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The Gift that Fits to the “Ts”

Perplexed and bewildered I often just sit…
…and wonder what (husband) might want for a gift…

As we’ve all grown older each year is the same…
…the search for your present becomes a tough game

I go to the malls and begin to explore…
…the many fine things I can give from a store

The gadgets and gizmos are plenty to see…
…but what I should get is a huge mystery

From tools at Home Depot, Ace Hardware or Lowes…
…to Safeway for groceries or Macys for clothes…

From outdoor equipment found at REI
…to fancy ‘lectronics at Fry’s or Best Buy…

From NAPA or AutoZone, Les Schwab or Shucks…
…to find something useful for our car or truck…

But parking lot hassles and crowds by the ton…
…create a huge nightmare of what was once fun!

I could go online to check out cyberspace…
…determined to find “it” while shopping-in-place

From wiring some beautiful flowers or plants…
…to getting some lessons for learning swing dance…

From candlelight dinners and then Maggie Moos…
…to Bally’s or Twenty-four Hour Fitness dues…

From DVD movies, a concert or show…
…to sports event tickets to which we might go

I’ve search high and low for that one perfect thing…
…and try hard to find it with just the right “zing”

This year we committed to make a new start….
…decided to give only gifts “from the heart”….
Our options seem endless, from near to afar
This “heart-gifting” search could become quite bizarre…

…but two new ideas begin to arise
that just might become the right color and size
And no, these two things can’t be bought in a store…
…online or from catalogues bursting galore

You cannot acquire these two things for a fee…
…but someone might say “they are priceless to me”

And here is a hint of what they just might be…
…the name of both items begins with a “T”…

…they’re tasteless, invisible, formless and vague…
…and something that cannot be put in a bag

You’re holding its impact and hearing its voice
I hope you enjoy the results of my choice

So if you give up and you just want to see…
…what these two gifts are that begin with a “T”…

Just open this box and another you’ll find…
…and in it both “T’s of your gift are entwined!
***
The first “T” is TIME spent to write this ‘ole poem…
…and TIME in this personal box of its own

I’ve thought long & hard! Yes, the next “T” is THOUGHTS!
And some of my thoughts can be found in this box!

The next thought was what type of card I should find…
…just open this box and then you’ll see what kind:
***
To add some suspense and a little intrigue…
…my card involves thoughts that are little or big

It costs very little, just TIME and a THOUGHT…
…but this brings BIG wishes that cannot be bought

I hope you receive this the way it was meant….
…you’ll know that my LOVE is the reason I sent……

…this big gift of TIME all wrapped up in a box…..
…..of continuous multiple loving “heart” THOUGHTS!

(the end)

Just ask and I'll share more directions about how I put the boxes together.

Ace


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MrStrype...thanks for reading this. If you have any questions, please ask.... but I can't post again until tonight.

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Ace this is great!!! Can I use it?


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Yes, Mishes, I'm honored if you use it. Did you see where I described how to make the boxes? If not, I'll link it for you.

How are you? whooops....answer on your recovery thread, OK?

Again, thanks for asking. It makes me feel good to know you want to use it for your H.

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I hope you don't mind, but I printed that out and I am going to use it for our anniversary this year. I am going to find a neat box that she can keep by the bed and I will surprise her with originals by me.


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Hi AsuDad,

Glad you liked the poem and that you enjoyed the fishing thread, too. I didn't want to interrupt the fishing stories to tell you that there so it was nice to see you posted here.

I actually used two concentric boxes, the smaller inner box had action words printed on pieces of paper I folded in various oragami (sp?) ways for DH to read.....things like "exciting adventure" "fishing" "baseball tourneys"...and other things we wanted to do together.

I'll be excited to see how you use it.

Best wishes,

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With Valentine's Day approaching, I thought I'd 'clean up' the stray symbols left over from forum upgrades and offer this little project for anyone wanting to put time and effort into a hand-crafted Valentine's gift.

To make it, I used two concentric boxes, the smaller inner box had action words printed on pieces of paper I folded in various oragami (sp?) ways for DH to read.....things like "exciting adventure" "fishing" "baseball tourneys"...and other things we wanted to do together.

The first part of the poem is wrapped around the larger box.

After the *****, the middle part of the poem is attached to outside of the smaller box.

After the #####, the last part is inside the lid of the smaller box.

Just tweak the poem to fit your own creative situation and enjoy!

Originally Posted By: _Ace_
The Gift that Fits to the Tees

Perplexed and bewildered I often just sit
and wonder what (your spouse) might want for a gift

As we've all grown older each year is the same
the search for your present becomes a tough game

I go to the malls and begin to explore
the many fine things I can give from a store

The gadgets and gizmos are plenty to see
but what I should get is a huge mystery

From tools at Home Depot, Ace Hardware or Lowes
to Safeway for groceries or Macys for clothes

From outdoor equipment found at REI
to fancy 'lectronics at Frys or Best Buy

From NAPA or AutoZone, Les Schwab or Shucks
to find something useful for our car or truck

But parking lot hassles and crowds by the ton
create a huge nightmare of what was once fun

I could go online to check out cyberspace
determined to find it while shopping-in-place

From wiring some beautiful flowers or plants
to getting some lessons for learning to dance

From candlelight dinners and then Maggie Moos
to Ballys or Twenty-four Hour Fitness dues

From DVD movies, a concert or show
or sports event tickets to which we might go

I've search high and low for that one perfect thing
and try hard to find it with just the right zing

This year we committed to make a new start
deciding to give only gifts from the heart

Our options seem endless, from near to afar
This heart-gifting search could become quite bizarre

But two new ideas begin to arise
that just might become the right color and size

And no, these two things can't be bought in a store
online or from catalogues bursting galore

You cannot acquire these two things for a fee
but someone might say they are priceless to me

And here is a hint of what they just might be
the name of both items begins with a "T"

They're tasteless, invisible, formless and vague
and something that cannot be put in a bag

You're holding its impact and hearing its voice
I hope you enjoy the results of my choice

So if you give up and you just want to see
what these two gifts are that begin with a "T"

Just open this box and another you'll find
and in it both "T's" of your gift are entwined!

*****

The first "T" is TIME spent to write this ol' poem
and TIME in this personal box of its own

I've thought long and hard! Yes, the next "T" is THOUGHTS!
And some of my thoughts can be found in this box!

The next thought was what type of card I should find
just open this box and then you'll see what kind:

#####

To add some suspense and a little intrigue
my card involves thoughts that are little or big

It costs very little, just TIME and a THOUGHT
but this brings BIG wishes that cannot be bought

I hope you receive this the way it was meant
you'll know that my LOVE is the reason I sent

This big gift of TIME all wrapped up in a box...
...of continuous multiple loving heart THOUGHTS!

~~~ The End ~~~


NOTE: I think I did about 20 little "activity suggestion" thoughts on folded slips of paper, trying to build my new attitude of adventure. When I first used the box for Christmas, I used generic thoughts for family enjoyment.
Later, I replaced the notes with more intimate ideas on pink paper shaped like little hearts ... flirt flirt flirt ... and we shared this privately for Valentine's Day. blush blush blush



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I did something similar a few years ago. I call it "Poem Puzzle in a box." Here's what I did for our anniversary:

I went to a hobby store and bought a blank white puzzle.
I created a poem 4 my wife.
I used a thin marker to write the poem on the puzzle.
I broke the puzzle up and put it in a metal tin.
I tied a ribbon with a bow on top and presented it to her along with a short card.

She loved it!


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