Giving money is my least favorite gift to give BUT it is also a gift that I know once a kid hits 12..it's what they want. It's all they want.
I try to make it fun. I've put money in plastic eggs, photo albums, taped it into a long roll, money tree, cold hard cash, pinned it to t-shirts...you get the idea.
This time for Claire's birthday, I bought her a bulletin board that she wanted for her room. I pinned money and her favorite treats to the board. I also spelled out HBD (Happy Birthday) and the number 12. It was a HIT!