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.
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
Made in France, this fragrant shea butter soap is just as luxurious as it is beautiful. And with scents like honeysuckle and lavender, this is one gift that is sure to delight. $10; Terrain
From the capricorn to the sagittarius, everyone will love these faux-leather beauties. Each comes with an exquisite gold pen and a ribbon bookmark to make journaling a breeze. $18; Anthropologie
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
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 ocean-inspired whiskey stones? Perfect for beach lovers and whiskey lovers alike, these sweet drink chillers are a nautical notch above the rest. $15; Uncommon Goods
Mini Waffle Maker
Turquoise, lavender, white and olive, oh my! An adorable mini waffle maker is the perfect kitchen accessory for the breakfast fiend in your life. Anyone getting those Leslie Knope vibes? $18, Urban Outfitters
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
Give the gift of global style with a vibrant set of fabric napkins. Inspired by Indian heirloom design, these Jacobean-patterned beauties are an excellent choice for a memorable hostess gift. $20, Echo
Carry-on Cocktail Kit
If your gift recipient loves to travel, set them up with a little something to make their flight a bit more enjoyable. This smart cocktail kit designed as a simple carry on will elevate travels to new heights. Eat your heart out, Don Draper. $24; Uncommon Goods