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ncbyrne
12-14-2008, 04:23 PM
My DGDs (11+15) will be coming to my house on Christmas afternoon. I am giving my DGDs (11 + 15) cash, but don't want to just put cash or a check in an envelope and I want to make it a fun afternoon. I will wrap written clues that will contain puzzles/quizzes/ (word search, crossword, jigsaw, mirrored images etc.). After they solve them, they will have to follow directions (scavenger hunt style) to find a whole bunch of small bills, even coins.
Here are the ideas I have so far, but need several more.....
- $ coin frozen into a large block, then wrapped like a present and stored in garage freezer.
- $ paper bill folding teensy and stuffed into carefully opened walnut halves that have been glue back together. They will be placed in a large bowl filled with regular nuts with a nut cracker to find them.
- $ wrapped in a small box, then a little bigger, then bigger, etc.
- $ wrapped in a small box using heavy brown paper. They have to wear oven mitts to open the box.
- $ paper bill sandwiched between two small blocks of wood that have been screwed together. They will need to open with a screwdriver.
Can you help me think of more ways to "hide" the $ or ideas on presentations, etc...:rolleyes1

Kellydelly
12-14-2008, 04:41 PM
I would just get a cute mug or something like that and put the cash inside it, or get a pretty trinket box, since they are girls.

pixie921
12-14-2008, 04:52 PM
My son loves Hershey bars, so one year my mother in law bought about six and then taped them together with the bills between them. He was happy enough about the chocolate bars, but then was ecstatic to find the bills inside. :)

carj
12-14-2008, 04:59 PM
One of the kids that my son is friends with, always gives a can of Coke, or whatever, wrapped in dollar bills. They put 10 one dollar bills in a row and tape them together, then wrap around the can. It is always a big hit because the money just keeps unrolling. Even if it is not that much money, it makes a big impression because it unrolls.

prncess674
12-14-2008, 05:28 PM
My DGDs (11+15) will be coming to my house on Christmas afternoon. I am giving my DGDs (11 + 15) cash, 15 year olds can be notoriously anti social at family gatherings. I think I would stick with only one of your ideas. Hunting for $1 dollar bills can get aggravating and they may not find it very amusing. You even talk about hiding change?:confused3 These are kids with Ipods, cell phones and designer clothes, they may not be amused by hunting for quarters and dollars, maybe if she were 6 yrs old.

How much total are you planning on hiding/scavenging?

mom2d&b
12-14-2008, 05:44 PM
Tape the bills together, end to end. Empty a box of kleenex and then attach the bills to the last tissue and restuff the box.

Put cash in a CD case. We do this with gift cards. The teens are always so positive they know they are getting a CD. HA HA, they are wrong

robb01
12-14-2008, 05:49 PM
My son loves Hershey bars, so one year my mother in law bought about six and then taped them together with the bills between them. He was happy enough about the chocolate bars, but then was ecstatic to find the bills inside. :)

Thats a good idea, it appeals to the chocoholic in all of us :cool1:

a1tinkfans
12-14-2008, 05:52 PM
Tape the bills together, end to end. Empty a box of kleenex and then attach the bills to the last tissue and restuff the box.

Put cash in a CD case. We do this with gift cards. The teens are always so positive they know they are getting a CD. HA HA, they are wrong


I did the Kleenex one with 50 Singles once. Kid LOVED it, Me, not so much, lol!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

Nie0214
12-14-2008, 05:59 PM
15 year olds can be notoriously anti social at family gatherings. I think I would stick with only one of your ideas. Hunting for $1 dollar bills can get aggravating and they may not find it very amusing. You even talk about hiding change?:confused3 These are kids with Ipods, cell phones and designer clothes, they may not be amused by hunting for quarters and dollars, maybe if she were 6 yrs old.

How much total are you planning on hiding/scavenging?

