25 Different Ways to Earn Extra Cash For Christmas 2023!

The holidays are just around the corner and I know you may be brainstorming about how to earn extra cash for Christmas.

Below, I've created a list of the best 25 ways I could think of to earn some extra money now. And when I say “extra money,” that is exactly what I mean. These ideas likely won't replace your day job if you have one, but they should be easy side earners to fit into your daily schedule.

If you are in need of an actual work from home job before the holidays, you should check the work from home job leads page to see what companies are needing help right now.

25 Ways to Earn Extra Cash For Christmas

1. Rewards Sites That Pay Fast

Rewards sites are very popular online right now because they make it super easy to earn a little extra.

Most of them will give you redeemable points or cash for doing things like short tasks, printing coupons, searching the web, playing games, offers, surveys, and any number of other things.

Here are a few I've used and love that pay fast:

  • Kashkick – They pay directly to your Paypal for doing things like shopping, surveys, watching videos, and more.
  • Swagbucks – Pays usually within 5-10 days, often sooner. They are the most known and reputable site in this section, and I've used them personally for years.
  • Prize Rebel – Pays instantly in most cases. You can redeem for cash, Paypal, and various gift cards.
  • InstaGC – If you redeem for an Amazon (or any other type) of gift card, you can get it as soon as you redeem it. Absolutely no waiting at all.

2. Survey Panels That Pay Fast

Survey panels are also good for scraping up occasional extra money. After you've registered with the below panels, you should get occasional survey invitations to your email.

The panels below are known for paying quickly and they have low cash-out thresholds. This is ideal if you are trying to earn extra cash for Christmas.

  • Paid Viewpoint – My personal favorite for a long time (over 10 years). Surveys are short and easy. You have to have $15 to cash out to PayPal, but as your trait score increases, that amount can lower to just $5. They usually pay the same day you request your money.
  • Pinecone Research – This one is a very reputable company that's been around for years. However, they can be pretty picky on who they accept and are not always open to all demographics. They pay $3 per survey and you get paid typically within a few days after you take a survey.
  • Branded Surveys – Most of the time you only have to wait three business days to get your rewards from Branded Surveys once you redeem. You only need 500 points in your account to start redeeming.

3. Rate Music and Get Paid

You can use Slice the Pie to earn extra cash for rating and writing short reviews for new music. It's easy, but take care to make sure your reviews are very detailed and well-written.

You can redeem as long as you have $10 earned, and pay outs are made on Tuesdays and Fridays with Paypal.

4. Participate in Research Studies and Focus Groups

If paid survey panels don't provide quite enough in the way of earnings, there are some other sites online you can sign up with that pay a lot more.

User Interviews and Respondent are two companies I recommend if you are interested in getting paid for your participation in online research studies and focus groups.

In most cases you'll earn $50 to $100 or even more if you're selected to participate in a study.

 5. Deliver Food On Your Own Schedule

There are a lot of people out there these days who are taking advantage of various apps that allow you to place restaurant/fast food orders from businesses in your town and get them delivered straight to your door. As a result, these apps need delivery drivers, and that's where you can come in!

You can sign up to deliver with Doordash or Instacart and deliver whenever you want, getting paid weekly for delivering food and groceries to people who request them via these apps.

6. Get Cash Back On Your Grocery Shopping

If you have a smartphone, you can download the Ibotta app and begin earning cash back on many grocery purchases.

Simply check to see what the featured products for the week are and how much they pay if you buy them. You'll probably also have to answer a short survey or watch a video about the product.

Then, scan your grocery store receipt proving that you bought the item(s) and Ibotta will pay you cash. You can redeem your earnings at just $5, and the money goes instantly into Paypal.

Trust me that this adds up if you use it every time you shop.

7. Help Others Learn English

If you know English, you can earn money chatting online with others who are trying to learn it through a site called Cambly. You don't need any teaching experience, and you can work whenever you want.

You will need either a computer with a webcam or a smartphone with recording capabilities to do this.

They pay .17 per minute of talk time, and you can get paid twice a month with Paypal.

8. Do Some Pet-Sitting

If you like animals and have the time, you can list your pet-sitting services through Rover. They let you set your own rates, also.

There are many people who make $1,000+ a month doing this on the side!

Rover pays weekly like clockwork for any pet-sitting you've done.

9. Trade Stuff In at Amazon

Did you know that you can trade in your electronics, books, movies, video games, music, and iPhones to Amazon? And you don't have to have purchased the item from Amazon originally to trade it in. Amazon will tell you the amount they'll give for your stuff after you submit it.

Then, once you've shipped items to them (free), they will send you an Amazon gift card for that amount.

