No need to give cash this year...Consumer Reports have money-related gift ideas

(WXYZ) - Cash is king when it comes to giving gifts.  In fact 37 percent of American's considered giving cash last year. 

Consumer Reports offers some money-related alternatives and many are quite affordable.

With younger kids, what better way to teach them the value of saving than by starting a coin collection?  Or investing in stock, such as Walt Disney. 

For those security minded people, consider buying a home safe.  

How about donating to a charity in the name of someone on your gift list.

You can motivate teens to spend less by setting up a fund matching account. 

And when it comes to stocking stuffers, sneak some lottery tickets in a card.

So it's not all about cash this year.  Consumer Reports says these alternatives can actually help manage and save money.

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