Most people spend weeks scouring the mall for that perfect gift to appease the “not-so-happy” Christmas camper. Fortunately, however, some people are simple. That’s right, no shopping necessary for these easy breezers. Give these undemanding individuals a gift certificate or cash for Christmas and everyone’s satisfied. But where’s the fun in that? At least one smile and one surprise per person are required at gift giving time; those are the rules! So here are 5 creative ways to make them work for their money this year.
1. Paper Towel Extravaganza
This requires a roll of paper towels (or two depending on the amount of money involved), tape, and a possible trip to the bank. For example: Let’s say you want to give this person $50. You will need to get the $50 broken down into one dollar bills. Unroll the paper towels. Begin taping one dollar bill at a time to each towel until you run out of money or towels, whichever happens first. When you are left with an empty cardboard roll, begin to re-roll the paper towels, but be sure the money is concealed on the inside. To spice up your presentation, assemble a gift basket with some kitchen utensils, oven mitts, rubber gloves, household cleaners, etc.
2. Toilet Paper: Rinse, Repeat
You get the idea. This does take more time and patience than working with paper towels. However, the gift basket assortment can go in many directions ranging from squeaky clean to utterly disgusting.
3. Jelly or Jam Surprise?
This is for people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty…or slimy. You will need a large mason jar, enough Vaseline to fill the jar, a small Ziploc bag, and of course the cash prize to hide within this gooey mess. Tuck the money/gift certificate into the Ziploc bag; make sure all of the air is out of the bag before sealing it. Put the bag in the Mason jar and slop the Vaseline in until the jar is filled up. Put the lid on tight. You can dress up the jar by tying ribbon around the top or you can use a decorative cloth swatch. Either way, they have to dive in to get their present!
4. Peppermint Patty Deluxe
If you want to give a gift card to someone, this is perfect. For this you will need a small Christmas stocking, a bag of peppermint candy (regular hard candy, not the soft stuff), a roll of quarters, and a gift certificate. Unwrap a peppermint, take one of the quarters and place it flat on one side of the candy, with the quarter in place, re-wrap the peppermint. Make sure to give the ends a tight twist to secure the quarters. Fill the stocking with your new candies and hide the gift certificate at the bottom of the stocking. You can also use a small gift bag or any ornate container to present your gift.
5. A Layered Lie
This one is a classic, a pleasing teaser that never seems to fail. It requires several boxes, of course starting with the biggest box you can find. This project could go on forever, so depending on your level of patience and your attention span, enter this task at your own risk. The purpose is to fit as many boxes into the biggest box as possible, and of course hidden deep within the smallest box is the cash or gift card. You might want to weigh the box down with a few items: canned goods, a few rocks, or a couple of old shoes. (There’s nothing like receiving someone else’s crusty old shoes for Christmas. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.)
P.S. Blame Santa for any aggravation these gifts might cause. Merry Christmas!