8 Creative Ways To Give A Gift (Give Money, Trips or Anything)

8 Unique and Creative Ways to Give a Gift, No Wrapping Allowed. You can wrap those odd shaped or over sized gifts. No problem to be creative about giving money or a gift card, these will make the giving fun. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

Alan and I have been married for over 20 years and we love to one up each other on creative ways to present a gift.  These ideas are perfect for the “little to no footprint gifts“.  We know it may seem a bit boring to just hand someone an envelope with a gift card or money inside.  That’s not quite an elaborate presentation to build up excitement.  Not to worry, we have some creative ways to give money gifts or any gift for that matter.

Why not make some fun with the way you present the gift.  We will share with you ideas which are perfect to replace the old-fashioned way of wrapping gifts.  These would work for any gift and are ideal for those that are obvious or difficult to wrap, like golf clubs, a game console, spa visit or anything else you can think of.  Why not use some of these creative ways to give birthday presents, anniversary gifts, engagement gives, valentines gifts, Christmas gifts or for any reason!  Why not give an Amazon gift card so they can buy what they want, you can just present it in a fun way!  


For our family when you give a gift in a unique way, it makes the gift even more special. It doesn’t matter what the gift is.  When it comes to gift presentation ideas, we have loads of them for you.  You can give money gifts, give gift cards or even the gift of music or furniture.  Whatever your choice of give, these are great, unique and creative ways to present a gift to anyone.

We often travel during the holidays and like to keep the material things to a minimum, so the presentation of a gift is just as important to us.  Since we like a big “to do” about the presentation of a gift, we can really focus on one person opening a gift at a time.  It makes the moment last and more memorable.  We still say “Oh, remember that time we did the scavenger hunt to find the Wii?” or which ever gift it was.  We have fond memories of not only the gift, but the experience in which it was given.

Okay these are all perfect ideas for creative gifts, ways to present a gift, creative ways to give money, clues for a surprise gift, creative ways to give birthday presents, how to reveal a surprise gift, how to give a trip as a gift and the list just keeps going on.  All of these ideas can be used for so many reasons.  It is all in how to presnent the gift and make it a fun experience.

 

8 Creative Ways To Give A Gift –
Make a lasting memory with the way you present a gift!

Scavenger Hunt

This has to be our all time favorite and we often combine with other fun things.  We have several to share from the past.  Just create some clues for a surprise gift from one destination to the next.  The final clue can have the actual surprise gift or a clue to what the gift is.  A great way to give a vacation or spa treatment as a gift and so much more exciting rather than a gift certificate or just giving them cash.

This takes a little planning and planting of clues.  Don’t you think this is more exciting when you gift cash?  Just opening an envelope with money in it is sub optimal.  Send them around on a scavenger hunt, so it becomes one of the fun ways to give money.

  1. The present for the scavenger hunt below was found on the back side of the tree.  It was a drawing of our family in an airplane leaving NC and flying to NY. The gift to the grandparents was us going to visit them in NY on a future date.scavenger hunt gift presentation

  2. Each station a Hint and instructions to the next clue were presented.  The hints that were collected were the letter “W” a picture of an “eye” and the letter “i”.   Putting the puzzle together it was a Wii….Which was hidden unwrapped behind the TV. Wii

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Puzzle Pieces

Draw a picture or print one.  This picture or photo can be an image of the actual gift, a word, a clue to where the gift is hidden or a riddle to solve).  Cut into 20 pieces, similar to a jigsaw puzzle.  Present the puzzle pieces as the gift and they need to put the puzzle back together.  The kind and type of puzzle can be anything you want.  The more complex the puzzle, the more suspense.  If they want the present, they gotta earn it!  The puzzle below was giving Lars VIP passes to his first professional Fútbol game.  Puzzle gift idea- 8 Unique and Creative Ways to Give a Gift, No Wrapping Allowed. You can wrap those odd shaped or over sized gifts. No problem to be creative about giving money or a gift card, these will make the giving fun. Read more on WagonersAbroad.comIf you are really creative, you can overlay some text or an image on the below puzzle and cut it out for them.  I would suggest you just cut on your own, but this looks more authentic. blank puzzle

More Puzzles to present a gift to that someone special!

