Get Creative When Giving Teens Gift Money

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970.Denise Witmer, over at About.com: Teens, has some terrific advice for parents and relatives who want to give a teen money for the holidays. (And what teen doesn't love the idea of receiving a little mad money?)

Here are a few of Witmer's suggestions:

  • Put the money in a new wallet and wrap the wallet.
  • Stick the money in a festive envelope and place it in a book on learning about money.
  • Disperse the money into gift cards to your teen’s favorite
    stores. Add a card that sets a date to go shopping and spend some time
    together.

For more creative and fun ideas, visit About.com: Teens.

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4 Responses to “Get Creative When Giving Teens Gift Money”

  1. Liz Seegert says:

    at his age, money is my 17-year old son’s favorite gift, but can easily “disappear” through small purchases at the food cart , 7-11, etc.
    I like the idea of gift cards vs. cash because it can’t just be frittered away. Another idea is to purchase a pre-paid Visa or American Express Card (I believe most drugstores carry them); younger teens feel grown up my having a “credit” card and older teens can combine them with store cards or other cash cards towards a larger purchase.

  2. Kathy Sena says:

    Liz, these are great suggestions! Thanks so much.

  3. rjleaman says:

    Money origami! When I was a kid, my father ran out of inspiration one Christmas and did this for my mother: he got a tiny table-top tree, folded a whole lot of $5 bills into birds and stars, and decorated the tree, put it at her place at the breakfast table. Now, I usually give a small-ish gift to the teens on my list and add in some money that’s folded into interesting shapes. Teenaged girls are especially keen on origami money hearts; and fortunately, that’s one of the easiest shapes to start with!

  4. Kathy Sena says:

    COOL idea! Boy, that takes some talent and creativity to think this up and then pull it off. I’ll bet those hearts look adorable!