I kind of agree. If they were both 6-10ish, I think it would be okay, but a 15 year old is a moody teenager and probably wouldn't be amused.

angeleigh
12-14-2008, 06:34 PM
My DGDs (11+15) will be coming to my house on Christmas afternoon. I am giving my DGDs (11 + 15) cash, but don't want to just put cash or a check in an envelope and I want to make it a fun afternoon. I will wrap written clues that will contain puzzles/quizzes/ (word search, crossword, jigsaw, mirrored images etc.). After they solve them, they will have to follow directions (scavenger hunt style) to find a whole bunch of small bills, even coins.
Here are the ideas I have so far, but need several more.....
- $ coin frozen into a large block, then wrapped like a present and stored in garage freezer.
- $ paper bill folding teensy and stuffed into carefully opened walnut halves that have been glue back together. They will be placed in a large bowl filled with regular nuts with a nut cracker to find them.
- $ wrapped in a small box, then a little bigger, then bigger, etc.
- $ wrapped in a small box using heavy brown paper. They have to wear oven mitts to open the box.
- $ paper bill sandwiched between two small blocks of wood that have been screwed together. They will need to open with a screwdriver.
Can you help me think of more ways to "hide" the $ or ideas on presentations, etc...:rolleyes1

My dd made my dad a bank and one year he filled it with dimes for her for her birthday. This year he filled it with quarters but someone stole it a couple of weeks before her birthday. So this year he taped 25 one dollar bills end to end and slipped them into a toilet paper roll and wrapped it. She loved it.

angeleigh
12-14-2008, 06:37 PM
15 year olds can be notoriously anti social at family gatherings. I think I would stick with only one of your ideas. Hunting for $1 dollar bills can get aggravating and they may not find it very amusing. You even talk about hiding change?:confused3 These are kids with Ipods, cell phones and designer clothes, they may not be amused by hunting for quarters and dollars, maybe if she were 6 yrs old.

How much total are you planning on hiding/scavenging?

I have to disagree with this. My 16 yo dd who has all of the above things would absolutely love this. I may actually do something like this for her because she has only asked for one thing so far.

prncess674
12-14-2008, 06:44 PM
I have to disagree with this. My 16 yo dd who has all of the above things would absolutely love this. I may actually do something like this for her because she has only asked for one thing so far.
only the OP know's her DGD. Determine if this is something she would really get into for the evening. Also to the OP, how much time are YOU willing to watch the DGD hunting for quarters and dollars. I love my 16 year old DGD, but I know her well enough that I would lose ANY cool points I had currently built up making her search my house for quarters. Kids want attention and I don't need to spend 45 minutes to an hour of our Christmas Eve party watching her hunt for quarters. She gets her $50 gift card to "cool clothing store" of her choosing and I go back to my guests. Different strokes for different folks.

Tinker'n'Fun
12-14-2008, 06:48 PM
You can make a salad with the bills, a salad bowl and tongs...

And or you can buy them a book. Put the money in the middle of the book. Make sure that you tell them they need to read the book to "get the full experience and Christmas present they deserve". If a child makes it half way through the book chances are they will finish it.

Also you can make a money tree...

IluvKingLouis
12-14-2008, 07:12 PM
There's a Scandinavian tradition of putting candies into a Xmas tree ornament. We improvised when I was growing up. We'd take empty toilet paper rolls (after all the papper is gone), and wrap in Christmas wrapping papper so that the paper extends past the roll. Hide goodies in the roll then tie the ends with ribbons and stick into the tree. I suppose you could hide some bills in there.

We also would glue ribbon so these rolls could be hung.

nena
12-14-2008, 08:24 PM
My dad always gives us a $100 bill. Eac year he tries different ways to hide our present. Here are some of his hidding ideas:

in a pack of gum
in a mini stocking
in a tin of mints
around a lipgloss/chapstick
rolled up and tied with a red ribbon to the tree as an ornament
around a pen
inside mittens/socks

Aunt Flancy
12-14-2008, 08:34 PM
One year my Sister gave her son his cash gift in all $2 bills.

lovebugsmom
12-14-2008, 09:12 PM
I have a friend who once was given a loaf of bread with money between each slice. She still talks about if 15 years later as one of the best ways she has been given cash.