Perhaps you are going to give a trip, you can use a puzzle to announce the destination.

Buffalo Cinque Terre Italy – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

How about the gift of a hot air balloon ride?  A puzzle can be a great way to announce it!

Spring is in the Air Puzzle (1500 PC)

 

Monkey See Monkey Do

These are fun gift presentation ideas!  You can provide a list of “things” one needs to do to obtain their gift or a clue to where it is.  This is so much fun when you are giving the gift of an experience, like travel with Expedia.com Give a gift by Monkey See Monkey Do

Visual Clues

This one can be a bit tricky, but it is handy to use those homophones for this one.  The gift idea below was a day for dad without the wife and kids.  He could come and go and do whatever he pleases that day.  I took the kids to the zoo for the day of his choice. Man Cave time as a unique gift - 8 Unique and Creative Ways to Give a Gift, No Wrapping Allowed. You can wrap those odd shaped or over sized gifts. No problem to be creative about giving money or a gift card, these will make the giving fun. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

Riddles or Questions

For those of you who like to be a little more creative, when you give a present, you can make them think!  Create a fun riddle that needs to be solved.  The answer to the riddle can either be a clue to the gift or the answer.

Example Riddle for a day at the Spa:

“What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?”  A towel of course.

Terry Women’s Spa Wrap 100% Combed Velour Cotton

 

I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and in the middle. But I still hold water. What am I?  A sea sponge. 

Natural Sea Sponge, 7 to 8-Inch, Wool

Take the two answers above to a place to relax and rhymes with ah!  A Spa.

It can also be more of a “mystery gift” and you can have the person ask questions with only Yes or No answers available, similar to 20 questions.

Balloon notes

Are you looking for creative ways to give a birthday presents?  Make a note or card, cut into a few to several pieces.  Place each piece into a balloon, blow it up, tie it and present a balloon bouquet.  The recipient has to pop all the balloons and put together to read.  This is a perfect way to give cash as a gift too!
8 Unique and Creative Ways to Give a Gift, No Wrapping Allowed. You can wrap those odd shaped or over sized gifts. No problem to be creative about giving money or a gift card, these will make the giving fun. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

A quick website or web page

– Alan is a whiz with creating technical things.  Here he explains what you can do if you’re technically inclined, by building a website/web page for the recipient.

Alan: “A web page can add another layer of obfuscation to the end gift.  The key is to customize the page to the person/gift.  For example, last Christmas I created “Santa’s Portal” website.  

When Heidi opened the website, there was a form that asked her for her Name and DOB (for verification purposes), and when she submitted the form, it told her that she was a very deserving wife, and that she did in fact qualify for a gift that year.  

It then provided a link so she could “redeem” her gift.  Once she clicked the link,  a music album that she really wanted started playing.”

 Alan had thought of a clever way of giving me some MP3s and the files were stored on my laptop in my music folder!

 

Video or Slide Show

Have them unwrap their gift in a video, you can give hints in photos or text flashes on the screen.  You can really make this loads of fun.  Perhaps a hint with the music.  I had some great friend announce they were expecting their first child this way and it was wonderful.  It was full of photos of them through out the year and some text slides hinting a change was coming.  I was sure they were going to move.  Nope I was wrong.  They were announcing they were pregnant with their first child.  What a great gift! 

How to Present a Gift

Sometimes it isn’t just about the gift itself, but how you present the gift is just as important. Are you wondering how to present a trip as a gift?  Here are some ideas for special fun ways to present gifts.  Here are our amazingly clever ways to present gifts.

Make it an Experience

Create A Lasting Experience!  For us there is absolutely nothing better than the gift of experience. 

Do you want to give a vacation to your significant other?  Perhaps a weekend away is just the romantic gesture you were looking for to surprise that special person in your life. How about presenting the gift inside a travel bag?

Travel Duffle Bag

Experiences last a lifetime, with memories, photos, food, music and more.

Photo frame!

You can give an empty photo frame and inside have a note with the future experience you are going to make together and place in the frame!

