52 Things ~ A Year In A Jar {Handmade Gift}

This Gift In A Jar is filled with 52 Things making it A Year In A Jar. It’s a handmade gift idea for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Father’s Day or Mother’s Day.

52 Things A Year In A Jar Mason GiftI love Valentine’s Day because I think it is a great reminder for us to really think about those we love.  But I don’t like that it lasts only 1 day…because love lasts the whole year!  So, that got me thinking of a way to keep us reminded of our love throughout the year.  Want to know what I am giving Brian for Valentine’s Day?  A year of reasons why I love him.  Yep, 52 reasons (I will refill it next year with more reasons).  I put them all in a jar and he is to open one a week.  Don’t you think these would be fun for a bride and groom to give each other as wedding gifts?  Or how about a shower gift that will become 52 Things from the first year of a babies life?  It would be like a Baby Book In A Jar!  Or what about giving a jar to your mom on Mother’s Day?

52 Reasons I Love You Mason Jar GiftThey are easy and super cheap to make.  Cut out 52 rectangles of kraft paper (I picked mine up at the dollar store) about 2 inches by 4 inches each.  If you are giving this as a gift for someone else to complete such as a bride-to-be or new mother, put the kraft paper, baker’s twine and a couple of colored pencils in a glass mason jar.  Be sure to add instructions as to what is to be done with the gift!

Valentines Day Gift IdeaIf you are the one giving the gift, fill out 52 things on the pieces of kraft paper.  Mine are 52 Things I Love About You.  Yours could be 52 memories or 52 wishes or whatever you want!

Mason Jar Gift IdeaCut 52 – 6 inch pieces of baker’s twine.  Roll up each piece of kraft paper.  I rolled mine around the colored pencil I used for writing.  Tie a piece of baker’s twine around each roll.

Gift In A Jar HandmadeRandomly toss the rolled up notes into the mason jar and put the lid on.  I wound some additional baker’s twine around the mason jar and added a tag that says 52.

So, what kind of 52 Things jar are you going to make?

52 Reasons I Miss You
52 Memories of Us
52 Ways You Are A Great Friend
First 52 Weeks of Your Life
52 Reasons You Are A Fantastic Kid
52 Things To Photograph
52 Ways You Are The World’s BEST Mother/Father
52 Things To do This Year
52 Date Ideas


Some of you have be complaining ;) about not being able to think of 52 things so I am going to give you some ideas/topics for the “52 Reasons I Love You” jar to get you started: {I’m keeping it G Rated}

Personality Traits You Love: Sense of humor, Outgoing, Quiet, People Person, Reserved, Helpful, Thoughtful, Cooperative, Stable, Impulsive, Organized, Disciplined, Random, Spontaneous, Unique, Sympathetic, Resourceful, Committed, Loving, Sociable, Talkative, Positive, Sarcastic, Curious, Adventurous, Emotional, Energetic, Calm, Laid Back, Focused, Driven, Unconventional, Straightforward, Subtle, Enthusiastic, Honest, Decent, Trustworthy, Generous, Supportive

Physical Traits You Love {Color, Texture, Size, Etc}:  Eyes, Hair, Lips, Smile, Eyelashes, Hands, Fingers, Legs, Feet, Ears, Height, Petite, Muscles, Shoulders, Skin, Scar, Mole

I Love The Way You _____:  Play With Our Kids, Make Breakfast In Bed, Kiss Me Goodbye, Get Up With The Kids In The Night, Kiss Me Hello, Remember My Birthday, Complete My Sentences, Know What I Am Thinking, Laugh, Sneeze, Care About Your Health, Love To Learn, Make Me Laugh

You Are An Awesome ______:  Person, Husband, Wife, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, Lover,  Leader, Cook, Photographer, Provider, Artist, Singer, Friend, Uncle, Aunt, Mechanic,Techie, Runner, Teacher, Listener

You Are My _____:  Best Friend, One and Only, Sunshine, Anchor, Helpmate, Forever and Always, Favorite, World, Bliss, Strength, Comfort, Star, Soul Mate, One in 6 Billion, Everything, Happy, Home, Family, Nest, Buddy, Number One, Inspiration, Match, High, Type, Heart, Dream Come True

You Are _____:  Beautiful, Handsome, Gorgeous, Pretty, Special, Kind, Important, You, Mine, Amazing, Larger Than Life, Fascinating, Loved, Fabulous, Fantastic, Adored, Brave, Breathtaking, Incredible, The Wind Beneath My Wings, Always On My Mind, Everything I Ever Dreamed Of, A Miracle, A God Send, A Gift, The Icing On My Cake, Cream In My Coffee

Here are a few more Gift In A Jar ideas to love:

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  1. I love your ideas, how can i do one for my turning 21 years old son?

