May 3, 2011

The Hint Box


How many times have you thought… “I wish my spouse could read my mind?” Today’s idea is just that!  Why not take a night with your spouse and each create a “Hint Box?”  Inside your Hint Box, be sure to include things that you LOVE.  Then, whenever your spouse wants to do something nice for you, they can “take a hint” from your box full of ideas!  Inside your hint box you will want to include things that are free (a walk around the block together), something easy and not too costly (Coconut M&M’s) or something B-I-G (a night out on the town).  My friend Ali mentioned that sometimes marriage doesn’t need to be a guessing game…it can be just as simple as putting ideas in a box! :)

I purchased a paper box at a local craft store and covered it with scrapbook paper from home.  This project took me less than 5 minutes to put together!

I then cut colored sheets of paper into small strips.

Finally, my husband and I wrote down ten things we would love to receive at any time!  I think we may even update our boxes once a year or so.

Download your very own “The Hint Box” printable tag here!  This idea was quick, easy and fun.  Plus, I can’t complain about the cherry Coke I had with my dinner last night…. thanks to my husband and the hint box! :)

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17 Responses to “The Hint Box”

  1. I love this idea ! It is cute and gets right to the point. I am a big believer that it is totally fine just to lay it all there what you want/need/expect etc. I am going to make my own box today! Thank you

  2. Julie says:

    Love this! Might have to make two of them one a Hint Box for the little things and another for what do you want for your birthday/anniversary/Christmas box. My husband says I am so hard to shop for because I don’t like flowers or jewelry or purses just about anything really girly so this would help a lot!

  3. Rosie says:

    Great idea! I told my husband about it and he came up with a variation–a “database” of things I like, divided into categories. This way I can give him help for gift ideas as well as little surprises, generic things (I always like flowers) or specific things I want, and also tell him things like what kind of candy I like. I love this idea because I can help him out, but still get surprises, because I won’t know which thing he’ll pick off the list, or what type of thing he’ll pick out from a category–there’s still room for thoughtfullness. He loves it because it will remove a lot of stress for him at holidays. I could hear the relief in his voice as we talked about it over the phone! Thank you for the idea!

  4. Laura says:

    My friend and I did this idea a few months ago and we call it the LOVE JAR. We put things in it for our husbands to do for us, and for us to do for them. I showed and explained it to him. Now, the only problem I have is getting my husband to actually look in the jar! How do you get him to remember to do this? If you have any tips, they would be appreciated.

    • BeQui says:

      Laura, try doing things specifically from the jar and maybe mention how glad you are that he put it in there. As you do nice things for him, he’ll want to do nice things for you and he’ll start thinking about the jar as a place to look for ideas.

  5. Hannah Demke says:

    I love this I am always wishing my husband could read my mind thank you thank you for this wonderful idea!!

  6. Kayla says:

    This is such a great idea….no more guessing!!!

  7. BeQui says:

    My husband and I have something similar, but not so fancy. It’s an Excel spreadsheet titled “gifts” and we add books or movies or treats as we want them. That way my husband doesn’t feel like he has to guess what I want for birthdays, and I don’t feel like I have to hand him a list. He tends to forget to update it, so I pester once in a while.

  8. Ashley says:

    Thank YOU for the wonderful idea. I love your website!!~

  9. Sarah H says:

    I love this idea. Unfortunately, my boyfriend didn’t think it was such a cool idea. I think I may do it anyway with price color coded hints.

    Out of curiosity, does your husband still use your hints? Or would I be wasting my time making one if he isn’t interested?

    • Corie Corie says:

      @Sarah-My husband loved the hint box idea. I divided the ideas into sections depending on the cost. There’s a hint in our box for any and everything! It has worked out well for us!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Also a good Idea to make one for an upcoming Birthday/ Christmas and let them fill with hints of things might be dreaming of getting. things BIG & small.

  11. Rachel says:

    My husband and I are pharmacists and lots of our friends are, too. I can find the boxes at the Dollar Tree and spread the love this year! What a great idea! Thank you! Love!

  12. Tessa says:

    absolutely awesome. Just made ours tonight and planning to give it to the hubby after Friday’s date!

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