December 10, 2008 / 4:48 AM / 10 years ago

Be generous this Christmas, give a million dollars

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Santa greeting cards just doesn’t pack enough festive cheer during these troubled financial times, so why not send your loved ones a million dollars instead, even if they can’t spend it anywhere.

Sydney-based “Gloo - The Memory Company” has taken the Christmas tradition of card-giving to a whole new level by tucking novelty A$1 million notes inside their cards, which cost the giver just A$5.95 ($4) each.

“We tried to recreate a little bit of fun and the excitement of when you open a card and something falls out,” company director Chris Lyons told Reuters.

“You might have seen your real wealth disappear this year, so here’s something to focus on until the real money comes back.”

The cards, which go on sale this week, come with three greetings and a “wealth warning.” Messages include “Merry Christmas! Your million dollar gift is inside” and “The World’s Most Expensive Christmas Card.”

The fake notes in the card are also made from paper that is similar to real banknotes and feature authentic-looking designs. They are available online and in some shops, only in Australia.

Reporting by Pauline Askin, Editing by Miral Fahmy

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