4 Thoughtful Ways To Give Money As A Gift

Giving close friends or family members money as a present tends to have a bad reputation. In fact, some people go so far as to say that giving cash isn't a thoughtful gift at all! In reality, people are usually happy to receive a little extra spending money that they can use on treating themselves guilt-free. We think that cash is a great gift – it just needs a little help with the presentation! Luckily, we've come up with 4 creative, fun ways to give cash as a gift, while also showing how much you care. With the help of these ideas, your loved ones will get to choose how they want to pamper themselves and you'll be able to keep your gift-giving reputation intact!

1. Hot Air Balloon Bank

You'll Need:

  • paper lantern
  • flag pennant
  • small jar with a lid
  • hot glue gun
  • toy people
  • small wicker basket
  • decorations for the basket (e.g. lace and small felt bags)
  • 4 straws

Here's How:

1.1 Use a hot glue gun to glue the small, colorful flag pennant onto the paper lantern in a spiral pattern.

1.2 Fill a small jar with cash (coins and bills both work great!) and screw the lid on. Use a hot glue gun to glue toy people to the top of the lid.

1.3 Decorate a small wicker basket like the basket of a hot air balloon – we used lace and small felt bags. Once the basket is decorated, place the jar filled with money inside.

1.4 Use a hot glue gun to glue 4 evenly-spaced straws to the inside of the wicker basket.

1.5 Balance the paper lantern on top of the straws and secure it with hot glue.

2. Generous Greeting Card

You'll Need:

  • personalized photo with someone holding a gift
  • craft knife
  • craft glue
  • colorful construction paper
  • small envelope
  • decorative string

Here's How:

2.1 Print out a personalized photo of someone holding a large gift, then use a craft knife to cut around the person's hands, making sure they create tabs large enough to hold the money once the card is finished.

2.2 Glue the photo onto a piece of colorful construction paper.

2.3 Put the money you'd like to give as a gift into a small envelope and tie a decorative piece of string around it.

2.4 Insert the envelope into the the hands of the person on the card. Now you have a cute, personalized gift!

3. Birthday Balloon

You'll Need:

  • translucent balloon
  • confetti
  • balloon stand

Here's How:

3.1 Roll up a few bills and insert them into a translucent balloon.

3.2 Add some colorful confetti to the balloon.

3.3 Blow up the balloon, tie it at the base, and attach it to a balloon stand. Once the balloon pops, there will be a fun confetti-filled celebration to compliment your gift!

4. Couple's Cash

You'll Need:

  • model car
  • decorative string or ribbon
  • wooden heart
  • permanent marker

Here's How:

4.1 Tie the decorative string or ribbon to the rear bumper of the model car.

4.2 Roll up the bills you want to give as a gift and tie them to the string or ribbon.

4.3 Tie a wooden heart to the string or ribbon and write a personalized note on it with a permanent marker.

These creative ways to give the gift of money are not only fun and chic, they're great, thoughtful ways for you to be generous. Whether you're giving some cash to a pair of newlyweds, a family member, or a close friend, these ideas will make sure that your gift still makes a statement!

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