Don’t stress if dressing up as Santa’s elf isn’t your ideal way to make money this holiday season. You’ve got standards after all.
But the truth is: You may need some extra dough to buy holiday gifts for your relatives. And, a side hustle can be the perfect way to earn more money.
Not sure what type of side gig is best for you? Take a look at these 7 weird holiday hustles and start saving money right away for the upcoming holiday season.
1. Mobile Gift Wrapper
If you actually like wrapping presents, then you have a real gift. Many people are willing to pay someone to wrap their presents, yet they don’t have the time to drag bags full of gifts to and from the mall’s gift-wrapping kiosk. Here’s where you step in. Instead of working at the mall, you can start your own mobile gift wrapping business. You simply go to your client’s house or workplace, wrap the presents, and leave – with cash in hand.
2. Gift Idea Generator
If only someone would pay you for your amazing shopping skills. Well, someone just might do this, especially if that someone is strapped for time. Here’s where you take over and charge by the hour to generate unique gift ideas for those who simply don’t want to shop for themselves.
The easiest way to organize this type of business is to take orders through an online form. This way the shopper can specify a budget, gift preferences, and give you details about their gift recipients. You create the list of presents and then place the orders – for an hourly fee, of course.
3. Christmas Light Installer
Another major holiday pain point is hanging Christmas lights. So, why not offer a service to hang and then take down holiday lights?
All you need to start is an appealing flyer. From there, be prepared to go door-to-door handing out your flyers and discussing your services. You can also broaden your reach by advertising your business to senior care facilities, small shops, and more.
If you are tech-savvy, you have even more to offer. People love lights that are synched with music.
4. Rent Out Baby Items
Tired of having your home look like a daycare? Why not rent out your baby gear to families visiting your area for the holidays?
Kaylee Garcia did this last Christmas using BabyQuip, an online platform that allows individuals to rent out baby gear. Garcia, who lives in central Washington, customized her profile to include snow gear and toys. According to BabyQuip stats, an average baby equipment renter earns $600 a month. As for Garcia: She likes helping other families, as well as earning extra cash.
“The best part is that I get to help families pack light and travel happy.”
5. Toy Dealer
You aren’t the only one strapped for cash this season. Parents are also on the prowl for awesome toy deals. Why not help these parents out by buying and selling used toys in great condition?
Take a look at Jeff Neal, who considers himself an expert at this. Neal, owner of The Critter Depot, purchases Lego blocks for two to three cents a piece online and then sells them for double in larger lots on Craigslist.
“They only sell when Christmas is around the corner,” says Neal. “I tried selling them during spring and summer, but there’s never any interest.
6. DJ Jingle Bells
If you know how to drop a sick beat, then you can make some easy money this holiday season. Think about it. If you’ve always wanted to DJ, now is your chance. Start out by offering holiday-themed party music packages. You can advertise your services for office parties, as well as school events and dances.
7. Toy Installer
Are you handy with tools and a pro at reading boring instruction manuals? This may be the perfect side gig for you – and a skill that parents are willing to pay for. Just think: You could be assembling Barbie’s 500-piece dream house and outdoor play equipment – for a fee, of course. If you offer Christmas Eve or Christmas Day rush assembly, even better. Don’t forget to charge a premium for that.
As you can see, you don’t need a lot of money to launch a holiday side gig. You can try one of the ideas here or come up with your own business. All you need is an entrepreneurial hustle and bank app that lets you accept payments easily and instantly. And, while you’re at it: Don’t forget to automate your savings as this will help you save even more money without even thinking about it.
So, are you ready to make some extra money this holiday season? We thought so!