How to Make Your Own Year of Dates Gift

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Valentine’s day is this week! Have you planned out what you are going to do for your loved one? Well, may I suggest if you want a killer gift to give to your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend, then you should give them a year of dates all pre-planned! 

How to create "A Year of Dates" Gift for your loved one. Perfect for birthday, anniversary, Valentine's Day, or Christmas! |

A Year of Dates Gift

I suggest planning twenty-four dates, twelve date nights at home, and twelve date nights out, one of each for every month of the year.  Planning out dates eliminates the ever annoying question of “What do you want to do?” and encourages more quality time with the one you love!

Personally, I like going on dates that are more than just dinner and a movie. While I love movies and especially eating out, I don’t think they promote as much of a bonding experience or memory as doing something new and different!  Plus, unique dates are fun!

So, I suggest designating at least a few of your date nights (whether at home or out) to trying something new to both of you. Maybe that’s a cooking class, doing stand-up, rock climbing, eating sushi, or taking a dance lesson. Perhaps it’s as simple as going to Open Houses and envisioning your future home together, or going to a local attraction. Whatever they are, be sure to include some in your gift along with your favorite go-to date ideas. Below you’ll find some great date night idea suggestions. If you need more, be sure to check out all the great pin on my Marriage: Date Night Ideas board on Pinterest.

Here are some general date night out ideas:

  • Go bowling, go-karting, golfing, to batting cages, or laser-tagging.
  • Play a sport together – cycling, Frisbee, catch, running, racquetball, basketball, rock climbing etc.
  • Go to a sporting event, concert, or play.
  • Check out the local book store and make up a scavenger hunt.
  • Volunteer at a nursing home, soup kitchen, or other local charity together.
  • Go camping or hiking or to a shooting range.
  • Dinner and a movie.

Seasonal Date Night Out Ideas:

  • Gardening, garage sales, swimming, or a picnic.
  • Ride a hot air balloon.
  • State or county fairs or baseball games.
  • Watch and light fireworks; have a bonfire; go fishing; grill out with friends or eat ice cream.
  • Visit an apple orchard; go on a hayride or to a haunted house.
  • Go Christmas caroling; visit a Nativity; go ice skating; build a snowman; go skiing or sledding.

At Home Date Nights

Try to make your date nights at home different and special.  When you plan ahead of time, and designate a specific night for your date night at home, it makes it stand out from your regular, normal evenings together. Formally invite your spouse out for that night, even though you won’t be leaving your home.  Anticipation will increase the romance as you look forward to a special night together.  I’ve been surprised at how much fun you can have at home (after the kids are asleep) if you just put a little effort into it.  Below you will find some suggestions for date night-ins.

Some general date night in ideas:

  • Slumber Party – Pillows, blankets, fort,  popcorn, movie, treats.
  • Comedy Night – Mad Libs, comedian’s Youtube clips, joke books.
  • Game night – video, computer, board, or card.
  • Paint a picture together.
  • Write (and illustrate) a simple story or read books out loud to each other.
  • Have a dance party, or sing/rock out to your favorite songs.
  • Do a jigsaw or Crossword Puzzles together.
  • Cook or bake together or have a cooking challenge (like on TV).
  • Have an indoor picnic.
  • Make paper airplanes.
  • Plan a future trip (even if FAR in the future).
  • Manipulate and edit photos in Photoshop or online.
  • Take artistic pictures of things around your home.

Romantic date night in ideas:

  • Watch a romantic movie.
  • Put on your favorite loves songs, serenade each other, and slow dance.
  • Reminisce about meeting, dating, or your wedding by looking at old photos/videos.
  • Have a runway show and photo shoot.
  • Get super dolled up for each other, and pretend like it’s your first date.
  • Spa Treatments! Pamper yourselves and each other.
  • Have a candlelight dinner.
  • Or use The Dating Divas Ultimate Intimacy Pack with 12 Sexy Bedroom Games ($19.97)

Seasonal date night in ideas:

If none of these ideas strike your fancy, or you aren’t seeing quite what you are looking for, check out my post with 72 unique at home date night ideas! Otherwise do a Google search, check out my Marriage: Date Night Ideas board on Pinterest, or just buy The Ultimate Date Night ebook from The Dating Divas for just $37 (and not have to spend hours searching and planning!).

