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17 Unique Ideas on How to Make Money for Christmas

Every year some people make a guess when stores start to display their Christmas decorations. You may have noticed that every year this date gets earlier and earlier, and chase for Christmas gifts begins around September or October (perhaps right after Halloween or your Scorpio birthday)—if not before that. And as the winter holidays approach, money can disappear in the blink of an eye. But there are also fast and flexible ways to earn extra money and make sure there is enough for paying the bills, buying Christmas gifts, or plan a nice trip. Plenty of hard-working people with perhaps the idea of making the world a better place look for a unique, slightly peculiar way to get rid of the unwanted thoughts of how to make money for Christmas. Why would you spend the holidays worried if there is a solution to make this Christmas profitable?

17 Unique ideas on how to make money for Christmas

  1. Share the joy of Christmas with children as a babysitter

  2. Shut out the outside world and celebrate Christmas with cute pets

  3. Spend the holidays in someone else’s home as a house sitter

  4. Help with the Christmas spark

  5. Run Christmas-related errands

  6. Arrange the Christmas shopping for others

  7. Deliver Christmas packages

  8. Do some Christmas-themed seasonal jobs on location

  9. Wrap Christmas gifts

  10. Spread the Christmas spirit by selling your crafts

  11. Organize Christmas sales

  12. Cook your favorite Christmas food and sell it

  13. Celebrate Christmas locally with strangers

  14. Decorate your home and rent it out

  15. Surprise yourself with some extra Christmas gifts

  16. Teach others about Christmas traditions

  17. Ask someone with experience

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Do you often think about how to make money for Christmas?
Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash.

1. Share the joy of Christmas with children as a babysitter

Apart from looking after one or two children during the holidays, you may organize a special Christmas event in your private day care center. We assume you must have permission to offer day care services to parents in your city but imagine how much fun it would be. You could plan out playful Christmas activities for the children spending a few hours with you. Give them some crayons, watercolors, or origami paper to create a snowman, or teach them Christmas songs from your childhood. Do you love the theater and have you always wanted to be a drama teacher? Write a Christmas play and let the children perform. Think about it and connect with parents on Care.com, UrbanSitter, Sitter, or Sittercity. Higher rates are pretty acceptable around Christmas.


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2. Shut out the outside world and celebrate Christmas with cute pets

Many people travel to their families to celebrate Christmas together. You can monetize this tradition by offering pet boarding services to pet parents like some other animal lovers. Some of them might need to leave their dogs or cats at home and don’t have a good friend or neighbor they could ask to feed them. If you’re authorized to run a pet boarding business and don’t mind working during the holidays, post an ad online. They would certainly be happier and more relaxed knowing that their pets don’t have to spend any minute in an overcrowded kennel. Consider how your pets handle strangers coming in and whether or not your home is prepared to host a few small or large animals. Rover, Wag!, PetBacker, PetSitter.com, Host a Pet, Care.com, or Sittercity could be the right platform for you to find clients as a pet sitter and stop wondering about how to make money for Christmas. Don’t be afraid of setting a higher during Christmas.

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3. Spend the holidays in someone else’s home as a house sitter

Let’s say you cannot welcome pets into your home because it’s too small or you don’t have the right equipment but you still want to work as a pet sitter. Well, in this case you should focus on getting a house-sitting job. Of course, not all homeowners want house sitters to take care of their pets while they’re with their families eating mashed potatoes and turkey during the Christmas dinner. House sitters decide themselves what kinds of services they’re willing to offer—what types of household chores they’re happy to do. If you and your partner can’t afford to go on a trip together and spend lots of money on accommodation but would love to spend Christmas somewhere else than home, house sitting is the way to go. You should choose your destination and then reach out to people living there. Start by sharing your profile on HouseSitter.com, for example.

