- Box made of cardboard, wood, plastic or any material that will stand the test of time
- Optional: paints, ribbons, fabric, buttons and beads
- Stationary and pen
- Personal artifacts (see below)
- Find a box that you feel a special connection with (e.g., a hatbox, shoebox or cigar box). Feel free to decorate your box with paints, ribbons, fabric, buttons and beads. Be creative with your keepsake box!
- Write a letter to the recipient. Describe what artifacts you are putting in the box and why you chose them.
- Add something that you made with your own hands, like a card, jewelry, a scarf or piece of clothing, a painting, blueprints for a house, part of a car you restored, or some pottery that you painted as a child.
- Include some of your personal items and explain them.
- Include a personal item of the recipient's past—something that would be memorable to the person receiving this box.
- Remember family traditions with items like Thanksgiving recipes, Christmas stockings, Hanukkah candles or birthday hats.
- Include photographs or videotapes of monumental occasions.
- Remember your roots with items that passed loved ones left behind.
- You can include special music in your box—a favorite CD or a song that makes you laugh or cry.
- You might also want to try to preserve a scent that brings back memories—a signature perfume or favorite soap.
- List your "top 10" favorite sayings that have helped you throughout life.
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