So many people ask for gift cards or money for Christmas, but let's face it, there is nothing fun about handing over a boring gift card or money. Unless you do something creative with the gift cards or money! This collection of 120 ideas is fun, creative and some of them are just plain laugh out loud funny! Your friends and family will look forward to getting gift cards from you each year just to see how you package them! So let's get to it!
A couple years ago I did a post on how to give gift cards or money gifts: “12 Creative Ways to Give Gift Cards”. It was so popular that I decided to do another bigger better badder post with over 120 ideas for how to give gift cards or money gifts this holiday season! Grab a HUGE cup of coffee and let's get started …
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Plastic Wrap Ball
Have you heard of the Saran Wrap Ball? It is such a fun way to give gift cards, money and candy to kids. It will definitely bring a few laughs with the kids! We did this one year for my nephew but to up the ante we put a bunch of loose coins and coin rolls inside so it was super heavy. And as he unrolled it, coins were flying all over the place. It was so hilarious!
I do like to try to be more eco-friendly and using a whole of plastic wrap is not eco-friendly at all. You can do this same idea but wrap the ball using scarves, socks, and towels … things that you can actually use after you're done unwrapping the gift.
Giving Gift Cards Or Money To Teens
When I saw this money soap on Pinterest, I thought it was hysterical! Can you imagine a teen washing their hands over and over trying to get to the money? Why not make them work for it, lol!
This zip tie wrapping idea is perfect for a brother/sister gift. Bring some fun into Christmas morning with zip ties wrapping!
Instead of just giving money in an envelope, which is so boring, fold the money into trees and make “a lot” of Christmas Trees:
This money notepad is so creative. Get the how-to:
Can you imagine how excited the kids would be opening up a little box with finger puppets filled with money? Love it!
Talk about making your kids work for their money! You know they will be determined to get the ball in the hole with this!
These gift card yarn bombs are so creative! You have to see how the gift card is attached.
Origami is a very popular technique. Why not fold the money into a star to gift this year? See how easy it is:
Kids love surprises and this reminds me of the old grab bags they used to have.
This is such a great idea for College Students. Wrap rolls of quarters that will come in handy for trips to the laundromat or vending machines!
Make a personalized ornament that can be hung on the tree each year. Fill it with a few bucks for an extra surprise!
You know kids of all ages would love to receive a gift card in these DIY animal boxes.
Fill a fast food french fry container with money “fries”. For an extra treat, place a gift card to the fast food restaurant inside as well.
I absolutely love this idea! Wrap a gift card or money in a small box and attach it to their favorite animal. Get the tutorial:
OK-we all know kids, especially boys, love “snot” and would totally get a kick out of this elf snot. See how it's made:
An inexpensive idea for wrapping gift cards. The kids will wonder why they are getting a canned good until they pull the tab!
Why not put a gift card or money in a “pocket card” with a custom quote for the recipient? So cute!
Teens love cool sports socks. A great idea is to add a gift card to the socks! Two gifts in one!
Make a duct tape wallet with just a few supplies. Place money or a gift card inside!
This idea shows you how to put money inside a Pez Dispenser. Give them one of their favorite characters!
We all know teens and College kids live on pizza. Give them a fun pizza box with a “money pizza”. Super cute!
Recycle a coffee cup with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop!
Here is another hysterical idea for gifting money. How about some “cold, hard cash”? Love it!
Filll a salad bowl with a “green” salad and include salad tongs. They can use the salad bowl after!
Gift a coloring book and crayons with a twist-wrap the crayons in dollar bills. For teens, gift an adult coloring book!
Pick up a container of Play-Doh and add some “dough” in the container!
Recycle a kleenex box into a money box. See how it's made:
Cards for giving gift cards or money gifts
We love these adorable monster gift card holders with googly eyes!
Make a pretty Card to hold cash. See how it's done:
Give both a gift card and a Christmas photo in a clever way:
Check out this fun surprise gift card!
Make an ornament holder that you can add money or gift cards to. So pretty!
Use pretty paper to make a pop up gift card holder:
Here is a fun double sided gift card or money holder. See how it's made:
Wouldn't this adventure awaits gift card holder be perfect for an “experience or adventure” gift card?
You can never go wrong with a movie gift card, especially for teens. Make a fun popcorn gift card holder:
For the fisherman in your life, give this adorable fishing vest with a few bucks!
If the guy in your life is more of a handyman, make this tool belt gift card holder:
Here is an easy tag gift card holder that is super cute!
Talk about super cute! How darling are these stocking gift card holders? Make a banner with them if you are giving several or add names for kids or grandkids.
Give a membership to a gym or a gas gift card “pump it up”
Here is a “sew easy” gift card holder. Love the owl fabric!
While this was used for Mother's Day, you can change out the paper and sentiment for Christmas or any holiday:
See how surprisingly easy this gift card box is:
The little red truck is everywhere this Season. Why not make a card with a slot for money or a gift card?
