Need money for Christmas?
According to the National Retail Federation, the average person spent around $1,000 on Christmas in 2020.
If cash is tight this year, starting a side hustle can help you earn the extra money you need to afford the holidays. You could make enough to cover your budget and maybe even have some left over to stash in a savings account for the new year.
Keep reading to learn the best ways to make money for Christmas now, plus get a free printable Christmas budget planner!
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20+ Legitimate Ways to Make Money for Christmas
If you’re wondering, how can I get money for Christmas? here’s a simple answer:
Use your skills to make the extra money you need for the holidays.
There are lots of ways to make Christmas cash online or off. And the more side hustles you try, the more opportunities you have to earn extra money for Christmas!
1. Be a pet sitter
If I didn’t already have two crazy dogs and a very snooty cat to manage, I’d seriously consider becoming a pet-sitter.
Why? Because this is one of the best ways to make money for Christmas that also falls under the heading of being fun.
As side job ideas go, this one is a winner for money-making potential. According to Rover, you can make up to $1,000 a month as a dog sitter through the site.
2. Take care of people
So, maybe you’re allergic to dogs. Or you’re just not a pet person. You can still get paid to sit–just for people instead of animals.
I don’t mean just kids either. There are lots of seniors out there who could use a companion or someone to help with running errands.
Sittercity can help you find sitting gigs to make extra money for the holidays. You can choose the gigs you want and work on your own schedule.
3. Deliver food
If you need a flexible side hustle to make money for Christmas, becoming a Dasher with DoorDash could be worth your time.
DoorDash pays $1 per delivery, plus 100% of customer tips. Every delivery has a guaranteed minimum you’ll earn, depending on the details of the order.
This is a side job you could clean up on if you’re fast, since the more deliveries you make the more you can earn.
If you’re cool with a side gig that requires some driving, head over to DoorDash and sign up!
4. Deliver…almost anything else!
Besides delivering food, you can also earn extra money for Christmas delivering other things.
Postmates is a great option for delivering takeout, groceries, personal care items–you name it!
It’s super easy to sign up and join the Postmates fleet. And after talking with some Postmates fleet members I can tell you that it’s easy to make $100 a day or more delivering the goods!
5. Get paid to lose weight
I’m not gonna lie, my favorite part about the holiday season is the food. I am that give-me-pumpkin-spice-everything kind of person.
But maybe you’ve got more willpower than I do and can stick to your diet. If so, here’s a great side hustle for you: get paid to lose weight with HealthyWage.
You work on losing weight. If you drop the pounds needed to reach your goal, you win cash!
It’s a win-win; you get healthy and earn Christmas cash. So why not give it a try?
6. Take surveys online
Taking surveys can be a pretty quick way to earn a few bucks for Christmas money.
It may not get you rich but it’s an easy side hustle you can do from almost anywhere.
There a ton of survey sites out there that will pay you cold hard cash for a few minutes of your time. The trick is to find survey sites that pay the most.
If you’re looking for some places to get started, here’s a shortlist of survey sites to try:
- Survey Junkie
- Swagbucks (get a $5 bonus for signing up!)
- Vindale Research
- Unique Rewards
You can sign up for one of them or all of them. Just remember to check out the payout structure so you know how much you can earn and when you’ll be able to collect your cash.
Related post: 15 Best Survey Sites for Making Quick and Easy Money
7. Get paid for odd jobs
If you’re at all handy you could make money doing easy side hustles as a Tasker for TaskRabbit.
This site helps people who need help with simple tasks around the house. For example, you might get paid to help someone with a move or put together furniture.
It’s super simple to make money through the app.
- You create your Tasker account.
- TaskRabbit notifies of you of jobs that are available nearby.
- You choose the ones you want to complete, based on the pay rate and time involved.
- Once you and the person offering the task agree on a rate, you do the work and get paid through the app.
The best part about doing side jobs through the app is that you can make it fit your schedule. And when you’re trying to navigate the hectic holiday season, flexibility is everything.
8. Hire yourself out on Fiverr
Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers of all kinds can connect with people who need their services.
So, depending on your skills you could find gigs for:
- Voiceover work
- Freelance writing or blogging
- Video editing
- Graphic design
If you’re looking for some creative side hustles to make money for Christmas, definitely look into Fiverr. It’s free to create an account.
Pro tip: Check out Fiverr Learn. They’ve got tons of different online courses you can use to boost your creative freelancing skillset!
9. Start freelance writing
I’m a freelance writer so duh, of course, this is on the list of favorite easy side hustles for the holidays or any time.
I got started freelancing as a new mom and have spent the last several years growing it into a full-time business.
