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15 Of The Most Creative Ways To Gift Money For All Ages


Giving cash doesn’t have to be impersonal. Check out these creative money gift ideas and tutorials for cash gifts and gifting money. You’ll love these creative ways to wrap cash and create fun gifts. They include money poppers, money soap, money chocolates, money necklaces, rainy day money, money balloons, birthday cake, and graduation money gift ideas.

These money gift ideas will make you feel good about giving money. Your recipient will be happy to get some cash and will appreciate your thoughtfulness in wrapping it. Tip Junkie has over 127 cash gifts that creative members have uploaded to the Tip Junkie.  You can always search the site if you’re looking for more homemade gifting tutorials with step-by-step instructions. {wink}

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Money Gift Ideas~ Kids

money fries

1. Money Fries

Daniella, from “I Like to Dabble”, shares this amazing idea! This is one awesome way to be unique in your money gift-giving. It is one of the best clever ways to give money as a gift for the hard-to-buy-for kiddo who loves McDonalds! Click here for the tutorial –> Money Fries


money filled confetti poppers

2. Money Confetti Poppers

Giving the gift of cash is sometimes better than a gift card as the recipient can spend it anywhere.  Package it in a push pop container and add confetti for a fun gift idea. For fun graduation money gift ideas, you can add a graduate’s school colors. Click here for the tutorial –> Money Confetti Poppers 

money rosette

3. Money Rosette

For more graduation money gift ideas, the rosette is perfect. In addition to giving a small gift, you can beautifully wrap the package with a money rosette. It’s a creative gift idea that is more festive than just handing out an envelope of money because it shows just how much effort you put into gift-giving. Cathe has a great step by step tutorial to make this easy! Click here for the tutorial –> Money Rosette

birthday money cake

4.  Birthday Money Cake

Who needs a traditional birthday cake when they can have this money cake?! For birthday money gift ideas, this cake is impressive looking and also quite easy. It’s just a lot of bill rolling!  Click here for the tutorial –> Birthday Money Cake

Money Gift Ideas ~ Teenager

money pad

5. DIY Money Pad

One of the most clever ways to gift wrap money! Get up to 50 crisp bills from the bank (any denomination depending on the amount you want to give), stack them in between two pieces of cardboard, and use rubber cement to creating a binding. (You need about 10 coats). Then the recipient can just tear it off one bill at a time. Click here for the tutorial –> DIY Money Pad 

money balloons

6.  Money Balloons

Balloons are beautiful and clever ways to give money as a gift. Have your local party store inflate balloons with money and confetti.  Imagine how much fun the graduate will have popping the balloons to figure out how much money is inside.

**Update: This featured blogger has taken down their site therefore the tutorial is no longer available. However, I kept the idea here to inspire you.**

money flower necklace

7.  Money Necklace DIY

Money necklaces are clever ways to give money as a gift instead of a bouquet of flowers! A video tutorial is provided to make the origami flowers.  They’re fun for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher appreciation day, or even after dance/music recitals.  Click here for the tutorial –> Money Necklace DIY

money wrapped candy bars

8.  Candy & Cash Gift

If you’re looking for quick and easy graduation money gift ideas, this candy & cash gift is perfect! Purchase their favorite candy bars and wrap the money around the candy and attach a cute ribbon. Click here for the tutorial –> Candy & Cash Gift 

money box of chocolates

9.  Box of Chocolates Money Gift

For some clever ways to gift wrap money, transform some cold hard cash into this lovely box of “chocolates”. Money is the gift everyone loves, but sometimes it feels like it’s not very thoughtful when you hand over a twenty in a card, right?  Fabulous for a college student! Click here for the tutorial –>  Box of Chocolates Money Gift 

money soap

10.  Easy Money Soap Tutorial  

Soaps make clever ways to give money as a gift. And the best part?  You don’t have to make the soap. The tutorial shows you how to drill a space into a store-bought bar and fill it back in. Great for  graduation money gift ideas!

**Update: This featured blogger has taken down their site therefore the tutorial is no longer available. However, I kept the idea here to inspire you.**

Graduation Money Gift Ideas

emergency money in picture frame


Elaine, on Sendo, shares this wonderful printable for graduation money gift ideas! You can fit any amount of money in this gift so it fits in any kind of budget.  This is amazing to give to the graduate in your life! Click here for the tutorial –> “IN AN EMERGENCY” GRADUATION GIFT 

money in gift card box

12.  Money Card Gift Idea

Pizza themes are clever ways to gift wrap money, and this pizza box is perfect for the graduate! Simply download and print the money card gift box with card stock.  Click here for the tutorial –> Money Card Gift Idea 

graduation money gift

13. Graduation Gift with Dollar Diplomas

Show the brilliant graduate that their hard work has paid off with this jar of diploma money! I love how the money is rolled up and tied to resemble diplomas.  Click here for the tutorial –> Graduation Gift with Dollar Diplomas 

Supplies Needed

  • a low temp hot glue gun
  • a 3 inch square piece of black card stock
  • a 1×10 inch strip of black card stock
  • a pint sized mason jar with ring and lid
  • embroidery thread (yellow or orange)
  • a brass brad
  • a long reach hole punch

money chain necklace

14.  Money Chain for the Graduate 

Give a gift that any graduate would love, a chain/lei made from money.  With a stapler and a stack of dollar bills, you can create a fun graduation gift that is sure to be a hit with any graduate. Click here for the tutorial –> Money Chain for the Graduate 

rainy day funds umbrella

15.  Rainy Day Funds

I love graduation money gift ideas that include a gift that wasn’t expected, but will definitely be appreciated on that first walk to class in the rain! Attach dollar bills to string and tape to an umbrella.  When the umbrella is opened the recipient will be showered with money! Click here for the tutorial –> Rainy Day Funds 

Free Printable Money Gift Ideas~ All Ages & Adults

money tissue box

16.  Funny Tissue Box Money Gift

Create a money roll box so when the recipient pulls the tab… money rolls out! Decorate the sides and bottom of the tissue box any way you want to. Or use the free printable over on My Inspiration Corner.  She also has a version for graduation cash gift version.
Click here for the printables –> Funny Tissue Box by My Inspiration Corner.

DIY Pizza Box Cash Gift for Birthday and Graduation

17. DIY Pizza Box Cash Gift

I LOVE her introduction… “Why not make a “Special Delivery” of your cash gift in the form of a pizza? Your graduate will be thankful because However you slice it, the dough is good!” So clever {giggle} Click here for the free printable –>   Cash Pizza Box by Becca

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grad gifts

You’ll find more graduation money gift ideas and some creative ways to wrap up gift cards too! I love the DIY ID wallet (it’s #13) every student needs one, and you can easily add some cash or a gift card to it.  Click here for all of the ideas –> 24 Best Graduation Gift Ideas


candy gram gifts

If you don’t want to send money candy is the next best thing! {wink} You’ll love these sweet ideas and you also find some clever free printables to make your gift-giving super easy! Click here for the tutorials –> 14 Sweet Candy Gram Ideas



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