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12 Ways to Earn Extra Money for Christmas

Would you like to earn extra money for Christmas this year? The holiday season is always full of excitement and joy, but it can also be an expensive time of the year.

Between gifts, parties, and travel, the expenses can add up quickly. However, with a little bit of creativity and effort, there are plenty of ways you can earn extra money for the holidays.

We’ve compiled a dozen different ideas for earning extra cash so you can get ready for the Christmas season. Some are simple and require minimal effort, while others may require more time and dedication.

Whether you’re looking for a part-time job or want to make additional income from home, there’s something on this list for everyone.

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Avoiding debt can help reduce worry so you can have a more meaningful Christmas. From selling items online to cooking up holiday treats, these creative ways for earning extra Christmas money can help you offset holiday expenses so you end the year financially strong.

1. Offer a Service

What do you enjoy doing that a busy person might need help with? A Christmas side hustle could help you earn extra money, and you might be able to combine tasks with your own errands.

Trim Christmas trees, hang holiday decorations, run errands, walk dogs, gift wrap presents, clean, take packages to the post office, address Christmas cards, or shop for busy working folks.

2. Get Cooking

If you enjoy whipping up holiday treats, offer your homemade goodies to your time-crunched neighbors. Sell your fabulous creamy fudge by the pound, or make homemade dog biscuits.

Choose a few Christmas cookie recipes that are easy to make, and bake cookies to sell by the dozen for giving and parties.

Or perhaps you could sell your delicious old fashioned corn chowder by the quart to tired parents who would love an easy dinner, or offer kids’ holiday cooking classes.

3. Take on a Part Time Job

Lots of stores and businesses need extra help during the holidays. Could you work a few extra hours and stash some cash? You might get the added benefit of an employee discount to defray your Christmas shopping expenses.

4. Sell Unused Items

What about selling the holiday decorations, Christmas dishes, festive clothing, etc. that you’re no longer using? I like Next Door or Facebook Marketplace for larger items, and eBay for collectibles.

5. Freelance

Consider doing freelance work in areas such as writing, graphic design, or web development. Websites like Upwork and Fiverr can help you find freelance jobs. You can also post that you’re looking for additional work on your LinkedIn profile.

6. Offer Pet Sitting

Offer your services to people who need someone to take care of their precious pets while they’re away. You can sign up with a service like Rover, or advertise your services on NextDoor.

7. Be a House Sitter

Take care of someone’s home while they’re on vacation or away for an extended period of time. You can get connected with homeowners through platforms like MindMyHouse and Trusted Housesitters.

8. Babysit

Offer your services to parents who need someone to watch their children while they go out to holiday parties and events.

9. Make Deliveries

Companies like Amazon and UPS often need extra drivers during the busy holiday season. Or sign up to be a delivery driver for a food delivery service like Uber Eats or DoorDash.

10. Rent Out Your Car

If you’re not using your car, you can rent it out with a car sharing service like Turo or Getaround.

11. Rent a Room

If you have an unused guest room in your home, consider renting it out on a platform like Airbnb or VRBO.

12. Get Handy

If you’re good at fixing and maintaining things, offer your services to help people spruce up their homes for the holidays: painting, trimwork, home repairs, etc.

Do you have any money making ideas to add to our list? We always love hearing from you, so drop your ideas in the comments below!

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

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