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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