Magnet Photo Frame

We share our thoughts with you and as you can see, the feeling and spirit of occasion can be anywhere!

Make it a Mystery!

We love our Mystery Gift Tradition –  One person buys a gift and wraps it. On Christmas eve or morning, the group passes it around.  Each person is allowed to ask one yes or no question and then guess the contents of the package. It continues until someone makes an accurate guess.  The kids love this one!

A full day of the Amazing Race

or a full day Scavenger Hunt in Vegas with Amazing Gifts!

The Amazing Race day full of surprise gifts. more like a Scavenger hunt for gifts - one day in Vegas. If you only have 1 Day In Vegas and want to get out of the main tourist area, then we have some great plans for you!  We spent the majority of the day away from the strip or Fremont Street and wanted to see another side of Las Vegas.  As an added bonus you will also see how we like to give gifts in a unique way.  This was a full day planned to surprise Gma Bev for her 75th Birthday in Vegas! Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

How to surprise someone with a gift:

All of these ideas are great ways to surprise someone with a gift, it can be a vacation for your girlfriend, telling your parents they are going to be grandparents, proposing marriage, celebrating a bridal shower or a 21st birthday.  You name it, each of these ideas can work for just about any gift idea.

Organized Tours a great way to give the gift of an experience!

There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a food or wine tour. There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you.
Paris Tours

If you are looking for family Christmas gifts, unique gift ideas or some Christmas gift exchange ideas, check out our Unique and Creative Gifts Guide.
Unique Holiday Gift Guide. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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18 thoughts on “8 Creative Ways To Give A Gift (Give Money, Trips or Anything)

  1. omg i love this for nature, for raising kids with values, for good old fashioned parenting by using what you have and giving from the heart. not just from the wallet. love it. thank you. i love the art you’ve made too. gabi

  2. Thanks Kerri. Alan is working on a new one now for one of Anya’s gifts. Hopefully she doesn’t read this blog before then. We have a set of digital movies for her, so he is creating a file that will ask her a series of questions and then say hold on while we check santa’s naughty and nice list… then it spits back results. of course she comes up clean and then is instructed on what to do next. At the end, she is sent tot he file where the movies are located. Makes it fun.

  3. Okay, I know I am late by nearly a year and a half, but I needed this only now. Awesome ideas and I am definitely using one next week. Thanks for these.

  4. Our family has a similar tradition on Xmas morning. Adults are randomly allocated one other adult to buy a gift for. You must do a poem, skit, joke, song or riddle as you hand over your present. I try to go broader than this.

    One year I secretly took the family dog to the garage each day for a week leading up to Xmas and “trained” her to sniff along a row of upturned plastic containers on the floor and find the one with a dog biscuit under it. Then, on Xmas morning, I stuck names on the containers and announced the present would go to whichever person was chosen by the dog. But earlier, I had rubbed the correct container all over with a dog biscuit. It worked a treat. (Phew!)

    Another year, I co-opted two relatives to help. Each of us had a piece of string tied into a loop. We all walked around randomly, playing with our own loop of string, pulling it into random shapes. You may know this as Cat’s Cradle. At a given signal (a discrete cough) from me, we lined up and spelled L I Z with our pieces of string, revealing the gift was for Elizabeth.

    I also did a magic trick but it wasn’t a great success.

    This year, the gift weighs almost nothing. I plan to buy a very cheap drone ($30), make paper palm trees, and put a recording of Ride of the Valkyries on my phone. Can you see what’s coming? I will “recreate” the helicopter scene from Apocalypse Now and deliver the present by drone. Not very Xmassy but if I start by sticking up the palm trees (“what the..?”) and then start the music (“surely not”), and then fly in the drone, I think it’ll work. Unless anyone out there can think of a better way to use a drone to deliver a gift..?

    I’m also trying to think of a way to incorporate a piñata into gift giving but I haven’t quite figured it out yet.

  5. Thanks for some ideas, I too had bought a large Little Giant Ladder for my son, so I wrapped the Little Giant Movie in a box and then I also wrapped the Chutes and Ladder game and he needed to put two and two together and guess the gift of the ladder.

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