(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.