5 Ways to Give Cash as a Gift
Everyone loves receiving cash as a present, but sticking a $20 bill in a card is a little anti-climactic. At best you'll receive a smile and a thank you. It's money. We've seen it before, and while it is nice that you were able to put an exact dollar amount on your thoughtfulness, you didn't step up and give a gift that's memorable. In fact, it may signal that you waited until the last minute. (See also: 5 Reasons Why You Should Give Kids Cash for the Holidays)
How can you give cash and make the recipient feel like a million bucks? Get a little creative with the gift's entrance, and you'll make the dollar amount feel like an afterthought. Try one of these five fun ways of gifting cash, and your typically mundane present could turn into the hit of the party. In fact, the harder the recipient has to "work" for the cash, the more fun it could be!
1. Money Origami
What's cooler than getting cash in the shape of the things you could buy with the money? Use money origami to make a collared shirt and some boots. Add in a bow-tie and you have a new wardrobe! The possibilities are endless, and the time you put in will definitely earn you a few impressed looks. The only downside is the recipient won't want to "unwrap" the gift!
2. Cold Hard Cash
Put your the cash in a plastic bag and close it tight. Place it in a container of water and stick it in the freezer for a few hours. The recipient will have to chip away at the block of ice (or wait for it to melt!) in order to reach the present.
3. Never-Ending Roll
Cut a slit in a cardboard box (shoe boxes work great!), wide enough to fit the short side of a dollar bill through. Tape the bills together, end to end, and roll them up inside the box. Tape one end to a sign that says "Pull Here," making sure the sign hangs outside the box while hiding the dollar bills that are attached to it inside. When the recipient pulls the tab, the cash will flow out, and the present will take some time to unwind.
4. Pop for Your Cash
Fill a bunch of balloons with dollar bills, blow them up, and then give the recipient a little box with a pin inside. They’ll soon figure out that their job is to pop the balloons and collect the cash that falls out.
5. Going Nuts
Split some walnuts carefully down the middle and place tightly folded dollar bills inside each one. Super glue them back together so nobody will know that you've manipulated the walnuts. Imagine the surprise at finding out that maybe money can grow on trees!
What other creative entrances for cash have you seen?