You can read this post to learn how to start freelance writing and make your first $100.
10. Learn to proofread
Proofreading is can be a great way to make money for Christmas all year-round.
Being a proofreader means reviewing written content and checking it for things like spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and other typos.
I use Grammarly as a writer to help with all of that but some companies pay big bucks for proofreaders.
The best part? You don’t need any previous experience proofreading to make money at it.
If you want to learn more, I highly recommend this free intro to general proofreading webinar from Caitlin Pyle.
She’s the real deal and her webinar walks you through everything you need to know to decide if proofreading is right for you. So go check it out!
11. Become a user tester
Have you ever visited a website or tried an app and thought, wow, this could be so much better.
If so, you could make money by testing out websites and apps, then offering your opinion on what’s good (or bad) about them.
There are a LOT of sites that pay people to be user testers but to keep it simple, here’s a list of some of the most popular ones:
Just like with the survey sites I mentioned earlier, make sure you check out the payout structure so you know what you’re making and when you’ll get paid.
12. Get paid to type
Transcriptionists take audio and video recordings and convert them into written documents. This could be a great way to make money for Christmas for you if you have good typing skills.
Similar to becoming a proofreader, you don’t necessarily need a background in transcription to get started.
If you’re looking for more insight on what transcriptionists do and how they make money, here’s something that can help.
Janet Shaughnessy, founder of Transcribe Anywhere and pro transcriptionist, offers a free general transcription mini-course. This 7-lesson course covers everything you need to know to decide if transcribing for money is the right side gig for you.
And if that isn’t enough, you can also download her free transcription ebook here!
13. Become a virtual assistant
Before I started freelance writing as a side hustle, I worked as a virtual assistant for a bit.
It was fun, flexible and the pay was decent but since writing was my real talent that’s what I decided to focus on.
Being a VA means helping other people run their business. Gina Horkey, who’s a go-to expert on all things VA-related is an amazing resource on how to make money as a VA.
You can check out her course, Fully Booked VA to learn all the ins and outs of becoming a highly-paid virtual assistant!
14. Start a bakery business from home
Fall gets me in the mood to bake, even though my skills mostly rival those of Nailed It contestants.
But if you know your way around the kitchen, then baking pies, cakes, cookies or other goodies are all easy side hustles you can do from home.
Holiday craft fairs and fall farmer’s markets are great places to sell your baked goods. Just check out the laws in your state to make sure it’s legal to do so first.
If you want to learn more about baking as a side hustle, check out this awesome guide from The Penny Hoarder.
15. Sell your stuff
I once had a friend who had a pretty steady side hustle flipping things in Facebook bargain groups, Craigslist and eBay. If you need extra cash, you could try your hand at reselling.
Depending on what you want to flip, you could sell through:
- Facebook Marketplace
- Local Facebook bargain groups
My best tip for using these sites and apps to make money for Christmas? Read the rules.
Make sure you’re not selling anything that goes against the site or app’s terms of service. And if you’re meeting someone in person to make a sale, choose a public and safe place.
16. Sell handmade crafts
If you’re the crafty type, you could use those skills to make Christmas cash.
This is a great holiday side hustle that has endless possibilities because there are just so many things you can make.
When it comes to selling them, Etsy may be your go-to choice. But don’t overlook holiday craft fairs or bazaars, flea markets and farmer’s markets. You can also approach local boutiques in your town to see if they’d be interested in selling your stuff.
And you can pick up inexpensive supplies at the dollar store to save money.
17. Sell your photos
If you’ve got a decent camera and an eye for taking great photos, you could make some Christmas cash selling your pics.
With SmugMug, you can sell photos and prints online and it’s easy to get started.
The site offers unlimited storage and you can upload photos from anywhere. You get paid monthly when you have $500 or more in sales.
18. Deliver groceries
You sign up to shop, receive orders through the app, pick up the items and deliver them to customers. That’s it–makes other easy side hustles look hard, right?
It’s up to you to set your schedule and shoppers get paid weekly. And once you get into the system as a shopper, you can start earning money right away.
And if Instacart doesn’t operate in your area, you could also check out Shipt. It’s another easy side hustle you can try to get paid for delivering groceries!
19. Become a mystery shopper
Mystery shoppers go to restaurants or stores, eat a meal or buy something, then get paid to share their experience. (Plus, your dinner or whatever you bought is usually reimbursed–even better!)
If you’re planning to be out and about during the holiday shopping season anyway, becoming a mystery shopper makes total sense. The key is finding reputable sites you can get paid to shop with.
Here are some of the better ones to try:
Take time to thoroughly research any company you plan to shop for and watch out for mystery shopping scams.