    • Thanks Sally! A 21 year old is just starting out on living their own life. I would fill the jar with things that either look forward or things that look back. Here’s a few ideas:
      52 Memories (ie When you were 5, you fell asleep in the dentist’s chair.)
      52 Things I Hope For You (ie My wish for you is that life becomes all you want it to be.)
      52 Lessons For Life (ie Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.)
      52 Simple Life Hacks (ie Keep cookies fresh by storing them with fresh bread.)

  2. i amdoing this right now for my best friend for her birthday. I just did 52 memories of us. it was so much fun to relieve the happy and sometimes sad moments of out 40 plus years of friendship.

    • That is so sweet, Michelle! Your friend is going to be touched. I am going to have to do this for my friends too!

  3. I’m making one right this moment. I’m 21 years old and making “52 Memories of us” for my 20 year old sister :) I’m Finnish by the way, I love how versatile your website is and doesn’t require a crafter to live in a certain country to have the necessary items available.

    I’ve had such a blast reading old diaries, talking to my parents and grandparents about us.
    Such a great idea, a gift can’t get any more personal than this!

    • Oh Sonja! That is so precious. She is going to love it. Even though my husband finished unwrapping all of his notes, he still has the jar with all of the notes on his dresser in our bedroom. He really appreciated it even though I never did end up refilling the jar. And btw, I am 75% Finnish! :)

  4. I love this, another must do to add to my list ….

  5. This is adorable. Wish someone would create one for me…..may just have to hint to the other half ;-)

    • I know what you mean! My husband dutifully opened one a week for a year and it made him happy every week! I need to make another jar for him!

  6. I really love this! I have an ongoing Mason Jar linky, would you please stop by and add this one? Thanks! http://www.familyhomeandlife.com/2012/08/the-pantry-for-mason-jar-monday.html

  7. The sweetest idea for a valentine’s gift that has a lot of heart and meaning. This would be a great idea for a teen.

  8. Tottally love this! I want to do one for so many people! Thanks so much for sharing!
    By the way, your blog is amazing! so many incredible ideas :)

  9. Hi Tonia
    So glad you posted your Top Posts for those of us who missed them the first time. I adore your 52 in a Jar. I’m with Holly–anything in a Mason jar has my attention!


  10. Again, love this! Thanks for all your inspirational hints! I’ve made some, like I mentioned before, and blogged about it today! http://lanettascreations.blogspot.com/2012/03/lack-of-focus.html#.T3CRNDH2b2k

  11. what a great idea!! and i love the twine. :)

  12. Featuring YOU today! You were one of my favorites at {wow me} wednesday last week! Thank you so much for linking up!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


  13. Oh my goodness…What an AWESOME Idea Tonia…SUPER SWEET! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I can’t wait to see what you link up at my party tomorrow! I LOVE following you…you’re so inspiring! Just a little reminder, my giveaway for 1000 free FULL color business cards ends at midnight!! Stop by and enter to wiN!

    XO, Aimee

  14. Thanks for all your suggestions to get the juices flowing!

    I created something like this for my parents for Christmas a few years ago. Both are over 80 and have everything they need/want, so it’s always a challenge to come up with something special for a Christmas gift. I wrote out 52 things I was grateful for, memories they each gave me, and gave them their own grateful jar! Because Christmas Day was on a Friday that year, the top of each jar had a label with the printing: “Momma’s Friday Dose of Gratefulness” or “Daddy’s Friday Dose of Gratefulness” !!!

    Because I live about 3 hours away, I don’t get to see them but once a month. We talk on the phone every day, but those Friday’s were priceless when they both would read to me what I had written and we talked about the memory.

