So, you want to give money gifts to kids in your life. These money gift ideas for kids will keep things fun, plus help you pass on a money lesson.
Gifting money to kids this year, and you’d like to do it in a way that’s unique?
These money gift ideas for kids are perfect on several levels. First of all, they take a regular ol’ cash gift and make it into something much more – nothing boring, here!
How cool is that?
I just love two-fers in life (you know – when you get two-things-for-the-price-of-one?).
Fun Ways to Give Money – Money Gift Ideas for Kids
Whether you’re looking for money gift ideas for birthdays or money gift ideas for Christmas…you’re in the right place for fun ways to give money.
1. Stash Your Cash Gift in a Puzzle they Have to Solve
Cash gives them ultimate control over what they get to buy, plus they can take it with them the next time they go to the mall with friends (score – they don’t have to figure out how to earn more!).
But giving cash also takes away part of the fun of gift-giving…amiright?
SO, I’m going to offer up some really cool cash puzzles first up in this section, and then proceed to some awesome teenager gifts your daughters and nieces will be excited to receive. Best of both worlds, right?
Da Vinci Code Cash Puzzle
Make your teen work for your cash gift! They’ll have to solve this puzzle before they can get their hands on your wad of green.
Enigma Decode Cash Box
Again, gift cash to a teenager inside of a cool puzzle they’ll have to work through to get it.
Money Maze Puzzle Box
I’ll leave you with one more option – a money puzzle box.
2. Gift them Money in a Unique Mason Jar Piggy Bank
I was so thrilled when I found this cool product that turns a regular mason jar into a piggy bank money jar. It's sooooo cute (comes in both pink and blue!).
3. Gift the Cash Inside a Kid Money Management Book
While you can’t really dictate how the child receiving your cash gift is going to spend it, you can certainly influence their spending decisions.
Purchase a kid’s money book, and gift the money in a chapter/page where you specifically want them to pay attention to.
Need ideas for great kid’s money books? A few of my favorites are:
- Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday (Ages: 4-8 years)
- Not Your Parents’ Money Book (Age: 10+ years)
- How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000 (Ages: 10-14 years)
- The Teenage Investor (Ages: 11+ years)
Related articles you to check out:
- 29 Money Books for Kids (By Age)
- 13 Kid Entrepreneur Books
- 7 Investment Books for Kids
- 23 Career Exploration Books for Kids
4. Gift Coins Plus a Coin Collection Kit
You can gift money in a bunch of coins, with a coin collection kit. Talking about sparking their curiosity about money!
Coin Collecting for Kids (Ages 8-12)
This coin collection kit for kids is made of sturdy board-book material.
- 50 State Quarters
- Presidential $1 Coins
- Westward Journey Nickel Series
- Birth Year Coins
- Indian Head Cent
- Franklin Half Dollar
What I love about it is not only does it give them a place to collect coins, but it also teaches them things about the production of coins and money mints – things like reeding (those tiny grooves around the edge of coins), or how to grade a coin.
5. Give Art Money Gifts for Kids
Who says you can’t have a little fun with money? There are ways to show your child how to use money as art, such as gifting them a money origami book with some cash.
6. Gift Money Plus a Field Trip to See Where It’s Made
You can gift money to a child in a card, with a ticket the two of you can use to go see how money is made.
Hint: this one only works if you live near a Money Mint, money museum, or Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Money Mints with Free Tours:
- Philadelphia Mint Tour
- Denver Mint Tour
- Washington D.C. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
- Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing
- Kansas City Fed’s Money Museum
- Washington D.C. Coin Store (no tours available, but you can access the store)
7. Create a Blooming Money Jar
Roll up dollar bills (or $5s, $10s, etc.), and stuff them into the top of this lid. It'll look like a blooming money jar!
Psst: if it's Christmastime? You can snag these snowflake mason jar lids to stash dollar bills into. How cool to create a snowflake design with money!
8. Give Them Money + a Money Inspector
Here's a cool money gift idea for kids: give them some bills ($1, $5, $10, $50, etc.), and also this instrument that can help them see all of the fine details most of us miss as we're going about our day.
Using its UV light, LED light, as well as magnifier, you can:
- Spot security marks found on US and foreign currency
- Get a close-up view of coins
Things to Remember When Gifting Money to a Kid
In order to make the most of your money gift, you want to remember a few things.
For starters, know that it’s best to give money as actual cash.
While almost every child (if not, every child) understands that money is valuable, not every child understands what a check is and so it’s just not as impactful. And a gift card limits the child’s ability to spend or save the money, meaning they’ll learn fewer money lessons.
Next, you want to make sure you gift an appropriate amount of money. Take the child’s age into consideration here, as well as the size of money gifts you are giving to any siblings.
How much does this child get for a weekly or bi-weekly allowance? Knowing that information can help you determine if what you want to give is too much, or too little.
While you cannot dictate how your money will be spent once you give it away, you can certainly influence a child’s spending decisions. Increase the chances that they’ll hold onto at least part of their money to save or invest by gifting the money itself with (or even inside of) a kid’s book on money management.
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