My nephew is stepping into the real world straight out of high school, so my family got together to celebrate his accomplishment (/have a peppy funeral for his youth). I didn’t want to just hand him cash for a graduation gift, but that’s really what he needs to register and insure his car to get a job (see what I mean…funeral). I bounced around a few ideas, then this morning I was picking up ingredients for some Hot-wing Chicken Dip for the fiesta and saw the big bags of chocolates.
I grabbed a bag and headed home with a plan (and two hours to make the dip, take a shower, get three kids ready and do what I was about to do).
I started by CAREFULLY cutting the bag open on only one side, as close as I could to the seal.
Then I proceeded to CAREFULLY open some of the individual chocolates, empty them (eat the contents), and put money into the packages.
And encased the open end with foil.
It really didn’t take more than a quick close/open action for my straightener to re-seal it.
The colored packages with crinkled edges didn’t re-seal as cleanly as the Whoppers, but if you were just gorging on chocolate I don’t think you would even notice! I do think you would notice if it were a single large candy bar, though. I mixed the cash filled wrappers back into the bag and sealed the entire package the same way.
I accidentally creased the front because I was so focused and keeping the cut lined up, but I can tell you for sure that it seemed like a normal thing. The package seemed factory sealed!!
It was my intention to not tell him, but just let him get into it and discover it later. To me it was just funny. Every one else is giving him cards with cash, and his weirdo aunt hands him a giant bag of chocolate.
But…he had received (before my contribution) only $10 more than he needed to get his car legal, and all his friends wanted to go to the movies and come back (after us old fuddy-duddies were gone) to have a bon-fire. I didn’t want him sitting there waiting to see if they were coming back. I decided he needed more cash A.S.A.P. so he could go if he wanted.
It wasn’t as cool as I planned, but it was still pretty funny! I told him to open the bag and watched as he pulled…and pulled again…it was sealed really well! Then I told him we were looking for Hershey’s bars (that’s where I had put the big bills). He dumped part of the bag and separated them out, but really had no clue. I felt them and handed him two that were fakes, and he just looked at me like I was insane and said, “Thanks.” His little sister was like, “OPEN them!!” He, again…like I’m nuts, looked at me for a clear instruction then finally pulled one open. I wish I’d took a pic of his face! He was so confused! He pulled out that $20 bill and we didn’t have to tell him to open the next!! Once he knew he could tell that obviously they weren’t what they were supposed to be, but it worked for the surprise! You open a sealed bag of candy you’re not expecting something like that! He thought I might be a witch, I guess, ’cause he kept saying, “How did you…? That bag was closed! I opened it! How did you do that?” It’s probably the last time I get to see the wonder of a boy from him. For a minute he was that little boy trying to figure out how my husband had put the quarter in his ear. He looked at me like he use to when he was young and he would come spend the weekend and knew that I loved him by the time I took to make him some crazy shaped three-dimensional cake, or my husband building hay bale and corn-stalk forts for him. He knew I had spent some time to make him smile, and I’m going to miss the innocent youth that made those little moments.
He might be pretty disappointed to find out that the rest of the wrappers only have ones.
Total I put $47. It was my goal that he would be pretty sure he threw $3 away before he realized. I’m a nice girl, right? Really, though…wouldn’t you assume I put in $50?
And by the way, did you notice in the very first pic under the title that you can see a dollar through the the Whoppers wrapper in the bag? I bet not. Cause why would there be a dollar in there?
Do you have any deceptive gift ideas? What’s the best way to give money? Are your babies graduating this year or do you remember how you felt when they did? I’d love to hear your stories and thoughts!
‘Til next time!