If you’ve only been with someone a few weeks this probably wouldn’t be the best gift idea, but if you’ve been together for a while, what better way to celebrate your love than with a Relationship Time Capsule. A relationship time capsule is a way to express what you’re feeling about each other at the time you put it together. You can set a date on when you want to open it, like on your ten or twenty year anniversary.
So what do you need to include in your relationship time capsule?
- Photos of the two of you (don’t forget to date them)
- A valentine’s day or Christmas card he sent you or that you sent him
- Old love letters
- A copy of the newspaper from your anniversary day
- Photos or other mementos from places you’ve been together as the ticket stubs to the first time you went to the movies together or a matchbook from the restaurant he took you on your first date
- A copy of your song on a flash drive – Don’t have a song? No problem. How about a song that was popular when you two got together.
- Anything else that is special between just the two of you or defines part of your relationship.
Now take all of your items and prepare them for storage. Because paper products can deteriorate over time be sure and store them in acid-free envelopes. Everything else you want to store in zip lock baggies. It will help preserve the items better and keep out any moisture.
Now gather all the items and store them in a decorative photo box. You don’t want to actually bury the box because it could ruin some of the items. Instead, just store it at the top of your closet. If you don’t have a decorative photo box you can get them almost anywhere including Amazon, your local Wal-mart, Target, and even most dollar stores.
A time capsule is a container that holds present-day items, such as photos, newspapers, letters, and more. It’s typically hidden away for your future self or someone of your choosing to open. This is perfect as a gift to yourself or a gift for your child for future years. Have another family member or loved one hide the box, so you aren’t tempted to open it! Want to hide it for a year? Maybe five years or ten? There’s no time limit! The rules are all up to you. Shoeboxes are great for indoor safekeeping, while weather-resistant boxes are best for the outdoors.
Last but not least, consider adding a message to yourself in your relationship time capsule. You can put anything you want in this message for your future self, but do yourself a favor and actually spend some time on it. The point of the whole message is that it is meaningful.
A relationship time capsule should be about capturing a moment in time. It’s about how you feel about each other right now. When putting yours together, think about your life as it is right now. What are the things you like to do together? What makes you think of the other person? Is it something they wear or how they smell? You want to fill your relationship time capsule with memories of how you feel in there here and now. Do you have a favorite movie or TV show that you watch together? If so, you can put in memorabilia relating to that. How about an ornament from your first Christmas together? Take the time to print out pictures of the two of you together. Pictures should be an important part of your relationship time capsule. Is there something he loves that you cook for him? Maybe print out the recipe and include that in your box.
And last but not least, make sure you include a list of goals. Are there places you want to travel together or things you want to accomplish? Add those on a list and include them. Relationship time capsules aren’t just for storing old memories, but also for your hopes and dreams of the future. You could even write a letter to each other, that neither of you can read until the time capsule is opened at some date in the future.
Express your love, share your memories, hopes, and dreams for the future. That’s what a relationship time capsule is all about.