I am currently in the season of life where so many friends are getting married, having babies, and buying houses. I LOVE this season because there are so many happy things to celebrate. My best friend and her husband just bought their first home, and since I find great amounts of joy in utilizing my love language of gifts, I wanted to put just a little something together to make them feel loved.
I started off purchasing a large, round apothecary jar for $5.00 at Bargain Hunt. If you like shopping at Target at all, you’ll love Bargain Hunt. It’s basically everything from Target, but from last season. I love apothecary jars for the many different uses they provide. They can be used for storage, a space filler, a perfect container for homemade cookies, or my personal favorite… to hold decorations that match the current holiday, occasion or season you’re celebrating. So a happy new home gift would not be complete without an apothecary jar….says every true southern woman. I then filled the apothecary jar with white paper shred. Since the items that I purchased to go in the jar were all brightly colored, I decided to go with a white paper shred as a filler, which I purchased at the Dollar Tree for $1.00. They had multiple colors, and several really great colors for Summer!
My goal was happy and bright, and these dish cloths were just what I was looking for, and on top of that they were only $2.99 for 4 at TJ Maxx. I only used two of these for this particular gift, leaving me two more for another jar of goodies I can gift to a friend.
Around this time of year, Bath and Body Works always has their semi-annual sale, and as a former BBW employee (of 2.5 years) I always have to go and support, and stock up on my favorite foaming hand soap of all time…Kitchen Lemon, which was on sale for $3.00.
I wanted to include some very practical items. So I threw in some Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponges, 4 double A batteries, a light bulb, and 2 chip clip magnets. These small items are kind of random, but can always be used.
To finish up my Happy New Home gift, I wanted to include a few fun items, that you may not buy for yourself; wanting to make the jar a little more personalized, and continue with my happy and bright theme, I included some fun polka dot napkins that could be used for a future dinner party, a pack of polka dot cupcake liners, because who wouldn’t want to make their cupcakes they’re taking to the church picnic a little happier? and a market list that brings all the colors together.
Just pair your jar with a matching ribbon, a card, and a close pin to make this gift a little more homey and…..
just like that you have a very practical gift that includes a multi-use jar ready to hold a batch of cookies, or sit on your mantle filled full of seashells from past beach trips, 3 or 4 things that you can never have too many of, and some items that are just plain happy and fun. The total for this gift was right around $25.00, and that includes the $3.00 card from Lifeway (they have the best cards). Here’s to celebrating new seasons with friends, and giving just a little something to hopefully make their new, exciting season even sweeter.