He's not exactly the sentimental type. He already has what he wants and does not like the idea of me spending money on him. I really had to rack my brain to come up with something. I have a few little things... a travel case to carry his toiletries for when he is gone on business trips. And a heart pillow I sewed up with a pocket to carry pictures of me and our son (also for when he travels). Totally corny, I know. But his coworkers won't see it... he can just toss it in the suitcase and take a little part of us with him because he travels a lot. I used up my scraps to make a couple other little pillows, too, and threw them around our bedroom. I love the quilted look of the fabric.
But then I got to thinking about a gift that might help solve a particular problem we have. We really try to have date nights every week. We have mapped out the entire year of who is in charge of planning the date that week. But, still, whenever it's his turn and I ask my hubby what we are doing for date night, he looks at me with his eyes glazed over and I realize that he has no clue. I am sure many of you understand that look and that frustration. So why not give the gift that keeps on giving?!
I made my husband a book of date ideas!! In the beginning, I thought that I would make a date jar and pull out an idea and go do it. But knowing my husband, he likes to see all of his options, so I thought that flipping through a few might be beneficial for him. I only picked activities that I could actually picture us doing together... nothing too elaborate or cheesy. I created the date cards, laminated, and cut them out.
I punched holes with my heart punch and bound it together with another one of those metal circle-clasp thingeys (what are they called?!).
I made a silly front and back, added a few ribbons, and called it a day. Now I am hoping that our date nights will be more meaningful. Adding a little romance all year long... a gift to both of us, right?!
So, for any of your procrastinators out there who still need a gift, I have a free download for you. You can download my date cards here or here. (You won't see a preview... just go to File<Download.) The document includes the front and back covers. There are a couple of blank cards, too, for those of you more creative and daring than me. Write in your own!