Between hubby and I we only have 3 nieces and nephews .... on hubby's side, one niece (who has a son and daughter of her own so a great niece and a great nephew for us as well) and on my side of the family, two nephews.
Hubby's niece always gets something homemade by me for Christmas. She is close to my age and we are very casual in gift giving. She usually asks for a knitted hat, a knitted cowl, homemade jam/jelly or a crocheted afghan which I am more than happy to make for her and her husband. Her son and daughter and my brother's two boys are always given cash now that they are older. Years ago we limited the gifts to $20 so it would be a burden for any of us and it has worked well for many years BUT I try to find clever ways in giving the $20 so the gift is a little bit different each year. I have wrapped the bill in toilet paper rolls so the gift looks like a holiday cracker, I have placed the bill in a small box, which was then placed in a larger box, and then another larger box .... etc until there was one big honking box, I have put the bill in an old CD case to try and fool them ... so each year, I spend more time devising a plan on how to wrap the $20 than I do earning the $20!!!
Well this year, I found a fun and easy way to give them their $20. I spotted this idea pinned to a friends board on Pinterest and knew I just had to do it!!!
Saving my one dollar bills was actually easier than I thought it was going to be and I didn't even notice the money missing from my budget which was a bonus!
Once I had gathered enough dollar bills, I rolled each bill and tied them individually with a festive ribbon. Next I typed up the little saying on my computer and finding a clip art gingerbread man on Google images, I printed everything out. Sorry, for some reason the red candy cane border will not show up around the saying .... ugh, computers!
Gingerbread men with yummy icing,
Are oh so good and extremely enticing
I set out to make a dozen or two,
But ran out of time, oh what do I do?
So instead of the cookies, I tied with a bow,
Your own personal serving of
I filled each Ziploc baggie with 20 - $1 bills, sealed the baggies and stapled the saying and the gingerbread man on each baggie.
I think they turned out ADORABLE and the baggie sure looks like it is holding more than $20!
Now only if a secret Santa would do the same for me but use $100 bills. Remember to give your loved ones a hug!