They say the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most expensive! The average American is expected to spend $1,226 this holiday season. If you find yourself short on cash this Christmas, I want to share some easy ways to earn extra cash during December.
The month of December is packed with shopping, wrapping presents, addressing Christmas cards, going to holiday parties, attending Christmas plays, concerts, family celebrations, and decorating the house. For many, it’s a real struggle to get everything done. This gives you an avenue to make money. Provide your services to those struggling to accomplish everything on their list. Get the word out by posting on social media that you are willing to help others complete basic holiday tasks for a reasonable fee. Here are some examples:
Host a Parents’ Night Out
Many parents could use some time away from their children to go Christmas shopping or wrap presents. Let friends know that you are hosting a Parents’ Night Out in your home. Plan an entire evening of fun activities for the kiddos. You can do simple Christmas crafts, watch a Christmas movie with popcorn, play board games, decorate cookies, and read Christmas stories. The parents will be able to shop, the kids will have a blast, and you’ll make some money in the process. It’s a win for everyone involved.
Offer to wrap gifts
If you’re good at wrapping, offer to wrap presents for a fee. You can charge by the hour or by the package. If you provide the paper and tape, be sure to charge enough to cover those expenses plus your labor. Consider going the extra mile to give each package a unique look by adding a special accent, such as a jingle bell, pine cone, or piece of greenery.
Bake goodies to sell
Holiday baking and candy making take a lot of time. Busy people are often willing to pay others to prepare sweet treats for them. If you are good in the kitchen, you could prepare Christmas cookies, a Christmas cake, or candy (like fudge, peppermint bark, peanut butter balls or divinity). If there’s a sweet that’s your specialty, take orders and start baking!
Help with Christmas decorations
Offer to help with Christmas decor. If you have a knack for decorating, use your talents to deck someone else’s halls. Hang outdoor lights for someone who isn’t physically capable of doing it themselves.
Prepare Christmas cards
If someone sends a large amount of Christmas cards, it can be a time-consuming task to get them ready. Offer to address and stuff the envelopes, fold and stuff the annual Christmas letter, put the stamps on, and deliver them to the post office. If you’re good at hand lettering, you can create beautiful envelopes that people will love. Use red and green ink to add a festive touch.
Do Christmas shopping
I personally love to shop, but others absolutely dread venturing into the stores during the crowded shopping season. If you don’t mind shopping, you could offer to head to the stores and buy the gifts on someone’s list. Charge for your time and travel expenses.
Clean someone’s home
There are people who usually clean their own home, but find themselves so busy during December that they might appreciate a one-time cleaning. Let your friends and family know that you’re available to clean their home. They’ll appreciate coming home to a clean house and being able to mark that task off their list!
If you need extra cash this Christmas, choose one (or more) of the ideas I’ve listed that you can do well. Then, let your friends and family know by word of mouth and through social media. Keep in mind that satisfied customers will likely recommend you to others. (Please be cautious if you’re working with someone you don’t know. Stay safe!)
I hope these ideas will help you put some extra cash in your pocket this December. If you have other ideas that I could add to this list, please leave a comment!