I got this idea from a magazine years ago, and love it. So in keeping with my more practical posting, here it is:
Get a large box of powdered laundry detergent, like Cheer, and empty it’s contents (I put it in a rubbermaid and use it). You may want to stuff the empty box with newspaper for a day or two to get the strong smell out of it. Write a little card that says something like, “just CHEER-ing you on in your roles as wife and mother!” Then fill the box with goodies like your friend’s favorite candy, bath stuff, a walking video, the book Stepping Heavenward, and a card with some encouragement in it, maybe gift certificate to a restaurant for her and her husband to have a date night. Give it to a friend who maybe needs a little cheering on.
You can be creative with this. Maybe somebody needs cheering up because she’s been sick or had something difficult happen. Fill it with a jar of soup, or other comfort food, maybe some bath stuff and a candle. You could use the detergent “GAIN” and do a little “that I might GAIN Christ” theme with books or teachings centered around Him. Maybe you could do TIDE and draw a black circle with a line through it for a graduation present or to encourage a teen. It could have a “going against the TIDE” theme and include a devotional, maybe “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris, the teaching series from Cov. Life called “In the World, But Not of the World”. Be sure to include gum, candy, maybe a bracelet, etc.
I think it’s a fun way to encourage others. It can be elaborate or simple; expensive or inexpensive. The memorable part is the laundry detergent box and the theme you choose to go with it.
Any other ideas using various laundry box themes?