Gifts Ideas for the Ungifted Shopper

Hi there. Today I thought I'd share with you a little gift idea I came up with over the weekend in honor of my nephew's 13th birthday (whoa! 13! When did he get that old???).

As many of you know, I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 nephews and nieces, if my last calculations were correct. It's hard to keep up with.... :o)

While I pretty much have a handle on buying birthday gifts for the girls or the artsy-craftsy types among the nephews, I start drawing blanks when it comes to shopping for teenage boys. Did you ever watch the episode of Monk when he stresses over buying a present for Benji's birthday and winds up buying him a rock polisher, and then Benji tries to mask his disappointment at getting such a lame present at his party? That's about where I'm at. I'd be the loser to show up with a rock polisher.

So, in order to avoid that awkward situation, I've started giving cash to the older nephews in lieu of birthday gifts. It saves me the stress of trying to think of something that 13+ year-old boys would like, and it saves them the trouble of having to return rock polishers.

However, as much as they might prefer the cash so they can go buy the latest paintballwhozamawhatzit, I still feel that the presentation of cash in a card is a little.....dull. So, thanks to an idea sparked by Pinterest, I decided to jazz things up a bit this time. Here is the result, which I wrapped in a shirt box:

I had seen some money origami on Pinterest a while back, and thanks to YouTube, I found all of the tutorials to make the pieces you see here. Here are the links if you'd like to make some yourself:

Lincoln in a baseball cap
Shirt and tie
Ring - there are a number of these on Youtube - just search for "money origami ring." I learned how to make these at camp years ago and made mine from memory...
F-18 - just to warn you, this one takes FOR-EV-ER and might make you crazy! It's a good tutorial though.

YouTube has a ton of other tutorials - these were just some of my favorites. They have a money origami koi fish that is really cool but looks extremely complicated. I'd like to try it sometime.... and who knows? - they may even have a money origami rock polisher... :o)

Happy Folding!


  1. WOW!!! You must be more patient than I am... A tiny bit of work so tediously detailed fries me, haha!

  2. Haha... yes, I was kind of questioning the idea after starting the F-18 - that one took FOREVER to make, and I about gave up on it halfway through... The others weren't too bad at all though. :o)

  3. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.


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