Looking for a fun graduation gift? Check out this list of 22 Creative Money Gift Ideas for Grads!
Easy and Creative Ways To Gift Money
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These are some really unique ways to give a kid what they really want, while wrapping it in a way that will make them smile!
Light Bulb of Cash – Gift a kiddo a fake light bulb filled with bills, with his unique idea from Good Houskeeping. Half the fun is that they will need tweezers to pull them out!
Dollar Tie – Fold dollar bills to make a tie, with this cool idea from My Weekly Pinspiration! Your kiddo will think they’re getting a new dress shirt, and laugh when they see the tie is made of money.
Emergency Cash Gift – This DIY piggy bank (filled to the brim with starter cash) from The Crafty Blog Stalker is the perfect send-off for a new college student!
Unique Ways To Gift Money for Graduation
Balloons! – A box of balloons will surprise your kiddos. Loving this idea from Studio DIY! Roll up a bill and put it into each balloon, along with a little note. Fill them up with helium, and mail!
Saving Picture Shadow Box Bank – Gift an event to your kids – and help them learn to save up for it! This idea from A Mom’s Take is perfect for the gifts that you can’t afford yet.
Money Lei – This DIY idea from One Hundred Dollars a Month is especially perfect for the Grad who is taking advantage of a gap year, or traveling before college starts!
Money Machine – Okay, so this one isn’t so much a DIY as it is a “buy”, but who couldn’t use one of these?!
Hide it and Surprise Them With Money!
Candy Coins – Gift your kids a day at the arcades or the State Fair, along with a roll of quarters so they can enjoy the games with this brilliant idea from Martha Stewart!
Star Origami – Put a creative twist on the money itself and origami it into the shape of a star with this festive tutorial from Little Miss Celebration.
Candy *Money* Jar! – Check out this cool tutorial from Inking Idaho… Your kids will *think* they are getting a candy jar, and what kiddo doesn’t want a candy jar? But they’ll discover there’s actually a wad of money in there!
Money DOES Grow on Trees – Make a money tree for a tween for any holiday, or a sweet Grad gift, with this cool idea from Then She Made! You can include it in an over-sized card to be a bit more discreet.
Cool Ways to Gift Money to Grads
DIY Surprise Money Confetti Popper – This tutorial from Studio DIY is so fun! When your kiddo bursts the confetti, they will have a bonus surprise–cash!
Box of “Chocolates” – This fun idea from Life as Mom will make the kids think they’re getting a box of chocolates. But little do they know, there’s actually money inside!
Tacky Way – How many kids actually reads the entire card, anyway? This idea from imgur is a fun way to make them laugh (and give them what they really want).
Money Rose – This adorable tutorial from Felt Magnet teaches you how to create your own rose using bills. Adorable folding makes a sweet and creative gift!
It Pays to Soap Up! – Follow this tutorial from Rustic Escentuals Crafting Library and learn how to fold a bill into a fun shape with origami, and then pour a translucent soap over the bills and let it harden. Your kids will get paid to wash their hands.
Stocking Stuffer/ Small Gift – This idea from Soap Deli News is another version of the money soap, above. Make these DIY melted soaps with money in the middle! Then as your kids wash they use the soap and the money will become available.
More Fun Ideas for Graduation
Have fun celebrating the new grad in your life! Check out even more DIY ideas below:
- Awesome Graduation Gifts You Can Make at Home
- 15 DIY Gifts in a Jar
- 55+ of the Best Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make
- 15+ Things You Never Thought You Could Mail
Give a shout out to your special grad in the comments below, and congrats to them!