MickeyMomOfThree
12-14-2008, 09:17 PM
I'm planning on giving my DD14 a money tree. We are going to fold the dollar bills oragimi style (found doing google search) and hand them from a little Christmas tree. She seems to think money grows on trees anyway...:lmao:

Disneycrazymom
12-14-2008, 09:57 PM
Thanks for the fun ideas! We have done cash for our college age niece and nephew and it is always good to do it a fun way. Another one we have done is a basket of "college food" with the cash taped to the bottom.

mickeylove2
12-14-2008, 10:32 PM
When my brothers were teenagers they had those cell phones that you had to buy cards to add minutes to, and so what I did for Christmas that year was take a huge tv box, I think it was like a 36 inch tv, and I taped 1 card to the bottom of it and then I filled it with packing peanuts, then I added a smaller box and did the same thing, then a smaller box etc, I think I had 4 or 5 boxes each. Each box was wrapped with a bow on top so they opened the huge box had to dig around in the peanuts and found another box, unwrapped that one, then they didn't even realize that there were cards taped to each bottom until we were all sitting there laughing at them and they figured out that there was more to it than just a bunch of boxes with1 card, so they had to dig through to the bottom of each box, there were peanuts EVERYWHERE, it was priceless.

ncbyrne
12-15-2008, 04:31 AM
One year my Sister gave her son his cash gift in all $2 bills.

I am the OP. Oh, I love the idea of $2 bills! We do something crazy with gifts every year, not only do the girls love it, but they expect it from us! Last year they told us the scavenger hunt was "too easy", so this year we're upping the ante! We are not hiding quarters...it will be a sizable amount of money! I was thinking paper money and one or two of the gold $1 coins just for variety, and since we love going to WDW, maybe some DD would be good too. I'm gleaning some great ideas from my fellow DISers - thanks, and keep 'em coming.

Kelsie
12-15-2008, 05:32 AM
My DD is 14 and since she hasn't believed in Santa, a little of the 'magic' is gone on Christmas morning. This year she is getting a lot of gift cards, Claire’s, Starbucks, Borders, iTunes, Hot Topic, Fandango, etc., and I'm in the process of planning a scavenger hunt. They’ll be hidden all over the house and she’ll need to figure out rhyming clues to find them. Some if the clues are difficult and it may take her most of the day but I think it will be a lot more fun than just opening gift cards.

I know she will love it and I think your DGD’s will also. :)

Claroquesi
12-15-2008, 05:34 AM
Tape them in pages of a coloring book. Give him the book and crayons like you are some clueless family member.

Mom2Satan&Daisy
12-15-2008, 06:23 AM
My DD is 14 and since she hasn't believed in Santa, a little of the 'magic' is gone on Christmas morning. This year she is getting a lot of gift cards, Claire’s, Starbucks, Borders, iTunes, Hot Topic, Fandango, etc., and I'm in the process of planning a scavenger hunt. They’ll be hidden all over the house and she’ll need to figure out rhyming clues to find them. Some if the clues are difficult and it may take her most of the day but I think it will be a lot more fun than just opening gift cards.

I know she will love it and I think your DGD’s will also. :)I LOVE this idea!! I might use it for next year. Especially since it will take me that long to come up with the clues:lmao:

kmvand1
12-15-2008, 06:57 AM
15 year olds can be notoriously anti social at family gatherings. I think I would stick with only one of your ideas. Hunting for $1 dollar bills can get aggravating and they may not find it very amusing. You even talk about hiding change?:confused3 These are kids with Ipods, cell phones and designer clothes, they may not be amused by hunting for quarters and dollars, maybe if she were 6 yrs old.

How much total are you planning on hiding/scavenging?


Yeah, I was just thinking the same things. My kids, 17 and 13 would probably not even participate:rotfl:

mominwestlake
12-15-2008, 07:22 AM
I bought my dd15 a pair of gloves that aren't her "style". I am going to put a different denomination bill in each finger. I know she'll think I'm nuts for picking out the gloves but she'll love the money inside! I also got a maze puzzle you have to complete to get your gift card/ or bill out of. Last year it was a block maze and boy did it take her awhile. This year I got a pinball maze. I like the cd idea too but she would think I wouldn't have any idea what type cd to buy her.

trouttigger
12-15-2008, 09:20 AM
Put in the Dictionary where the word "money" or "dollar" appears.