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4. Help with the Christmas spark

Even if we ignore the mess in our homes throughout the year, before Christmas most of us clean everything… What about you? Yet some of us would rather focus on the decoration than clean the toilet, the cupboards or the fridge. So the help of a cleaner or housekeeper becomes highly valued and appreciated. Bring some joy in people’s homes by helping them out while simultaneously earning Christmas money. You can simply increase your rates during the holidays; we don’t think so many clients would challenge you about them. Channel your thoughts on how to make money for Christmas by building a profile on platforms such as Housekeeper.com, Care.com, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack or Jop and take care of the Christmas spark for them. Besides the standard holiday cleaning, you can also polish the silver or even help with setting up the Christmas tree and decorations. With Bizzby, you could combine handyman and cleaning jobs.

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5. Run Christmas-related errands

Life itself can be hectic, not to mention Christmas time when everyone goes a bit crazy and wants everything to get done like mad. Have you ever experienced such an intense period yourself maybe? If so, you can surely empathize with others. And if you need money for Christmas and don’t mind visiting shop after shop to buy Christmas presents, mail Christmas cards in the nearest post office or pick up the Christmas tree and outdoor Christmas decorations, you should become a tasker with TaskRabbit, or look for and accept easy gigs on Jobble or Jop. Your to-do list could be comprised of the craziest Christmas errands ever.

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Roam the streets, enjoy the lights and don’t get stressed if someone asks how to make money for Christmas.
Photo by Stephanie LeBlanc on Unsplash.

6. Arrange the Christmas shopping for others

Veteran personal shoppers say Thanksgiving and Xmas are super insane periods. Someone has actually said regarding the availability of jobs that “Be ready. It’s going to be crazy!” With Instacart and Shipt, you could experience this yourself. What is more, you can expect higher rates and 15-20% of tips. Not bad, right? Sure, every client is different and you may do more or fewer shifts than others depending on where you live. To boost your earnings a bit more with your side hustle, schedule work for New Year’s Eve when many people buy alcohol. (Keep in mind that you need to be 21 in the US and perhaps 19 in Canada to purchase and deliver booze.) Who knows, someone may want to surprise their friends or family members with a special delivery for Christmas.

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7. Deliver Christmas packages

Oh, the level of excitement a small child feels they finally get permission to open the Christmas presents… To avoid becoming overwhelmed because of the Christmas rush in the city or the mall, families planning to set up a Christmas tree may just order presents online. It’s fast, simple, and only a few clicks—after comparing the prices on various pages. The demand for delivery drivers probably reaches an all-time high year after year as e-commerce taking a larger share of the retail market. So, taking up a delivery job with Postmates, goPuff, TaskRabbit or FedEx can prevent you from spending countless hours thinking of how to make money for Christmas.

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A gift a day keeps the worries away…

8. Do some Christmas-themed seasonal jobs on location

Do you think working as a temporary retail worker or delivery person is boring? In this case, you may consider working as a Christmas Elf or Santa Claus, a ski instructor, an ice rink hand holder, a topiary practitioner or engage in the activity of ice sculpture. If you prefer to use your brain a bit more, earn money for Christmas by cracking some jokes. What would be your top 5 Christmas-themed seasonal jobs?

9. Wrap Christmas gifts

Do you collect wrapping paper because of the patterns? Do you enjoy adjusting the decorative tape for hours? Do you perhaps think in shades and colors and know all the complementary color pairs? Please try to find a job as a Christmas gift wrapper, don’t let your talent be wasted! Sign up for online portals like Thumbtack or TaskRabbit and meet some awesome but rather clumsy clients.


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10. Spread the Christmas spirit by selling your crafts

Whether it’s your hobby or main occupation, you could increase your Christmas budget by selling your own work. Christmas wreaths, candles, ornaments, socks, rugs, sweatshirts and other items could sell quite well at the end of the year. What else fits in the categories of indoor and outdoor decorations? Or should we ask what skills you’ve got? For you to forget about the ticking clock and the question of how to make money for Christmas early enough, connect with customers worldwide and level up their Christmas spirit with a handcrafted object. Open an online shop on Etsy and reduce your business costs. You can even boost your income by pricing your items feeling the Christmas vibe: sometimes cheaper products tend to go out of stock first. Just sayin’.

