still ways to give money to newlyweds and give it the personal touch. You can wrap the money in a gift box, place it in a monogrammed money clip, a wallet, or fold into an origami bride and groom. All cute, but not practical or useful.

Embassy JB4985 Wall Clock With Hidden Safe
Embassy JB4985 Wall Clock With Hidden Safe

Most couples have a clock on their wedding registry list. Why not get them a clock that also serves as a diversion safe for cash and valuable..

This hidden safe not only revels your cash gift when opened but will be a great addition to their new house or apartment. Clever isn't it? Would make a great housewarming gift when moving into a new house

 
1 X Hidden Wall Safe
1 X Hidden Wall Safe

This hidden wall safe isn't as pretty as a clock or a painting hiding a safe, but it is practical and unexpected.

Imagine the bride and groom opening their gifts in front of family and friends and getting to this item.

Curious looks will be exchanged, "A wall socket plug, what the heck?

Then a light bulb will go off as the true meaning and contents of the gift are revealed. Not only did you put cash inside but the secret is revealed and your gift will definitely be remembered.

This hidden wall socket safe can easily be screwed into any wall and replace the existing socket box.

 
Eagle Creek All-Terrain Money Belt
Eagle Creek All-Terrain Money Belt

For the groom heading off to his honeymoon a classy and discrete money belt is a thoughtful gift, especially when spending money is placed in the belt for the trip ahead.

Under the clothes travel pouches are common but thieves don't normally expect someone to be wearing an actual money belt.

An emergency stash of cash can be placed in the belt for safe keeping, or security purposes.

 
True Utility TU241B CashStash Waterproof Emergency Cash Capsule for Key Ring, Black
True Utility TU241B CashStash Waterproof Emergency Cash Capsule for Key Ring, Black

Most people don't carry cash anymore, it's considered safer to use a credit or debit card anymore.

But there are those times when only cash will suffice and having a secret, yet accessible, access to a cash source can be a challenge.

This key chain and fob discretely hides the emergency money a husband or wife might need when traveling on their honeymoon. also great for college students

 

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      Christy 22 months ago

      check with any florist, many of them can make beautiful flowers with dollar bills that you bring to them. Always check pinterest for ideas too.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      I love that pinball game! I've used the money maze before and it was a hit. Thanks for the ideas. And, thanks for your visit and comment to my LotD. :)

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @Hannah Writes: Thanks, I don't like just giving just an envelope with cash, I know that's what kids want, but I think it deserves a little effort and fun.

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      Hannah Writes 3 years ago

      These are some great ways to give gifts! More clever than a plain old envelope and card!

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Any!