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by Lea Redmond $12.50
Handmade
Recycled
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Grow Your Green

These special coins may look like small change, but the change they make can bring pure delight. Instead of metal, they're minted from handmade paper embedded with seeds, so you can plant them in the ground and watch your investment grow.

There are four different coins with charming designs on front and back from Lea Redmond, and each one carries a different kind of seed: pennies grow non-invasive flowers such as Black-Eyed Susan, Spurred Snapdragon, and Shirley Poppy; nickles grow herbs like thyme, dill, basil and cilantro; dimes sprout root vegetables like carrot, parsnip, and turnip; quarters grow a salad mix with bibb, Black Simpson, Salad Bowl Red, radicchio, and endive. The coins look like hand-drawn versions of real money and are printed on a letterpress, which gives them a realistic, 3D texture. The front of each is emblazoned with the motto "In soil we trust," and words on the back direct the recipient to plant the coin. Plant them, gift them, drop them on the sidewalk for others to pick up, leave some with your tip at a restaurant, hide some in a vending machine coin slot—you'll spread seeds of happiness wherever you go. Made in the USA.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

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Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
23415
Made from
seeds, cotton, recycled paper, letter press ink
Measurements
Coins: .7"- .78" dia: 50 coins
Notes
Planting and care instructions: Plant coins .25" underneath soil in sunny area and keep moist for 2 weeks to encourage sprouting,then separate and space appropriately to grow wildflowers, herbs, and vegetables. Seeds will keep for 1-3 years; store in a cool dry place.

Each bag of 50 will include 20 pennies (wildflowers), 10 nickels (herbs), 10 dimes (root crops), and 10 quarters (salad greens).
  • the maker
Lea Redmond

Lea Redmond

Lea Redmond believes that even the smallest, subtlest experience can change the world. She is graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where she studied philosophy, politics and environmental studies. Her honors senior thesis project was about the curious ways that artifacts and words can catch our attention and invite us to have life-changing insights. Before setting up her creative studio, Lea curated an exhibit about the history of wool in the Pacific Northwest, spread the word about Fair Trade Certified coffee, taught a bookmaking and haiku class at The Edible Schoolyard, coordinated a creek restoration project in Oregon, and even assisted a scent alchemist for a spell.

Leafcutter Designs, her creative workshop in Oakland, CA seeks to create a more playful, peaceful world by offering curious goods, surprising services, and participatory projects. She is passionate about making things that spark thinking, tell stories, and invite others to imagine.

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SEED MONEY
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Solid construction (5)
  • Unique (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gardening (24)
  • Outdoor amusement (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (15), Avid gardener (6), Master gardener (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (26)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (17), Child (3), Mother (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (10), Other (8), Christmas or hanukkah (5), Mother’s day (3)

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5.0

Makes a great gift!

By 

from Kinston, NC

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun Gift
  • Unique
  • Very Unusal

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Can Be Planted Anywhere
    • Gardening
    • Outdoor Amusement

    Comments about SEED MONEY:

    Made a great and unusal gift. Since coins can be planted anywhere it's like giving an instant garden.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Mother
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Mother’s Day

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Exactly what I was looking for.

    By 

    from Nanzees

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gardening

      Comments about SEED MONEY:

      I am using this for a finance class

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Loved this

      By 

      from Lorain, Ohio

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gardening

        Comments about SEED MONEY:

        This is a gift that will be seen and loved through out the next year. My mom loved it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Mother
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        A great gift for the master gardener!

        By 

        from Illinois

        About Me Master Gardener

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clever
        • Fun
        • Practical
        • Unexpected

        Cons

        • Wish It Came With More

        Best Uses

        • Gardening
        • Outdoor Amusement

        Comments about SEED MONEY:

        My father is a master gardener. We wanted to give him a fun gift for the garden that even he had ever seen. This worked great and the whole family loved it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Father
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Money DOES grow!

        By 

        from Ft. Lauderdale

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gardening

            Comments about SEED MONEY:

            Clever packaging, money is ALWAYS an appropriate gift!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            5.0

            Growing pennies from heaven

            By 

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Grip
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Solid Construction
            • Weather Resistant

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gardening

              Comments about SEED MONEY:

              This is a great gift for someone who has everything. Who isn't fascinated by colorful flowers popping up in the spring and summer? It can be a gift that keeps on giving enjoyment for many months to come.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Great gift!

              By 

              from Cleveland, OH

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Solid Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gardening

                Comments about SEED MONEY:

                Because of the time of year these won't be planted for awhile but my coworker loved the gift. The construction of the coins and seeds were very impressive. I loved the card attached to the bag explaining what each coin was. I almost want to buy this item again for myself, I'm just not much of a gardener.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Birthday

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Adorable packaging

                By 

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Green
                • Lightweight
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gardening

                  Comments about SEED MONEY:

                  This was a housewarming gift: perfect for warming a new house and a new yard.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Other

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Great gift!

                  By 

                  from Gainesville, FL

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gardening

                    Comments about SEED MONEY:

                    This was a gift for my sister, who is very interested in gardening. The seed coins were a fun and unusual gift, that was very appreciated by her!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Birthday

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Great gift

                    By 

                    from Fort Bliss, TX

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about SEED MONEY:

                          This was the perfect gift for my new bride. We want to start a garden and this was perfect.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Wife
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Birthday

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                          Q and A

                          When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                          422votes, 58 comments

                          Marisa, UncommonGoods

                          Money doesn't grow on trees. But how about some that just... grows?

