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12 Great Holiday Jobs

There’s nothing like extra cash to brighten the season

7. Gift wrapper

Customers are generally watching as you cut, fold and tie a bow to make a gift look exquisite. Wrapping tables are usually found at gift shops, department stores and booths in shopping malls.

Pay range: $8 to about $13 an hour.

Qualifications: The ability to fold and wrap paper so it's taut and neat around a package, plus a knack for twisting ribbon.

8. Cinema or theater ticket vendor or usher

As holiday moviegoers hit the theater, the demand for workers to sell tickets and more increases. Theater owners count on you to make sure the receipts match the tickets sold. If you opt to usher, you'll be in charge of helping patrons find seating, sometimes by using a flashlight in darkened theaters.

Pay range: $7.82 to $13.43 an hour. One possible perk: discounted tickets.

Qualifications: On-the-job training and basic math for sales transactions. Contact your local movie theater chains and arts venues for openings.

9. Restaurant greeter

You're in charge of creating the first impression for diners and for keeping operations running smoothly by the door.

Pay range: $7.79 to $12.28 an hour but varies widely.

Qualifications: People and organizational skills are prerequisites, and a warm, welcoming smile will serve you well.

Next page: Need for shippers and bakers trumps reindeer and elves this time of year. »

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