10 Ways to Make Money for Christmas Shopping

Needing some ideas on how make money for Christmas shopping?

I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner, can you? Where did the year go?!

With Christmas comes planning your shopping list of presents to buy for family and friends. As we all know Christmas puts a strain on the budget, especially if you are a stay at home mom.

Where’s that Christmas shopping money going to come from? Here’s some ideas to help you put some cash in your pocket for the holidays.

Needing some ideas on how make money for Christmas shopping? Check out these 10 tried and true ways to make some extra cash for the holidays.

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Get Ready to Make Money for Christmas Shopping

If you’re stressing about where you holiday money is going to come from this year, I completely understand what you’re feeling. There have been more than one Christmas where we were strapped for cash. We knew using credit would just sink into debt and put more stress on our budget in the coming year. I had to get creative and find ways I could make money for Christmas shopping.

#1 Sell Your Unused Stuff

I’ve found selling stuff we aren’t using anymore to be a surefire way to make cash. Go through your house and declutter. Do you have clothes you’ve not worn in months, but they are like new? Do you children have toys they never play with or outgrew? How about books, dvd’s, and music? Do you hoard craft supplies and never use them?

You can sell on Ebay, Craigslist, and even in local buy/sell groups on Facebook. Take good photos of the items. The nicer the photos the better stuff sells.  Give buyers good customer service. Package items carefully if you ship them. Be fast with shipping items to the buyer. If you are selling locally, meet the person in a public location for your security. If you have them meet at your home, only have them come when your spouse or a friend is with you.

#2 Do Babysitting or Pet Sitting

Start your own babysitting or pet sitting services. There is no startup cost and you can fit it around your schedule easily. Tell friends and family. Create a profile on Care.com, Rover.com, and SitterCity. com. Holidays is a great time to do this because often people need sitters more than usual.  People traveling need to have someone look after their pets. You can fill a service and make money for Christmas shopping!

#3 Bake and Sell Holiday Goodies

Do people compliment your baking skills. Are you a whiz at creating delicious dinners? Consider turning into a holiday-time business. People are busy and often don’t have time to bake cookies and other desserts for holiday celebrating. You can fill that need. Create some samples and share them with neighbors. Make some nice flyers and share them with friends, and places you go to like the hair salon, church, etc. Ask friends and family to spread the news at their work (give them samples to share). You could even offer to come to their home and help them bake and put together goodie baskets as presents.

#4 Create and Sell Handmade Items

Handy with DIY crafts? Consider using your creativity to make holiday wreaths and sell them locally or online. This does require some investment, but it can pay off well. Wreaths  and other holiday decor are popular items that sell well. And, many people would rather buy then make it themselves.

Browse Pinterest and get a few ideas of what’s popular. What items have you created that people just went crazy over? Make some samples and take orders or make enough to sell them right away. I recommend you pick a style you can change a little for different looks, such as all burlap wreath with decor accents or all pine wreaths with flowers and ribbon. One style will help keep the number of supplies you need.

Take nice photos, using natural light. List them on local buy/sell groups on Facebook. Open an Etsy shop. Or sell at a local event. Create a flyer and pass them around to friends, family, neighbors. Market to local builders. I once created and sold 2 dozen holiday wreaths to a custom home builder. They wanted them to give to their home buyers that year.

To make selling your handmade items a success, you must make each look perfect. Picture your items as if you were a buyer. Ask yourself, “would buy this if I saw it in a gift shop?”

#5 Get Paid to Do Tasks

Sign up to be an Amazon Turk. Complete tasks to make money for Christmas shopping. Learn more on Side Hustle Nation. The tasks vary and usually very easy to complete. Or go local and get paid to do tasks for others in your town by signing with Task Rabbit.

#6 Get Paid to Drive

Sign up with Uber and become a driver in your spare time.

#7 Get Paid to Deliver Goods

Uber also offers a courier service. You can make money by delivering purchases from local businesses to buyers. Amazon hires deliver personal.

#8 Watch Videos and Other Simple Tasks

Sign up with Swagbucks to earn money in your spare time by watching videos and other simple tasks. Cash out points for gift cards.

#9 Launch a Direct Sales Business

Cash in on holiday shopping by launching a direct sales business. Some have low sign ups. Have a holiday launch party and create income immediately. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about your holiday party. Remind them to bring their gift giving lists. Some consultants do events at local spots such as retirement homes where residents often don’t get out to shop. It’s a fun and easy way to make money for Christmas and also makes those residents happy you came!

#10 Do Some Freelancing

Put your work skills to work for extra cash. You market you skills such as writing, social media management, graphic designing, and more. Sites like Fiverr let you sign up and advertise your skills. Look for clients in blogging and virtual assisting groups on Facebook or sites like Elance and Upwork.

In conclusion, these are just the start of ways you can make money for Christmas shopping or anytime you need some extra money. Pick a couple to get started right away and you’ll be on your way to earning. Remember that consistency and hard work will pay off. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

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  1. What a great list! Of course #10 is my favorite! 🙂

  2. I love doing consumer surveys for a little extra cash! That and I use cash back sites when I shop. Great list!

  3. Great posts! I am currently in the process of doing side gigs to pay for my Christmas shopping for this year! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  4. Danielle Heckenkamp says:

    Great tips! I love the ideas of reusing or donating items.

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