Close to My Heart Gift Idea

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Hopefully you’ve got room in your heart for a couple more Valentine’s themed ideas. Because today I’ve got a special one.   I’m sharing a fun “red” themed idea along with nine other creative blog friends.  See below for their awesome ideas!  Red has always been my favorite color so I was excited (and a little stumped) on what to make for this month.  This gift idea could actually be used throughout the year but I came up with it for my Mom for this week.

Sentimental Gift Idea- "Close to my heart"  printables for someone you love

As most of you know, I lost my Dad just a couple months ago to cancer.  The truth is- life just moves on but my heart is broken and the tears flow over the silliest things.  I don’t know that I’ll ever get used to life with his infectious smile or his supportive “I love you” and “I’m SO proud of you” talks.  I missssss him.  I really do.  It’s been a whole different world without him and becoming a part of this dreaded club I never wanted to join.  My siblings and I have been navigating our way through this new territory.  We are concerned for our mom – who is brave but who without a doubt misses our Dad.  Nothing can replace him.  We don’t want to do that.  We just want to make sure that she feels loved and supported.  But knowing when to check in or give her space can be tricky.

Close to My Heart Gift Idea- let someone know how much they mean to you with a jar full of memories!
By now you’re probably wondering what on earth that has to do with this post….. well I created a simple gift for her to (hopefully) feel loved and thought of.  Surely I’m not the only member in this club so I figured I could share this project with you.  It doesn’t only have to be for widow/widowers.  It could be for a friend that you want to acknowledge.  It would work for your spouse… pretty much anyone that you care about.

Sentimental Gift Idea- "Close to my heart"  printables for someone you love

Ok so here’s what you do:

  • Get a box (this is the one I got*),  jar, anything to hold your hearts in it.
    *affiliate link included
  • Print out the “close to my heart,” “Happy Valentine’s Day,” and hearts printables
  • Write a little note explaining the gift on the Valentine’s Day card.
  • Cut out hearts and write something on the back of each one- you could do memories, fun times,  what you love about them etc.
  • Cut out the “Close to my Heart” and attach it to your box, bottle, etc.  I used some cute scrapbook paper to back mine.
  • For my Mom, I reserved the red ones for memories with my Dad.  She can write things down — memories, things she loves about him, when she feels him especially close.
  • Stuff the hearts/card/everything in the box and package it up all cute for Valentine’s Day.

Download the Close to My Heart printables packetFor personal use only.  Thank you!

Take a look at all the other RED goodness going on:

Monthly blog hop featuring "RED" posts via www.thirtyhandmadedays.comDon’t forget to pin the collage and then hop on to the next idea.  There’s a lot of fun in there!
1. ‘Or so she says…‘ sharing Chocolate Cherry Cream Pie
2. Lolly Jane sharing Rustic Love Wood Barn Sign
3. Your Homebased Mom sharing Red Raspberry Pavlova
4. Eighteen 25 sharing Framed Burlap Heart
5. Landeelu sharing Valentine’s Day Surprise Envelopes
6. Little Miss Momma sharing DIY Glitter Mason Jars
7. Capturing Joy sharing Cherry Cookie Dough Blondie Bar
8. Thirty Handmade Days sharing Close to My Heart Gift Idea
9. Simply Kierste sharing Newspaper Heart Blocks
10. Six Sisters’ Stuff sharing Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookies


  1. says

    I joined the club in my early twenties. It was shocking. I’m 32 now and about to get married, and I can say that this has to be the hardest time in my life without him. You can also trust that the random tears might not ever stop. They still happen to me A LOT more than I thought they would.

  2. Joanne says

    What a lovely idea. I too am navigating this road. My mom passed away in July. My sincerest condolences for your loss. I think I will use your “heart” idea for my dad.

  3. Nancy Saller says

    My dad died several years sago and I too miss him so much. Mom will be 97 in April but cannot see well because of macular degeneration. Your idea today is wonderful however and I love all your ideas, you are so clever. Thank you!