ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Personal Finance»
  • Income & Making Money

Make Money Fast This Christmas

Updated on October 29, 2013
Cardisa profile image

Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.


‘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.


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.


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.


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 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.



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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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.

    • Richawriter profile image

      Richard J ONeill 4 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      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?


    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Cindinspired. Have a great week *_*

    • Cindinspired profile image

      Cindi 4 years ago from Texas

      Great ideas! Thanks for sahring! Love the pics!


    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you JPSO138. Have a blessed day.

    • JPSO138 profile image

      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

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

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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!

    • profile image

      ElleBee 4 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.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

    • Marisa Wright profile image

      Kate Swanson 4 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!

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

    • profile image

      themance 4 years ago from South Carolina

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

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

    • cuttler profile image

      Cuttler 4 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.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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.

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 4 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.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

    • oldiesmusic profile image

      oldiesmusic 4 years ago from United States

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

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

    • Sushma Webber profile image

      Sushma Webber 4 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.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Emmanuel. Have a great day :)

    • old albion profile image

      Graham Lee 4 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.


    • Emmanuel Kariuki profile image

      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

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

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Carrie. Have a great week yourself.

    • carrie Lee Night profile image

      Carrie Lee Night 4 years ago from Northeast United States

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

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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.

    • Karen Hellier profile image

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

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

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 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?

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

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

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 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.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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.

    • janshares profile image

      Janis Leslie Evans 4 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.

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      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.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was laughing when I got to the end of the 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)