New parent life is b u s y. Heck, life in general is busy. My husband and I used to be pros at ensuring dates happened about once a week, and then that stretched out to occasionally once a month. And then we had a baby.
9 months have gone by with zero date nights. We love having Scarlett join us. In fact, we pretty much always prefer that. We still get our alone time after she goes to bed, and we probably cuddle more now than we ever have 🙈. But that doesn’t mean that date nights, intentional time set out for us celebrate and soak up the fact that we love each other and have created this life together, wouldn’t be good for our soul.
Making time for that, though, is incredibly difficult. Scarlett is used to me with her allll the time. Brett and I would often bypass the chance to get a babysitter because it’s just easier to stay home with her than it is to have to organize/battle things like the feeding for her when I’m not there. Enter this incredibly thoughtful and absolutely amazing Christmas gift from my sister.
You guys, I can take no credit for coming up with this idea! I know there are some subscription services that offer a monthly date night in a box and what not, but creating one yourself allows for so much personalization and it enables you to be specific about items placed inside. It also allows you to be flexible with the budget.
While this makes a great gift idea (I’m thinking perfect for a baby shower gift or wedding gift!), I think it’s an excellent thing to compile yourself for you and your significant other to have on hand. When you need it, it’s there and ready, already gathered and set up.
You can make it a one-time use box or use it repeatedly, and keep it flexible for any budget/price range!
If you want to create date night boxes to use again and again, I’d invest in a cute suitcase type box (like this precious set!) from Hobby Lobby or Amazon. For a gift, Michaels has super affordable keepsake boxes perfect for this. I’ve looked online, but the cheapest I can find are in store at Michaels (and hit up one of those 40% off coupons, while you’re at it!)
Because this is DIY date night in a box, it can really be in any price range you’d like! My sister included a gift card to local restaurants in both of our boxes (for to-go or to eat out!), but this could easily be adjusted to save costs! The items listed below are just a suggestion – any can easily be excluded/switched out for something else. I’d estimate boxes costing anywhere from $20-$50+, depending on how you curate it.
Coming up on Darling, Dearest will be a new series featuring the makings of different Date Night In a Box ideas for different locations and themes. I’ll definitely be featuring the two locations my sister is “sending” us to (Hawaii and Italy), but also plan to include the makings of boxes for a few other locations and themes. I want these to be a way for Brett and I to still get our romance on without having to leave the house and pay for a babysitter, and I want to help others give killer gifts, too😉!
What to Include in a DIY Date Night In a Box Kit
Each item listed below should be themed accordingly to the box!
- A beverage local to the location(rum, wine, themed soda, tea, etc.)
- A gift card to a restaurant for to-go or dine in
- Recipe cards for dinner/dessert ideas
- A CD/Spotify playlist
- DVDs or movie suggestions off of Netflix/Redbox
- Desserts or other snacks (items that can last a long time if need be to make it accommodating)
- Scented candle
- If applicable, include sayings from the given language or local slang
- A treat for him and her (think themed nail polish, jewelry, face mask, cigar, boxers, etc.)
- Fillers: seashells, chocolates, tropical candies, etc.
- Scrapbook stickers to spruce it up!
- International/themed foods to enjoy throughout the day (ie: types of coffee)
When creating a box, I would make a trip to your local TJ Maxx, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc. and just shop with the location or theme in mind! If you see anything that or remotely connect, throw it in! The party aisle at Walmart would be a good place to start. Think about making the “trip” a day long experience – how can they spend the day building anticipation for a great date night in?!
Keep in mind, you want it to be easy to enjoy! For dinners, you want it to be something they can easily get to-go to snuggle up at home with, or use out if the situation arises. Food kits are great to add, but consider what else might need to be purchased. Perhaps include a list of other items that are needed or would be beneficial to enjoy all of the box!
If you have any questions or ideas of a location or item to include in boxes, let me know! We’ll kick off the series with a box idea next week!