Five years ago, as one of my thirty-gifts-for-thirty-years birthday presents, my husband presented me with this little homemade vessel. It's been sitting in a desk drawer ever since. Next week, as I reluctantly welcome yet another year, it will be the gift that gives again.
It's a time capsule! Etched with the words, "To be opened 8/16/10," the husband suggested I stuff it with little pieces of my life, circa 2005. I honestly don't remember what's in this little box so opening it next week will be quite a surprise.
A time capsule would also make a thoughtful housewarming gift - for a friend or for you. Imagine stuffing a little capsule with remembrances and photos of your old home then packing it away for a few years. Or present a time capsule to a friend to fill then keep it for them. You could also fill a capsule when you sign the lease on an apartment and then save it to open when the lease ends.
While mine is quite small (it's actually an upcycled Eclipse Mints tin) you could make a time capsule any size. Of course, you wouldn't want to make it too large. The idea is that you'll be storing this box for the next few years. If it's too big, it will just become a burden!
Images: Jason Loper