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Money tree, gift card tree and fun gift ideas!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

Happy Sunday! Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and e-mails about my new bed! It was fun hearing from so many of you and I’m thrilled you like the change. #teambed for the win. ;) In other happy news El is home! I got my girls back (all I wanted for Christmas!) and I am one happy mom. So excited to get this holiday party started.

Full transparency.. this has not been my most organized Christmas! I used my holiday planner and was off to a good start, but somewhere along the way life got busy and I got behind and well.. let’s just say I am still doing some of my holiday shopping and haven’t wrapped a thing. Some years I’m done in November! I wish this was one of those years.. ha. I came up with a fun gift idea this weekend for my 3 kids. When you have 3 teens you have to get creative! (Kole turns 13 in March so he is joining the club!) :)

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{small faux balsam tree/medium faux balsam tree/mini red clothespins}

Teens and college kids love money and gift cards but that’s not always the most fun gift to to open! I ordered these cute trees from Target, pulled out some red mini clothes pins and cash and got to work!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

After just a few minutes of rolling up bills and clipping them to the tree branches I had these cute little money trees! So festive right!? I think I would be excited about this gift! You? :)

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

I bought gift cards to places I know my kids love and did the same thing with the cards too! Isn’t the gift card tree cute!? This one is for El. She loves Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Sephora..

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

Target and Krispy Kreme donuts. :) Addison’s and Kole’s trees are totally different. I love this for a gift because you can personalize it!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{small faux balsam tree/medium faux balsam tree/mini red clothespins}

Money trees and gift card trees.. so much fun! These would be great teacher gifts too! The small trees don’t hold as much so you could use a small tree to give someone 2-3 gift cards or even just one gift card attached with a note. You can order these cute Target trees online and have them delivered before Christmas but obviously this would work with any trees with long enough branches. I love that my kids can keep these cute trees to decorate their rooms in the future too!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

I’ve also made these fun money trees in the past to give as gifts. I’m hoping I have time to make a reel on IG that shows how I make these this week (we’ll see if there is time!) but really they are so easy. Fold each bill accordion style and then just fold them across in the middle a little more each time making each bill shorter going up to the star. I use green twist ties and cross in front and back to hold the bills in place.

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{women’s fleece lounge sweatshirt/women’s fleece lounge jogger pants/ugg slippers}

I made a quick Target run last week to get a few things for the kids and this cute green jogger set just sort of decided to come home with me. :) It’s fleece and so soft and I haven’t wanted to take it off!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{quilted sweatshirt/vuori performance joggers/rag & bone sneakers}

I also got this fun quilted sweatshirt I’m loving. My Vuori joggers are staples and would make a great gift for Christmas too. Really anything from Vuori makes a great gift! We love that brand. Kenny lives in Vuori clothes and half of his Christmas always comes from that store if you still need gifts for the men in your life!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{stanley quencher tumblers}

I love the colors of these Stanley tumblers! I really didn’t understand what the hype was with these until I owned my own. Now I drink my water! That’s why they are so great. Water stays cold and they fit great in the car and I love the straw. Also like I said.. cute colors. :) I couldn’t choose so my family and friends are getting all different colors this year! Guess which one I’m keeping for myself? :)

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{pink slipper socks/cream slipper socks/kristin ess scrunchie/claw clip/curved claw clip/satin skinnies}

A few cute things for girls! These slipper socks are so cute, a great price and they have the grippers on the bottom! I love that so I’m not sliding around. This is also a brand of hair accessories I’m loving. The large green scrunchie is my favorite! I wear it all the time and it really holds my thick hair in place. It comes in other colors so I bought black for stockings too this year. :)

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{large makeup pouch/loaf makeup bag/pencil makeup case/initial heart necklace}

I’ve had these make-up bags for a couple of years and love them so I’m giving them as a gift this year too (I also love the pink!). The large size has been perfect to toss lots of beauty products inside. I use it a lot when I’m traveling but not flying and can take full size bottles. The small pencil case I keep in my purse and it holds a small brush, lip gloss, etc.

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{initial heart necklace}

These initial necklaces are also sweet! You all know how much I love initial necklaces. Below are other options I have and love..

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{velvet jewelry organizer/ triangle zippered jewelry case/oval zippered jewelry organizer}

I love these zippered jewelry organizers too!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{velvet jewelry organizer/ triangle zippered jewelry case/oval zippered jewelry organizer}

This is what they look like on the inside. Perfect for every day or travel!

