holiday presents http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11560/all en-US 5 Ways to Give Cash as a Gift http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-give-cash-as-a-gift <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-give-cash-as-a-gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/money_shirt.jpg" alt="Money Origami" title="Money Origami" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>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: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-give-kids-cash-for-the-holidays">5 Reasons Why You Should Give Kids Cash for the Holidays</a>)</p> <p>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 &quot;work&quot; for the cash, the more fun it could be!</p> <h2>1. Money Origami</h2> <p>What's cooler than getting cash in the shape of the things you could buy with the money? Use <a href="http://members.cox.net/crandall11/money/index.html">money origami</a>&nbsp;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 &quot;unwrap&quot; the gift!</p> <h2>2. Cold Hard Cash</h2> <p>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.</p> <h2>3. Never-Ending Roll</h2> <p>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 &quot;Pull Here,&quot; 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.</p> <h2>4. Pop for Your Cash</h2> <p>Fill a bunch of balloons with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-things-to-do-with-a-1-bill">dollar bills</a>, blow them up, and then give the recipient a little box with a pin inside. They&rsquo;ll soon figure out that their job is to pop the balloons and collect the cash that falls out.</p> <h2>5. Going Nuts&nbsp;</h2> <p>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 <em>can</em> grow on trees!</p> <p><em>What other creative entrances for cash have you seen?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-give-cash-as-a-gift">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spot-counterfeit-money">How to Spot Counterfeit Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">How to Buy Art as Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-delicious-cocktails-infuse-alcohol">For Delicious Cocktails, Infuse Alcohol</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips birthday cash creative gifts holiday presents Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:00:08 +0000 Daniel Packer 503126 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Buy Art as Gifts http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/art-104263053.jpg" alt="art" title="art" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Growing up, I always viewed original artwork as something other people had. Rich people.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve never been an art geek, but I&rsquo;m starting to hit that point in my life where I&rsquo;d like some nice things to hang on my walls. I&rsquo;m in what I think will be a long-term home, and I&rsquo;m aging out of the grad student chic look that kept me happy through my 20s.</p> <p>So I&rsquo;ve begun paying more attention to art. I&rsquo;ve found myself visiting a lot of art studios and gallery shows over the past year. In doing so, I learned that beautiful original art doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive. Often, it costs no more than you&rsquo;d spend on a sweater at the mall or a gift certificate for a nice restaurant. In other words, entirely within many holiday gift budgets. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-display-your-art?ref=seealso">How to Cheaply Display Your Art</a>)</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve replaced my garage sale prints from college with original pieces by <a href="http://www.photoclave.com/blog/">Molly Tomlinson</a>, <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35543462">Nica Davidov</a> and <a href="http://www.somervilleopenstudios.org/artists/artist_profile.php?artistID=773">Rachel Silber</a>. Never heard of them? They&rsquo;re not famous, just local artists who are good at what they do. There are literally thousands of good artists making interesting work out there.</p> <p>How do you shop for fine art at an affordable price? I turned to Boston-based artist and teacher <a href="http://www.rachelmello.com/">Rachel Mello</a> for advice. Here are her tips for a successful gift.</p> <h2>Be brave!</h2> <p>Giving someone art as a gift can be tricky, but it&rsquo;s tricky for the same reason it&rsquo;s so special: it shows you&rsquo;ve been paying attention to the person and (hopefully) know what they like.</p> <h2>Go with your gut.</h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to overthink an art purchase. Rachel says the two most important questions to ask when you see a piece of artwork are, &ldquo;Do I like it?&rdquo; and &ldquo;Does it remind me of the person I&rsquo;m shopping for?&rdquo; It&rsquo;s really that simple.</p> <h2>Don&rsquo;t be afraid of abstract art.</h2> <p>If the colors draw you in, and you think they&rsquo;d look great on your loved one&rsquo;s wall, go for it!</p> <h2>Look locally.</h2> <p>Open studios, like <a href="http://www.somervilleopenstudios.org/">Somerville&rsquo;s Open Studios</a>, are common places for artists to show off their stuff. You can also buy from artists directly at craft shows and holiday fairs. Art schools often hold holiday shows where you can buy work directly from art students.</p> <h2>Look online.</h2> <p>Many young artists market their work through <a href="http://www.etsy.com/">Etsy</a> or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/but-is-it-art">eBay</a>. If like me, you&rsquo;re interested primarily in photography, check out <a href="http://www.imagekind.com/">Imagekind</a> as well.</p> <h2>Buy directly from the artists.</h2> <p>Every time art is collected and resold, the price goes up a notch.</p> <h2>Frame it.</h2> <p>&quot;If you give somebody art that is not ready to hang, that can be a big burden,&rdquo; Rachel said. &ldquo;Work that&#39;s not ready to hang or put out often ends up in a drawer.&rdquo; She warns against falling for the custom framing racket, though. A ready-made frame from Target will serve nicely for most pieces.</p> <p>Rachel points out that for someone who loves art, the gift of an original piece is two-fold. &quot;Not only are you giving them a thing that they like, you&#39;re supporting a practice they like: you&#39;re supporting art and keeping art-making happening,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>So go ahead and turn your home, or your mom&rsquo;s home, into a mini-museum this holiday season. You&rsquo;ll be bringing more beauty into your home, and your local arts community will thank you for it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sierra-black">Sierra Black</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-miles-and-points-for-holiday-gifts">9 Ways to Use Miles and Points for Holiday Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-the-holidays">Best Credit Cards for the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-for-teachers-that-theyll-actually-like">15 Unique Holiday Gifts for Teachers That They&#039;ll Actually Like</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-gifts-for-the-person-who-needs-a-nap">9 Frugal Gifts for the Person Who Needs a Nap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping art creative gifts holiday presents holiday shopping Thu, 10 Dec 2009 14:00:11 +0000 Sierra Black 3953 at http://www.wisebread.com