In our family, we have oodles of nieces and nephews… and limited funding. Since we don’t have the finances to spend what we would like on each of them, we find hilarious ways to give our siblings’ children cash as gifts every year. We get bonus points for making our siblings laugh. (These points are self-appointed). In the past, we have put cash in rice, submerged it in slime, built it into a lego creation, and made it into a bar of soap.
This year we went with the pandemic theme and focused on safety… and lucky for you, we are willing to share. We have used this idea as “quarantine birthday gifts” this year as well.
Here is a hilarious way to give cash to those in your life in this unprecedented year that seems to never end. Since we happen to be in a pandemic, we thought it appropriate to put our cash through a rigorous sanitization process and document it for our family. This was the easiest cash gift thus far… and it will be even easier for you, since we are sharing our printable. You can download it for free at the end of the post.
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Laundering The Cash Gift
First, we laundered money. Please note that this is the kind of laundering implemented using a washing machine and not the kind that criminals do. We are law-abiding citizens, and I am a complete rule follower. Putting the bills into a lingerie bag helps keep them safe in the wash. This bag is also what we use for washing masks. I’m getting one for each of my boys this year to try to keep their socks together since somehow neither of them have a single pair left.
Hanging the Cash Gift Outside In the Fresh Air
Next, the cash was hung out to dry. Using a travel clothesline, we made sure that each bill maintained at least 6 ft. of social distance from all other bills. If they were unable to do so, we would have asked them to please wear a mask. Luckily, there was plenty of space and none of the bills gave us any trouble.
Cash Gift Submerged in Sanitizing Solution
Our next step in the process of sanitizing our cash gift was to submerge the cash in a sanitizing solution of at least 72.4% alcohol content by volume. We chose a bottle of rubbing alcohol, but there are many options on the market today. It might also be water in the jar with an alcohol bottle nearby. It’s hard to say. (Nope, it’s not hard to say… the liquid in the jar is actually water)
Temperature and Symptom Check of the Cash Gift
Before we placed each bill in quarantine, we did a symptom and temperature check. Thankfully, none of the bills had a temperature of above 100.3, sore throat, cough, body aches, or any other symptoms that may be concerning. Consequently, we felt very comfortable moving them on to the next stage. (So… the money wasn’t actually 98.3 degrees, but the human holding the thermometer was; in case you were concerned about that)
The Hilarious Cash Gift in Quarantine
Once the above steps have been completed, the cash gift enters quarantine. Currently (as of publishing date), the CDC recommends 10 days of quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19. Although we have no idea if the money was exposed, we want to be on the safe side. Therefore, we quarantined our cash just in case. The cash will be released and ready for use at the end of the 10 days.
We made sure to make this date after Christmas to make our loved ones wait a bit, knowing full well that some will find ways to get the cash as quickly as possible. They did this with the soap. No child washes their hands enough times in one day to get to the money… but somehow, most of them did. It was quite suspicious! However, they were more prepared for the handwashing they would encounter in 2020 and, hopefully, continue forever.
Get The Free Printable
This is a printable that we made and laminated so they can save them for years to come and always remember how hilarious their aunt and uncle are. I used the Scotch Thermal Laminator. My laminator comes in handy all the time to make things last. For everyday keepsakes like documents, I use 3 MIL laminating pouches. When creating items for my classroom that need to be a little more durable, I used 5 MIL laminating pouches. This laminator has settings for both sizes, but 3 MIL is plenty strong in most cases.
Putting The Gift Together
Once we laminated the description sheets, the money was quarantined in snack bags (they are a perfect size). Then, the bag and printout were stapled together. Make sure to staple the top of the bag so that you don’t puncture it and compromise the safety packaging’s integrity by letting contaminated air in… nobody wants to start the process all over. Then we placed them in a 6 X 9 clasp envelope. Since we used half sheets, they fit like a glove.
Originally, I planned to package them in a roll of toilet paper with a hand sanitizer bottle to get the full 2020 vibe, but then I remembered shipping costs. The envelope works nicely and ships much more easily. And… lucky for me, 2021 was just like 2020, but without a toilet paper shortage. The gift still works! Be careful if you are shipping cash, though; bad guys like to steal them this time of year.
If you are looking for more funny gifts, Facebook gave me some hilarious suggestions. You can read about them in this post. Funny gift ideas that Facebook nailed.