I guess I’ve come to the point in my life where I wake up in the middle of the night and think about things. All sorts of things, where I’ve been, where I’m going, people in my life that have come and left, and worry about things that may not need that level of worry. A few nights this past year, I would wake up and think of people in my life that have really made an impact on my life, in big or small ways.
My thoughts kept going to how we trudge through life and may not say a word on what a person meant to us. Maybe assume they know already. This time I decided I would follow through with these inner thoughts to make sure they knew.
So my Best Friend Thank You Box idea was born. Similar to a subscription box people might pay monthly and subscribe to receive something, I am doing the opposite, I am making a friend my subscription as they are my gift. I figured this year, I would send a thank you box to someone each month. Here is how it came together:
- Make a list of 12 people that have inspired me
- Assign a word or two that would describe them
- Describe how they inspired me
- Find a quote or phrase that matches their personality
- Decorate a box and put that phrase inside the box
- Write a letter on fun stationary paper
- Shop for custom items for that person
- Make a video of putting the box together.
Started with a list, write a name in a box, next to it write a word to describe them in a circle, and how they inspired me in another circle, then finish the line with a quote that fits that person.
Next, I would decorate the box, once I have the quote I bought some stationary that comes in multiple colors and designs from the craft store. Usually about $15 for 150 sheets. This will give me many options for decorating the box and writing the letter.
I also bought letter stickers, fun stickers, tacky glue, hard letters, and plain white and colored card stock. I had an Xacto knife so I could cut out letters too for something different than sticker letters.
Decorating the box usually required a fun paper from my paper pad and some plain white or colored card stock for the edges the paper did not cover. I would measure and cut, then tacky glue just the edges. I also tried to have a theme or at least put a little thought behind why I chose what I did. One box I had a quote about butterflies and used paper butterflies and stickers to decorate that. Or one person is into travel so my decorations were maps and travel related.
Once that was in place, I would put the quote on the box using the sticker letters and the cut out letters. This took a while because I wanted it to be fun so I cut out a lot of the letters, then measured and glued them in place.
Then finish off with stickers! Fun! One box I actually cut out the letters of the word I used to describe them and put it across the box using twine and mini clothes pins.
To assemble the boxes with gifts I actually looked for 3 people at a time. As I worked on their box, I would shop and put things in their box. The word to describe them, how they inspired me and their quote was put in a note on my phone to help spark ideas.
I don’t have a set amount that I will spend, I just really try to customize what I pick to that person.
Some items I found to pack
- Candy and treats
- Something from my local area (magnet, coozie, ornament)
- Something they would enjoy or use (blanket, socks, gloves, coffee mug, candle) maybe in their favorite color
- Custom gift, for example someone loves tea so I found a nice box of gourmet tea and a tea mug, or someone like lake retreats so I bought a wall tapestry of a lake so they can always have that
I took my camera when I went to the store in case I found the perfect thing. I also did some online shopping, take time and figure something they would enjoy. At the end, I did a video with the contents of the box and the letter and sent a link to that person once they receive their box just for something fun if they wanted to see the process.
At the end of the day, it’s making people feel special. I have enjoyed this process so much even though my dining room table has been lost under boxes and decorations and part of my bedroom too. It is all worth it to send a small thank you to those special people who inspired me to be a better person.
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