The responses below would be entirely credited, except the money is for his rainy day fund. OP, if it's a rainy day fund, it needs to be in something safe and liquid. Savings/high-interest checking/money market with no loss of principal. Once you've got a rainy day fund, put money into a nice, diversified index fund (like an S&P 500) with low fees.
Originally Posted by alphaO888
Put it into an index fund - deposit the same value on the same date once a month for the year. 99% of the general population will not be able to beat the market in the long run.
Originally Posted by HRoi
Yes. If you neither have the knowledge to make individual investments on your own, or the time/inclination to learn how, then find an index fund with the lowest fees possible and be done with it