23 ways kids can make money during winter

23 ways kids can make money during winter

Winter may bring shorter days and cooler temperatures, but there are still plenty of ways kids can make money – and not just indoors.  Here are 23 ideas to keep them busy through winter break and beyond. 

Why should kids make money in winter?

Winter is the perfect time for kids to make their own money. Not only are there fewer distractions, but the colder months also offer plenty of opportunities for enterprising young people. From shoveling snow to selling handcrafted gifts, there are lots of ways children can make extra cash. 


What better way to teach kids the value of money than by letting them earn it themselves? Not only will encouraging your kids to make some extra dollars this winter build character, you’ll be developing their entrepreneurial spirit


If you're reading this in the warmer months, read our guide to 27 ways for teens to make money in summer.

23 ways to make money in winter

Are your kids ready to earn and save money this winter? Here are our top 23 ways they can get started:

    1. Gift wrapping

Your kids can wrap gifts at home or offer their services at a local shopping mall. To help them along, teach them how to wrap gifts properly before they start offering their services. They could even make and sell their own cute tags too.

     2. Pet-sitting

Lots of families head out of town during the holiday season. Your kids could offer pet-sitting services. It’s a great way for a responsible animal lover to make some extra cash. 

    3. Help parents host a party

Are you planning on hosting a party over the holiday season? Why not ask your kids to get involved with the preparations? They can make invitations, decorate the house and help with the catering. It’s a great opportunity for them to get creative and have fun while earning money.

    4. Help with holiday decorations

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better winter job than decking the house with holly?  Your kids can earn some extra cash by helping you decorate your home for  the holidays. They can put up lights, make wreaths and hang decorations. 

    5. Bake cookies and sell them

One of the best things about winter is the scent of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house. Your kids can bake cookies, decorate and sell them to neighbors and friends.

    6. Sell handcrafted gifts

Are your children crafty? Do they like to sew, crochet or knit? If your kids are creative, they can earn extra money by making and selling handcrafted gifts like jewelry, paintings and ornaments. 

    7. Do more chores than usual

Family get-togethers and other types of festivities can leave homes a little messy. Divide the extra jobs between your kids. Chores can teach kids valuable life skills and they can top up their allowance at the same time.

    8. Teach others new skills

Do your kids have a hobby they’re particularly good at? From guitar lessons to help with schoolwork, your kids can share their skills with others for a fee.

    9. Shovel snow for family and neighbors

Your kids can offer their services to family and neighbors, clearing walks and driveways. Just make sure they wrap up warm!

    10. Salt sidewalks

Salting sidewalks is a great way for your kids to help keep your neighborhood safe in icy weather. They can also offer their services to elderly neighbors, as well as local restaurants and shops.

    11. Sweep and vacuum your room

A clean room is a happy room. It’s also a great way for kids to make some money. They can clean their room, your room, or their sibling's to earn some extra cash. Add in tidying and making the beds to earn a little bit more. 

    12. Sell stuff you don’t need

If your kids have any old toys, clothes they’ve outgrown, or unwanted books, they can sell them to earn some extra cash. Encourage them to have a yard sale or sell items online.

    13. Scrape ice from the car 

In winter, it's essential to keep your car clear of snow and ice. It’s the law in some states. Your kids can help by scraping ice and snow from your car’s windshield and windows before you set out on a journey. They could offer their services to neighbors too. 

    14. Help the elderly with holiday shopping

The festive season can be a difficult time for the elderly, especially if they live alone. Your kids can learn to give back to those in need and brighten up their days by helping them with holiday shopping. 

    15. Run errands for your family or neighbors

If your kids are old enough, they can run errands for your family or neighbors. This can include things like buying groceries, picking up the dry cleaning or even just walking the dog.

    16. Babysit

If your kids are responsible and good with children, they can earn some extra money by babysitting. Just make sure you provide them with clear instructions and guidelines before they start.

    17. Help take down the holiday decorations

After the holidays are over, your kids can help by taking down the lights, storing the tree, and packing away the decorations. 

    18. Help around the kitchen

There are always plenty of things for kids to do in the kitchen - from washing dishes to wiping down surfaces. Just make sure you supervise them closely and remove any sharp objects. If they’re old enough and you know they'll be fine with more advanced chores, they could also help cook. 

    19. Sell hot chocolate 

When it’s cold outdoors, people love to warm up with a mug of hot chocolate. Your kids can take advantage of this by selling hot drinks to family and neighbors. Just make sure they use a thermos to keep the drinks hot. And don't forget the marshmallows and whipped cream!

    20. Help with the grocery shopping

Your kids can help with grocery shopping by taking items from the shelves for you, or even just carrying the bags to the car. They can also help put away the groceries when you get home.

    21. Clean up after festive dinner

If you host any dinner parties over the holidays, your kids can help clean up after. They can clear the plates, wash the dishes and even sweep the floor.

    22. Take out the trash

The holiday celebrations can create a whole lot of extra trash –  from discarded wrapping paper to extra food packaging. Your kids can help with the recycling and take out the trash.

    23. Clear out the kitchen pantry

It's always a good idea to clear out the pantry and the holiday season is the perfect time to do it. Your kids can help. Get them to take everything out of the pantry, wipe down the shelves and then sort through the food, throwing out expired items and reorganizing the rest.  

Get paid through GoHenry

At GoHenry, we offer a unique service that allows parents to teach their kids about money in a fun and interactive way. With our Money Missions feature, kids can complete chores and get paid for them.


 It’s a great way to learn about earning, budgeting and saving. Plus, it gets the whole family involved in decluttering and cleaning up around the house! 


So why not give it a try this holiday season? Your kids can help with all sorts of household tasks— just pick a few from this list to get started.


Learn more about the GoHenry kids debit card today.



Written by Charlotte Peacock Published Nov 29, 2022 ● 6 min. read