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!
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!
I adore journals, dairies, and notebooks! I like browsing through them in the store as I think about the many possible uses for each one. There are a lot of uses for a writer such as myself, but today I want to share with you some of the ways I've used them in my relationship, which you can try, too!
Back when my husband Andrew and I were dating long distance, I bought myself a beautiful journal so I would be able to record the day we first met in person. I wrote down that special day and all the good times we had together in the months there after.
It's been great to have each and every giddy moment written in ink and set upon my bookshelf! I can read over those memories and reminisce again and again.
I highly recommend this if you're going through a special time in your life that you always want to remember!
This one is sort of like a gratitude journal, but it revolves around my husband. I don't write in it every single day, but sometimes when he gives me something or does something I really like, I jot it down to reflect on later. (I also write things I find attractive about him on particular days, both character and physical traits!)
This is something that really makes me appreciate my husband, as well as feel loved and appreciated myself. Now typically this is going to be for married couples, and you would write this privately, but don't sweat it if your spouse finds it. Mine did, but it made him pretty happy to read my entries about him. Once he started there was no stopping him! (but it was nice getting a great big hug afterward!)
What You Are Journal
For my husband's birthday I started a very personal present a couple months beforehand. It was a little black journal which I filled from A to Z with his many positive traits!
Example of how you could fill this if you were to write one:
"You are Charming.
From your smile to the way you talk, you're incredibly charming!"
Next up, this one is on my journal to-do list! A Generosity Journal is used for recording what you're putting into your relationship. If you buy a nice gift or do a good service for your spouse you can record it here along with their reaction and how it made you feel. The goal is to fill the journal, so the idea behind it is you'll be even more motivated to give to your spouse. I personally like the idea of doing secret acts of service to make their day! (Side note, I'm opposed to keeping secrets in marriage, communication should always be open, but I do make exceptions for surprise gifts and acts of kindness.)
Dream Journal (but not the sleepy kind!)
Last one is for the dreamer! A Dream Journal is for writing future plans, goals, and ideas. It's like a bucket list for your relationship. For me, it's not just about places to go or accomplishments to achieve, but also the self-improvements I can make which will have the added benefit of helping my relationship thrive. This journal helps set clear goals to pursue.
That's all of the journals for this post! Have you tried any of these before? If you have, why not share your experience in the comment section? If not, please share which journal idea you like most!