|Title||Journal in a Jar|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Access Date||Jan 3, 2012|
|Keywords||Journaling, Writing Memoirs|
Strictly speaking you can make a gift from anything you can stuff into a glass canning jar. Embellish it with fabric, ribbon or raffia, add a tag that gives the recipient specific instructions on what to do with it and you’ve just made a Jar Gift.
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 "Gifts in a Jar" booklet). 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?
You can include as many questions or prompts as you like, even 365 to make it easy for your recipient to simply pull out one at random each day and write about it.
The author gives the idea of writing out a lot of journal prompts and putting them in a jar. Then draw one out each day and write in your journal about the idea on the paper. Contained in the article are several pdf files containing some lists of ideas.