As Joyi, the master chef of thoughtful surprises, I present to you a recipe to surprise your loved one with a birthday gift that is both creative and thoughtful but won’t break the bank.


  • A jar with a lid
  • Scrapbook paper or colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen or markers
  • Photos or memories of you and your loved one
  • Ribbon or string


  1. Start by gathering photos or memories of you and your loved one that hold special meaning, such as a concert ticket, a movie stub, or a love note.
  2. Cut scrapbook paper or colored paper into small strips that will fit in the jar.
  3. On each strip of paper, write a special memory or message for your loved one. Be creative and thoughtful, and make each one unique.
  4. Fold each strip of paper and place it in the jar.
  5. Tie a ribbon or string around the neck of the jar to add a decorative touch.
  6. Add a note or card that explains the significance of the jar and how to use it. For example, “Open one memory each day for a special surprise” or “Whenever you need a pick-me-up, read one of these special memories and know how much you are loved.”

With Joyi’s recipe, you’ll be able to surprise your loved one with a heartfelt and meaningful gift that they can treasure for years to come. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, and this gift shows how much you care about them and the memories you share together.