If you don’t know what to give a friend, family member, or loved one this Christmas, cash is always a great option. But handing over an envelope filled with Benjamins just doesn’t have the effect as something with a little more thought involved.
The good news is that you can still give cold, hard cash as a present in a creative way by applying a few simple ideas. Here’s how to do it.
1. Money Origami
The ancient Japanese art of origami is a thoughtful way to give cash as a Christmas gift. At bookstores or online, you can find instructional materials that can help you turn cash into a work of art. Whether you fold a swan, elephant, or something of your choosing, your recipient will appreciate the added effort.
2. Money Tree
You’ve almost certainly heard the phrase “money doesn’t grow on trees.” While this is true, you can make a play on words by actually creating a money tree of your own.
To start, purchase a small wooden dowel, a clay pot, some pushpins, and a Styrofoam ball. Push the wooden dowel into the Styrofoam ball. Inside the pot, use something heavy to keep the dowel in place. You could use soil, glass beads, or something similar.
Finally, fold up dollar bills to look like leaves and adhere them to the Styrofoam ball with pushpins. Voila! You have a money tree.
3. Money Tissue Box
Perfect for the joker in your life, the money tissue box will have them cracking up. The idea is simple. Buy a box of tissues or save one after you’ve used all the tissues inside—making sure to keep the top.
Tape the top back on and use a pair of scissors to create a small slot that’s big enough for folded-up dollar bills. On one side, print out a piece of paper or handwrite something that says “Don’t blow it all in one place.” Fill it with money and you have a creative, and funny way to give cash as a Christmas gift.
Kids always love toys, but the play life of such things are minimal at best. So instead of buying a toy that will only be used for a year or two, give the gift of Play- “Dough”.
Buy some canisters of Play-box and empty out the inside. You can put these in plastic bags and give them as a gift later. Inside the canisters, simply put however much money you want to give. That’s it! Now you have Play-“Dough” that’s a great play on words. The kids will love it.
5. Get the Best Deal on Your Christmas Currency Gift
A final idea is to simply buy rare currency or collectible coins. It’s a gift that holds value while also providing an interesting spin on traditional cash as a Christmas gift.
At London Coin Galleries of Newport Beach, we’ve helped customers sell, buy or trade precious metals and rare currency. Whether it’s one coin or an entire collection, we can help.
If you decide to go with collectible coins or rare currency as a gift, make sure to give us a call and schedule an appointment. By shopping with us, you get a fair price—something you won’t find at gold stores or pawn shops. Sometimes the best Christmas gift is the one that your family member can enjoy and holds value.