A date 1 year in the making!
For this date, you'll need a large box or chest to store things in!
On New Year's Day, you and your special someone start filling a box with things to make up a date with. Things like wrapped gifts and cards for each other as well as games you can play together, movies you can watch, or candles you can light are all good ideas! Continue adding to the box all throughout the year, but don't go digging through it to see how full it is or what's inside! Just add your items and leave it alone. Wrapping things helps prevent the other person from getting too curious and spoiling things.
On New Year's Eve, take the box of goodies and set it out, then at midnight (or in the morning on New Year's Day,) open up the box and explore its contents together!
If you both enjoyed the process, start a new box for next year!
It's almost Christmas time, which means many neighborhoods will have lovely displays outside!
With your dearest, take a walk around town at night, looking at Christmas lights. This date is best when there's snow!
Too cold and icy? Or are you not able to do the walk? A slow drive with Christmas music on can also be romantic!
End the evening inside with some hot cocoa, tea, or coffee, while Christmas music plays softly in the background. Talk all about the Christmas holiday and enjoy it to the fullest together! Also share some of your best memories from a Christmas in the past, then memories since times together, and what you imagine for future holidays.
You read that right! For this date you're going to make a date!
You and your special someone will need a box to place the items in and, of course, have a couple in mind to gift it to! The nice thing about this date is that it can be tailored to your liking!
Step one: Pick a Theme!
It's good to have a theme in mind for the date. Having an idea in mind will help prevent aimless shopping or struggles to think up what to add to the Date Box.
Will it be a date for indoors or outdoors? Romantic, funny, or both? Will it involve a movie or an activity? Work together with your sweetheart to come up with a plan, or use one of the dates on here as your theme!
When Andrew and I made a date box for another couple, we did a movie theme which included a bowl for snacks, the snacks to go into the bowl, a blanket to snuggle under, and the movie. We also threw in a little joke gift!
Step two: Shopping!
Recommended: Take a trip out to some stores and buy things that fit the theme of your date idea for the couple! Grab something to drink on the way there, have fun and tease about the possibilities!
Alternative: If you don't really like browsing stores in person, or if it's hard for one or both of you to get out, you can shop online! This can make it a lot easier to find something you know they'll love.
Keep in mind that you can also always make gifts, which turns the gift box into a fun project for you and your honey to do! Consider printing out Date Cards (index cards with a different date idea on each one) and packing them in your couple's gift box.
No matter what, be sure to treat yourselves to something nice while you're shopping!
Step three: Packing!
Once you've got the presents, it's time to pack up the box! You could use a gift basket or bag as an alternative to a box.
Step four: Give it to your couple of choice!
I hope you had fun making it! Now gift it to the couple and enjoy their surprise!
Have you ever camped out, loved it, and missed it in the colder months? That's not a problem with this date for married couples, as it can be done anytime of the year, no matter the weather!
Gather together sleeping bags, snacks, a good book and anything else that you might take out camping, then pick a room in your house to make camp with your sweetheart!
If you don't have sleeping bags, you can use lots of pillows and a comforter instead like we did!