Gift Roundup: Jars

Chelsea's take on the jar gift. Photo by her.

Chelsea of 23&9 Creative
YOUR TAKE ON THE JAR?
My boyfriend and I have been dating long distance for three years and I wanted to make something special for him to hold all our favorite memories and give a few laughs and smiles when it's hard being apart. I put everything from our favorite quotes, song lyrics and memories inside along with a bunch of Polaroids I've taken of us. It also has an extra special meaning for us because we met in college at Ball State University. The same family the created Ball Jars - the Ball Brothers - also founded Ball State! So keeping all our memories in a Ball Jar added a little extra love to it! 
DID YOU GIVE AS A GIFT? 
Yes! And he loved it :) He opens one a day!
ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO ADAPT? 
 You could use them as a fun way to ask bridesmaids, a memory jar for special trips you go on (almost like a mini scrapbook) or a "party in a jar" for a birthday. I think the possibilities are endless!

Christine's take on the jar gift. Photo by her. 

Christine of C'est Christine
YOUR TAKE ON THE JAR?
My "good things" jar is where I write down good things that happen – big and small! At the end of the year, I open it up to remember all of the good things that have happened.  I was inspired by a friend of a friend who made one. I feel like the good things jar is truly this gift that keeps on giving. 
DID YOU GIVE AS A GIFT? 
No, just a gift to myself! 
ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO ADAPT? 
I would love to do a shared good things jar with my boyfriend, where we both secretly put in nice things that the other person did or fun little inside jokes that we want to remember – and then opening it at the end of another year together.

Celeste's take on the jar gift. Photo by her. 

Celeste Orr
YOUR TAKE ON THE JAR?
I think it’s a good idea however you decide to use it and it makes you really think about what you are writing down, especially when it's about someone you love. 
DID YOU GIVE AS A GIFT? 
Yes, Valentine’s gift!
ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO ADAPT? 
I think this could make a great gift for anniversaries. 

Courtney's take on the jar gift. Photo by her. 

Courtney of Chasing Crumbs
YOUR TAKE ON THE JAR?
I've always loved saving little mementos like ticket stubs, business cards and stickers from favorite meals or adventures. After J.J. and I had been dating for a while, I realized that I needed somewhere to store the ever-growing stack and remembered one of my favorite blogger's "good things jar." So I tucked them all in a small blue mason jar. Eventually our memories started overflowing so I moved them into the current jar. 
DID YOU GIVE AS A GIFT? 
Not really. Although I like to think of it as a gift to us for years to come ... a small reminder of where how far we've come together.
ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO ADAPT? 
I like the idea of turning the memory jar into a gift for a significant other or friend. I love gifting experiences. Start with an empty jar and tickets to a show or some hint at a planned adventure or meal. And then after, you can continue to fill it with more mementos. 

Bethany's take on the jar gift. Photo by her. 

Bethany Bickley
YOUR TAKE ON THE JAR?
The jar was inspired by one of my very best friends in Virginia. She and her husband have been making a memory jar every New Years day for a while. When we visited her this last time she mentioned the visit was going in the jar. I thought it was so sweet and such a good way to remember details that might get lost throughout the year. Donnie and I have been meaning to start a jar of our own since then.
DID YOU GIVE AS A GIFT? 
Yes, as a part of a "sensual gift idea" I found on Pinterest. 
ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO ADAPT? 
It could be fun to also call it a sensible gift and make each one things someone really is in need of

Ariana's take on the jar gift. Photo by her. 

Ariana Horton
YOUR TAKE ON THE JAR?
I made a jar full of pocket kisses! This is something he can carry around with him. I took card stock and put on different kinds of lipstick and kissed the paper. Then I wrote little notes or "reminders" and laminated them with packing tape! I gave them to him in a little jar.
DID YOU GIVE AS A GIFT? 
Yes, I gave it to my boyfriend last year! 

Top 5 Posts of 2015!

Although I only started Simply Gifted in August, I decided to round up the Top 5 posts of 2015. It was great to look up what ideas everyone liked the most. Thanks for a fantastic four months. I'm excited to see how Simply Gifted evolves in 2016.

5. Ornament Roundup

Simply Gifted Top 5 Posts of 2015:  No. 5 Ornament Roundup

Click here to check out some awesome ornament ideas. Christmas may be a year away now, but it's never to early to buy ornaments in my opinion.

4. Poster

Simply Gifted Top 5 Posts of 2015:  No. 4 Poster

Click here to see this poster, my boyfriend Chris sent me. Surprising a friend with a random poster you know they would love or one they have mentioned is a sweet gesture!

3. CD Cover all Art

Simply Gifted Top 5 Posts of 2015:  No. 3 CD Cover Wall Art

Click here to see a creative idea that reuses old cd covers and doubles as unique wall art. This is one of my favorite ideas of 2015.

2. Wedding Gift Roundup

Simply Gifted Top 5 Posts of 2015:  No. 2 Wedding Gift Roundup

Click here to check out three personalized wedding gift ideas. A friend ordered these beautiful leather luggage tags for a wedding and they turned out great!

Annnnnnd drum roll for the top post of 2015...

