12/11/2010

Money Tree

I am always looking for a fun way to give money as a gift.  My oldest nieces and nephews are the age where they really just want to buy their own stuff.  And letting them buy their own stuff makes my Christmas shopping a million times easier.  Win win!

But that doesn't mean I don't want to be creative!  The best one ever was the box of rolled pennies I gave my nephew:


You can get them from any bank.  You might have to go to the merchant line.  And they are easy to exchange into bills.  Especially if you don't open the box.  (That is what the little holes are for).

But since I have already used the penny idea, I am thinking this money tree from Then She Made might be a fun one for this year:




6 comments:

  1. When I was little, my grandfather would always gift my cousin and I money in our stockings. The money was always unwrapped and could be all pennies up to all dollars but he would give one of us a unit short. We had to sit and count our money to see who he needed the extra penny, dollar etc. Now that I look back, what a fun way of gifting us our Christmas present with a little counting lesson to boot. Plus it kept us pretty occupied countint out a ton of pennies!!!

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  2. That is a GREAT idea!!

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  3. My Aunt once gave her daugher-in-law a huge basket of walnuts. What d-i-l didn't know was that inside each nut, was a five dollar bill! Yup, my aunt had cracked open, picked out, and stuffed each nut individually. The expression on d-i-l's face was priceless when we all kept insisting on how desperately we all wanted a walnut!

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  4. My mom finds some insane origami way to fold up the money she gives my kids each year. I think it's their favorite part.

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  5. I was just asked my Facebook fans fun ways to give money! They gave some great ideas, but none suggest roll pennies - that could be fun! ;)

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  6. Cute idea and I'm always searching for ways to give money too. One year I made a tablet of one dollar bills and wrote a poem about just tearing off money for little treats or whatever. Thanks for the ideas!!

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