Dec 20 2007

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Giving Cash as Christmas Gift

Posted at 1:08 am under Randomality

I was following a Yahoo Answers! discussion on whether or not it is bad to give cash as a gift for Christmas. The two main reasons against giving cash were:

1. Cash is impersonal, it’s more thoughtful to pick out a gift for someone

2. If you give a certain amount to someone it creates the expectation that they should give the same to you.

Today I got a card with cash in it, and I thought it was the coolest thing. My teeth are about to fall off from all the candy canes people have been dropping off for me so the cash was actually more personal than impersonal. And the fact that my friend did not worry about me feeling pressured to give a gift of same value to her makes it even cooler.

Here’s to the best gift I got this season:

Christmas Cash Gift

34 responses so far

34 Responses to “Giving Cash as Christmas Gift”

  1. Celon 20 Dec 2007 at 6:07 pm 1

    Heck yeah, I love cash!

  2. Nikon P90on 20 Jul 2009 at 11:22 pm 2

    Cash is inappropriate in my point of view. At least, give a gift card. It shows that you know which brand the receiver usually uses.

  3. car hire athenson 04 Dec 2009 at 2:10 am 3

    Yes, its inappropriate, when you giving money as a gift, it shows that you are not creative!

  4. Hwazon 22 Dec 2009 at 1:57 pm 4

    After I picked out a gift for each of my in-laws they collectively sent me a check. They told me in a typed letter that they didn’t know what to get me. It was very impersonal and really hurtful. I decided to send the money back since it misses the point of Christmas gifts anyway.
    Needless to say, I will not be giving gifts to them next year.

  5. Gifts ideason 27 Feb 2010 at 1:04 pm 5

    It is more impersonal, but the advantage is that it can be used on the gift like.

  6. Martinson 19 May 2010 at 2:40 am 6

    I agree with user: car hire athens, its inappropriate, when you giving money as a gift, it shows that you are not creative!

  7. bodybuilding supplementson 02 Jun 2010 at 2:54 pm 7

    Yeah real gifts are best. Cash never makes sense since the other person might wind up giving you cash so it winds up cancelling each other out. LOL

  8. download true bloodon 22 Jul 2010 at 3:39 am 8

    I think money with a card is a nice gesture, it stops the rubbish presents and allows you to put it towards something.

  9. CLEP Teston 30 Aug 2010 at 6:13 am 9

    I think cash is the wrong idea. You need to give a gift from the heart. I think this is best idea to go with. Cash is just wrong for a gift.

  10. dvd to avion 11 Sep 2010 at 9:19 pm 10

    Wow, I love cash!

  11. men love money for christmas. woman hate it. its that simple.

  12. dentist gainesvilleon 21 Oct 2010 at 10:23 am 12

    Cash is a good gift until the age of 16. After that it’s just like someone’s telling me how “young” i am. I mean, if you want to send me “grownup money” you’d better put in that envelope a MasterCard ( or Visa). :)

    Cheers !


  13. 303on 10 Nov 2010 at 11:06 pm 13

    It’s a tradition to give cash in a lot of cultures. It’s a sign of helping the person out as in a wedding and the favor is returned. You can’t just based the idea that giving cash is bad. For my wedding, I was given money by my relatives and guests to help pay for the wedding. In turn, I give money when I attend weddings. It’s a culture of being dependent on others, not an independent ideology. God put us on each to see each other through, not see through each other.

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  15. Childrens Giftson 18 Nov 2010 at 3:45 am 15

    I think giving cash is a little impersonal but I prefer it. When people ask me what i want for birthday/Christmas then I never know so I can’t expect other people to know what to get me when I don’t even know. It means I can wait and see something I really want and will use then I can go back to them and say this is what I got with your money. Also in the case of Christmas everything is over priced before and after getting a gift that had parts missing we took it back on boxing day only to find it was £50 cheaper so instead of getting ripped off like that again I get money to spend in the sales so it saves a lot of money too.

