Clever Containers for Giving Cash Gifts

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  • 01 of 08

    Clever Containers for Cash & Gift Cards

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    Cash and gift cards are great gifts for any graduating senior or new apartment dweller. They're practical, welcome - and one size fits all. The only problem is, giving someone a wad of tens is a tad tacky and even gift cards can be kind of ho-hum to open. So here are some clever ways to bestow those gifts, from a gift card diorama to a Monopoly-themed cash box.

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  • 02 of 08

    A Monopoly-Themed Container for Cash & Gift Cards

    A Monopoly game-themed gift box makes a perfect housewarming or graduation gift for any 20-something. Photo by Jackie Burrell

    Sure, you could hand that new apartment dweller or homeowner an envelope with cash or a gift card to Sur La Table, Williams Sonoma or a local supermarket. The latter is not terribly exciting, but as anyone who has ever outfitted an apartment for the first time knows, buying paper towels, dish drainers, and staple items get really expensive, really quickly. But getting a card or cash, welcome as those things are, is much more fun if the packaging is clever. So why not riff on the real estate...MORE theme with a Monopoly-themed box?

    Make a color copy of your Monopoly game board and cards, or take a photo and print it to your desired size(s). Use the game board to cover the lid of a small cardboard gift box. Line the box interior with property deed cards. Then fill it with confetti, shredded paper, dice and game pieces - plus cash or a gift card for outfitting that first kitchen.

     

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  • 03 of 08

    A Play Money-Themed Box for Cash & Gift Cards

    A fake cash-wrapped gift box makes a perfect container for the real stuff. Photo by Jackie Burrell

    Cash and gift cards are great gifts for any graduating senior or new apartment dweller. They're practical, welcome - and one size fits all. The only problem is, giving someone a wad of tens is a tad tacky and even gift cards can be kind of ho-hum to open. So use the theme of play money vs. real cash to decorate the package.

    Pick up a pack of fake cash at any party store, or raid a board game for a few "dollars." Use whole sheets to wrap the exterior of a small cardboard box. Run...MORE others through a shredder to make monetary confetti. Then nest the actual gift in the fake stuff, tie with ribbon and present.

     

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  • 04 of 08

    An Already Stuffed Piggy Bank

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     Buy an old school piggy bank and stuff it with coins and dollars in the amount you want to give. Or if you prefer, write a check and fold it up and put it in the piggy bank instead of cash. Enclose information about how much you can save each year just by emptying out your change each day - and encourage saving money while giving a gift.

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    A Box Inside a Box Inside a Box

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     Make your gift into a bit of a treasure hunt by creating a nesting doll-style gift with boxes in graduated sizes. Put the cash or gift card in a small box, then wrap it in fun paper, and put it inside another box... and so on and so on. The recipient will have fun opening each box, only to find yet another box leading to the gift. 

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  • 06 of 08

    A Sweet Box of Money

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     Take a box of candy, empty out half of the candy, and roll up bills to add to the box instead. Your young adult will love both the dollars and the deliciousness! 

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    It's Raining Money!

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    Find a fun umbrella and attach dollar bills to the inside of it using string and plastic bags. Give it as a wrapped gift and encourage the recipient to take the umbrella outside and open it. Imagine the look of surprise on his or her face when money rains down from inside the umbrella! A little cash for a rainy day. 

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    A Fun Wallet

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     If you want to go a little more extravagant, find out what designer your recipient likes and buy a wallet or money clip from that designer. Stuff the wallet with ones and fives to make it feel really full, wrap it in a small shopping bag from the designer's store if you can, and watch their face light up when they see the personal - and fun - gift you've created for them.