A marriage survival kit is a collection of items given to newlyweds in hopes of guiding them through a successful marriage. Generally the kits are made to be fun and witty; however, some people choose to give more serious kits that feature useful items such as books and guides to help the couple. In preparation for gifting a marriage survival kit for a couple, be sure to add an original piece specifically from you.
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The concept behind the talking stick is to give the couple a tool to avoid having an argument. It's something they can use to alert one another that there is something important to talk about. Create your own decorative version of the talking stick by choosing a strong, thick stick from outdoors. Purchase 2-inch ribbon and spray adhesive from your local arts and craft store. Spray the stick with glue adhesive and wrap the entire stick with the ribbon. At either end of the stick, leave excess ribbon hanging and tie smaller pieces of the ribbon on the ends for a decorative touch. Tie a note around the stick that reads, "A Talking Stick -- for when you just need to talk it out."
Use buttons to signify "buttoning it up" to avoid having useless arguments. A button jar can be used when either member of a couple doesn't feel like discussing something at a particular time. Start the couple's jar out with 10 buttons each. As an argument arises, one button moves from one jar to the other to give the couple the chance discuss things at a later time, perhaps when the air is clear or other challenges have been handled. Purchase an assortment of buttons from vintage stores, craft stores or flea markets. Purchase two small jars and place a photo for each of the newlyweds on the tops of the jars. You can decorate the outside of the jars by adding stickers. Attach a string tied around the jars with the explanation on how to use them: Button Jar -- For times when one of you just needs to button it.
The Survival Kit Box
To house everything the couple will receive for their survival kit, use a hat box and decorate it with ribbons. Be sure the box is large enough to fit all of the items that make up the kit. If you and your friends or family plan to present the survival kit to the couple together, gather everyone's contributions to place in the box.
An alternative way to allow couples to surrender to each other is through a surrender flag. Perhaps someone wants to prove the other wrong on who cleans out the dishwasher or getting out of a small argument. Waving the white surrender flag will help to avoid an argument or tense situation. Use a white hand towel or small piece of fabric as the flag. Attach to a large dowel or stick by gluing around the stick with craft glue. Once it has dried, roll the flag up tightly and tie a ribbon around it with a tagged note that reads: Before you throw in the towel, wave the white flag.
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