Use a deer ornament and add Christmas “bucks”:
Here is a fun money maze game that will be perfect to play Christmas day!
Learn Origami with this Dollar Bill Origami Kit.
Here is a mini money Origami kit that is great for kids and adults alike!
This money tie is genius!!
Another fun Origami idea is to create a gift bow out of money:
For the photographer or blogger in your life, make an Origami camera!
Money Gift Boxes and Boards
This box of money is so creative. Learn how to make it here:
Wrap a large box with a mousetrap and money for a fun Christmas morning laugh:
This little DIY ornament box is so pretty and hides a gift card on the back:
Give a chalkboard and hang gift cards on it. Maybe play a lottery game where they choose a gift card.
Here is a super cute gift card bag holder:
Printable Gift Card Holders and Printable Money Holders
There are so many free printables that really make a great gift idea. We love this Santa's Belt gift box and it's free!
This free Christmas Poem is adorable and would be great for kids and grandkids:
Looking for a quick idea for a Teacher? Here is a free printable that is adorable:
We love these adorable printable envelopes to hold gift cards:
Hang an ornament banner to hold gift cards. Get the free printable here:
DIY Fortune Cookies are such a fun way to give not only a good fortune, but money as well!
Use scrap fabric to make a Holiday cuff gift card holder with a printable template:
Giving an Amazon gift card? Place it in an Amazon printable gift card holder:
Here are 10 really cool printable gift card holders:
So many people love to shop at Target. Here is a great printable to hold a Target gift card:
Make a book mark for the Teachers this year and add a gift card with this free printable:
Emoji's are all the rage! Love this free printable gift card holder!
Love this pop up gift card holder. Get the printable here:
Give a gift card to their favorite spa and include a cute relax gift bag:
Candy Gift Ideas .. with money or gift cards
Give Hershey Nugget candy wrapped in money in a cute DIY gift box.
Fill a gum container with cash as a fun surprise.
Give a tin of tootsie rolls, but after they eat the tootsie rolls they will find money! What a nice surprise!
This sleigh of candy is just adorable. Add a gift card to the front of the “sleigh:
Give their favorite soda bottles with a burlap bag attached. Fill the bag with their favorite candy, money or a gift card.
Wrap several of their favorite large candy bars with money and a pretty bow!
This “Merry Kiss-Mas jar filled with Hershey Kisses and money is adorable and easy to make!
Make a cute coffee cup holder and fill it with candy and a gift card. Too cute!
The recipient will be happy with this candy box even if the candy is gone as long as there is money instead!
Another fun way to give a gift card is to fill a jar with M&M's and a gift card:
Get the tutorial for this fun nugget gift card holder:
How to give gift cards or Money Gifts In a Jar
Another great idea for College Students or teens. Give a mix of coins and bills in a glass jar like a piggy bank!
Snow globes are so popular. Add a gift card and they can remove the gift card and reuse the snow globe year after year.
A fun idea is to gift nail polish in a jar with cash or a gift certificate for a manicure!
Love these Gifts in a Jar with money or gift cards:
This snow globe gift card holder is so fun! What kid wouldn't like to receive this?
Write a message in a bottle and add money as well.
Money Trees and Gift Card Wreaths
There were so many fun trees and wreaths with money. Here are some favorites.
This DIY money wreath is so pretty and easy to make!
An Origami Christmas Tree is such a great idea!
This Christmas Tree Card is so pretty. Plus you can add money as one or more of the trees!
Here is another version of the money wreath. Love the folds on this one.
Use a table top tree to hang gift cards. Again this could be used as a lottery tree.
Make a pretty ribbon wreath and tuck in gift cards. They can use the wreath after!
This Money Tree is such a fun idea!
Here is completely different version of the money tree but just as cute.
This little tree is just adorable! See how it's made here:
This is one of my absolute favorites! Look at the darling little car with a money tree on top!
See how this pretty sparkly tree is made. Love the little rolled up bills for an added treat!
Crocheted or Knitted Gift Card Holders
This little snowman gift card holder is too cute! See how it's made:
How about a little reindeer pouch to hold money or a gift card?
This Santa gift card holder doubles as an ornament:
Santa Pocket Surprise Ornament – Cool Creativity
This little gift card holder is so fun and can be used to hold business cards after!
Here is a great tutorial for a Santa sack that you can fill with money or a gift card.
Make a cute gift “card-igan” Again, this can hold business cards after!
Make this darling coffee mug and add their favorite coffee shop gift card! Use the coffee mug as a coaster after.
DIY Money Books and Gift Card Books
I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to receive a “book of money”. Write a nice note as a keepsake as well.
How about a book with a hidden treasure! Kids love secret hiding spots!
Give a journal with money or gift cards attached to the pages. Write encouraging notes.
Are you ready to get creative with your gift card or money gifting this year? I sure am! Thank you for stopping by. Happy Holidays!