Thursday, December 17, 2009

Husband Gift Idea

**Quite a few people have asked what I put inside my envelopes to represent the dates.  I have pictures, programs, gift cards, copies (temple recommend), directions to the place of the date (hike), then the home spa night has a little gift in it.  You could pretty much put ANYTHING into the packets!

Some of you may think that this a selfish gift because it is for me too, BUT if you knew my husband you would know why he is going to LOVE this.
My husband and I love date nights, yet at times it is hard figuring out what to do and finding the money to do it.  Stephen always feels bad when time passes and we haven’t went out. 
SOOOO I took some of my own money from piano lessons and came up with 12 different dates all paid, planned and ready to go!
Date Packets
Each envelope is to remained sealed until the first of the month, then we can plan on which day we are going to do the date.  I did quite a wide array of dates.  One packet is a deck of cards from the dollar store and then the note talks of a picnic at Fox Run Park with card games.  One is tickets to the University Theater thanks to my friend Becki for hooking up a great deal.  One is a raquetball with a Chipotle gift card.  We love to play together and always start the game so happy and then end quite competitively.  There’s a movie and dinner gift card … you get the picture.

With a few creative free dates, it really wasn’t too much money to do the packets.  AND I LOVE that our dates are all ready to go.  So yes this may be a gift for me, but I know it will take stress away from my husband!

One of my favorite parts of dating is watching and listening to our kids. They comment on how we dress up and look, they ask where we are going and can see that their parents really do love each other. I think this important because our habit will carry into their marriages of how important dating is.

28 comments:

Rachel said...

What a great idea!!! Our monthly dates this next year will be going to the Temple that is 2 hrs away.

Ps. Found your blog a few days ago and love it!!! Your photography is great as well.

:)Rachel

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I wish I had found this sooner...

Summer Spillane Jordan said...

this is genius! my husband will thank you :) and you're right...what's so wrong about us getting a little bit from it too :) we can't always be completely selfish right? :)

Summer Spillane Jordan said...

hahah...i meant to say selfless...self...less :)

Becki Madsen said...

Yours turned out SO cute! I am almost done with mine, thanks for telling me about it!

Jeanie said...

Great idea, our anniversary is on New Years Day, I think I can pull this off by then! Thanks :)
-Your blog is fun, I enjoy stopping by!

Kera said...

I love all of your creative ideas! Where in Washington did you go?

Shauna_Rae said...

We went to the Tri-Cities, in the southeast corner of Washington.

Valerie said...

I hope you don't mind if I feature another idea! This is such a fabulous gift... I am filing at thecraftersfilebox.com.

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

how adorable is this idea! i love it!!!
nice to meet you!
many blessings
patricia

Martha said...

What a great idea! Love it!
Martha

Brittany said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I'm linking this post to my blog. :)

Lorie said...

I am posting this on my blog AND if I can get my act together putting this together for my Hubby for Valentine's Day!

McVal said...

I followed a trail of posts that ended up here with the Valentine's Day gift idea. Cool idea! I don't know if I'm organized enough to get this going tho...
Wonderful pics of your kids! They're so cute!

Robison said...

Can you leave an idea of what you do (activity/date) for each month? Some of us need all the help we can get! LOVE the idea!!!! Thanks!

Sherrie said...

Great idea! I did a coupon book for my dh once, but I REALLY like the idea of doing this by month and having the GCs purchased up front and then opening the envie on the first of the month. :)

Shelley said...

I have spent the last hour on your adorable blog! {And I was supposed to be sleeping!} ;) Thanks for sharing. ---I am featuring and linking this great idea on HowDoesShe.com today. Please let me know if you'd like me to link to it differently than I have. -Love your blog. I'll be back! ;)

Summer Spillane Jordan said...

just finished this one off...you can check mine out on my blog...wasn't as hard as i thought it would be. once you got the idea going it was easy to run with it! thanks again for your genius!

Ginny Williams said...

Shauna, great idea...
for those looking for more clear ideas... I just typed in free date ideas, or inexpensive date ideas into Google, and was given some great ideas. you can also add your city to the search and get some fun ideas centered around your city.
many of my ideas will not cost but about $10 (for shopping)
I centered many "indoor" stuff like museums, theater, game nights, etc for the winter time frame. for example, December, our date will be a fire in the fireplace, dutch oven dinner and a movie rental of his choice.
other ideas I've put in, are hiking or nature walks; drives in October to see the fall leaves; hope this gives your readers a few ideas to start with.

Holly said...

What a wonderful idea! I am just sorry I discovered this AFTER husband's birthday (December), Christmas, and Valentine's Day! But I will start thinking of how I can make it work next time around. Thank you!

Tara said...

Hi there! SUCH a cute idea...I would love to post this on our Dating Divas blog...but I know you would like fellow bloggers to ask for the photos. Let me know if you are OK with me using this photo. Thanks, girly! CUTE FAMILY!! (You can just leave a comment on the Dating Divas blog and it will be sent straight to my email.) Luvs, Tara

thedahlingdatingdivas.blogspot.com

Kristi said...

I just found your blog and I lalala love it!You have so many great ideas and I am so grateful you are sharing them. I am so excited to do so many of these fun things with my family.

Kristi said...

Oh, and this is THE perfect Father's Day Gift for my husband. He will be so excited. Thanks again.

Anna said...

Just wanted to let you know what a fabulous idea this was! I bought gift certificates off one of those discount restaurant sites, and saved even more. I gave it to DH for Fathers Day and he was floored! He said it was a great idea and one of the best creative gifts so far :)

Anonymous said...

This gave me a great idea. I am going to give my husband 6 of the envelopes and we will each plan 6 months. :-) That way we both know that we don't have to be stressed about buying a gift and we can have fun putting together surprises for each other! Thanks for the awesome idea!!

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