Sunday, December 19, 2010

Appreciation Jar

We've all been in that place...curling up into a ball, pulling our hair out, wincing in agony...trying to figure out WHAT TO GET for that one person that is so hard to buy for.  This is a special person.  Their gifts to you could be described in some circles as lavish, at least among the people I hang around with.  Yes aren't supposed to be about pricetags and comparing what you got each other.  But, if you are a giver by nature and you live on a budget, you worry anyway.  Is your present just as special as theirs? 
HOLD IT!  I know the answer...and it comes in a tiny little, inexpensive jar.  Now, this will take a little work, but it is worth it.  You'll see.
First, what is the occasion?  It could be a 40th birthday, a 15th anniversary, even one year of dating for the newly in-love couple, marking every honeymoon moment.  Big pressure right?  Solved.  Tell them 40, 15, or 12 (for each month of the year) reasons you love them and package the message up in a bottle.

Here's what you will need:
1-A tiny (yes tiny) glass jar from the dollar store, with a lid.
2-A few pieces of colorful paper.
3-A fine tipped black marker/pen.
4-A piece of ribbon
5-A piece of cardstock to make a small card.
6-Hole punch
7-Glass beads optional
Fold your cardstock into the shape of a small card.  Punch a hold in the corner and slip your ribbon through it.  Then, write a message to your honey or daughter or sister.  Need an idea?
To my husband,
     You have enriched my life beyond words.  Each day I am more grateful for the time we've shared.  Now, as you mark four decades of life in this world...I want to celebrate each year of your life by sharing 40 reasons that I love you.
Now you need to come up with those 40 reasons.  I know that seems like a lot if you've been married for 20 years and you are overplaying sweet at this point.  The thought can be as simple as "I love your beautiful eyes", "I love you for being a great dad" or "I love your grin".  Just make sure the words will fit on the paper square you're about to cut out.  If you've been married for 15 years, come up with 15 reasons.  If you've been dating for a year, mark each month with 12 notes or even 52 reasons for each week, if you're really in full throttle puppy love.
After you cut several squares out of the multi-colored paper, write each of the things you are thankful for on the paper.  You can also buy a heart-shaped punch if you prefer that instead of squares.  Fold the pieces once or twice, just to give the paper some volume in the jar.  My jar is rather large (too large really), so I padded the bottom with glass beads, which I got from the Dollar Store.  Tie the ribbon attached to your card around the top of the jar and throw on the lid. 
Then, be prepared to carve out alone time for this special gift.  Read your card aloud.  Then, pull out each piece of paper one by one to read to your loved one.  Trust will knock their socks off.  It will only cost you a few dollars to make, but the results are priceless.  Your hubby, friend, or parent will say it was the best gift they've ever gotten.  You won't be wincing, wondering if your gift lives up to theirs.  Instead, you'll feel wonderful all night remembering why you love each other so much.
I hope you have great success with your gift and I'd love to hear about your exchange.  You can link to the original post on my blog to share your story by clicking here.  Cheers!

Written By Guest Author: Tammy Palmer (Crafty Cat) from Crafty Life And Style.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing. I hope someone has a wonderful story from a special moment together, shared over an appreciation jar.


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