18 Creative Ways to Give Cash & Gift Cards

I know, I know. Gift cards & money aren’t the most personal gifts, but sometimes it’s just the way to go.

It’s often hard to come up with just the right gift for some people, especially at the last minute.

And, sometimes the right choice really is a gift card.

A restaurant gift card could give an overworked couple a much needed night out (offer your own services as babysitter, and you’ve really got a winner!). A Kindle gift card provides weeks of reading for your favorite bookworm. And the teens? Love nothing more than downloading new music for their iPod.

Make the gift of money & gift cards a little more personal, with these creative presentation ideas.

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  • Bank Book 1 of 18
    Bank Book
    Cold, hard cash has quite a look to it. And, this homemade booklet displays it very nicely.
    Bank book tutorial at Capture the Moment
  • Box of Chocolate 2 of 18
    Box of Chocolate
    This candy box gift is such a fun way to give money. Kids, especially, will love to get unique cash like gold coins & $2 bills.
    Box of Chocolate money gift tutorial at Life As Mom
  • Bracelet 3 of 18
    Bracelet
    I remember making bracelets with gum wrappers when I was a kid, but it has never occurred to me to use the same practice to gift cash. How much fun is that?
    Money bracelet tutorial at Blog
  • Candy Rolls 4 of 18
    Candy Rolls
    Rolls of quarters are the perfect gift for college kids — or my arcade loving girls. These candy coins just make it a lot more fun!
    Candy Rolls tutorial at Martha Stewart
  • Candy Jar 5 of 18
    Candy Jar
    Tuck a gift card into a jar, along with the recipient's favorite candy.
    Fun & tasty!
    Gift Card in a jar tutorial at Heavenly Homemakers
  • Fabric Envelope 6 of 18
    Fabric Envelope
    Sew a few envelopes for a more personal way to send money & gift cards. It's a great way to use up fabric scraps, too.
    Fabric envelope tutorial at Jones Design Company
  • Monster Clutch 7 of 18
    Monster Clutch
    I just love these monster card holders, with fabric scraps & buttons. They can be reused as a cute coin purse, once the gift has been received.
    Monster gift card holder tutorial at The Happy Zombie
  • In Case of Emergency 8 of 18
    In Case of Emergency
    This? Is brilliant! You can use a dollar store frame, of course, since the recipient will likely take the money out right away. Still, it's a fun way to offer the gift of cash.
    In Case of Emergency tutorial at Create My Event
  • Luggage Tag 9 of 18
    Luggage Tag
    These simple gift card holders look a lot like luggage tags to me. I love a gift package with a double use after the holidays!
    Gift card holder tutorial at Amy Cornwell Designs
  • Money Tree 10 of 18
    Money Tree
    Check it out — money can grow on trees!
    Money Tree tutorial at Then She Made
  • Origami 11 of 18
    Origami
    I once gave a dozen money roses as a graduation gift, but there are so many other options. I am loving the star for Christmas!
    Money Origami tutorials at Homemade Gifts Made Easy
  • Paint Chip Purse 12 of 18
    Paint Chip Purse
    It's bad luck to gift a purse without money in it. So, why not make a purse to hold your cash gifts?
    Paint chip purse tutorial at Infarrantly Creative
  • Paper Envelope 13 of 18
    Paper Envelope
    Choose fun & festive paper prints to create envelopes for your gift cards.
    Paper envelope tutorial by Janet Hopkins
  • Paper Wallet 14 of 18
    Paper Wallet
    Here's another wallet to hold your gift cards — this one uses paper, with fun tips for personalization.
    Paper wallet tutorial and printables at Just Something I Made
  • Reindeer Envelope 15 of 18
    Reindeer Envelope
    Let Rudolph offer your gifts this year, with this cute upgrade on a simple envelope. She used all paper, but you could have a lot of fun with pipe cleaners, googly eyes & pom poms, too.
    Reindeer envelope tutorial at Kate's Paperie
  • Snow Globe 16 of 18
    Snow Globe
    The girls gave their teachers gift card snow globes this year. They had fun selecting the ornaments that went inside. Lorelai shook hers so hard that none of the embellishments were actually attached by the time we got to school. Still, it was a fun way to offer a simple gift.
    Gift card snow globe tutorial at The Creative Mama
  • Starbucks Coffee 17 of 18
    Starbucks Coffee
    Gift card latte — smart! Ask the barista for an empty cup to dress up a coffee gift card. I imagine you can use the same concept for milkshakes, too.
    Starbucks coffee tutorial at Saucy Sprinkles
  • Wrist Cuff 18 of 18
    Wrist Cuff
    This original design was created as a lunch money cuff for a child, but I think it would be perfect for runners too. It's a simple way to give money, while providing a 2nd gift to use all year long.
    Wrist cuff tutorial at A Lemon Squeezy Home

If you still need to pickup a few last minute gifts, check out my list of gift card bonus offers!

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