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  18. Ion 28 Nov 2010 at 10:43 am 18

    I love cash usually each relative gives me 50 bucks or an iTunes card and I’m 14 lol my parents don’t giv cash they get me a snowmobile, iPod, xbox, or sum thing last year I got 2 snowmobiles a laptop and iPad and iPod. This year they getting me an xbox, so cash is good for relatives but not from parents. Also when they buy u a gift it’s worth more!

  19. Not so evil, awesome stepmomon 14 Dec 2010 at 3:23 pm 19

    I’m sick of the shitty lists my stepkids giving me. They’re in their twenties and I’m appalled at what they think we should buy them. Plus, when I do go outside of their lists they typically don’t like my choices, despite my awesome taste. Screw them! None of them have the money to buy the items on their lists and I feel insulted that they should expect me to. So guess what? This year, they’re getting cash and if they want to blow their $150 on an ugly sweater, they can do that. I’ll still buy little things for them all, but I’m sure they’ll have some rude look for those things too..
    Not so evil, awesome, unappreciated stepmom.

  20. Art Studio 21 Photographyon 19 Dec 2010 at 2:34 am 20

    I wouldn’t be bothered at all, too, with receiving cash for Christmas. It might be a bit impersonal, yes. But that’s just from my point of view. Some people actually think it’s more considerate since you avoid the hassle of giving someone something he/she doesn’t appreciate at all. So if someone gives me cash, I just think that he/she probably couldn’t figure out what I like, so he/she is giving me the option to buy whatever I want for myself.

  21. JRon 23 Dec 2010 at 5:37 pm 21

    A gift is a gift! Whether it is in the form of a toy, candy, film, CASH… you name it, it is still a gift.
    Take what you get and be happy!

    Happy holidays!

  22. jcon 26 Dec 2010 at 6:10 pm 22

    I always end up with clothes I will never wear and gifts I will never use. I think cash is better. That way you can pick the gift you really like. If there is something that person really wants though that is a different story. I absolutely hate gift cards because you often don’t know how much is on there and you are forced to shop at that store and buy only the things they offer. There have been times when I have held onto a gift card so long the store went out of business before I was able to use it or it expired. I have also held onto them so long they were misplaced. At least with money you can spend it anywhere.

  23. Ann Non 26 Dec 2010 at 6:26 pm 23

    I think cash is very appropriate in our day and age. Given that there are so many choices of mass-produced items nowadays, it’s also a gift to let the recipient have the joy of picking and choosing their own items through window shopping (or even e-window shipping).

    Unless your gift is personally hand-made or one-of-a-kind, I don’t think it’s much of a difference between buying a mass-produced item and giving cash. They are both impersonal.

  24. Mikeon 30 Dec 2010 at 4:20 pm 24

    I’ve been debating this every year during Christmas because I am capable of thinking of actual “things” that I want for Christmas every year and telling my siblings about my ideas whenever asked. In my family, nobody is required to give you something from your list, but everybody does because that’s all they care about. Meanwhile, my siblings, gradually over the years, have just been telling me “I want a gift card to XXX store/website”. They used to think up “things” that they want for Christmas too, but lately it just seems like they are either too lazy or too busy to even do that. To me, gift cards themselves are inappropriate, and not in the true spirit of the season. The subject bothered me so much this year, that I proposed to my siblings that we do not exchange gifts at Christmas next year, because gift cards are all that is ever asked for. They didn’t agree with me. So next year, I’m flat out telling my siblings that I will not be getting them any gift cards, and if they ask for that, they probably be disappointed.

  25. Automobile Shipperson 09 Jan 2011 at 7:42 am 25

    I think it is not a good idea to give cash as a gift. A nice watch could be a good gift.

  26. Long Island Singleson 24 Jan 2011 at 12:12 pm 26

    Some people may consider it impersonal but I don’t see anything wrong with someone giving you cash as a christmas gift especially if it has a card in it. Where I’m from cash as a christmas is as common as it gets.

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