I found this wonderfully creative idea today. Here's a brief description and the link:
In the past we’ve made Cookies in a Jar (the ingredients are layered to resemble sand art), Mixes in a Jar, Cakes in a Jar, Fragrance in a Jar, Light in a Jar, Spring in a Jar, Sewing Kit in a Jar and Lemons in a Jar (see CM, July 1998, 1999 and 2000). I was sure we’d exhausted the topic. Then I heard from Janet Ward about something new: Journal in a Jar.
A bit more complex than previous jar gifts, Journal in a Jar requires the traditional jar plus a gift pack. The idea is to give a person everything they need to write the story of his or her life including appropriate and specific questions and prompts like: Why was your name chosen for you? What was happening in the world when you were born? What was your favorite hiding place as a child? What is your favorite hiding place as an adult? What is your personal secret to happiness?