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Creative & Fun Valentine to Give – It’s Better than a Box of Chocolates

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 2, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Budget Living,Family Fun,Gift Ideas,Valentine's Day,Valentine's Day | 58 Comments

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For Christmas my aunt sent me one of the best, one of the most clever, one of the most practical gifts I’ve ever received.

I shared it with you back in December [4]. Upon reflection, I realized that it would make an ideal Valentine for those special people in your life. And then readers kept asking how to make one.

So, here’s a up close review of what The Great Aunt Cass gave us for Christmas and how you can make one yourself.

You will need:

  • a candy box (reuse one or buy one at a craft store)
  • paper candy liners
  • money
  • glue or double sided tape
  • foam stickies

When I first unwrapped the box, it looked like a regular candy box from a sweet shop in a little town in Wisconsin. My mom is from Winona, Minnesota and that is where most of our Pellowski relatives still live. {Waving to all the relatives.}

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There was a note attached that said that it was “better than See’s Candy [6].” This was hard to believe as my dad has been sending all the relatives boxes of See’s Candy for about 30 years. No one ever told me that La Crosse had See’s beat. So, I was a little skeptical when I opened the box.

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So far, we’re still thinking that this is for real. If you don’t have a real candy shop to impersonate, you could create a really fun, mock insert for Valentine’s Day. (If you do, please write me and tell me about it [8]!)

Under the paper insert and parchment liner, was of course, the real treat:

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Cass had included a number of different currency, disguised as candy. You can so easily do this yourself!

Nestle within candy papers varied denominations: pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, dollar coins and dollar bills, two dollar bills and as high up as you can afford. Inquire at the bank to see what fun selection you can come up with.

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One of the great things about this gift is that since you are varying the denominations, you don’t have to spend a lot of money, though you certainly could.

Glue or tape the liner papers to the box. Roll, fold, or stack the currency to vary its appearance. Then use foam stickies to adhere the currency to the candy liner.

Like this:

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I see so much potential for a gift like this. It’s creative and practical all at the same time!

Other Ideas for a Box of Money Gift:

  • College students will think it’s a hoot. Most don’t want to ask for money, but often that is what is most appreciated and needed. This is a little more creative than a gift card.
  • Someone heading off on a trip overseas would love to receive some foreign currency, making this a great gift for missionaries, exchange students, parents going to adopt their international children, and other world travelers.
  • Kids can learn about denominations they’ve never seen before. My mom and Aunt Cass have given me two dollar bills every year for my entire life. And, yes, they are real US currency.

Got another idea to make this gift even greater?

See ya in the comments.

[12]DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list. [12]


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