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#1 morgansacre

Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:51 AM

Hi,

This year I have decided to give money to my grandchildren, as I never know what they want, and it's just easier for me. But I don't know how to give it....just in a card or envelope seems so impersonal...

So what ideas can you give me on how to give money?

It has to be cash, not gift cards...as I don't want them locked into a particular store.

Waiting for suggestions.... original.gif

Lynn

#2 imamumto3

Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:59 AM

I'm sure I have seen people do money trees or flowers with rolled up notes

#3 Jenflea

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:12 AM

Westfield voucher which can be used at pretty much any Westfield centre?

I'd go for the cash in a card route personally. It never bothers me how I get cash given to me original.gif

#4 BadCat

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:13 AM

Last year my mum gave the grandkids money.  She got it all in dollar coins and blutacked them to the bottom of a smallish gft box and filled the box with lollies.

I have also seen both coins and notes scattered through a bag of lollies.

#5 MacFeral

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:21 AM

Great ideas here:

Money Gift Ideas

#6 FeralSis

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:33 AM

Personally if I am giving cash for a present I fold the notes and put in a small coloured organza bag from a cheap shop.

This then goes inside a card in an envelope.

Looks great, puffs out envelope nicely so that it looks slightly more than just a card and the recipient ends up with a bag of money!

#7 morgansacre

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:36 AM

Thank you for the ideas,

I love the red envelope idea, and the decorating a card using the money as part of the decorations.

The grandchildren are aged 9, 8, 4, 4, 18 months and 18 months.

I will also see if I can fold the money into origami shapes. Not sure how that would work with the almost uncreasable Australian money.

Thank you, any other ideas?

Lynn

#8 threeinnyc

Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

You can put the money inside of the piggy bank for each child.

#9 Shanski

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

For the younger ones (4,4,18mths & 18mths) I would give them a stack of coins and just one note as my little ones love playing with the coins and get the concept of coins as money rather than notes.

For the older two I would get a few coins and sticky tape them to the inside of the card so it takes them a while to "open" their present and give them more notes.

You could aways buy each of them a money tin that can't be opened (the ones from the cheapie stores) and tape it to the outside with a few coins inside to help start their savings.

#10 casime

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

My mother used to pay for our holiday accommodation in cash every year.  It became a running joke about how she would pay it (we had become really good friends with the owners).

* One year she brought one of those giant balloons, blew it up a bit, then rolled up the notes and stuck them in to the balloon.  Filled it up the rest of the way.

* Another year she unrolled a whole roll of toilet paper, and sticky taped the notes along the roll, then rolled it back up again.

Will have to try and remember some of the other ones she did.   I seem to recall something with a loaf of bread.   laugh.gif

#11 ~buzz~

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

My Grandma gives us money for Christmas as its too hard for her to get to the shop to buy something. She always writes out each card for us and puts the money in it she suffers from arthritis so my Aunt writes out all her other Christmas cards but she insists on doing ours which I think is very sweet original.gif

#12 ELKO

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:22 AM

There are lots of ideas on Pinterest, as you said folding the money looks cool, but I am also nut sure it will work with Australian money, or you could photocopy the money, fold that and then put the real money in an card.

Put the money in blown up balloons along with confetti and perhaps some of those Christmas table (not sure what they are called) scattery things.

Also I am seen a clever money "chocolate box" on Pinterest, money folded and coins in the paper cases in a box like a box of chocolates.

#13 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:26 AM

Was just going to suggest Pinterest!  Heaps of ideas on there.  We usually just put it in a card.  This year I noticed cheap as chips sells money cards.  They were $2 for a pack of 6 or something, they had a christmas print on the front, space to put the money in and somewhere to write a message.

#14 hunter4

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:35 AM

My cousin was a master at giving money.  It was always fun to see what he'd done each year. A couple of examples are:

frozen inside an ice cream carton.
bored a hole in a cake of soap - inserted money and replugged up the soap.
Taped inside a yellow pages
inside an old car part that had to be taken apart to get to it.
given a LOTS of coins etc

those are the only ones I can think of at the moment but I'm sure there's plenty more.


#15 Poss and Soss

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:45 AM

QUOTE (Shanski @ 24/11/2012, 09:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For the younger ones (4,4,18mths & 18mths) I would give them a stack of coins and just one note as my little ones love playing with the coins and get the concept of coins as money rather than notes.

I am not sure coins for an 18 month old is the best idea. Even under supervision they can very quickly pop one into their mouth. We've had the ambulance out to my son who was choking on a coin - and a friend's daughter was hospitalised and they had to anaethetise her to put a scope down to remove a $2 coin she'd inhaled.

#16 morgansacre

Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:28 AM

Thank you for all the wonderful ideas original.gif

I have decided to get some red envelopes, I will put their first name on the front in Chinese (with an English translation underneath). Inside I will make a postcard with a nice saying for each of them and on the back of the postcard I will tape the $50 note.

At least this will be personal to each of them, and a little out of the ordinary Tounge1.gif

Thank you all
Lynn

#17 Safety Queen

Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

i buy my brother the visa debit cards - like a credit card but no id or age limit - i tried getting the reloadable ones last year but they were sold out. I have got them for this year he can use them anywhere onlineor at any store- he loves it he can buy what he wants normally on sale. I think its $6 for the card plus what ever amount you put on but it means he can use it on those websites overseas where he doesnt like to use his credit card.

i wrapped it in about 7 different boxes - like a giant pass the parcle

#18 XieXie

Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:46 AM

Beautiful, Lynn!

#19 niggles

Posted 24 November 2012 - 10:04 AM

That sounds nice Lynn.

If anyone else is looking brandsexclusive have wooden money boxes in nice muted colours and retro shapes at the moment.

You can also sometimes get beautiful carved leather ones shaped like animals and globes from Oxfam fair trade shops. DD has the pig one and loves it.




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