1. Happy Box

Simply Gifted Top 5 Posts of 2015:  No. 1 Happy Box

Click here to find out what a Happy Box is and why I love them! I sent this one to my dear friend Annie for her birthday.

BONUS! My favorite idea from 2015: Commissioned Illustration

Simply Gifted Top 5 Posts of 2015:  Bonus: Commissioned Illustration

Click here to see my favorite gift idea from 2015. My friend Annie and I commissioned an illustration for my friends Nadeem and Kiersten, who got married last year!

Gift Roundup: Planners

Creative

Simply Gifted:  Planner by A Beautiful Mess.

(A Beautiful Mess) 
Price: $35
Quirky, colorful yearly planners
• Page to record goals for each month.
• Colorful weekly and monthly tabs.

Functional

Simply Gifted:  Planner by One Canoe Two.

(One Canoe Two)
Price: $44
Spacious, spiral bound planner
• Big squares for each day with plenty of space.
• Extra sections for notes and contacts.

Productive

Simply Gifted:  Planner by Passion Planner.

(Passion Planner)
Price: $25+
Productive planner to help accomplish your goals
• Monthly check in reflection questions to get you thinking about progress.
• Goal setting pages.
• Additional blank and grid pages.
 

Minimalist

Simply Gifted:  Planner by Appointed.

(Appointed)
Price: $22
Beautiful, minimalist monthly planners
• Blank so you can begin any month of the year.
•Water resistant cover!

Beautiful

Simply Gifted:  Planner by Rifle Paper Co.

(Rifle Paper Co.)
Price: $30
17-month beautiful and functional planner
• Includes pockets and a ruler.
• Extra sections for notes and contacts.

Inspired

Simply Gifted:  Planner by Erin Condren.

(Erin Condren Life Planner)
Price: $50+
Customizable yearly planner
• Several layout options to choose from: hourly, vertical weekly or horizontal weekly.
• A mix of pages: lined, graph and blank.
• Easily customize the cover.
 

*Prices are approximate.

Gift Roundup: Subscription Boxes

For the DIY crafter

Simply Gifted:  Messy Box  Subscription by A Beautiful Mess.

A Beautiful Mess Messy Box
Price: Six-month subscription: $132; 12-month subscription: $240
I've been a huge fan of Elsie and Emma (the brains behind A Beautiful Mess) since they started their blog years ago. I love that they have recently expanded into subscription boxes, online courses, apps and products! Each box is filled with items to scrapbook including stickers, embellishments and special items. Each box is color-coordinated and curated by Elsie and her in-house designer. The possibilities are endless with this box. You can use these items beyond scrapbooking and in many different creative ways!

For the time-crunched friend who wants to cook at home more often

Simply Gifted:  Blue Apron Subscription. 

Blue Apron
Price:
One week for two people: $60; two weeks for two people: $120; four weeks for two people: $220
Each week, a box will be delivered with all the ingredients and recipes for three meals for two people. You can also choose a family plan for four people at a higher price. Each meal comes out to $9.99 per person. The recipes are seasonally-inspired and come with easy-to-follow instructions. I had a friend send me a free trial for Blue Apron about a year ago. I really enjoyed it.

For the trendy friend that loves to try anything

Simply Gifted:  Birchbox Subscription Box. 

Birchbox
Price: $30 for three months; $60 for six months; $110 for one year
There are also men's subscriptions available starting at $60 for a three-month subscription or $110 for a six-month subscription. Each box is filled with five personalized beauty samples. This comes out to $10 a month, which is the cheapest subscription box I've seen yet. I'm thinking about gifting a three-month subscription to one of my long-distance friends! What a fun surprise to receive in the mail each month.

For your art obsessed friend that is having trouble decorating their place

Simply Gifted:  Papirmass Subscription.

Papirmass
Price: Ranges from $8 to $14 per month You can choose to gift a monthly, quarterly or yearly subscription. Papirmass was created by an artistic husband-and-wife duo from Toronto who wanted to create an affordable art subscription. Each delivery of Papirmass is completely different and unique. It has been known to contain postcards, a print, an oversized poster and more! 

For that hard-to-shop-for friend or family member

Simply Gifted:  Quarterly Co. Subscription Box. 

Quarterly
Price: $25 and up per subscription box; each box comes every three months. (The above box is by Timothy Ferris and is $100 per subscription box.)
I originally discovered Quarterly when trying to find a gift for my dad a couple years ago. My dad is one of the hardest people to shop for. My dad is a big fan of Reddit, so when I saw that the creator, Alexis Ohanian, was a curator, I jumped on it! Quarterly is a subscription service that sends a curated box every three months. There are many different curators (usually celebrities, authors, etc) to choose from based on your recipient's interests. A curator will curate their box with a handful of physical items, that reflects them and their interests. Quarterly likes to focus on "objects that are timeless, practical and exciting, and fly under the radar." 

For the adventurous caffeine lover

Simply Gifted:  Craft Coffee Subscription Box. 

Craft Coffee
Price: One-month subscription starts at $29.99; three months is $75; six months is $150; one year is $300
This would be a great gift for your coffee-loving friend who would love to try different blends or a friend just getting into drinking coffee and isn't sure what they like. There are three different coffees in each delivery no matter how many months you subscribe. You can personalize which roast they will receive - light, medium or dark!