10 Easy Ways to Make Quick Cash for the Holidays

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'Tis the season to spend on gifts, food, and travel. The holidays are a time when most of us invest in the joy of others. Big gifts that bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones are worth the expense. But what if you don't have that cash on hand right now? Whether you need money to travel to your loved ones, buy gifts, or purchase groceries for grand holiday dinners, expenses can add up fast. There are tons of ways to make a little cash fast - even if you can't pick up extra shifts at work.

If you're looking for a fast and easy way to make gift money this year, we can help. Here are our top ten ways to turn just a little bit of your time into plenty of cash for travel and awesome gifts this year.

dash a few doors

If you have a few hours on the weekend, try picking up a few gig-economy rounds with a delivery service. DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub are the most popular, and there are dozens of options in most city areas. These gig-economy jobs allow you to claim one delivery at a time, so you can get paid any time you have a spare hour to drive and money to make.

All you need is a working vehicle and a little extra time for a pay-out with every job.

sell some vintage swag on eBay

We all have a few nostalgia gems lost in a box in the attic or the back of the bedroom closet. Many of them you don't even care about anymore - but someone does. Vintage toys, old trinket boxes, pieces of furniture, and all sorts of other old stuff will sell for a mint to the right collector on eBay and other online marketplaces.

The holidays are also a great time to sell because thousands of people are looking for some special, personal gift from the past. Your old action figure could be what brings tears to someone else's eyes when they unwrap their Christmas present this year, and you get the cash for gifts that are meaningful to your loved ones.

rent your storage space or parking spot

Did you know you can even rent your extra space? If you have a parking space, you can rent it long-term or by the night to people traveling who need a place to park. You can also rent that non-parking space in your garage or basement for someone else's storage. People who don't like storage locker facilities or just need a place down the street for a few boxes will give you cash for space you're not using right now.

make and sell holiday etsy crafts

Are you crafty? Do you have a bunch of extra art supplies, like so many crafty people do? Turn those supplies and skills into cash by making and selling your work on Etsy. Open an Etsy store and cash in on that sweet holiday-buying frenzy. Sell custom holiday ornaments, unique crocheted hats, or twisted wire jewelry. Your crafts could become cash this holiday season.

refer your friends

You know how every website under the sun offers rewards for referrals? Well, this is a great season to refer your friends and get cash for all sorts of things. After all, your friends and family are gift shopping too. You can save money for everyone by sharing recommendations for your favorite brands and websites - and get gift cards or cash to buy more gifts with.

cash in a few old gift cards

While digging through your holiday stuff, did you find a few ancient gift cards that may or may not still be good? Now is the time to actually find a use for them, like fast holiday cash.

Many gift cards, even past their expiration dates, can be sold back for cash. There are also online services that will buy gift cards (for their own purposes) so you can get all those old gift cards off your hands and turned into spending money, fast.

fiverr your local services

Offer your services to the neighborhood! Whether you're great with home repairs, ready to house-sit, or are fantastic babysitting kids - everyone needs something during the holidays. Put yourself out there by answering Craigslist requests, or offering your services on Fiverr or TaskRabbit, for an extra handful of cash every afternoon and weekend. Help out locals and improve your holiday budget at the same time.

take online surveys

You can even make money by doing normal stuff on the internet. Some brands will pay you to take surveys, watch viral videos, be an online mystery shopper, or just search for stuff you'd normally search for. If you're willing to jump through one or two paperwork hoops, you can absolutely get paid for tooling around the internet. This is a great way to make a little extra cash without even doing anything that feels like work.

trade-in old phones and tech

Old cellphones and electronics need to be disposed of properly. First, because old batteries are dangerous. Second, rare metals are worth salvaging. And third, they're worth cash! Trade-in old phones and tech to recycling services for scrap value.

sell that junker

Last but not least, you can get rid of that old junker in your driveway (or in your parents' backyard) for holiday spending money. Like your old electronics, junker cars have inherent value. Instead of rusting away being an eyesore and a pollution risk, Peddle will pick it up for you. You don't even have to have it hauled or towed. We'll buy any car, no matter how old or wrecked, and you get money for holiday goodies. In fact, if you clear a parking space, that's one more space you can rent for extra cash to boot.

Looking for quick cash this holiday season? Have an old car that's not doing anything but growing rust in your driveway? Selling your junk car to Peddle can increase your holiday budget with just a few clicks. Let us know where your junker is and we'll take care of the rest while you shop for those essential gifts and plane tickets that make the holidays oh-so-sweet.