    Thanks for the reminder! Love this idea and will create “kits” for an upcoming arts/crafts show I’m doing, just before Mother’s Day!

  15. I don’t know how I missed this at Valentines Day. It’s such a fun idea! I think I”ll start one for my son and my husband and give them at Christmas. Now to decide what 52 Things! Fun to think about! Following you via Linky now.

  16. This is SUCH a sweet idea. I love it and I love how you put it all together. I featured you today! You can view the post here http://designdininganddiapers.com/2012/02/features-from-link-up

  17. I did this for my mom a few years ago for Mother’s Day! Mine was 52 Thank Yous! Some were serious and some were funny. She loved it!

  18. This is so awesome!!! What a great idea. Thanks so much for linking it up!

  19. This is such a lovely idea! :)

  20. This is really great! My partner and I did a spin on this by doing a countdown to Valentine’s Day…from the 1st to the 14th writing a note to the other person and putting it in a jar. Feel free to check it out on my blog if you have time. :)

  21. Really great post – and beautiful photos!

  22. We love this! We have a link party going on as well. Would you link up with us too? You could be featured next week!

    -your Newest Followers


  23. I Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party today and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

  24. SO awesome, Tonia!
    Featuring your sweet idea at Little Lucy Lu tomorrow!
    Thanks for sharing your project at the HUGE link party this week!

  25. This is such a great idea! Love it!

  26. This is a cute idea! I love the rustic look of the paper and twine.

    (coming from Craftberry Bush)

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  28. Great idea, thanks for sharing. Could be used in sooooo many ways.

    Have a God Filled Day

  29. Tonia! I LOVE this! I am trying to perk up my marriage and I think this is a GREAT way to start!

  30. WOW.. This is SUPER cute..I LOVE it.. Would LOVE if you could please link it up via my Pin’Inspirational Thursday’s linky party happening now pweeease.. ? http://www.theartsygirlconnection.com/2012/02/pininspirational-thursday-21-linky.html I would sincerely appreciate it.. : )) ps: I have a free blog review happening if you are interested ~ http://www.theartsygirlconnection.com/2012/02/blog-loving-better-blogging-series-1.html .. Wishing you an amazing evening.. Happy rest of the week.. ~Marilyn

  31. LOVE this idea! I think it’s going to be a gift I give every member of my family on their b-days! Thanks for sharing!!!

  32. This is such a great idea, and a way to help the V-day feeling last year long! I love that you provided some helpful times on things to say you love about them too. Even though we all love our husbands a ton, sometimes it’s hard to think of ways to put it on paper, let alone 52 things!!! Thanks for the help!

  33. What a wonderful idea! This is great for so many occasions as gift options! Thank you so much for sharing!

  34. Tonia this is SUCH a good idea! I’m going to keep this in mind for next year. And I love the idea of giving the idea as a gift!! I want to give all the supplies at the next bridal shower I go to!

  35. this is such a thoughtful gift…because you have to be specific 52 times..I love it!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  36. What a wonderfully, sweet idea! I will have to remmember this for next year. I adore that you wrote it out on kraft paper….it’s the little touches that make a difference!

  37. I love this idea, especially your thought about a bride/groom giving it as a wedding gift!

  38. Great idea Tonia. You might have to help me with the 52 reasons as well! LOL

    Anne xx

  39. That’s a really lovely idea, and the styling is gorgeous.

  40. This is brilliant. I pretty much love (almost) anything you put in a jar…but this is so special!

  41. Had to pin this! And congrats on 1,000 followers – woot woot!

  42. Cute idea! I’ll have to remember that for next year. I’ve got something else up my sleeve for this year…

  43. Such a cute idea! Sorry I misspelled your name earlier. I am bad at that! No spell check for names lol! Happy Valentines! xo

  44. This is so great! I love the idea of coming up with a list of 52 things that are important to you! And it looks super cute!

  45. What a clever idea! Did you seriously come up with 52 things for your hubby? I swear this would take me a year (and I’m happily married :)), haha!

  46. Such a lovely idea…perfect!

  47. I’m doing this. THIS I can do! I maybe failed at cake pops, but I can write from my heart no problem.

    GREAT IDEA!!!!!


  48. That’s such a cute idea Tonia! Love it!

  49. Love this idea!

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