A Simple Heartwarming Gift Idea for Moms
This is a gift that you can never open....As it is full of Love inside. This really is the Best Homemade Gift for Mothers Day, a unique and beautiful kids craft activity, helping to teach them about the gift of giving and about Love. And letting the recipient know exactly how much they mean to you. It is a very easy and quick to make, and it was a favorite classroom activity with the kids in the classroom as a time filler for those tricky end of term holidays.
Nothing is more special than this Special Gift they can fill with their love, especially made for the ones they love.
Encouraging the children to think about giving and receiving, and the meaning of giving gifts.
Whether it be for a birthday, mothers day or fathers day....for any special occasion or person you wish to give the Gift of your Love that they can keep close to their heart forever, then this special present with a poem about love, is so simple but oh so cute and will mean so much to the recipient.
****Tissue Alert - Have Tissues ready! Granny Nana and Papa did indeed cry when they Got this Gift !*****
Filled with my love
In a box...
I first made this with the help of my mother, a box filled with love, really its filled with confetti, and my mum made us "bless" the confetti with our love, before we sealed the box, with the most beautiful poem attached to it.
And now, 37 years later, and as a family, finding it tough financially this year, and thinking of what to buy family members and friends for Christmas, I decided to show my own daughter who is 10 years old how to make it too, and to share the idea for others in a similar situation.
This was a great acitivity to sit down and complete together, and sometimes when the world is so consumed with computers, technology, iPods...it was lovely to sit at the kitchen table with her, like I used to do with my mother.
Here is the Poem
This is a very special gift
That you can never see
The reason that it's special
It's just for you from me
Whenever you are lonely
Or when you're feeling blue
You only have to hold this
gift and know I think of you
You never can unwrap it
Please leave the ribbon tied
Just hold this box close to your heart
It's filled with love inside
How to Make your Present
And fill it with love
What you will need:
- A4 paper
- sticky tape
- wrapping paper (appropriate to the occaision)
- decorative ribbon
- confetti, or even some rice
These items are not essential, Printer, Laminator
Firstly you need to copy the poem above onto a blank text document, or you can handwrite it for an even more personal touch.
Print this off and laminate (this justs helps it to last longer, we never had a printer or laminator in our house as a child)
A Box Filled With Love
So easy to make.....
- Fill an empty small box with confetti or rice, even a note wrapped up, anything that can be "blessed with your Love"
- Wrap your box in appropriate wrapping paper for the occaision
- use a hole punch to allow you to attach the Poem to the wrapped box.
- Tie the ribbon round the Box threading through the Poem, like a tag.
Homemade Gift ideas.....The Gift of love in a box - How to in Photos
Kids Craft essentials - Laminator
Throughout the years, the amount of certificates, cute notes, and pictures you are given grows, but how many do you loses?
I keep all the special ones, in a folder, and laminate. To keep them in good condition. Having them laminated helps to protect them, and when people come to visit, my goodness they get to see the whole lot, it is a very cheap option and keeps everything neat.
kids love to show off, and this in turn gives them confidence. Rebecca is very proud of her achievements and we are very proud she keeps such a good record of them.
Fun Activities for Kids - Written by LisaAuch
I love making crafts and have such fun with the kids always keeping them busy with activities. I love to share my ideas with you
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Do you Like our Special Homemade Gift idea - We love hearing what our readers have to say
Liz on August 22, 2017:
Where can I buy the little box with poem the box is filled with love inside can you help me please I'm not good at diy thank you
Carol Glass on December 14, 2016:
I remember this from a young age. Such a wonderful gift to receive.
Would you know where to find the boxes in bulk?
Thanks for the great memories.
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on December 16, 2013:
This is such a special and wonderful gift, and a beautiful family tradition passed down from mother to daughter! Thank you so much for sharing it. I'm sure it will become a tradition in many other families now, too.
Christine Hulme from SE Kent, England on August 19, 2013:
What a beautfiul idea! I always loved it when my boys made me a present, even if just a painting!
Ana on March 25, 2013:
I am simply amazed with this lens:) You are so creative, and I like the poem very much:) The gift of love is the most beautiful of them all:)
Lisa Auch (author) from Scotland on January 04, 2013:
@Ruthi: Awh thanks ruthi so nice to see you too!
Ruthi on January 03, 2013:
What a love-filled spirit you are, Lisa! I will be sharing your special gift throughout the year. A box filled with love is a wonderful idea.
Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on December 25, 2012:
pkmcr from Cheshire UK on December 21, 2012:
I very rarely comment on lenses but this one touched my heart with it's beauiful simplicity. It is blessed as I hope you and yours will be blessed this Christmastide and New Year.
RaintreeAnnie from UK on December 21, 2012:
This is a beautiful idea, how lovely:)
mcbvietnam on October 21, 2012:
Nice, I think i will try to make one for my daughter. <3
bossypants on October 05, 2012:
I received one of these from my mother in law (a very dear woman) and I thought it was so sweet -- because she genuinely meant the poem. Love your instructions and photos!
Spectresoft on September 09, 2012:
Some very cool ideas here!
OrganicMom247 on June 28, 2012:
anonymous on April 29, 2012:
Very good ideas. Thanks
anonymous on March 22, 2012:
Christmas ideas and/or Great Gift Ideas are always Welcome besides, who can't use some inspiration from time to time! :D
marsha32 on December 26, 2011:
I love when children made gifts....you know they are made with love and made special just for you. I sat the grandkids down this year and had them make things with the perler beads as well as make cards. It was a lot of fun and a special time for all of us.
