The Metal Box

Inspired by Mrs. Dolphin’s post about her most unexpected wedding gift, I thought I’d share a gift that we received from my Aunt and Uncle. It’s amazingly unique and sweet, and I figured most of you would be able to appreciate it.


Everything was wrapped up in a pretty travel-themed hat box.


On top of the tissue there was a book, covered in red wrapping paper and with a bookmark holding a page.


The bookmark read, “Before opening your box, please read the story ‘The Metal Box’.”

So, in front of all my new in-laws, I read.


From Chicken Soup for the Couple’s Soul:

The Metal Box

Last weekend, we celebrated my parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. This morning, they left on a long awaited trip to Hawaii. They were as excited as if it were their honeymoon.

When my parents married, they had only enough money for a three-day trip fifty miles from home. They made a pact that each time they made love, they would put a dollar in a special metal box and save it for a honeymoon in Hawaii for their fiftieth anniversary.

Dad was a policeman, and Mom was a schoolteacher. They lived in a modest house and did all their own repairs. Raising five children was a challenge, and sometimes money was short, but no matter what emergency came up, Dad would not let Mom take any money out of the “Hawaii account”. As the account grew, they put it in a savings account and then bought CDs.

My parents were always very much in love. I can remember dad coming home and telling Mom, “I have a dollar in my pocket,” and she would smile at him and reply, “I know how to spend it.”

When each of us children married, Mom and Dad gave us a small metal box and told us their secret, which we found enchanting. All five of us are now saving for our dream honeymoons. Mom and Dad never told us how much money they had managed to save, but it must have been considerable because when they cashed in those CDs they had enough for airfare to Hawaii plus hotel accommodations for ten days and plenty of spending money.

As they told us goodbye before leaving, Dad winked and said, “Tonight, we are starting an account for Cancun. That should only take twenty-five years.”

Ann Landers


Umm, this is Mr. Doxie wondering why I’m taking pictures for my blog instead of going to sleep. C’est la vie!


Anyway, when I had finished reading the story aloud, I pulled the tissue paper back to unveil the gift.


Tucked inside was a small, vintage metal box.


I opened the box to find 100 $1 bills!


And under the bills, a poem:

“The Doxies”

May 22, 2010

Your vacation fund’s been started just to help you out.

We’re sure it will keep growing, we’re sure without a doubt.

It’s a wedding gift that’s special and also unlike few.

It’s a lifetime of saving’s while having fun times too!

With love on your wedding day,

Aunt Lori & Uncle Gary

And of course my mom had to chime in with, “And from what I hear about Mr. Doxie, you guys will be in Hawaii in no time!!” Our faces turned about a hundred shades of red.

This was definitely our most memorable wedding gift, and even one that we may consider copying as future wedding guests.

What was the most creative wedding gift you received? Or, if you’re not yet married, have you given any super imaginative gifts?


Mrs. Dachshund

Fresno, CA
Wedding Date:
May 2010
Confessions: Secret Single Behavior
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    lindseyboo 16 posts, Newbee @ 5:51 pm

    Wow, love it! So creative… I love the vintage metal box, too! I may have to reuse this idea!

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    HappiJoyce 72 posts, Worker bee @ 5:55 pm

    awwwwwwww…so damn cute. love it!

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    D.Marie 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:56 pm

    WOW AND AWW!! That is the best story Ive read about a wedding gift and I think now I wanted to go out and buy that book! what a sweet story from the book and from the gift of your aunt! LOL OMG about what your mom said! How funny! I love the red box….where did she find something cool like that?! I love the hat box too! What a wonderful aunt!

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    supergeek 111 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:56 pm

    That is just so cute!

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    bruintx 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:14 pm

    That’s incredibly endearing. And intimate!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:41 pm

    I would honestly DIE if I recieved this gift in front of my relatives!

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    sapphirebride 1748 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:05 pm

    Perhaps the best and most embarrassing wedding gift all at the same time!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 7:07 pm

    @Miss Trail Mix: ME TOO!!!

    That is an awesome and creative gift… but I would have been mortified at the same time. 😉

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:22 pm

    This is adorable!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:22 pm

    @sapphirebride: i definitely agree with that! lol. it is a great idea though. probably one i would try to adopt but never reveal.

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    Miss Mannequin 12 posts, Newbee @ 7:27 pm

    This is such a great gift! It’s soo thoughtful!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:49 pm

    That’s amazing! I love that story!

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    sapphiresun 9092 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:13 pm

    Kind of fantastic, yet mortifying. I’d be like… oh my God, my family knows we’re going to have sex!

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    dachshund 291 posts, Helper bee @ 8:17 pm

    @SapphireSun: LOL. I’m way past that point with my family. We’re probably a little too open with each other.

    The in-laws are a different story, though! I’m still prim and proper around them : )

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 8:34 pm

    That is AMAZING. What an awesome/cool gift and tradition/story.