DisHokie
12-15-2008, 09:26 AM
i put $ in a pinata with candy before.. the kids loved it.. b/.c they had to break it to get the stuff out!

santa's surpriz
12-15-2008, 10:20 AM
They make puzzle boxes to put money gifts in too. My ex-inlaws did one year. It was a clear lucite box that you had to solve and "unlock" the money.

mebfalcon
12-15-2008, 10:22 AM
Any idea where you get the puzzle boxes?

Auggietina
12-15-2008, 10:31 AM
Any idea where you get the puzzle boxes?

Amazon has a bunch

I got a couple of these

http://www.amazon.com/Get-Organized-PINBALL-MONEY-MAZE/dp/B001F1MO7K/ref=pd_bbs_5?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1229356948&sr=8-5

MickeyMomOfThree
12-15-2008, 12:10 PM
Those are cool...
We got some once that were at the dollar store and they were surprisingly hard!!! It was fun...

extremesoccermom
12-15-2008, 12:35 PM
A few years ago I took 20 $1.00 bills and folded them into all kinds of fun things by doing a search for oragimi money or dollars. I wrapped some together like 2 shirts and a pair of boots. He had a great time with all the little gifts before having to unfold them all.:rotfl:

kileybeth
12-15-2008, 12:46 PM
along th esame lines but with gift cards, anyone have any really cute ideas?

My older 3 kids are all getting mostly gift cards (from safe reliable places only) but I want them to have something to open as they have younger siblings who will have lots of toys to open.

WendyisDarling
12-15-2008, 12:58 PM
One year my Sister gave her son his cash gift in all $2 bills.

:scared1: I'm superstitious. $2 bills bring bad luck.

Handbag Lady
12-15-2008, 01:09 PM
One year Santa gave me and my sister each $100.

Santa rolled up my sister's cash, 100 one-dollar bills literally rolled like cigarette paper, and tied them with a pretty bow and put them in a pretty box.

Santa took my 100 one-dollar bills and just tied them in the middle with a knotted piece of ribbon. (So they looked like messy bow-ties themseles.)

I didn't say anything then, but years later I asked Santa why my sister's gift was so much prettier and presented so much more lavishly. Santa told me, "You try tying 100 bows on 100 dollar bills after rolling them on Christmas Eve. After 20, you are exasperated and just want it done. By the end of the first 100, you will not care about the second 100."

Oddly enough, my mom got a weekend to Temecula to go antiquing for Mother's day that year....hmmmm....

ncmickeyluvr
12-15-2008, 02:35 PM
I had a friend in High School whose Father used to special order brand new $1.00 bills from the bank at Christmas. He's get a couple thousand and give stacks to everyone. He thought it was hilarious to watch his spoiled children try and buy things - counting $1.00 at a time and trying to make sure the crisp bills weren't stuck together. Not to mention how funny it was to see them at the mall with huge stacks of bills. He'de even tip his paper boy, barber, etc with a stack of ones. He was a funny guy...and super generous!

KelliLee702
12-15-2008, 02:40 PM
Origami (spelling?) folding the money. Look at your local library and see if you can find a book with insturctions. I know I have seen them in bookstores. Good luck!

TammyLynn33
12-15-2008, 03:16 PM
I was a big shaker. I used to get gift cards wrapped in weird shaped boxes with stuff like jelly beans etc so I had no clue i was just getting gift cards..:)

ncbyrne
12-16-2008, 06:19 AM
[QUOTE=WebmasterKelsie;29173674] They’ll be hidden all over the house and she’ll need to figure out rhyming clues to find them. Some if the clues are difficult and it may take her most of the day but I think it will be a lot more fun than just opening gift cards.

[QUOTE]

Sounds like a neat idea...what kind of rhyming clues? I'm not very poetic, can you post some suggestions?

disneygals
12-16-2008, 07:27 AM
One year I rolled Wicked tickets (copies, not the originals) and put them in Christmas Crackers http://www.oldenglishcrackers.com/

My girls are 16,14 and 12 and would LOVE a game or scavenger hunt, but I don't think I'm creative enough. Does anyone wish to share clues or rhymes?

