If you have a friend or family member who could use money rather than gifts because of life circumstances, consider creating a money wreath. A money wreath can be presented as a group or at a party after all the funds have been collected. This is an excellent idea for those who are ill or for a second baby.
The wreath shown here has $245. That includes one $20 bill and a $5. The largest difficulty in creating this wreath is that you must acquire dollar bills in exchange for the larger cash amounts that have been donated. Your bank can assist with this, or you can find a waitress who would be happy to exchange her small bills with you. :)
Locate a wire wreath at your local craft store. I used an 18" wreath from Michaels. You can find wire wreaths in a variety of shapes and sizes. Use the style and size that fits your situation. Obviously, a smaller wreath would require less money to make.
I used small rubber ties from Dollar Tree to gather the dollar bills into bunches of 5. I then attached these bunches to the wreath with inexpensive ribbon, tied in bows so that it could easily be removed. Lay each stack of $5 one over the other until your wreath is completely covered.
Wrap or hang on the wall for your recipient to enjoy.