3 Creative (and Cute!) Ideas for Wrapping Cash

Because cash folded into a card just doesn't say "Merry Christmas" like it used to.

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It’s Handmade Holidays week on I Heart HGTV! All week long, we’re sharing our favorite DIY gift ideas for groups, from BFFs to coworkers to extended family. Plus, we’ll share our favorite gift-wrap tricks.

A little something you should know about me: I LOVE giving gifts. All year long, I pay attention to (and take notes!) when my friends and family mention a favorite food, a candy bar they miss from when they were younger or an item they wanted but couldn’t justify buying. My favorite kind of gifts are the ones people are not expecting but really, truly want. But sometimes, despite the fact that I feel like I’m cheating when I give it, what people really want is cash. And if cash is what they want, the least I can do is make their gift a little more special than a few bills tucked away inside a generic card. In the end, the recipient may not even care about the adorable presentation. But, guys, I really do.

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Forget the boring card and envelope and try these fun cash-gifting ideas.

That’s better than your typical cash gift, amiright? 

Car Cargo

Kids and car aficionados alike will adore cash boxes piled high on a vintage car or truck model (a second small gift in and of itself!). An inexpensive toy version will be just fine, too. And believe it or not, the origami cash box looks way harder than it actually is. I’d give yourself 15 minutes at the most, and this car cargo will be ready to go.

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The gift of cash is a whole lot cuter when it's delivered in the form of an origami cash box.

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You'll simply need a twenty dollar bill (you can also try this method with other bills) and string or ribbon for embellishment.

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Start with the backside of your bill facing up. On both short sides of your bill, fold along the line where the bill turns from light green to dark green.

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Now you will fold the bill into thirds as shown here.

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Once all three sides look even, press down on both sides to score your lines. 

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It's best to use your nail or even a coin to run along lines to score them well.

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The next step will be to begin folding the bill into ninths. Take one side (one of the three) and fold like a fan to create three even sides. 

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Once you've folded and scored your lines, the bill should look like this. 

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Now, fold the opposite side up to the first fold and score the line.

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Take that same end and fold it back down to meet the new fold. Score the line. 

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Now, fold the top flap back up and score the line. 

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Unfold so that it matches the image above.

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And fold up to the closest crease. Score the line. 

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Continue to fold back and forth along the creases. It should be looking like an accordion at this point. 

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Once you finish folding back and forth, your bill should look like the image above. Press along both sides to score your lines before moving on to the next step. 

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Now that your bill has been folded into ninths, unfold the bill. Check that you have nine segments before moving on to the next step.

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Reverse three of the folds on one side.

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It should look like the above image once the three folds are reversed.

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Your next step will be to re-fold the three fold on the opposite side.

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Unlike the first side, these folds do not need to be reversed. Simply re-fold the first three folds. 

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The back side of your bill should now look like this.

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The front side of your bill should look like this.

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Take the top portion of one corner and fold up as shown here. Repeat this step on each corner. 

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You bill should now look like this with all four corners folded in. 

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Turn your bill over and fold one half over as seen here. You'll be lining it up at the corners you just folder up.

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Fold the other half over. Both sides should line up.

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Now you will be working on each corner. To start, pull one corner out and press down to make a small triangle.

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Repeat with each corner.

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Now, your bill should look like the image above. This is a good time to score lines and make sure you have good creases. 

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Fold one side over, as seen here.

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The back will now look like this.

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Fold the other side over, so your bill looks like the image seen here and score all creases.

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From here, your box will begin to take shape. Start by opening one of the sides. You'll unfold the back side of your fold and pull the edges out away from the face. 

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Here, you can see one half of the box taking shape. 

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Once it is pulled out, you can fix the lines so that it looks crisper on each crease. 

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This is what is should look like after you create the first half of your box.

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You will simply repeat the process with the other side.

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Make sure all the lines are crisp and clean before you attempt to close the box.

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You will press the face along the side of the bottom portion of the box.

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You may want to press over the crease once more.

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Then fold the upper portion of the box over the face and on top of the lower portion. 

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Now dress up you box with a bit of ribbon for a cash gift that is sure to impress!

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Sweet Surprise

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My second idea was definitely Wonka-inspired. The key here is to find a candy bar wrapped in foil. You can use craft paper or leftover wrapping paper to wrap up your very own golden ticket (aka cash). Get as creative as you like with stickers, ribbon, greenery and even ornaments for embellishments. Just make sure the gift recipient knows to look under the wrapper for an extra-sweet surprise.

Cash-Filled Ornaments

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Lastly, these gorgeously-gold ornaments are the perfect gift to give if you happen to be hosting the family Christmas party at your house. The process is incredibly quick, and they can adorn your tree until the lucky recipients are ready to take them home. Tip: Be sure to affix the cash to the top of the ornament to make cash retrieval a breeze.