I am planning on making a cash book at this point....copying this format, but Christmas

http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2008/09/mazel-tov-for-a.html

santa's surpriz
12-16-2008, 08:27 AM
:scared1: I'm superstitious. $2 bills bring bad luck.



Most banks do not even have them, only if a client brings them in for a deposit. I work in a bank, the tellers always get a flood of people asking for them this time of year. When ordered, they need to be ordered in such large increments that it does not even make sense to order.

annsteere
12-16-2008, 09:20 AM
I'm doing gift cards wrapped according to where they come from this year.

Target cards are taped on the back of an old dart board.

Chipotle cards are in a washcloth wrapped in aluminum foil to look like a burrito. Chipotle gave me a few pieces of their basket lining and a store carry out bag to wrap this in.

Bath and Body Works in a loofah mit.

All of these will go into a large box togther.

8 Ears
12-16-2008, 09:27 AM
Wow! What Great ideas!!:idea:

In past years we have papered the living room off, done the puzzles where you stick money, gift cards, movie tickets into, scavenger hunt...:rotfl:

I love :love: the stack of $1. bills!!


You can also get a picture of an item made into a puzzle.:rotfl2:

Keep the ideas coming, I al so enjoying them!!:wizard:

pjlla
12-16-2008, 10:03 AM
Great ideas here!

A few years ago I gave cash to my nephews who were both saving for something in particular.

Older DN was saving for a laptop. I made him a "laptop" from a shirt box and some creative printing from Printmaster. The screen said something like "Merry Christmas Jacob". He didn't really understand why he got an empty box that was made into a pretend laptop. I hid the cash under the paper screen. He had to tear apart the "laptop" to get the cash out.

Younger DN (who wants to be a farmer) was saving for some more chicken eggs to hatch. I got out a bunch of plastic easter eggs and put some $$ in each of them and gave him a small gift bag full of eggs.

When I gave my Dad some cash to buy a new flagpole a few years ago, I took the paper money and taped it end to end. I rolled it up into a long skinny tube and taped a paper flag to the top. He knew exactly what his gift was!

I agree with the PP who said that the scavenger hunt or such would be good for some kids and not for others. But the OP would probably know her granddaughters and what they would enjoy.

Last year for Christmas we gave our kids a Disney trip. I didn't just want to tell them about it, so I made up kind of a word puzzle (fill in the blanks). And I gave them exactly the right letters (die cut letters I use for scrapbooking). They just had to figure out where the letters went and what the message spelled out. I gave the caveat that for every 30 minutes that went by where they didn't figure out at least one word, I would give them a hint. But it was truly very frustrating for them and I ended up "hinting" almost the entire puzzle in a few hours. And I was obviously trying to be too cryptic. They barely understood the puzzle even after all of the letters were in place.

It said....."Been There, Done That, Going back in April!" They still weren't sure WHERE we were going. They had kind of assuming that the clue was leading to a Disney trip, but they just couldn't make the words fit right because they kept trying to spell Disney and it wasn't working. I would definitely make it easier next time!!

When we surprised them with a trip to WAshington, DC a few years ago I wrapped clues and put them under the tree... they were labeled Clue #1, Clue #2, etc. They started with very difficult and vague up to really easy. I believe that clue number one penny (Lincoln Memorial), clue number two was a scrapbook sticker that looked like a branch of cherry blossoms (because we were going at that time), clue number three was a dollar bill, clue number four was a sticker of a mini-van packed for a road trip, number five was a tiny American flag and a tiny DC flag..... all the way up to a scrapbook sticker of the White house. The final package was a few kids guidebooks to DC... but they had figured it out by then. It was really fun. DD (who was about 11 at the time and very bright) figured it out pretty quickly, but DS (who as almost 9 at the time) was just clueless. But he was happy and thought it was fun.

Hope some of this might help........................P

Microcell
12-17-2008, 03:55 PM
Tape them in pages of a coloring book. Give him the book and crayons like you are some clueless family member.

Oh! I am soooo doing that for my nephews!!!

Thanks!