3 Creative (and Cute!) Ideas for Wrapping Cash
Because cash folded into a card just doesn't say "Merry Christmas" like it used to.
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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That’s better than your typical cash gift, amiright?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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