Last week I posted about Christmas and mentioned I gave Jacob a full year of dates gift or 12 months of dates as gift. This consists of one pre-planned, pre-paid gift for each month of the year.
This is actually the 3rd time I’ve done the full gift, but I’ve realized I’ve never posted the full gift to get the holistic picture. I thought this was the year to bite the bullet and give a full preview.
How to Make the Year of Dates Gift
This gift takes some planning. I originally got this idea from one of my blogging friends, Shannon Brown, who had the post of the idea go viral as one of the first viral pins on Pinterest. She posted a tutorial how to make the gift for Christmas with tips. I definitely recommend checking out her post since that will help you get started if you want to give your own gift of dates.
I spend about two months pulling together ideas and gift cards and put them all in a Google Doc so that I can keep everything straight and remember which dates will work best in which months. I also come up with a bonus one or two, just in case something falls through.
The first two years I gave Jacob a file folder with hanging files, one for each month. You can see that presentation here. Shannon did envelopes, which is how I gave just a handful of dates last year. I think it’s perfect for a full year, or if you just want to give a few for a birthday or Valentine’s Day.
I had to switch it up this year, and disguise the presentation so I could adequately surprise Jacob.
Date Night Binder
A binder with sheet protectors seemed like it would be just the key! It’s super simple, basic, and I could make it look like a book. Plus, a date night binder is a really affordable and easy way to compile a year of dates gift. I also got over the fact that my handwriting is terrible and decided to make things more personal this year. I’m by no means a cutesy/crafty/scrapbooky type, but I thought a few permanent markers and stickers would hopefully do the trick. Bless stickers, they make anyone look better in the cutesy department!
Here was the result, feel free to click the image to see the details.
How to Present the 12 Months of Dates Gift
Creative Date Ideas for the Year of Dates:
We’re so excited to make a lot of great memories dating each other in 2015!
If you’re looking for date ideas there are several in the navigation above. If you want to see dates I’ve given in the past, here are a few examples of past dates we’ve had in our 12 Months of Dates.
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