Ordinary Box As A Gift

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Here's a great way to save money on gifts and get the kids involved too. This particular gift idea is so easy and says "I love you" so well. Make several of these keepsakes and give them to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone who needs a smile.


The best, inexpensive Christmas gift I ever received was from my daughter when she was in elementary school. The class took small empty boxes (toothpaste, jewelry gift boxes, etc.), wrapped them in wrapping paper, then tied them up with curling ribbon. Attached to the box was this note:

I took an ordinary box
As empty as can be
I filled it with a special gift
And wrapped it carefully.

But please don't ever open it
Just leave the ribbon tied
And hold it tightly near your heart
Because my love for you is inside!

I loved this gift and will keep it FOREVER. This would be a good class project for elementary school students or for a Sunday School class.

By MomOf1 from Wilkesboro, NC

October 4, 20070 found this helpful

A number of years ago, I purchased a couple of these. They weren't really boxes, but small rectangular pieces of thin plywood (you could probably use foam core). They had magnets glued to the back and were used as refrigerator magnets. I always thought that they'd be cheap and easy to make for fundraising, Sunday or VBS, Senior citizen centers, School projects, etc.

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October 5, 20070 found this helpful

My daughter made one of those when she was in first grade as a Mother's Day gift. I kept it. For years we have given it back and forth usually at a time when one of us needs a little special lift. It is one of my most prized posessions. My daughter is now 24 years old.

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October 5, 20070 found this helpful

I got the very same gift from my daughter when she was 11 years old, she is 26 now. It is so precious to me, especially as she lives in Calgary Alberta now.Daughters are so wonderful and thoughtful, aren't they?

Donna from Victoria B.C. Canada

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October 7, 20070 found this helpful

What a cool idea. My kids will be making these for grandparents this year! Thanks for the idea.

Denise Oliveri

Garden and Hearth

Kids Crafts Editor



Feature Writer - Parenting Tweens


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October 8, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing, I am going to do this with my daughters class this year, she is in 2nd grade. This goes to show again, that the cost of something is not neccessarily the value of it. I Love it!

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October 15, 20070 found this helpful

This is so precious!!!! Thanks!

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November 10, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you so much for this idea. I was needing something that I could do for several friends but that wouldn't cost a whole lot. This would be wonderful. Thanks again.


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