                          Nicole
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I love this idea:)

                          Rachel
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Very cute idea. I hope it will be priced reasonably to keep with the green, conservation ideals.

                          Jessica
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I wouldn't have liked this without the cute explanation. Without the words, the picture doesn't convey what this really is.

                          Johanna
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This would make wonderful Chanukah gelt. Please make before next December!

                          Jaime
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This is such a cute and creative gift!

                          Edna
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          For the right price point, this is great! Consider offering multiple pouches so it can be split up, or offering different $ amounts.

                          Melanie

                          Cute idea but it would have to be very inexpensive.

                          ARLENE

                          Small gift to 'carry' and wrap. Unique way of gifting something practical that will be used with interest and delightl

                          Patricia

                          I like this product, though I'm hesitant to endorse the indiscriminate "dropping on the sidewalk" advice. Different areas have different definitions of non-invasive. Probably I'm just quibbling, but that phrase stood out to me.

                          Kitty

                          Cutest idea ever!!!

                          Laura

                          I think this is a great gift idea! My sis-in-law

                          Patricia S
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This is truly a unique and fun idea! Love it! Will order more than one if price is reasonable.

                          Rebecca
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Doubt it would get used, so cute but it becomes room junk.

                          TL
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Very clever

                          Dana Neat idea, but not very practical.
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          It isn't practical.

                          Sarah
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          What a beautiful diea and a lovely gift. I love the ideas about leaving them as tips, dropping them on sidewalks - absolutely delightful idea!

                          Dale
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          great gift for the gardner in your life.

                          Vicki
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Better things to waste my money on.

                          Ellisa
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          cute idea

                          sylvia
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Cute idea, gift for gardeners or just anyone.

                          Mathew
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I was a Kickstarter backer and LOVED this idea

                          Amanda
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Love that it's made in the U.S. and I love puns, even the cheesy ones. :) Wordplay humor items tend to win my $ because I get a kick out of them every time I see them...

                          Pamela
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          love it great for the gardener who has it all

                          Jacqueline
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          What a FUN way to plant seeds! Yes, indeed, you can make your money grow. :)

                          Janis
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Love this!

                          Haley
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Clever idea, but to what purpose would it solve? You could get the same types of seeds at a nursery or garden center for less money.

                          Sue
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Cute idea but who would plant carrots and tomatoes together? At least where I live, tomatoes have to be started indoors and transplanted outside later. Have you ever tried to transplant a carrot?

                          Kerri
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          So fun, but would have to be relatively inexpensive to see a ROI.

                          monique
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Great idea. You could use them to teach kids about money and then nature.

                          Danielle
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Wonderful idea! Delightful :-)

                          Eugenie
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          As a gardener I would not buy this. This is just a gimmick.

                          Shay
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Very cute and an awesome gift idea. Love it.

                          kathy
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Fun item. Unique and would be a fun gift!

                          Gayle
                          Vote: Thumbs down!

                          Yes, not very practical!

                          Elizabeth
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I love.this!

                          Margaret
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Could be the perfect gift for someone...

                          Jennifer
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          As a gardener, I absolutely love these sorts of items. I have received them as gifts on several occasions and they have added a lovely dimension to my garden.

                          Pam
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Love the idea..and the name!

                          Ingrid
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          if this is at a reasonable price (below $10) I would buy several for host gifts, etc.

                          Janis
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This reminds me that my Father grew me a money tree and it did grow very big.I never will forget my tree.

                          elaine
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          fun gift for gardeners, and nice table gift for a summer garden party!!1

                          Bethany
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          As a gardener, I would love to see this in my Christmas stocking or as a little "add-on" gift! I think it's lots of fun! As others have said, I hope the price is low enough to make it feasible.

                          pamela

                          great for kids

                          Michelle
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Fun to see how they sprout

                          Sonia
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          A very cute gift idea for many types of people. love it.

                          Kathleen
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Cute for a little gift or to include in a gift basket. GREAT submission, Buyer Katie!

                          Kathleen
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          I would like to add...I would not leave these with a "tip", nor in a vending machine slot. Who would know what they are? And I doubt people would use these for serious gardening...but to put them together with a couple little pots for kitchen greenery...cute.

                          Joni
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          VERY clever! Yes, I'd buy this to put into a gift bag with other items for a birthday, etc.

                          Katie

                          @Kathleen - thanks so much for the positive feedback! I am so happy you like the submission, I'll be sure to keep a hawk eye out for even more great product ideas like this one!

                          Elspeth
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Quite cute, but I wouldn't pay much for it.

                          Shannon
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Very cute idea!

                          sherry
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          neat idea if it is priced right and comes with an explanation of what to do with it...plant in full sun? shade?

                          Alana
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          This is a cute idea!

                          Karin
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          What a cute idea!! Especially for kids!

                          Angela
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          nice way to get kids involved in gardening stuff

                          Alison
                          Vote: Thumbs up!

                          Such a cute idea! I love unique seed and planting ideas like the post-carden!

                          Debbie

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