20. Clean houses
The last quarter of the year is busy for a lot of people and they may not always have time to clean up around the house. You can fill a need–and make some cash–by hiring yourself out as a cleaning person in your spare time.
This is one of the more profitable easy side hustles to consider. According to Thumbtack, the average house cleaner makes $25 to $50 per hour.
If you don’t know how to find housekeeping jobs, I’ve got you covered.
At last check, Housekeeper.com had over 73,000 cleaning gigs listed. You can filter to find jobs in your local area.
21. Earn cashback on your holiday shopping
Here’s a low-key side hustle you may not have thought of: using apps to put cash in your pocket when you shop.
Cashback apps and websites pay you money (or gift cards) when you shop online and in-store. The best apps also help you find added savings through coupons or promo codes.
If you need some cashback sites to try, these are my absolute favorites for getting money back when you spend:
You can sign up for one of them or all of them.
Honey is also great if you shop Amazon since this browser extension can help you get the best prices possible when you shop. And if you sign up for Rakuten right now, they’ll spot you $10 to shop with for free!
22. Sell printables
On the list of easy side hustles that can make a ton of money, selling printables is right at the top.
Consider Sarah Titus. She makes millions selling printables in her Shopify store.
So what kind of printables can you sell? The short answer is just about anything. But here are a few ideas for inspiration:
- Budget printables
- Home management/organization printables
- Motivational/inspirational printables
- Printables to help organize a blog or business
- Educational printables for homeschoolers
- Daily planners
- Moving checklists
- Recipe printables
- Holiday-themed printables
If you’re interested in making and selling printables, it’s easy to get started.
23. Sell t-shirts
These days, you can design just about anything then put it on a t-shirt and sell it.
Or a mug. Or a phone case. And lots of other things.
If you’ve got a talent for coming up with great designs or meme-worthy sayings, you could give designing your own goods a try. You can sell your custom designs through Teepublic and they do all the work.
Once you nail the design, Teepublic handles creating the end product and shipping it out. You pay the base cost and the rest is profit in your pocket.
24. Start a blog
Of course, I couldn’t create a list of easy side hustles and not include blogging.
Because everybody has a blog these days and if you don’t, then you’re missing out.
Blogging is hard but it’s also a lot of fun. And you can make money doing it in so many different ways, including:
- Hosting ads
- Writing sponsored posts
- Selling a product
- Selling a service (like freelance writing!)
- Affiliate marketing
If you want to start a blog as a side hustle, the first thing you need is a domain name and a great hosting service. You can get both of those through Siteground, which is the company I use. (And they are awesome!)
From there, you can start customizing your site using WordPress and a free or paid theme. (And that’s WordPress.org, not .com.)
If you want to start a blog as a holiday side hustle or an anytime side hustle, I have a step-by-step tutorial you can bookmark. It walks you through everything you need to know to start a blog with Siteground!
25. Get paid to teach online
Online courses are everywhere these days and they’re a great way to make real money from home!
And if you don’t have any teaching experience, don’t sweat it. You can still make $500 a month or more teaching online with the right platform.
That’s where Outschool comes in.
Outschool is an online teaching platform designed for students K-12. Anyone can teach on Outschool, no teaching degree required.
You just need an internet connection and a subject you’re passionate about to make money!
There is a background check you have to pass but this is one of my favorite easy side hustles for the holidays or any time when you need to make money.
26. Become a stylist with Stella & Dot
If you’re the fashionable type, you could make some easy Christmas cash by selling your services as a Stella & Dot stylist.
When you join the stylist program you get your own e-boutique where you can sell Stella & Dot products.
It’s a painless way to make money and it’s also pretty fun if you’re into jewelry. Plus, you can do it from home so there’s no need to host in-person sales parties to try to drum up business.
27. Grow holiday savings by investing your spare change
This idea for making money for Christmas is one of the best because it’s the easiest.
It literally involves doing nothing other than spending money like you normally would.
Wait, how is that possible?
It’s simple. You download the Acorns app and link it to your bank account. The app automatically rounds up your purchases and invests your spare change.
Investing for the holidays can be even better than saving because if your investments do well, your money grows faster than it would sitting at a bank.
Sounds good, right?
Final thoughts on how to make money for Christmas
I hope that at least one or two of these ideas sparked some inspiration for you. Because no one wants to be broke at the holidays.
Finding ways to make holiday money is easier than you might think. And even if you’re planning a frugal Christmas on a budget, having a little extra cash to go around is a plus.
Do you have a tip on how to make money for Christmas? Head to the comments and tell me about it.