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Creative Ways to Give Money as a Gift
Dollar Bill Gift Giving Ideas
I try to seek out creative ways for giving money
as a gift (or tip) when an occasion calls for it. Simply putting
a $20 bill in a $3 "money card" from the Hallmark® store
lacks thoughtfulness and imagination to me, so I try to design
my own fun, memorable ways of giving the gift of
following are some of the creative money gift giving ideas
I've come up with over the years, with inspiration noted.
Best: Novelty Money "Gift" Plant
1998: Origami Money Plant Tree
gift idea I
had was for a well-to-do retiring co-worker. I detailed the history and design for this project in my book titled, "Dollar Bill Money Origami Plant"... More »
1993: Never-ending Money
The second money gift idea I had
was co-created with my engineering-minded husband for a
high school graduate.
In the spirit of a Let's Make a Deal game episode,
we connected a stack of crisp new dollar bills
end-to-end and laid them zigzag style inside a box with
bill sticking out a slot in the top.
The fun part of this gift was watching the
recipient slowly pull the chain of bills out of the box
one at a time, wondering
how long the emerging bills would
go on, growing more excited as the denominations added up.
I think we snuck some Monopoly® money in there too for extra
2000: Money Tea-Shirts
The third money gift idea of mine must be the corniest one
of all! Really, I came up with this one completely on my own
as another graduation gift. Here's what I did:
- I folded up a bunch of dollar bills into little origami
shirts. (You can see the basic directions how to do this
on my Bazooka®
Gum Wrapper Origami Shirt and Pants page.)
- I carefully opened a brand new box
of Celestial Seasonings®
tea (keeping the outer cellophane as intact as possible),
peeled the wrappers off each bag, and replaced them with
origami dollar shirts.
the bags into the box and replaced the outer wrapping around
it and gift wrapped the entire thing.
Again, this gift became another case of "you're not getting
what you think you're getting." The teen-aged recipient
didn't seem too thrilled about getting a box of premium tea
as a gift.
But once she followed my cues to open the box up and really
inspect the contents, she caught onto the joke with amusement.
Mo' Money Fun
The buck doesn't stop here when it comes to using money and
dollar bills for gift giving and other amusements. In fact,
there are scores of origami artists devoted to the art of folding
origami animals, jewelry, geometric shapes, flowers, and other
novelty items from crisp, dollar bills. (See Money
Origami). And let's not forget about all the hidden words
and pictures found on $5 and $10 U.S. bills. You know, the
original colonies, the little bird, etc.