Go here to submit your items or read our review of Amazon's trade-in program.

10. Sell Your Crafts & Handmade Items

If you are crafty and you can make stuff that will sell, you can easily sell it online at Etsy. The great thing about Etsy is that, as soon as your item sells, you get paid to Paypal. There is no waiting on your money. Etsy does charge a very small listing fee per item.

Go here to visit Etsy and get an idea of what you could sell. I also have a list of other places to sell your crafts if you want other options.

11. Sell Your Smartphone Photos

Smartphones are getting so advanced that many of them are actually capable of taking decent quality photos. So good in fact, that there are sites that will buy them from you!

If you're a good smartphone photographer, you can post some of your pics up for sale at Foap or Scoopshot to name a few.

12. Have a Virtual Yard Sale on Facebook

Most cities have a virtual yard sale group or page on Facebook where you can buy, trade, and sell items with people in your local area. This is a way to earn extra cash for Christmas if you have a lot of stuff you want to unload quickly.

Just do a search on Facebook for “(name of your town) online yard sale.”

If nothing comes up, try the name of neighboring town or even the name of your county.

13. Start Turking

Use Amazon MTurk to get paid for doing short tasks. They have all kinds of little odd jobs posted, including data entry, surveys, transcription, and more. You only need $1 to request payment to your bank account or you can just use the money to shop at Amazon.

14. Do Some Ghostwriting

If you have at least average writing skills, there are a few sites you can apply with online and get paid to do ghostwriting.

If you're not familiar with what ghostwriting is, it's basically getting paid to write content for people who need it. You get paid, but you don't get credit for writing.

One popular sites like this that tends to have lots of work and pays weekly is Textbroker.

15. Start a Home Business

If you've been tossing around the idea of starting a home business based around something you're skilled in, now would be a great time. You may be able to line up some clients between now and Christmas and begin getting paid for your services.

Not sure what type of home business to start? We have over 50 home business ideas listed to get your wheels turning.

16. Get Paid For Doing Research

There are a couple of sites that regularly need researchers to work at home. And while this is just extra money for most people, it's not shift-based work.

You're an independent contractor and you can work anytime you want, which makes it ideal for building up cash for the holidays.

Two sites that are regularly looking for researchers are First Quarter Finance and Hobby Jam.

17. Sell Your Textbooks

If you have any used textbooks laying around that you don't need, there are several sites that will pay you pretty quickly if they can use them. The books will need to be in excellent or good/gently used condition to be accepted.

Some good options for this include SellBackYourBook and eCampus.

18. Sell Your Old Phones

You can sell your old iPhone — or any phone — and earn some money whether it's in working condition or not! There are many sites that will pay you for your outdated phones and they don't all pay the same.

I recommend using Gazelle or BuyBackWorld.

19. Start Doing Usability Tests

You can get paid quickly for doing short, 15-minute usability tests for companies that need their websites and apps evaluated.

This involves speaking into a microphone from your computer and navigating around the websites you're assigned, stating what you like/don't like about the usability of the sites you test.

Most of these tests pay you around $10 to $12 each, and you'll have to watch your email for invites to do them.

Some sites to sign up with for this are User Testing, Userlytics, and PlaytestCloud.

Want to join even more user testings sites? I have a full list of website testing companies you can check out for more.

20. Give People Rides In Your Spare Time

Ride-sharing apps are HUGE right now. Everyone is catching rides with services via their smartphone apps. You can actually sign up to drive with Lyft and earn in your spare time giving rides to people in your local area.

This is a great idea for Christmas earning because you can drive whenever you want to, and Lyft also has an option to cash out your earnings every single day.

21. Do Some Mystery Shopping

Want to earn extra cash for Christmas and don't mind leaving your house to do it? You can also earn some extra money doing some in-person mystery shopping.

You'll most likely get invited to do more shops if you live in an area where there are lots of stores, so if you live in a very rural area, making money with this will require some travel that may or may not be worth it depending on the price of gas.

There are lots of mystery shopping scams out there, but some reputable mystery shopping companies you can feel safe applying to include Market Force, A Closer Look, The Source, and BestMark.

22. Sell Your Unwanted Makeup and Skincare Items

It happens to many of us — you get the wrong color by mistake, or a product just doesn't work for you as well as you thought it would.

If that's the case, you can use Glambot to unload them and earn money.

We have more info on where to sell your makeup if you're interested in other options.

23. Complete Tasks With Your Smartphone

There are some easy to use apps out now that you can download and get paid for doing little odd jobs around your town. Example – taking pics of displays in stores, answering surveys, evaluating your experience at various businesses. Kind of like mystery shopping.

