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Friday, February 3, 2012

14 Days of God's Love - All Year Long Gift Idea

It gets harder and harder to find gifts for our Valentines.  I came across this idea several times and thought I would share with you.  You don't have to be married to share a Valentine's present with someone.  Maybe you want to make this family or kid friendly... or choose items that cater to a great friendship (think BFF), this is a great way to show someone you care and want to be intentional all year.  This would also make a great birthday gift, or cater it toward a certain couple and give to them as a wedding or anniversary gift. 

The idea is from several bloggers who have made their own "All Year Long" gift. 
Shannon Brown and Desiring Virtue and Friday We're In Love,  have pictures and ideas you can use to add to your own. 

You will need a container to hold 12 envelopes. 
Shannon Brown used a simple basket....

Desiring Virtue used a wooden box she found at Hobby Lobby!

Next you will need to fill 12 envelopes with "date" ideas...or family night ideas...or girl's night ideas. Whomever you are gifting this to, you are committing to one night a month with them. 
Here are some ideas:
Date nights: Dinner and movie (include gift cert to restaurant and movie tickets)
Movie night in (include coupon for Redbox rental or buy a copy of their fav. movie)
Blizzards (gift card to Dairy Queen)
Bowling Date
Coffee Date (include Starbucks Gift Card)
Bike Riding
Relaxing Night at Home
Family Nights: Game night 
Ice Cream (include recipe to make homemade ice-cream)
Movie Night (include tickets to movie theater)
Pizzarie Night (make homemade pizzas together)

Girl's Night Out  for your BFF :)
Manicure/Pedicures (include Spa gift card)
Dinner and movie (include gift cert to restaurant and movie tickets)
Coffee & People Watching (Include gift card to coffee shop)

You will create and envelope for each month.  Inside the envelope write a short letter with your date idea and any coupons or gift certificates you are including
Shannon Brown envelopes

Write the month on the outside of the envelope and place in container, in order of course. 

I suggest getting together at the beginning of each month with calendars in hand, and nail down a date to fulfill that month's idea.  Then you both have something to look forward to.  If you don't plan it, it probably won't happen.  And always be flexible if for some reason you can't do everything on your plan, some plans just go awry..... go with the flow.  Maybe the weather is not cooperating for the bike ride you planned, jump in the car instead and ride around a neighborhood you've never driven through before!

If you make your own "All Year Long Gift" we'd love to see it!  Send me a picture and few ideas you put in yours!

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