10 December 2008

box up some goodness.


a simple box.
full of Christmas gift potential.

fill it up.

cinnamon sticks, cloves & pine cones.
souvenirs from a favorite trip taken together.
holiday sprinkles, frosting & cookie cutters.
pasta, italian spices & your famous secret recipe.
gift wrap, ribbon, scissors, tags & tape.
movie popcorn & dvds.
a paint set, crayons & paper.
yarn & knitting needles.
an heirloom.
pretty glass ornaments.
stationery, a pen, envelopes & stamps.
mix cds, earphones & a portable cd player.
mugs, mini marshmallows & cocoa mix.
pairs of cute argyle socks & a lavender sachet.
boggle, uno & a deck of playing cards.
mittens, a warm scarf & a cute wool hat.
linen napkins, napkin rings & placecards.
magazines & chocolate covered cinnamon bears.
tea lights, bubble bath & your favorite paperback book.
gift cards to all the restaurants you've fallen in love with together.
candid snapshots from every year you've known each other.
the beloved item of clothing they always borrow.


write it down.

love letters.
new resolutions to be read next Christmas Eve.
daily sentiments for the coming new year.
sweet words of their accomplishments of '08.
12 personalized coupons for monthly favors.
folded pieces of advice for rainy days.
essays, projects or artwork from childhood.
lovely letters from their loved ones.
a collection of favorite quotes.
reasons you love them.
sweet descriptive adjectives.
pages of poetry.

all you need is your imagination & a pretty box.
wrap it with ribbon.
give with all your heart.

20 comments:

thewindhover said...

Too right! Marta I agree entirely - the very best gifts, the gifts you remember and treasure the most aren't the most expensive, aren't the most pretty... but are the ones that come from the heart, the gifts that you know took thought and effort.. the ones that make you smile. Thank you for reminding me!

Elisabeth said...

thank you, marta. you always remind me that the truest things are often the simplest. what is a gift if it isn't given with the whole heart. i'm reminded of helen keller's words, "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." and you have such cozy ideas abounding with loveliness. thank you. prayers for you and little benji as you face this flu bug.

christine said...

You are so creative with your gift ideas! Lovely little presents (esp. like the bubble bath & book and the pasta & spices ideas) that I would never have thought of!

Jamie said...

Thank you, Marta. For the great gift ideas and for injecting some positivity into each day!

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katrina lauren said...

one of my favourite things about each day is stopping by your site...you inspire me to live more creatively everyday! i love this idea so much and can't wait to make up some special boxes full of love! thank you...i was feeling a bit discouraged this christmas what with being short on funds but i love this so much and i know gifts from the heart are the gifts we remember forever...
happy day to you and your little sweet benji bear!
k

Em said...

I think this might be one of the best ideas ever! thanks mart. also, my mouth starts salivating with any mention of chocolate covered cinnamon bears!

summer said...

chocolate covered cinnamon bears?! I've never heard of such a wonderful thing before. Where have I been? and where can I get some?

marta, with your endless supply of wonderful ideas, you amaze and inspire me. thank you!

Courtney said...

Beautiful and sweet ideas, especially your "write it down" suggestions.

Meg said...

What a great idea! And what a list! Thanks for sharing all of those, it got me thinking... which I needed!

Beth said...

Thanks for the great ideas. I am depleted at this point, so I need all the help I can get!

Tara said...

This post is awesome. :) I love it when you give gift ideas. You're so creative.
Merry Christmas!

Megan said...

i really enjoy reading these kinds of posts from you. absolutely lovely! and you're quite brilliant :)

all over the map said...

i know why i love the way your words fall onto the page. we think alike. these are my very favourite type of gifts. the thoughtful, meaningful ones. so much wonder to pack in a little box.
x

hope you are on the mend and feeling better. and wee benji too.

julie degni marr said...

My sister and I wrote down dozens of memories and images from our childhood, folded the slips of paper and put them into a pretty crystal container for my mom's birthday. She has not stepped off her cloud since! It's like it made all of those years tangible and real, something she could hold in her hand. So simple, so easy, such a joy to compile. I think it filled us with as much happiness in doing it as it did in giving it. I plan to add more as part of her Christmas present.

The Mr. and the Mrs. said...

Just when I was about to say Bah Humbug. This year has been a little rough on the budget and hubby and i decided we weren't doing anything! I am so glad for other creative minds!! Thank you for all the good ideas!! P.S. I got my mini diary today!! I love it!

jen said...

can you please advise which font the "inside" was typed in? thanks!

dolcevita536@gmail.com

TravelinOma said...

Your blog is like a box full of fun things to discover every day!

Diana Hulme said...

I keep going back & back to this list. Such great ideas...for more than just Christmas, too! Saved & filed for many future uses - thanks!

Rosa said...

I cant believe you have so many ideas! and they are all just amazing, definitely my type of gifts :)

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