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14 Fun Ways to Give Cash at Weddings, Parties and on Holidays

14 Fun Ways to Give Cash at Weddings, Parties and on Holidays

As Autumn leaves begin to pile up in the yard and the wind suddenly begins to blow cold, many people are beginning to think about preparing for the upcoming holidays and all the gatherings that are usually planned.

Every year, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays and other holiday events are great opportunities for anyone to be creative and generous. Now is the time to prepare by making plans for your gift giving.

Whether you are attending a winter wedding, a birthday party, an office holiday or retirement party, or just getting ready for Christmas, here are 14 helpful ideas for fun ways to give cash:

1.  Money tree

In recent years money trees have become very popular on the receiving tables at weddings or by the door at fundraisers. This is because they can be created just about any size and made out of a variety of materials. For a wedding, the tree can be decorated with the wedding colors by using ribbons, for instance. Some trees are quite large, while others are small enough to fit on a table. Guests are invited to roll up their bills and tie them to the tree. These trees are a simple and beautiful way to receive money.

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money tree by Sharis Berries

    photo credit: Shari’s Berries

    2.  Balloon money

    If you are planning a birthday party for your child, one idea is to roll up and slip dollar bills (or larger bills) inside of balloons before you inflate them. The money is often hidden until the child discovers it, so it can be a fun surprise. This idea would work for adult parties as well.

    3.  Money jar

    Giving a money jar is a traditional way to give a combination of coins and bills in a large jar. Just fill the jar with whatever amount you want. Tons of pennies make a fun gift. After you fill the jar you can decorate it by topping it off with colorful ribbons, beads, or yarn. It is a creative, yet simple way to give a combination of cash and coins.

    4.  Money cake

    Here is an original idea that requires a little bit of time to put together. Just roll the bills and attach them individually to the center portion in a circular pattern. This would be really nice present for a birthday or graduation gift. Or, it could even be a clever wedding gift.

    5.  Money angels

    You could make simple holiday angels out of folded money. The angel’s head can be made of an easter egg, or a foam ball. These angels can make perfect ornament gifts for anyone and they would look nice when hung on the tree.

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    6. Candy money

    If you are a grandparent who wants to give money, here is a great idea. Take your rolled coins and wrap them in Christmas paper and twist and tie both ends with ribbon. This makes them look like giant candy rolls and they would be great gifts for grandkids to enjoy. You could also put them inside of Christmas stockings.

    7.  Money box

    If you want to take a little time, you can cover a small box with money and then have a roll of money inside the box. This idea would work for dollar bills or larger ones. Covering the box makes the gift look very neat and attractive.

    8. Pizza money

    This idea could work well for a kid’s birthday party or even Christmas bonuses at work. Just spread the money in a circular pattern inside the pizza box and use a few coins to place on top.  The pizza money could be a fun surprise at your party.

    9.  Money ornaments

    If you are a creative person, you can find ways to place money inside just about any object. For example, if you give an ornament of a toy train engine, you can stuff a bill inside of it. You can also use the money itself as the gift by folding the bills and putting them inside a tiny box that looks like it holds chocolates, or simply fold the bills into star or tree shapes.

    10. Money tree lot

    If you are giving money to a group of people, here is another idea. Create a miniature Christmas tree lot in a box and fold up the bills (whatever amount you decide) so they stand up in the box. You might have to wrap them around cardboard so they stand up. Then you can decorate your large box, so that each little tree is a money gift.  This would be a very original gift!

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    11.  Money crayons

    When you want to give money to a  toddler or preschool child, you could just wrap the dollar bills around each crayon and tie with tape. This is a simple and neat way to please any kid.

    12. Money card

    Christmas cards or any other occasion cards are a good chance to use your creativity to come up with great ideas. If you make a card that shows a school bus, you could stuff a few bills inside the windows. It really depends on the object on your card. Money cards would work for any birthday, graduation, or special occasion.

    13.  Money plant

    For this idea, you simply buy a small pot and after attaching the money in the center portion, you curl each bill so is looks like the shape of a leaf. The overall effects looks like a pretty green plant and makes a lovely gift.

    Miles Against Melanoma PA on flickr

      Photo credit: Melanoma PA 

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      14. Giant check

      Every once in awhile an opportunity to give a large sum of money may come up. If the money gift is intended to be donated to a school or other organization, you could order a large check to be printed and have photos take with the recipient during the presentation.

      If you want to make a large summed graduation gift, you could also have a large check printed and send it to the graduate inside a poster carton.

      Or, if you are giving a wedding couple the money for the down payment on a house, or the honeymoon cruise, you could have a giant check printed up and carry it into the wedding reception, or roll it up in a poster carton to hand over to them personally.

      Giving cash for presents is an easy way to solve your holiday or last minute gift shopping problems. Try to use some of the above ideas to make the occasion fun and exciting for those on the receiving end, and you’ve got your gift obligation covered!

      Featured photo credit: Steven Depolo on flickr via flickr.com

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      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

      Listen carefully:

      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

      1. Pray Daily

      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

      3. Smile Often

      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

      4. Organize Your Working Desk

      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

      How do you do that? This is my formula:

      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

      8. Go Exercise

      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

      The Bottom Line

      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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