12 Creative Ways to Give the Gift of Cash

Cash is the easiest gift to give — and something no one will say N-O to — but how do you wrap such an easy gift? Check out some of our picks for creative cash and gift card wrapping ideas for any occasion.

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Frame It

Place the bills in a picture frame that the recipient can display as decor. Any frame will do, but a shadowbox or gallery frame allows you to display multiple bills.

Challenge Your Friends and Family

The Money Maze Gift Box is the perfect gift for a teen, student or graduate. How do I know? I had one. I loved it, and the challenge made me appreciate that crisp bill so much more. Slip the bill inside the maze and know that you're delivering a gift that entertains.

Best Balloon Pop Ever

Roll up bills and place them, along with confetti, into a balloon before inflating it with helium. The shower of money that they'll get upon popping it will make it a celebration they won't soon forget.

Accessorize an Ornament

An ornament is already a perfect gift idea for the holiday season, but take it up a notch with the addition of a rolled up bill inside the top opening. Tape or tie the bill tightly, so it's easy to remove from the ornament.

Smash for Cash

Surprise a new grad with a bottle filled with cash that can only be accessed when the glass shatters (safely, of course). Add a personal touch by creating and printing a customized label on sticker paper and attaching it to the bottle.

Make the Easiest Gift Card Envelope

Trim four identical circles from a piece of paper, overlap them to make a square shape and secure with a piece of clear tape for a creative way to present a gift card.

Sew Simple

Use a sewing machine with heavy thread to attach two layers of paper together to form a little pouch for a gift card or cash. Use vintage patterns, pages from an old book or children's artwork.

As Sweet As Candy

Repackage a candy bar, and tuck in cash between the foil and outer wrapping. A Tasty Treat + Cash = The Best Gift Ever

An Origami Cash Box

Follow this tutorial to learn how to fold a bill into a miniature origami gift box.

I (Origami) Heart You

Learn how to fold an origami heart, and surprise loved ones by placing it in a greeting card. It's a thoughtful touch that gives us big heart eyes.

Decorate With Doilies

Dress up a gift card by folding a paper doily around it, taping the doily shut and adding decorative ribbon. Feel free to use fabric doilies, but paper ones fold easier.

Accessorize Your Gift

Accessorize a gift with cash, so the recipient can spend it on something complementary to the gift. Have fun with the presentation. We folded bills to resemble tea bags and even presented them on strings with paper tabs.

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