I spend so much time encouraging all of YOU to go out on more dates - so I figured it's only fair if I take my own advice. For Christmas, I gave my husband: 12 DATES FOR 12 MONTHS.
It all starts with the DATE BOX...
Yep. Our awesome Los Angeles dates are tucked lovingly in a box that screams "I LOVE NEW YORK!"
Inside, are envelopes. One for each month. He gets to open one on the first of every month.
"Our love is legendary."
Lest you think I'm made of money, I'll have you know I'm also sticking to my own dating budget rules. There's never a reason to spend much more than $31 on a date. This whole $30 package was perfect.
It took me a while to compile this project. If you're thinking of doing something similar, here are some tips:
*Take note of all the activities or spots around town that you've said, "We should do that sometime."
*Search discount sites such as Groupon, Living Social, Zozi, and Travelzoo for local deals.
*Grab some gift certificates
*Check the websites of your local museums, theaters, colleges, historic societies, and parks to see if they have any special activities and offers coming up
*Scour your local weekly city calendar for ideas
*Keep your seasonal celebrations in mind. What do you wish you'd do every summer but always skip?
*You can find cool boxes at craft stores (however, I noticed they were all a little too "girlie" and "crafty"). Also try stores like Ross, Marshall's, and TJ Maxx in their "home" section.
*There are lots of options for envelopes, including plain manila envelopes, pretty stationary from specialty paper stores, or you can get do-it-yourself invitation kits from Staples or Office Depot
*Keep a strict budget. When we plan dates ahead of time - including our costs - we're actually making sure we go out on dates AND we end up saving more money.
I first saw this idea from my friend Shannon Brown who has a GREAT BLOG with lots of creative ideas. She first gave her husband a Year of Dates in 2011 and has stuck to her commitment of going out on one date a month ever since - even with work and three kids!
This year, whether you're single or coupled today, let's commit to going on MORE DATES. After all, what's a great year without lots of love and fun?
Happy Dating - and Happy 2013!
~Your favorite dating coach and guru
If you're looking for help getting your calendar filled and luring in more love, contact me and I'll help!