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:48 pm

    That is pretty creative! Embarrassing, but a very sweet gift indeed. And the box is so cute!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:49 pm

    That is a very cool story/gift.

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    jacjac9 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:03 pm

    Awww…that is an adorable idea!

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    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:19 pm

    hahaha omg, that’s awesome that your family is so open! It sounds like you have an awesome support system and that’s so fun!

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    Jazziberry 985 posts, Busy bee @ 9:35 pm

    I loved that story! What a great post and such a creative and thoughtful wedding gift!

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    Kat, Guest @ 10:24 pm

    What an amazing, personal and thoughtful gift. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this…

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 10:48 pm

    omg is there a way to bookmark posts? (I am so technologically out of the loop) because if there is, I’m totally saving this – so sweet!

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:52 pm

    I LOVED THAT STORY! that is so cute! that gift is wonderful and creative!

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    littleliz123 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:11 pm

    I love this idea. It is reallllllly sweet! It reminds me of my mom the other day though. “I almost bought you lingerie today, then I realized how disturbing that could be for both of us… so I put it back”.

    Haha! I’m jealous of your gift though. I might have to use this idea because we ARE the couple taking a 3 day honeymoon 2 hours away.

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    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:41 am

    this is such a perfect gift! I love it! :)

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    Miss HunnyBunny 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:10 am

    That was an amazing story and an amazing gift giving idea….now I have to go out and buy chicken soup for the couple’s soul!!

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    Ms. Mags, Guest @ 7:10 am

    Soo cute…The best gift I ever gave (twice) was a basket stuffed with special liquors all labled with cute tags. Some examples are champagne- Drink me on your first anni…Red Wine- Drink me when you need to unwind…mini Jack- Drink me in an emergency…White wine- Drink me when looking over your wedding pictures…and my fave Sparkling Cider- Drink me to celebrate finding out your pregnant

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    Bride109 298 posts, Helper bee @ 8:38 am

    This had me laughing and crying at the same time! What a terrific, creative gift! Must remember for future gift giving times. Our most creative gift I know about? My MOH is very crafty with a needle and embroiders her own pillowcases. So, with each wedding to which she’s invited she creates a “His and Hers” with their monogram and different symbols for their individual interests. Each one is different as each couple is different. Can’t wait to see ours!

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    snow 875 posts, Busy bee @ 8:47 am

    This is so cute (love how your aunt and uncle coordinated the box color and ribbon with your wedding colors!). I love thoughtful gifts!

    So, I missed the reason *why* they put the money in the box when I read the story (bad reading comprehension, Snow!), so I was totally confused re: your mom’s comment. I thought “You should be proud that Mr. Doxie’s a saver!” Um, duh. I would probably turn 8 shades of purple if my mom had said that in front of people!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 10:16 am

    I love it. Saving and loving!

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    5 Star Weddings, Guest @ 11:58 am

    Very sweet a great idea, love it.

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    FutureMrsKuehne 6 posts, Newbee @ 12:33 pm

    What an incredible gift! I hope that you stick to it and treasure it for years to come. As soon as I finished reading your blog I ordered the Chicken Soup book from Amazon. : )

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    LisaM 160 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:20 pm

    That is totally sweet of your aunt and uncle and so creative too. Love the vintage metal box.

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    Susan, Guest @ 6:01 pm

    There is just something so incredible about receiving a personalized and well thought out gift. At 3DSiggy, we recently created a key chain from the handwritten word “Love” as signed in greeting card by our customer’s grandmother. Our customer gave it to her mother who immediately recognized that it was HER mother’s handwriting. It’s the capturing of memories, creating of memories and treasuring of memories that make life so wonderful. Enjoy your special gift!

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    EMARILU 322 posts, Helper bee @ 11:13 pm

    I love that idea. The vintage cash box is too cute.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 10:40 pm

    hahhahaha awesome

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    frog 505 posts, Busy bee @ 11:55 pm

    Wow, that is insanely creative! Slightly embarrassing but I love the sentiment – what a fantastic way to start your marriage. :)

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    Jenny, Guest @ 5:02 am

    awesome! very sweet

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    Heavnzbrat 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:23 pm

    (tear) how sweet!

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    SabrinaR424 266 posts, Helper bee @ 7:02 pm

    I love this! I will definitely be giving this as a gift in the future!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:44 am

    Oh my goodness…that is one of the coolest presents EVER! I love it….and I want to do that too now! That is definitely one of the best gifts I’ve seen! One of my friends gave Mr. B and I a very creative and sweet gift as well; I’m going to have to share it later!

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    anne, Guest @ 10:31 am

    I’m so glad you posted this. We have given at least four of these away after I first read the story and I always include a copy of the text, but I am out of copies!

    I have a wedding this afternoon, so I was happy to find your link!

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    p90x workout, Guest @ 12:00 pm

    and the 11 workout DVDs, giving it your best shot. px90 Workout followed by short intervals of intense activity,

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