17 Ideas to Make Gifting Cash Less Awkward (And a Lot More Fun)

Real talk: Giving money can be awkward.

The dream is finding that one perfect present for our friend or family member, but when inspiration doesn’t strike — or, more likely, time runs out — we’re left with no choice but to fork over that gauche wad of cash or uninspired gift card.

But despite our aversion to gifting money, according to the National Retail Federation’s National Gift Card Spending Survey, 58.8 percent of shoppers said that they would actually like to receive a gift card.

So what can we do to make this perfectly acceptable exchange less awkward and a little more fun?

We’ve rounded up some creative, thoughtful ideas for presenting your loved ones with cold, hard cash.

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