A Year of Creative Dates

If you were here yesterday, you got a sneak peak of the Christmas present I started for my husband called “A YEAR OF CREATIVE DATES”. (This year, I’m getting a total head-start on Christmas and it is going to be awesome!)

I was inspired to re-do a gift I gave him 4 years ago after reading the fabulous E-Book from The Dating Divas, “The Ultimate Date Night Book.”

When I say I was “inspired by” this book, I mean it! I finished reading it and got up and went right to work making this:

An entire year of dates planned and ready to go! Here is how I made it:

1. BE SELECTIVE: First, I chose 12 dates I wanted to do next year. I used a few of my favorite dates from the 12 Daytz of Christmas, but I also chose several of the ideas from The Dating Divas’ eBook.

Dinner and a movie isn’t the most creative ideas, but it is one of my husband’s favorites, so we are doing it!

2. EMBELLISH & STUFF: When I had all my dates selected, I embellished 12- 6 x 9 white envelopes (1 for each month of the year) and I made a cover on some cardstock with some vinyl lettering. Now you can add all the items you need for your dates- including cash, movie tickets, directions to the new restaurant you want to try etc.

This Post-It Notes Date only requires a pad of Post-Its and a gift card for some fast food!


This Book Store Date only requires the free printables of fun activities and a gift card for dinner.

3. SECURE YOUR VALUABLES: Along with my date materials, each envelope contains a smaller envelope for any cash or gift cards. (I don’t want the valuables being loose in the big envelope.)

This is why it is a good thing to start this gift waaayyyy in advance! If I had to go out right before Christmas and purchase all the items for all 12 dates, it would hit my wallet pretty hard (even with some very frugal dates planned!) But now that I know exactly what I need, I can start collecting a little bit here and there and I won’t feel the pinch as much.

4. BIND IT: Once you have everything ready to go, punch 2 holes in the side of the envelopes (on the side you won’t be opening) and then tie them together with some ribbon or string.


Putting this together was a piece of cake since most of my dates were planned for me- including the fun printable activities and invitations for group dates etc.


Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. says

    I am so doing this for Christmas!! No, seriously. My husband would DIE over this. He’s such a cheese-ball and loves this mushy-gushy kind of stuff. Yay! So excited :)

  2. Nicki says

    I’m confused. I love this idea, and I love going to the bookstore. The caption on that picture says, “This Book Store Date only requires the free printables of fun activities and a gift card for dinner,” but I’m not sure where to find the free printables. When I click the picture, it just shows me the picture and I don’t see a link anywhere. Thanks for your time!

    • says

      Hi Nicki- The printables are included in the eBook from the Dating Divas. I can’t include them in this post ’cause they are copy written. But when you purchase the eBook, the printables come with it for free! :) It is a fun date- if you already like book stores, you’ll like this date! :) Good luck!