I saw this really cool idea on a blog I stumbled on a few years ago (sorry I don’t remember which one) about a woman who was scrapbooking every date she and her husband went on that year. Her plan was to present him with the scrapbook at the end of the year on his birthday. It sparked an idea of my own. “Why not give my husband a year of dates?”
So I did. He received this cute little stack of envelopes on Christmas. I found a fun number ribbon at Michael’s to wrap them in a bow. I thought it was a fun representation and play on the “dates”. He loved the idea!
Here are the supplies I used:
- 13 standard letter envelops
- Photoshop (or other graphics program like Publisher, PowerPoint will do)
- List of Dates
- 8 1/2 x 11 Sheet of paper
The first thing I did was write down 12 date ideas – one for each month. I really thought about some things we could do that were unique and different. Some are a little more high end, others are inexpensive but require time to prep, and others are middle of the road. If you need ideas, check out my post on Dating Ideas for the Married, or Not Married Couple. You can find tons of inspiration that you are welcome to use or may spark ideas of your own.
Next, I labeled 12 envelopes with a month of the year. I choose to do this by hand but, you can print them off your computer as well.
Next I went graphic…as in I took my Photoshop program and made 12 envelope letter sized cards that said what the date was and gave a graphic representation as well. I put three on a piece of card stock to save paper, cut them and stuffed them in to envelopes.
My next task was to write him a letter of instruction. It read:
Wrapped in the ribbon are 12 envelopes, one per month, filled with pre-planned date nights/days. Here are the rules…
1. NO PEEKING!
2. Each month, on the first of the month, when we are together you may open an envelope and will get all the details.
3. We will choose an actual calendar date together.
At the end of the year of dates on January 17, you will receive a scrapbook with all our dates. I hope you are excited!
Your Wife, Danielle
I stuffed this letter into an envelope and slid it on top of the others so January was not showing. You can either give this to him as is or you can wrap them up. Either way, he will love the idea. And for those gentlemen that read my blog, I can’t think of a woman alive that would not LOVE to have you do this for them and you can even scrapbook it on Shutterfly with their plug and play templates.
If you choose to use this idea, I would love to know what your significant other thinks!