Valentine’s Day is round the corner and glaring at your face. You really don’t have the time to order anything, online, that it would find your love in a day’s time. While A Few Handpicked Things frown upon you for being so late (just kidding, it happens :P), I have decided to help you prepare a much meaningful, last minute DIY Valentine’s Day gift for your love that he/she wouldn’t forget in a long long time. Besides, it will come in handy always. 🙂
You can also gift this to your siblings, friends or parents for their birthdays. I am including the pictures of the one I gifted my sister on her birthday. If you don’t have the time to make anything, you can look into this list for some inexpensive gifts too.
A Mason Jar with Everything Nice
- Open when notes that they can open during certain circumstances.
- ‘Reasons why I love you’ chits that they can pick up from once in a while and feel good about themselves
- Toffees! We all need them 😀
- Fairy lights, glitters and thermocol balls for some bling.
Points to be noted:
- You don’t have to be artistic to prepare this.
- It takes less than 3 hours.
- You don’t have to use everything in the list. You could skip a few for ease.
- A Jar (I used a 1150 ml storage jar.)
- Good quality color papers.
- Toffees (Colorful ones to add to the quirkiness)
- Multicolored Thermocol balls
- Tiny envelopes (Not mandatory)
Steps to prepare the DIY Valentine’s Day Gift:
1. Prepare a list of reasons why you love him/her. I made a gift like this for my sister on her 18th birthday. It was ’36 reasons why I love you. 18 for the number of years I have known you and 18 for the years you have known me.’ You could choose a number based on his/her age or maybe a definite number such as 50 or 100. Mind you! You should make a list of reasons you love them those many times. 😛
2. Make tiny chits from color papers, write down the reasons on each paper and roll/fold them. Here are a few I wrote:
3. Prepare a list of ‘Open When…’ notes. I made 7 of them. It went like this: Open when you are Angry, when you want some appreciation, when you are having a bad day, when you are hungry etc. In this, you could keep chits with things you’d tell them when they were in the respective situation. If this is for someone you love, you will definitely find the right words. It needn’t be lengthy. Something short would do.
4. Mix them all and fill the jar with these chits, notes, interspersed with toffees and tehrmocol balls. 😀
5. To add the finishing touch, I made tiny tags on which I wrote about the contents of the jar. You could do that on a chart paper, cover it with cellophane (Cello/Sello) tape for that glossy look.
And voila! Our Jar of Joy and Happiness, The DIY Valentine’s Day Gift is ready!
- I wanted to put rice lights in here too so that I could use it as a decor item. But the 1150 ml jar cannot accomodate more than 36 chits, 7 open when notes and some toffees. Don’t even think of rice lights! Use a bigger jar for more number of chits and rice lights.
- Don’t use chart paper or ivory sheet. Use papers from craft books with thin sheets that are easier to roll. You can use white thick papers too. But normal note book papers get spoilt easily. So avoid that.
- My sister found this very helpful when she was away from us. It helped her through many low times.
- For ‘Open when notes’, I made the envelopes. You can make them, buy them or simply make bigger chits and leave them in the jar so you don’t have to spend time on envelopes.
- Most importantly, gift this to people who appreciate handmade gifts, value your time, know how you mean every single word in those chits. In short, gift it to someone who’d treasure every bit of love you throw into it.
The importance of gifts like this is, you actually convey what you feel about the person you love. They can resort to this Happy Jar when they are low. The nice things you write about them will help them feel better about themselves. It is always a solace to know that someone somewhere loves them so much!
Do let me know if you like them and definitely let me know if you make them. Include details of the recipient’s reaction too. I’d love to know! You can comment here, or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or inbox us on Facebook, Twitter or Insta. 😀
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