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As a stay-at-home parent, you can spend quality time with your children while creating something elegant, something Christmas-themed.
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.

11. Organize Christmas sales

Some people feel the pressure to dress up for a Christmas party—whether it’s their company’s or their partner’s or friend’s party. Having an affinity for fashion and style could make you an excellent (online) fashion stylist with Stella&Dot and help them party with style. But they might have a tight budget, so they must be smart about what to buy. Why not organize Christmas sales when the holidays are just around the corner? You could build your clientele while boosting your customers’ confidence and giving them the right accessories to express themselves. Also, if you’re a creator, reduce the prices of your designs when selling your work online.


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12. Cook your favorite Christmas food and sell it

Vegan, vegetarian, lactose- and gluten-free, and you know it all. Another great way to distract yourself from thinking about how to make money for Christmas too much is to cook something. The holidays are indeed a great time to wrap yourself in your kitchen and use your spices, baking powder, flour and who knows what else is hidden in your cupboards. And why not take a step further and cater individuals and companies? Find clients as a home chef in your city online or offline and start making the ultimate Christmas menus for a bunch of people feeling grateful and saying goodbye to the year.

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13. Celebrate Christmas locally with strangers

And if you’re already standing in the kitchen preparing something delicious, your home is tidy, and your family lives far away, invite some strangers over to have dinner or lunch together on Christmas Eve. Publish your menus on Meal Sharing, Mamaz Social Food or EatWith. No desire and time for cleaning up a mess in your kitchen? Become a tour guide and lead tours in your city with U2GUIDE, Pick Your Day, ToursByLocals, or GuruWalk. Visit the Christmas markets and enjoy the Christmas festivities with some tourists.

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14. Decorate your home and rent it out

If you got an invite from your family to spend the holidays with them, why not try to make some passive income by renting out your home during Christmas? Imagine how many people would feel relieved because they don’t have to decorate the tree or the house/apartment. Just enjoy the lights, munch on the gingerbread, and drink hot cocoa in the mornings. Airbnb and HomeAway are among the popular home rental sites.

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15. Surprise yourself with some extra Christmas gifts

If you don’t expect to receive a present from someone, act instead of feeling blue. Brands often do intense market research just before the holidays. Many of them work with mystery shoppers who visit stores, restaurants/hotels, pretend to be an ordinary customer, assess the place/the service, etc., and then give feedback on them. Sometimes it’s possible just to cancel the cold weather, stay at home and test some products. If you want to get a variety of diverse gigs, check EasyShift. In case you fancy some dinners in a hotel or restaurants, HGEM is your platform. Good luck with your research.

A disclaimer: you may need to come up with other ideas regarding how to make money for Christmas if you set out to accept gigs as a mystery shopper. You may not earn money but keep the products only.

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16. Teach others about Christmas traditions

If sharing is caring, so is teaching. Human beings are curious creatures who aspire to learn new things all the time. Be it playing the guitar, diving into programming languages, or learning English idioms related to Christmas. Record and publish your courses on Udemy, or start teaching live with Preply, Lingoda, Savvy or Qkids.

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Start your day with an English lesson and let your students know the meaning of “White Christmas” or “Xmas Comes but Once a Year.”
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17. Ask someone with experience

Do you think there are more unique ideas than what has been listed? You may live in a place where one should focus on particular sectors and industries. That’s just a guess, so don’t hesitate to reach out to someone with relevant experience regarding Christmas jobs. At the end of the day, Christmas is about caring and sharing, and helping others find a job may convince Santa Claus that you deserve a huge pile of cash this year.

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Paulina Bajorowicz joined Appjobs in November 2018 and she is now the Content Marketing Specialist. She manages Appjobs blog and social media channels, coordinates outreach activities and cooperates with journalists and content creators around the gig economy.