50 Reasons Why I Love You

Anniversary Gift Idea that’s Quick and Easy!

Hasn’t this been such an AMAZING contest?!!!  We had so many wonderful ideas, it was SO hard to choose.  What is most exciting is we have some great ideas to highlight all year.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  And the WINNER for the “Quick & Easy” category is…Sarah Zimmerman!  We ended up choosing Sarah’s idea because it was cheap, super easy to put together, and she submitted AMAZING photos!  Her idea?  Sarah came up with the cutest way to tell her husband she loves him, AND included treats!  YUMMY!  We’ll let her tell you all about it…

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50 Reasons Why I Love You

By: Sarah Zimmerman

Here is an inexpensive but meaningful gift I made for my hubby for our anniversary last month. I filled a jar with 50 pieces of his favorite candy (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). On the bottom of each candy, I used a round “garage sale” sticker and wrote on each one a reason why I love him. It sits on his desk and every time he reaches for a candy, he is reminded why I love him!

I came up with this idea when I saw all the leftover Easter candy for sale in the grocery stores. And I know how much my husband loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! I had also just been to the Dollar Store the day before and notice a section of garage sale materials, including the little circle stickers. Suddenly everything just merged together in my mind and the idea came to me!

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Isn’t Sarah’s idea so darling?  I love that I can get all this at the Dollar Store and put it together in less than 15 min!  Thanks so much Sarah and congrats for winning!!!

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I am a fun-loving, down to earth girl. I love anything from the outdoors to a night in, because I try to make everything that I do FUN!

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51 Responses to 50 Reasons Why I Love You

  1. Doing this today for our anniversary on Sunday! It is our 23rd (how is that possible I ask you??!!) and I had nothing in mind. My hubs loves Reese’s too and I have some I bought after Valentine’s or Xmas that I can use. Might even have the price stickers too. Love that I can do this so quickly and easily.

    Thanks for an awesome idea!

    1. @Laura: I am so glad we gave you an idea for your Anniversary! I’m like you too and LOVE that you can put this together so fast! I hope things went well.

  2. I think I might try this with some of those Chocolate Reisen treats. I wonder if the stickers would fit right on those. Thanks for a cute and simple idea!

    1. @Jes: I bet the stickers would have fit perfectly with the Chocolate Reisen treats, and if not, it wouldn’t be hard to tweek them to get them to fit! Glad you enjoyed the post.

    1. @Miss Beth- some ideas could be: his smile, laugh, any body part that is handsome :), being your best friend, trustworthy, dependable, him helping around the house, him helping with kids, etc. The list could go on and on. HOpe this helps!

  3. I love this! I actually just made this for my husband because his birthday is Sunday. I made 33 because that’s how old he’ll be. I’m going to also add kisses to fill the jar. I let my son tell me a few things to put on stickers & I signed his name (he’s 3). I also combined 2 of your other ideas for another gift. I made a book of dates for the next year and the “love map” with maps of places we have lived, etc. I am so excited to give him these gifts! I love this site!!

    1. @Kelly- I am SO glad that you enjoyed this idea. I LOVE that you put your own twist on things and also used a couple other ideas for gifts too. I know your hubby will just LOVE it!

  4. I love this idea! However, I really need some ideas for a hubby that’s not crazy about sweets. *sigh* I’ve done a deck of cards “reasons why I love you,” I did a jar of “365 things I love about you” (though I did put candy on the bottom of that one), I made a small picture book with scrapbook paper filled with some quotes and poems… but I’m running out of ideas!

    1. Hi Karla- I am SO sorry I missed your comment earlier than now (don’t know how i did since I have replied to a lot of comments that came after yours. I am so grounded!). Like I told someone later that asked something similar, why not get snack sized baggies and fill them up with his favorite snacks: tails mix, dried fruit, nuts, etc. and then put the reasons you love him on the baggies. Also, I did a healthy fruit basket for my hubby that had cute sayings attached to each fruit. You can find it here…http://www.thedatingdivas.com/cami/basket-of-healthy-love/ Hope this helps!