Debbie from England on November 22, 2011:
What a lovely idea! my eyes watered when I read the poem! Such a nice idea to pass from Mother to daughter. Blessed by a tearful, but smiling, Squid Angel ;)
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 11, 2011:
This is a lovely gift. Thank you for this beautiful gift idea. Appreciated!
Gayle from McLaughlin on November 10, 2011:
Thanks for blessing my homemade gift lens! Love your ideas! You are truly creative.
CelebStyle LM on October 15, 2011:
Great ideas - thanks for sharing - I always like to give homemade foodie gifts...like cookies or dinner or cake etc
Heather B on September 26, 2011:
My mother-in-law's friend's daughter made her a piggy bank out of loo roll. It was a very sweet gesture!
Joan4 on September 26, 2011:
I love handmade gifts, especially very creative ones. My granddaughter and I will definitely be creating some of your special Christmas gifts! Thank you!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on September 25, 2011:
Nice idea for a meaningful gift to give and to get.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on September 25, 2011:
I received a commercially made box that was a magnet years ago, from my dear sister, who has now passed on. Everyday I look at that magnet on my refrigerator and remember the love we have for each other. This is a beautiful lens, and I'm planning on making one to send in a box of other things for my daughter in Afghanistan. Thank you so much!
KimGiancaterino on September 25, 2011:
A beautiful idea. Gift giving is way too commercial and overdone these days. I've always cherished homemade gifts. Congratulations on your purple star!
grannysage on September 25, 2011:
I think I feel a tear in my eye. What a beautiful idea and so great you shared it with your daughter.
Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on September 25, 2011:
clouda9 lm on September 25, 2011:
So simple...so beautiful and inspirational too! Congrats on your purple star, well deserved!
Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on September 25, 2011:
So very creative! Congratulations on your Purple Star :)
darciefrench lm on September 25, 2011:
Lovely, a home made Christmas gift is special. Congrats :)
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 25, 2011:
Great ideas, congratulations on your latest Purple Star.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 25, 2011:
What a sweet idea and nicely detailed.
Ann from Yorkshire, England on September 25, 2011:
congratulations on the purple star Lisa - very well deserved
katiecolette on September 08, 2011:
Another Great lens, Lisa! What a wonderful activity to share with your daughter :)
anonymous on September 07, 2011:
nice one. and a beautifufl love
traveller27 on September 07, 2011:
Very nice idea and beautiful lens.
ColorPetGifts on September 07, 2011:
We just made some really cute hats by painting popular cartoon characters on them - got the hats from the second hand store.
debsgreatfinds on September 07, 2011:
Hi lisa this is a great ideal thanks for sharing :)
Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on June 27, 2011:
Lisa what a great idea thanks for sharing
hsschulte on June 06, 2011:
What a sweet idea for a lens! Love the photos too.
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on February 13, 2011:
Hi Lisa. At long last, I finished by angel blessings by an Elf lens and this terrific craft ideas for kids is now 'featured' on my lens. I also 'lensrolled' it. :)
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on December 24, 2010:
I was here before, for some reason the "like" didn't stick. Just back to leave some squid angel dusting and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**
JulietJohnson on December 12, 2010:
Super idea, and how tender a thought at Christmas!
DecoratingEvents on November 24, 2010:
Awwww! What a wonderful, thoughtful gift to make. Great idea!
GabrielaFargasch on November 24, 2010:
Beautiful lens! Beautiful message! Love is the best gift we can ever give ourselves and others........ God bless you!
Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on November 01, 2010:
Sweet little gift idea and lovely poem. It's great that you are not passing it on to your daughter. There is nothing better than love! :)
Mickie Gee on September 18, 2010:
What a loving lens. Thanks for creating it.
anonymous on September 16, 2010:
@Wednesday-Elf: Oh how nice can a comment get? I don't want to write on top of this one. And a blessing to boot, makes for a loving Squid Angel gift on this sweet and love filled lens. x
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on September 16, 2010:
What a lovely idea and thoughtful gift -- nothing better than a "Gift of Love".
We were 'out-of-work' one year and Christmas was expected to be 'lean'. Our 3 children were 8-16 years old then and what we came up with for exchanging gifts was 'a gift of ourselves'. We each (mom & dad included) made construction paper 'gift certificates' to give each other -- promises like "this certificate ... when redeemed ... will mean I will do your kitchen washing dishes chore for an entire week!" Simple things that cost nothing except a bit of 'time', but the love & caring meant a lot to the recipient. Your idea is wonderful and passing the tradition down to your daughter will continue it. Lovely. ~~SquidAngel blessed~~
Gamganny on September 02, 2010:
A really thoughtful gift and it's wonderful that you were able to share with your daughter. Sprinkled with angel dust and a blessing
seashell2 on August 31, 2010:
Lovely idea! The poem is awesome, will definitely touch someone's heart! :-)
ElizabethJeanAl on August 29, 2010:
What an adorable idea!
happynutritionist on August 25, 2010:
This is really nice...I'd like to do something like this with my daughter.
bdkz on August 24, 2010:
What a great lens. Super creative!
VSP on August 24, 2010:
Great idea. You could personalize it even further with fingerprint art.
BuckHawkcenter on August 24, 2010:
What a wonderful gift of love. My family has a tradition of homemade gifts and it means so much for all of us.
capriliz lm on August 23, 2010:
Lovely idea and one that will be remembered through the years, as you remembered making this gift with your mother.
Lee Hansen from Vermont on August 23, 2010:
The best and most meaningful gifts are not costly - a gift of love, home made card or a lovely idea like this make a lasting impression and have so much meaning to both the giver and the receiver.
puzzlerpaige on August 23, 2010:
I've seen these boxes before and always thought they were really neat. Thanks for providing the poem. I'm going to add this to my Inexpensive Christmas Gifts lens. It's a treasure for grandparents!