I'm late this month, but I'm down to the second to last envelope in the Dates for a Year Basket! Since last month was kind of a big date and I had already purchased something special for the last date (July), this month had to be a smaller date. Sticking with summertime fun, I thought this date should be something that gets them out of the house and excited about spending some quality time together more unique than their regular nights at home. As I was looking for date ideas, I came across a pretty common date idea, but thought it would be fun to include for June. This month, Kim & Larry get to create their own date with products from the Dollar Store!
Here's what was included in the June envelope:
- Date Card
- Two $5.00 bills (one for each of them)
Here is the date card that was included in the envelope:
Since Kim is in the wedding planning business, I knew it would be tough to plan a date that had to take place on a weekend. She's usually busy with rehearsals, setting up, etc. So this date is one that can be done pretty much any time: morning, noon, night, weekday or weekend. That way, they could just grab their envelope and head out when they had a free night together. There wasn't a lot of planning for this date besides just giving them the cash and the idea. Really, there's not much planning on their part, either...it's kind of a do-as-you-go date. For the date, they will head to the dollar store (I suggest going to the kind where everything is a dollar so they can have a larger number of items to use). The idea is for them to split up and come up with a random 5 items (or whatever they can purchase for $5.00) and then meet again afterwards. They use whatever they buy to make their date!
I envisioned them buying a CD to listen to, food to munch on, maybe a game to play, scarf to wear, etc. The possibilities are really endless. What I love about this one is that if they split up, they will have no idea what the other one is choosing. This will add the element of surprise and be sure to be the beginnings of a date they will never forget!
This date cost me $10. You could certainly make this cheaper by only giving them a couple of dollars each,
or better yet...give them the challenge to head to the store and collect a variety of items and have their date in the store. Scratch that. I'm all about a bargain, but you can't get much cheaper than $10 for a date! You could make it more expensive by giving them more cash or gift cards. If they have more money to spend, you could send them to a mega store like Target or Wal-Mart, even the local mall where there would be a lot more to choose from.
You could make this a basket by doing the shopping for them. You could put together random items and wrap them, numbering them and instructing them to open one every 15 minutes or so. That would be kind of a fun basket to do, and fun for the couple to see how the date unravels. It would be fun to put together for the giver, but I think it might take part of the fun away from the date, too.
That's pretty much it, folks! Simple, easy, cheap, and something that would be unlike any other date you've been on. This is date 12 of 13...only one more to go, and I'll be posting it in only a few short weeks!