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Thursday, January 8

Year of Dates Gift: 12 Pre-Planned, Pre-Paid Dates to Enjoy Throughout the Year!

Last week I posted about Christmas and mentioned I gave Jacob a full year of dates, or 12 months of dates as 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.

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.

I thought a binder with sheet protectors would be just the key! It's super simple, basic, and I could make it look like a book. I also got over the fact that my handwriting is terrible and decided to make a 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.

Here's the list if you can't see them above: 
January: Tickets to see comedian Jim Gaffigan 
February: Segway tour of Scottsdale 
March: Glass blowing class
April: Hiking and brunch 
May: Dinner and movie (it's blockbuster month after all!) 
June: Roller derby championship tickets 
July: Road trip to a small town, overnight stay in hotel 
August: Dave & Busters game night
September: Wicked play tickets 
October: Corn maze 
November: Brunch in perfect fall weather 
December: Lights tour and cupcakes 

The end result worked well! There was more personal touches, and a complete surprise. I keep trying to think of other gifts, but at the end of the day giving experiences and quality time together is just always the perfect gift for us. 

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's a few examples of past dates we've had in our 12 Months of Dates.

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  1. I love how you put this together, it's so perfect!!! :) I agree, the gift of memories and experiences is so much better :)

  2. Love it! I couldn't wait to see if you were gifting this to your husband once again. I want to know what the other dates are :( I'm also currently doing this on Google Doc for my boyfriend. I want to give this to him on Valentine's day!

    1. I just updated the post writing them out a list in case the image isn't big enough. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. I love this idea! I think I just found my Christmas present for him next year! We would have also just gotten married so I think next year will be the perfect year for me to do something like this!

  4. I love this idea! So cute! I might have to steal this for my husband! :)

  5. Thank you so much for showing us how it all comes together! So cute! I think this Christmas might be the year we can finally do a dedicated night out each month. Hurray!

  6. This is genius! If I ever decide to take the trip down the isle, this will be the gift to my Groom.


  7. I did this for my husband too! Yours turned out so cute!

  8. This is such a great idea! And the scrapbooker in me is also very into this. ;)

    xx Kathryn

  9. So cute! I want to do this for Brett, but I might need to be creative and come up with a lot of "at home" ideas since we really hardly even have babysitter options near us (I'm not kidding, it's such a bummer!). But, I saw you are visiting Thatcher one month, and depending on your itinerary and time frame, we would love it if you came to see us too! You are always welcome! We are about a 40 minute drive from Thatcher/Safford. We could do a firepit, hang out, enjoy the nice summer weather here in higher elevation :) We also have Ft. Bowie really close to us, it's an easy hike that is 3 miles round trip and has a lot of history and a museum. Maybe this Christmas I will pull this gift off for Brett--I'm planning on doing an entirely "homemade" Christmas for my kids, I might need to for him too!

  10. love it , as always. Will you be posting how the dates went each month like last time? Thats the best part!

  11. wow, this is incredibly thoughtful. i am so stealing this from you! ;)

  12. I am so doing this! Thank you for a great gift idea .


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