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

{falala tin/tall holly tin/tree dinner plate/gingerbread men tin/leaf tin/merry tin}

I thought these tins were so cute too! Perfect if you like to bake treats to take to friends and neighbors.

Money Tree Gift Ideas (Sunny Side Up)

Below are LOTS of other fun gift ideas (if you are still shopping like me this year!) along with more dress options (if you still need a dress for a holiday event like me this year!). I just noticed also that at Madewell they are doing 50% off! Just add the code ITSAWRAP. Wow! Such a good deal. Below are favorites I’ve shared before. I don’t know if the items will get here in time for Christmas but with a sale like that I’d be ok with a print out saying the item was on its way! :) Ok.. I’m off to order a few more gifts for the kids! Happy shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning and celebrating this week! Don’t forget to breathe. We’ve got this. ;)

1- mini crossbody bag   2- puff crossbody bag   3- rainbow stripe tote

4-medium transport tote   5- sydney bag   6- camera bag

7-large camera bag   8-sydney tote   9- medium tote

1-turtleneck sweater   2-midi dress   3- flutter sleeve dress

4-quilted  puffer parka   5- sweater   6- poplin wrap dress

7- sweetheart dress   8- vintage jeans   9-pullover sweater   10- puffer vest

1-barefoot dreams blanket   2- necklace   3- jo malone candle   4- serving board

5-large cheese board   6-wine glasses   7-holiday serving tray   8- napkins

9- marble & wood board   10-glass candle   11- gold rim plates   12- spice blends

1- north face vest   2- scarf   3- north face jacket

4- sweater   5-performance jogger   6-down jacket

7- sneaker   8-heated neck wrap   9-massager   10-vuori shorts

1- sweatshirt   2- align pants   3-belt bag


1-jumpsuit   2- velvet blazer

3-tweed blazer   4- sequin dress   5-satin top



1-scarf & mitten set   2- fingerless gloves   3-hoodie

4-  scarf   5- butter hoodie   6- pajamas   7-moonlight pajamas

8-beanie   9-barefoot dreams blanket   10- slipper   11- socks


1-floral dress   2- sequin dress   3- minidress

4- rhinestone bag   5- gold rhinestone bag   6- crystal clutch

7-pointed toe pump   8-josy sandal   9-romi pump


1- sequin dress   2- velvet minidress   3- sweater minidress

4- sequin dress   5- ruffle dress   6- sequin long sleeve dress


1-necklace   2-bracelets   3- sugarfina box

4- living proof set   5- gold eye mask   6-slip scrunchies

7- lip balm   8-supergoop sunscreen   9- barefoot slipper   10-nodpod


xoxo, Erin
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8 thoughts on “Money tree, gift card tree and fun gift ideas!

  1. Yay! Your girl is home! I know that was your most wished for gift! And I know you will enjoy every second of her being home. Thanks for sharing the tree gift idea. It’s a clever one! I’m close to being done. But not wrapped. Thankfully I have a few days for that yet. I appreciate you and all you share. Have a lovely holiday, my friend. :)

    1. Thank you Jeanne! Seriously nothing like having the whole family together again. I know you know exactly what I’m feeling. :) Enjoy your break sweet friend! XO

  2. Erin,
    LOVE the gift card trees! WHERE do you get the mini clips?? Maybe it’s in the post I will go back and see!
    Gift card tree-perfect for almost anyone! Fabulous even for a Holiday bridal shower or a Holiday baby shower! Bridal shower-Pottery Barn cards (of course! ;) Nords and all the home stores. Baby shower-ALL the baby places (right-Pottery Barn Kids!) and tiny blue and pink ribbon bows tied to the tree! IF you are reading this, my recently married daughter-NO rush! :D However, it is NOT ALL THAT “recent” right!? I can wait but pls do plan wisely so I can give that “Holiday Baby shower”, Just saying…….
    Erin, T.Y. for all the gift ideas! I am with you. Started in Aug. got the running start and then slowed down. WHY does this happen! WHAT is it ALL about!? I have an idea….

    1. Ha ha.. I hope she’s reading! ;) Thank you so much Sherri! Yes! This idea works for so many different things! I love the idea of pink and blue ribbons attached for a baby shower! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that’s not too far away. :)

  3. PS.
    OHMYGOSH! The picture of you with your girls belongs in a HALLMARK (or GAC) movie! THAT is one picture I would frame! BEAUTIFUL. ALL of you!

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