    1. Nicole- I totally relate to a hubby not eating treats. Why not get snack sized baggies and fill them with his favorite snacks, like an awesome trail mix, or dried fruit of some kind. Also yummy fruit leathers would be an easy way to do this or granola bars. I hope that helps.

  5. I did something similar to this on our anniversary but instead I had a jar engraved with I love you and I took some red tissue paper and white paper with hearts printed on them and wrote out the 50 things I love about him. Than I had him read one every day until all of them were read. Needless to say, he loved it.

  6. I just made my guy one of these for Christmas…I used a smaller jar and 25 reasons why…it is adorable and I just love the idea. I have some friends who are copying the idea for their loved ones. =) Thanks for the great idea! With all of the Christmas colored candies, it’s just adorable! Oh…and I made two small Christmas trees for the labels instead…with red ribbons all around. Thanks!

  7. Hey! This is an AWESOME idea, Im changing it a little since its for my moms 50th birthday. 50 reasons why for all 50 years. (I dont date, since im 13) but i think this is such a great idea and i will problably use this when i am older! But I have one question, my mom doesn’t really like reeses but she loves chocolate (preferable dark and organic) i dont know what i could get that would fit labels. Thanks!

    1. Miakoda – what a cute daughter to be doing this for your mom. Why don’t you try using hershey kisses or peppermint patties (small version). I hope that helps. Have fun!

    1. I did end up doing this for my mom for mother’s day. She really loved it. I used a different kind of jar, then I made a sticker( with a sticker maker) with a picture of a tea cup with flowers in it on the top of the jar lid. Then I made another sticker picture of a tea pot on the front of the jar. My tag for this gift said reasons why I love you. I had only a small jar so 50 pieces of candy didn’t fit. My mom also wanted to keep the stickers from the bottom of the candy. So we have these glass rocks that she is gonna to put the stickers on after she peels them off the candy. Then she is gonna put the rocks back in the jar when it is empty. The other thing that I did different was I found a circle template from the internet and typed the words on them. Printed it out and punched it out with a circle punch I have from creative memories.

      1. Wow Gena! This sounds awesome! I am so glad your mom loved it and what a great idea on how to keep your list. The glass rocks sound perfect. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Unfortunately, I could not find *any* of these things at the Dollar Store. It’s a cute idea, but it looks like it will be a bit more expensive to put together than I thought…

    1. Hi Katie- I am SO sorry your dollar store doesn’t carry any of these items. I hate that different stores carry different things. A way of still doing this without the added expense would be to use a jar that you already have around the house. Maybe an old pickle jar, mayonnaise, jam, etc. Anything that you could clean out and use. I also know Walmart have the stickers for super cheap and a bonus is you can buy he candy there too :). I hope these suggestions help. Good luck!

  9. i am very excited to make these for every member of our family for Christmas this year we are going to make a family night out of it and list what we love of each person then make the jars:) its going to be a great Christmas gift:)

    1. I was thinking if you have someone who don’t like sweets you could use poker chips. Most guys can find a way to use or even just keep them. You can find poker chips almost in every dollar store. The little center is even perfect for the stickers to fit. My hubby has high sugar so I need to watch what I buy. I like the this idea it is so easy to make it suit yourself with little thought. Thanks for the post!

  10. I was thinking about the folks who don’t like candy or may have high sugar. A few thoughts are poker chips they are inexpensive and are easy to find. Another thought was cut nice strips of colored paper and fold them in the jar. Maybe even some type of his past time toys like my hubby likes Army Men and since he runs high sugar I plan to fold some notes and put them in with the Army Men. Girls could do something like Barbie items shoes, lipsticks, etc. boys and women are the same we just need to know what they like. I love this idea it is so easy to custom fit anyone! Thanks for the idea!!

  11. I love this idea but does anyone have a few different examples to use for the sweets. Preferably chocolate but he doesn’t like reese’s cups. All ideas welcome 🙂

    1. Kaypee- what about mini twix bars, kit kats, 3 musketeers, milky way, rolo… any candy bar individually wrapped in bite sizes – like the ones you can buy during Halloween. They would all work perfect for this!