Graduation season is upon us, which means you are probably racking your brain for gift ideas for the grad in your life.
Maybe it’s been a while since you graduated and it’s hard to know what the kids are into these days.
Let me help you out: Your grad wants cash.
Yep, cash is the #1 gift on every grads wish list. Right or wrong, fancy engraved pen or copy of Dr. Suess’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, cash is still king.
But, the cash gift thing is a little tricky: It’s generally considered tacky to outright ask for cash and it can feel a little awkward to hand over an envelope full of money, which leaves you in a, err, weird place to be in.
Don’t worry — there are plenty of fun ways to give a cash gift that won’t leave you feeling like Tony Soprano sealing a deal from the back of Artie Bucco’s restaurant.
Here are 6 creative ways to give your grad a cash gift:
What a fun and festive way to hand over a little cash to a recent grad!
Stuffing a little money and confetti inside a balloon might seem pretty straightforward, but it’s not.
Make sure you read this handy tutorial before giving it a go.
Money definitely doesn’t grow on trees (don’t I wish!), but this money tree looks almost like the real thing.
You can use real plants or fake supplies from a craft store and if you don’t have the budget to fill every branch with cash, feel free to substitute with handwritten notes of encouragement or photographs.
It takes about 5-7 bills to make each flower, and if you use $1 bills, a dozen money roses will cost you about $60-$80 (floral tape and wire not included).
That’s not bad for a gift that won’t wilt after a few days!
Origami Money Shirts
Anyone who has to dress up for work knows how painful building a work wardrobe can be on your budget.
Your grad might not have a stellar collection of work shirts just yet, so this is a fun way to help him (or her) get started.
PS: Those little miniature hangars were made from colored paperclips – nice touch!
Get your grad started off on the right financial foot with an emergency fund.
Except this stash of cash also doubles as home decor for their first post-graduation apartment.
Let’s hope they don’t need to break the glass…
Cash Money Gift Box
It’s a box. Made with money. That holds money. Perfect.
PS: The tutorials I found online left me feeling pretty hopeless and then I found this YouTube video on how to get the fold just right. Phew!
“6 Creative Ways to Give Your Grad a Cash Gift” was written by Morgan Quinn, a freelance writer and Managing Editor and Social Media Manager of Mint.com’s blog, MintLife. You can read more of her at The Little Hen House.