Also, many of these apps will pay within just a day or two after your tasks have been approved.

Some to try include Field Agent and GigWalk.

24. Clean Out Your Kid's Closet

If you're like me, most of your kid's outgrown clothes get sent straight to the goodwill store. However, if you have any that are in good or very gently used condition, you could send them to ThredUp and get paid for them instead.

The way it works is you have to order a bag from them, stuff it with the clothes you want to sell, ship it to ThredUp (the shipping is pre-paid) and then wait for them to appraise your items.

Once they have, you can get in cash the amount they think your clothes are worth.

25. Share Your Expertise and Get Paid For It

You don't have to have a teaching degree to get paid for sharing your skills with others. The internet is also filled with ways to do this.

One way is to spend time creating an online course that you can sell over and over again at Udemy. You just create the course, and they provide the platform and tools to help you get it sold.

You can also become a products expert with Curated and offer shopping recommendations for various gear you're familiar with and earn commission.

This is a great way to earn extra cash for Christmas.

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20 thoughts on “25 Different Ways to Earn Extra Cash For Christmas 2023!”

  1. You might want to add that Qmee doesn’t allow you to use a VPN on any of the computers you plan to use no matter what. Not even for a single website. Not even if it points to someplace in the USA. This is a concern for many people.

  2. Great article, thank you!
    I tried all kinds of ways to make money online
    What works best for me is Koocam.
    I teach my hobbies, and sells my knowledge in every field
    It’s great

  3. Hi Anna,

    I’m sure there are folks out there already making plans for holiday shopping and earning cash to do it. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

    I’ve already passed it along and got a couple ideas for me personally. 🙂

    Have a great week!


  4. Wow!! Thanks for so much useful info! It’s great to finally find an article that has links to sites that are useful not dead ends for a change. I’ve tried so many that turned out to be such a waste of time. These are actually worth doing. I had almost stopped reading blogs and posts about making extra money or working from home because every one I tried was so disappointing. You’ve restored my faith in online money making. Yea!! and Thanks!!

  5. Hi, I was wondering if you have personally tried slice the pie. I googled reviews one time and someone said they are a scam. I have done it but I stopped because of the reviews. Thanks.

    • Yes, I have used them and still do on occasion. They are not a scam at all. They will pay via Paypal on Tuesday or Friday if you cash out your earnings (you need at least $10 to cash out).

      They will close accounts and not pay users if they attempt to game the system by leaving thoughtless reviews that are too short. There are a lot of people who have gotten upset when this happened and tried to call Slice the Pie a scam. You should be able to find plenty of other testimonials online, along with payment proof, that they’re not a scam. I believe I have payment proof posted as well on my Slice the Pie review here – https://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/2011/06/get-paid-to-listen-to-music.html I’ve been using them since 2011.

  6. Nice info… Can you recommend me a good survey site which is genuine and I can earn online?
    Awaiting for your response
    Thank you

  7. I must agree with all of the comments full of praise for you and this list. I too have previously tried to navigate the waters of this subject, with absolutely less than stellar results. Though I have not taken the time to actually follow-up and visit any of these what I hope to be realistic alternatives for extra income websites, I can only hope that what I’m met with at those I will have the time to try (or at least visit/research) turns out to be even 75% as good as you seem to make them all sound! I am loathe to admit that I have only recently begun to “embrace” the technology that has become the very pulse and lifeblood of society; as a result of my naïve rebellion, I am far behind my contemporaries in virtually all aspects of incorporating this way of life into my routine(s). However, with the help of very well researched and incredibly informative sites like your own, I am confident I will find my way. Thank you again for helping a stubborn late-bloomer find, for once, useful information at my fingertips; it’s extremely refreshing to not be given the proverbial run around.

  8. Very useful post Anna.

    Let me be very honest, this isn’t the first post/article that I am going through that talks about ways to earn extra cash. I have been reading similar kinds of articles every now and then. I personally like your article a lot.

    Most of the authors just end up writing a generic post with so-called pretty much known ways to earn money but you did your homework. Your post is fully packed with useful and unheard kind of ways to earn money. I must say I am impressed.

  9. HI,
    With 1Q they do not pay a dollar per question answered. The dollar is what the person submitting the question pay per response they receive. 1Q pays either .25 or .50 per question answered through your cell phone. I have been with them a little over a week and while it’s been a slow start I have answered a few questions and have been paid by them.
    Another option but this only works if you do not have a Amazon MTurk account is to join Crowd Source and take one of their qualification tests. Once you pass they will send you information on how to log in, etc. I have an account with them and have done tasks and been paid the same day through PayPal. Yay! 🙂 Love Crowd Source!

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