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25 Gifts Under $25

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Personalized Tea Towels

For the person who has everything, these personalized tea towels are just the thing to put a smile on their face. Simply pick the picture that best resembles their favorite pup, add a name, and you're done. $12; West Elm

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Plant Spritzer

Great for the office, this vintage-inspired plant mister is a chic alternative to the typical plastic spray bottle. $14; Urban Outfitters

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Metallic Candle Holders

Whether you gift one or the entire set, these shining metallic candle holders are sure to impress. Consider creating a small bundle in contrasting hues for extra versatility and style. $5-$19; West Elm

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Botanical Pencils

School supplies might not have been the most exciting stocking stuffer back in the day, but now a stylish set of pencils is an absolute must-have. And this botancial print by Rifle Paper Co. could not be any cuter! $14; Anthropologie

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Marble Coaster Set

No one will believe you spent less than $25 when they unwrap this gorgeous set of marble coasters. Count that as a gift-giving win. $20; Crate & Barrel

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Coloring Sheet Table Runner

Adult coloring books may have been the hot stocking stuffer last year, but this year, try taking up it a notch with a coloring sheet table runner. Better yet, set it up before a holiday party for a gift that keeps on giving! $25; Anthropologie

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Personalized Flight Tray

Anyone can buy a six pack on the way to a holiday party, but a custom wooden beer flight tray will show just how much thought you put into this hoppy holiday gift. $25; Etsy

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Ticket Stub Diary

Do you have a sentimental friend who just can't get rid of movie tickets and other ticket stubs? This ticket stub diary will be perfect for keeping all those precious memories organized and in one place. $12; Uncommon Goods

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Wooden Biscuit Cutter

Ideal for your favorite baker, this 2.5" hand-carved biscuit cutter will have them itching to break out Grandma's favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe. $25; Mercantile + Co

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Reusable Food Wraps

Great for the earth and great for your sustainably-minded friends, these clever reusable sandwich wraps are made from cotton infused with beeswax, making them ideal for every-day use. $10; Uncommon Goods

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Butterfly Decor Sculpture

Perfect for a stocking or wrapped under the tree, this unique butterfly sculpture features a real butterfly preserved in all its beauty. And don't worry about the butterflies! Each one died of natural causes. $12; Urban Outfitts

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Butterfly Wall Decor

For those not interested in the real thing, these delicate plastic versions look equally magical mounted to the wall. $15; Modcloth

Suede Passport Cover

For the avid traveler, a stunning suede passport cover offers a hint of luxury and elegance to a basic passport. And for an extra fee, you can even add your gift recipient's initials in beautiful foil. $25; Pottery Barn

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Pick Punch

More versatile than you might think, a pick punch can take old credit cards or other thick plastic and turn them into perfectly-sized picks for playing guitar, making jewelry or crafting. $25; Uncommon Goods

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Nautical Whiskey Stones

Most of your whiskey-drinking friends probably have a nice set of whiskey stones. But do they have this adorable set of nautical whiskey stones? Perfect for beach-lovers and whiskey-lovers alike, these sweet drink chillers are a notch above the rest. $15; Uncommon Goods

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Metallic Cord Wraps

With cute sayings like, "it's a wrap," and, "all tied up," these adorable idiom cord wraps keep cords tangle free and totally stylish. $12; Anthropologie

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Concrete Candles

Made of all natural materials, hand-poured in the US, and absolutely stunning, these concrete candles come in four irresistible scents for 30 hours worth of blissful burn time. $14; Urban Outfitters

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Gold Mirror Set

For a gift that looks way more expensive than it actually is, this trendy 3-piece mirror set features a mix of sunburst mirrors in a lovely gold finish — perfect for the design guru on your list. $15; Walmart

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Plant Watering Stake

Whether the recipient of this gift is always on the go or maybe just a tad forgetful, a plant nanny stake is a great way to help them keep their lush houseplants looking their best. $17; Uncommon Goods

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Bloody Mary Glasses

It may not be an exact guide to the Bloody Mary, but these clever glasses will definitely please all the brunch aficionados on your list. $25; Uncommon Goods

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Cast Iron Skillet

Play your cards right, and you might earn yourself a homemade meal when you gift this versatile cast-iron fry pan. $18 (8" pan); Williams-Sonoma

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Monogram Mugs

Gift gorgeous flowers to everyone with a monogram mug with their first or last initial. A pretty petal print makes every morning a cheery morning. $10; Anthropologie

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Desk Croquet Set

For the friend who loves to work hard and play hard, a desktop croquet set blends the best of both worlds. $20; GG Mercantile + Co

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Almond + Sea Salt Milk Chocolate

Of course, no holiday gift guide is complete without a little something sweet. Gift this sweet and salty concoction to any and everyone for a sure-fire palate pleaser. $12; The Colossal Shop

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Desk Calendar

What better gift at the end of the year than an adorable calendar for the year to come? This cat-lovers option is just one of many furry friend calendars available. $22; Etsy

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