The important thing is to just find twenty-four dates that you and your significant other would like to do together for the next year and to plan them out!  Be creative and have fun!

And if you are interested, those fantastic Dating Divas even have something to help you organize and plan GROUP date nights (each month!) which sounds pretty awesome too.

What I did for my Year of Dates gift for my husband:

A Year of Dates – Month One Date Nights (Art Themed)
A Year of Dates – Month Two Date Nights (Paris Themed)
A Year of Dates – Month Three Date Nights
A Year of Dates – Month Four Date Nights (Bookstore Challenge)
A Year of Dates – Month Five Date Nights (Comedy Night In)
A Year of Dates – Month Six Date Nights
(You’re My Superman!)
A Year of Dates – Month Seven Date Nights
A Year of Dates – Month Eight Date Nights (Bowling)
A Year of Dates – Month Nine Date Nights
A Year of Dates – Month Ten Date Nights (Game Night)
A Year of Dates – Month Eleven Date Nights (Spin the Bottle)

How to present your Year of Dates Gift:

  • Color coordinated pieces of paper or sticks in a Mason jar (i.e. pink=at home; red=out).
  • Envelopes for each month (with ideas and any necessary items for the dates inside)How to make a Year of Dates Gift - Ideas for date night outs and in, enough for 24 dates for the year. |
  • A small notebook.
  • Make a personalized Romantic Love Coupons book from (see my review)I love this! I've always wanted to make a personalized Love Coupon Book for him and this make it so easy!
  • Cards ringed together in the corner.
  • A credit card case – Insert paper card stock with the date idea, description, and a little picture on it, like this:Here's how to put together a "Year of Dates" gift to a loved one - use a credit card holder! |
  • Create a Year of Dates Binder. You can buy a cute Printable one over at The Dating Divas for pretty inexpensive. You can choose between just the cover and dividers printables for only $2.97, or the have them include 12 date night ideas for you (in case you don’t really want to plan them yourself!) all ready to go in the binder for only $9.97. Both option are very affordable.

Want to plan a Year of Dates Gift for your love? The Dating Divas Binder printables make it SO EASY and they are so cheap at under $10 (and that is WITH 12 date nights already in there!)

Dating your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend is one of the BEST gifts you can give, because it’s like giving them the gift of your love.  I hope your year of dates gift will keep your flame burning bright!

Be sure to Follow my Marriage Board on Pinterest for marriage advice and my Marriage: Date Night Ideas board too!


    • says

      I loved our book store date! In fact, we did it twice we enjoyed it so much the first time. Also, we totally had the kids with us, but dropped off by the train tracks, and took turns running around the store.

  1. says

    Wow, Katelyn! You’ve really blessed us with so many creative and fun date ideas. This must have taken you a lot of time to come up with and compile. Thanks SO much for all the hard work, for linking up at Wedded Wed and for providing such a rich source of romance-building, my friend!

    • says

      I don’t know about other people, but I making another set of a year of dates for my husband for this year because we enjoyed it. Honestly, I have felt that things like “coupon books” don’t usually do a whole lot for my husband, since the hubby has to remember to use them or where they are. But, both of us really want to get out and go on dates regularly. It’s a priority for us, and having them all planned out has made it much easier. We don’t always stick to the dates as outlined, or switch which months we do which dates, but having at least a semi-plan helps us at the start of each month to schedule them in. We went on way more dates when I gifted him this present than we did this last year when I did not. So, I’m making it again for this coming year. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  2. Rose says

    I had so much fun with this! I did the two dates a month (1 in / 1 out). I themed each month to what our dates would be wrapped around. For instance, one month was “Music”, I purchased concert tickets for our night out and since my hubby plays guitar, our night in was that he play his guitar for me (his choice). The other thing I added, was that since we both absolutely love music, I printed lyrics from songs on each envelope for him to read before opening on the first of each month.


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