Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Boxes of Love - A Valentine Gift

I’m a sap. I’m a sucker for a good story, a sweet gesture; a surprise. I love that unexpected bouquet of dandelions. I save ticket stubs, frame lists or special notes. My family is used to getting sappy, sentimental gifts from me. Here’s something I did for my husband many years ago.

This gift is so simple and it costs just pennies. No instructions, no tutorial needed, just a bit of time, a little thinking, writing, cutting and gluing is what you need to give a box of love.

Here is mine. The outside heart is labeled ‘Some of the Things I Love About Buzz’ (my hubby).

I took it off of his desk to show it to you.
Let’s look inside. It’s filled with paper hearts. On each one I wrote one thing I love about my husband. Some are silly, lots are sappy; all are meaningful.
I put in 32 hearts. You can make as many as you want to.
Want to see them a bit closer? Nothing fancy, just the way he is and those everyday things he does.
Love isn’t diamonds, bouquets of roses, or fancy dinners…it’s what’s in the box.
I have some things to add...

43 comments:

Contented Caroline said...

That is such a lovely idea - I was wondering what to get my fiance, we are getting married in June and I really can't afford to buy him anything - those little love notes would definately raise a smile. Thank you

Millie said...

Thank you for sharing this great idea. So cute and very special.

kangaroo said...

how sweet. i am definitely replicating this in some way for my own dear husband. and thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog; that quilt was an honor to create.

QuiltedSimple said...

What a great idea! I need to hurry up and do something like this for Todd. Thanks for more inspiration!
Kris

KCQuilter said...

What a very touching gift! May have to steal the idea!!

nicolette said...

Sweetest Valentine gift ever!

audreypawdrey said...

This is a fabulous idea for Valentine's day! I need to start thinking of something creative like this.:)

Kerri said...

love, love, love this idea!! thanks for sharing. :)

Katy said...

what a beautiful gift!

Sara said...

I am just letting you know that I am flat out copying your idea. I love it. Now, to think of the 'things I love'. Once again, Jacquie, great inspriation and creativity!
No need to respond to this comment - you're too busy creating!
P.S. Thanks for commenting about Odin on my blog. Unfortunately, stenosis is something he has to live with but the medicine helps and he does not have to take it too often.
Hugs to Fudge!

silversmith said...

i love the idea! i'm sappy and sentimental like this too.

my 1st anniversary was this monday and i've spent the last year writing similar things in a book (paper anniversary you know) that i bought right around the time of our wedding. it's full of silly things, memories and things i love about him. i even included the notes included on flowers he sent to me while he was stationed in hawaii when we dated and the business card from when i was interviewd for his top secret clearance when we were just friends. he loved the surprises of photos and stubs from 10 years ago in it.

Jackie said...

Terrific idea! I may have to borrow it. I think that is wonderful for all of those that you love. What wonderful little tidbits for your hubby to keep. I love the fact that you are building on it too.

Alissa said...

Oh that is so so sweet! Great idea!

Beth said...

SO sweet!

For one of our first Valentine's I found a blank spiral bound book in red velvet and gave it to Charlie with the promise to fill it . I try to add poems, or collages every year, and now I have Jaxon color in it for father's day.

I better think of something to add this year...maybe a list of the reasons I love him!

Sara said...

Thanks for sharing this idea, I may just have to "steal" it this year. We don't have a lot of money and we aren't doing anything special, but this would be great for Rich and the boys!

Julie said...

that makes me all teary. What a sweet gesture. I really should do this for my hubby as he is such a hard working father and husband and he is my best friend.
thanks for sharing.

Amber said...

This is so perfect! I'm definitely doing this for Valentine's Day!

~D Spack~ said...

Great idea. Thanks Jacquie, we all need a shot in the arm in this way at times!

Catherine said...

This is a fantastic idea -- has so much more meaning than an over-priced gift!! I'm going to "borrow" your idea for this year's Valentine's gift. Thank you!!

em's scrapbag said...

What a totally thoughful and meaningful gift. I may have to copy you.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

what a sweet and thoughtful gift!

MelissaS said...

I'm totally stealing this idea. Gonna make one for my Hubbie and for the Munchkins!

ellen said...

What wonderful goodness here. Something to keep forever and so meaningful..."from the heart".

mau said...

Thank you....I usually give him those candy hearts with sayings and he love them...Think these he would really love cause its from my heart.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Pure sweetness :) Thanks for sharing Jacquie

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Definitely one of the best ideas I have heard.

Candace said...

Jacquie - thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea! I was just thinking the other day of all the "little" things my husband does that add up to so much!
Cheers!

Rose said...

I love this idea, as I know I am guilty of not telling my husband how important he is to me :)

Victoria said...

What a wonderful and meaningful idea! Thanks for sharing!

Anina said...

Wonderful! What a lucky hubby.

Shari said...

How wonderful Jacquie! It's good to be so in love, isn't it. I wish everyone could have it...

Staci K. said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Helen said...

Awwww, this is the sweetest idea. May have to use it myself for next week!

MightyMom said...

SWEET!! a box of valentines...what more could you want??

Sharon said...

This is such a sweet, thoughtful idea! I agree with you, it's not the roses or diamonds that mean love, it's the 100's of little things that make up a marriage that are. You've obviously touched a chord with a lot of people with this one! Thanks for sharing it.

Rebekah said...

My husband loves things like this too...I did a similar project a few years ago for V-day and he still has it. Sometimes the simple, sentimental gifts are the most appreciated and loved!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

that is so sweet - what a great idea

gardenymph said...

And this melted my heart!

amandajean said...

what a sweet idea!

Kim said...

You've got it right, girl. Sure will be a sweet Valentines Day at your house. :)

henny said...

wow...so sweet hearts!! Thanks for this brilliant idea, maybe I could give some for people I love.
Btw, I still busy to finish 2 other blocks for PI. So difficult to fine my "me time" these days. I want to make a sneak peak pics of them, maybe, because I think I was off to long at my blog :(
About your all fabrics at "Decision" post, all are awesome. I love the colors..

Mercer said...

Love this most beautiful idea about valentine gift... It's very touching!!

Liz said...

Love love LOVE this idea!