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12 Days of Christmas For Your Guy

Last year I decided to do 12 days of Christmas for Sutty.  Knowing him, I numbered the gifts clearly so that he would open them correctly and what does he do?  Opens two gifts on the first day!  He would go to the tree first thing in the morning to find his next gift, it's not just kids who get excited about these things.  I really enjoyed putting this together because it wasn’t all just for him… The gifts were a mixture of dates for us to do and only a few actual material items.  I emphasize on spending quality time with each other instead of getting engulfed with material things during the holidays.  My goal was to only give 1-2 item gifts and the rest were dates outings.


Below is a description of each gift I gave which will hopefully give you some ideas.

Day 1: “Thanks for being a sweetheart.”  Wrapped up some candies.  I don’t encourage his sweet tooth so I would only give him a few and shared the rest with my coworkers, hehe.

Day 2: “Movie date night :)”  You can either do this at home, go out to a theater, or even drive-thru if you have one in town.  Gift wrap a popcorn packets and movie candies.  

Day 3: “We’re going on an ice skating date Friday night, dress warm!”  I got discounted tickets to a local ice skating rink.  I use Groupon, LivingSocial, and Goldstar but there are so many more out there!  This date was more for myself.

Day 4: Favorite candies

Day 5: Banana Republic Men’s Gloves – I wrote a note that said “These should come in handy for tonight’s date.”  This was our ice skating date night.

Day 6: honestly can’t remember what I did here… but I’ll keep thinking about it.

Day 7: A box of cookies.

Day 8:  “Put this address in for tonight’s date.” I got discounted tickets to a local Christmas lights wonderland.  I thought it was going to be cheesy but it was surprisingly really fun. Again, I use Groupon, LivingSocial, and Goldstar but there are so many more out there!

Day 9:  A candy cane.  I was getting lazy and brought candy canes in for work so left one at home for this guy.

Day 10:  “Pack warm for a weekend in the city!”  We live an hour away from the San Francisco so simply taking a weekend trip up there during the holidays was magical. Plus, Sutty loves to shop so it made it easy for me–Union Square.  I planned ahead and told our friends we’d be coming up.  We enjoyed dinner, went shopping, and then our friends showed up as a surprise to join us for the cable car ride.  It was beautiful at night time with all the city lights.  The cable car drops you off right next to Ghirardelli so we had a delightful late night dessert.

Day 11:  “You always make me melt.”  Box of chocolates.

Day 12:  I made cuff links from rare Cambodian coins.  They’re subtle and classy.  These cost me around $7.

Here’s another version of date ideas I saw on Pinterest you should check out, here.

Please comment below if you have additional ideas!  I need to mix a few new ideas this year.



DIY Egg Shell Candles by EcoMonster

DIY Egg Shell Candles by EcoMonster