May is the month for Graduations!
The Happy Hubby is actually a graduate himself this year – May 18th my man will be walking across the platform to receive his Masters of Divinity.
Seriously, with all that we have going on right now, he still wrote two 20-page papers dissecting a piece of Scripture – in GREEK, no less – and turned them in on time so that he can get his diploma along with the rest of his class.
I am so proud of him.
So proud that I am trying to come up with a great gift idea to celebrate all that he has accomplished in the last 6 years of seminary.
Who doesn’t like getting cash as a gift?
But stuffing an envelope with a couple of twenties just doesn’t cut it for this Happy Home Fairy.
Here are some Creative Money Gifting Ideas that any Graduate would love…
I did this fun idea last year for a gal I knew who was graduating from high school.
She laughed and laughed about it!
Check out the idea over at Create My Event.
I love this fabulous Money Lei from Your Homebased Mom.
You could take this Christmas Money Jar idea found HERE and just change the tag!
Or, instead of a jar, carefully cut an opening in the back of an empty 2-liter soda bottle, insert candy and money, then close and cover with scrapbook paper in the graduate’s school colors.
Read more about this clever idea at Nancy’s Craft Spot.
I found this awesomeness on Pinterest,
I really like this easy to make Graduation Gift idea from eighteen25 – complete with FREE Printable!
Crafts Unleashed transformed a simple box into a graduation cap!
Roll up money like tiny diplomas and line them inside the box for a happy surprise.
(Every)Nothing Wonderful shows you how to insert money into a bar of soap (not as hard as you’d think!) to encourage graduates to stay on top of showering once they leave home. 🙂
Sounds like good clean fun to me!
A neat birthday gift, but also works great for grads, Making Memories with Your Kids made this fun Money in a Can gift that allows the recipient to pull out a whole chain of dollar bills.
How magical that the cash just keeps coming and coming!
OR, take this same idea but stick the roll of bills in an empty tissue box. Include a note that says, “Don’t BLOW it all in one place!” 🙂
I did this for my brother last Christmas – you HAVE to see the hilarious photos of him pulling out all that cash. Go HERE.
Now this is genius!
The Seasonal Home bought an inexpensive umbrella from the dollar store and dangled bills from the inside so that when the graduate opened it up – tada!
A little something for a rainy day… 🙂
Increasingly Domestic hangs balloons with dollar bills inside for each year of her Happy Buddy’s lives on their birthdays.
How cool to get to pop balloons and have money fall out on you?
And, finally, I just loooove how awesome and creative this Box of
Chocolates Money is from Life As Mom.
Are you trying to think of a graduate whom you can bestow a little dough with one of these fantastic ideas???
The Happy Hubby would be a happy recipient – haha! 🙂
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Happy Money Gift-ing! 🙂
*Come to think of it, these ideas would also work great as End of Year Teacher Gifts or Birthday presents!*
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
For one of our sons birthdays, we asked him what he wanted. He said “cold hard cash” so we froze a $50 bill in a big chunk of ice. Everyone thought it was great.
Those are some absolutely great ideas! Since I have 3 high school graduations next month I’m going to use your ideas. Thanks!
I love all of these ideas! My stepbrother is in his teenage years and very hard to buy for, so instead of just getting a giftcard I thnk I’m going to do the chocolate box of money for his Christmas present this year! 🙂
I just gave my wife $50 in her stocking, but i hid it in all the candy. I hid a $20 in an almond hersheys kiss, just folded it up to resemble one, and put the wrapper over it. I cannot wait to see her face, trying to find all of that money!
I found this post through Pinterest and I gave my cousin money with the pull tab. Even though we’re in our mid 20s, it was much more fun! Thank you for the ideas!
Thanks for the great ideas! I have two graduations and two teen birthdays. I don’t usually like to give cash, but that’s really the only thing you can do for teens, so these ideas are great and lots of fun!
Erin @ Making Memories
WHat fun ideas! Thanks for including ours in your list!
love this compilation of gift ideas. my favorite is the umbrella one – SO cool!
Shannon @ Simplistic Summer Haze
Another one is do two candy bars (recipients favorites!) and wrap money around the middle of it. Like you see here –> http://uploads.tipjunkie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/sjs_quick-gift-2.jpg
Kim Waddell Boland
Love these ideas. The money jar reminds me of the tin can that my mother-in-law gave to Brock on his 16th birthday. She had been putting money in for all the little helper jobs he would do on his visits to her house since he was a toddler. I had no idea she had been doing that. It was a sweet surprise.
I carefully pulled back plastic wrapping on bottom of toilet paper 8-pack. Then I pulled each roll of t.p. out, trying not to make the bottom hole too large or tear. I put money inside each roll, put each roll back in place, and carefully glued and taped package up, so it looked like no one had tampered with with the package. The look on my granddaughters face when she opened the pack of toilet paper was too funny. She loved it, once someone suggested grandma gave her more than toilet paper for her birthday.
Brilliant! The two things EVERY college student needs most! 🙂 Clever way to hide the cash!
I have made Money Shirts to give away for birthdays, Christmas or for those going on a Mission for their Church. They look like a tuxedo shirt and are very cute! 🙂
My sis used to give a character cookie jar each Christmas to our nephew with a $100 bill inside. He LOVED it and would thank her profusely each year; our sis (his mom) would say, “he doesn’t need another cookie jar, you gave him one last year”! She never knew there was money inside.
When my son was about 12, we decided to give him cash to put toward an item he’d been wanting but I didn’t want to just put cash in a card. So I got numerous bills of different denominations and taped them one after the other to the inside roll or paper toilet paper, then rolled it back up.
The look on his face when he unwrapped a roll of toilet paper only to unroll it to find the cash, was priceless!!
I’ve put money in WIFFLE BALLS before. Kids had fun hitting the ball to try and wear it down. They finally cut it open weeks later. I did the money in hand soap so the kids had to wash before getting to the money. I’ve put it in a 3D MAIZE PUZZLE, once they got the ball from one end to another it opened and released the money.
I am always looking for ways to give cash. For my grandson’s b-day I took an old, old torn Fairy Tale book. At about page 50 I cut a hole through the pages so it would hold 30 one dollar bills. Wrapped the book and when my grandson looked at it he started thumbing through the pages. I told him to look at the picture on page 50, an wahlah! it was a hit.
One year for the grandkids’ Christmas, I gave them each a Christmas tin full of Walnuts and a nutcracker. In some of the walnuts (that I had carefully opened on the seams, stuffed with folded money and glued back shut with Elmer’s glue) was their cash. They all had a blast opening walnuts to find their money
Last Christmas I went to one of the kitchen stores and bought a container of smoothie straws. I rolled money and put it in each of the straws. Big hit!
I never know what to get the males in my family and this year my cousin is is turning 21. I’m looking forward to seeing his face when he receives a bottle of cash and candy instead of liquor. Really grateful for the idea! There’s several of these that I love for teens because you’re right, they are hard to buy for and would really appreciate cold hard cash for most of the holidays. This is alot more fun than a giftcard!