Monday, January 9, 2012

Date in a Box

For Christmas I made my SIL and her husband a month of dates in a box. And now that Christmas is over I can show you the boxes and what I had in them.Pin It

I made four boxes, so four weeks total, all designed to be able to be dates that they could do at home after the kids are in bed. I also had to design these boxes ready to ship- as they were being sent a couple of states away- so if you are delivering this to someone local you could always modify it and get cute baskets to put everything in. Each box has a theme: Movie Night, Ice Cream Night, Game Night and Spa Night.

The Boxes
The boxes were four Plastic tote boxes from the dollar store. I lined three of the boxes with tissues paper to help hide the gifts a little better and to add to the look.
Movie Night Box

The movie night box contained popcorn, movie theater style candy, popcorn tins (2 pk from $ section at Target) and a movie. And for the lid, I found a clip art of a movie ticket and wrote a little poem.
The poem says:
Movie Time!
Pop the corn
Eat some snacks
watch the movie
Sit back and relax!

And guess- what you can download the file for it here! Click here for jpg file and click here for photoshop file.

The Spa Box
This was was one of my favorites. It contained: body massage mitt, fancy chocolates, plastic wine glasses (since shipping-from $ store), bath luffas, bath salts (Target $ bins), LED electric candles, and a mini bottle of martinelli's.

And here is my poem
Spa Night:
Light the candles
take a drink
fill up your tub
and soak more than your feet!

Click here for the Spa Night jpg file and click here for photoshop file.

Game Night
Beef Jerky, Red Vines, Tootsie Pop Drops, Chocolate stick things and the game Picturkea

And the poem
Game Night
Pull up some chairs;
get out the snacks.
Play the game.
Have fun, relax!

You can download the game night jpg file by clicking here and click here for photoshop file.

Ice-Cream Sundae Night
Obviously, the ice-cream was not provided in this one. But what was provided: icecream cones, M&M's, nuts, sprinkles, and hot fudge. Before I shipped the package I wrapped up the hot fudge with several layers of paper towel and put it in a plastic bag (I did the same thing with the drink)-- everything made it there safely. I also created a barrier of sorts with part of a box (around M&M's) to help anything from crushing the ice-cream cones.

And the poem
He screams, she screams
We all scream for icecream!
Grab a cone
Grab some treats
Dig in; It's time to eat!
(Just provide the icecream)

Click here for Icecream jpg file and click here for photoshop file.

I wrapped each box individually and labeled them with stickers as to what order to open them, though it didn't really matter. I also included this letter in an envelope for them to open first.
The air is crisp, the ground is white,
it is too cold to go out tonight.
So stay inside and spend some time
with a date in a box -it will be sublime!
A date a week is our gift to you.
Enjoy your time- I hope you do!

Click here for cover letter jpg file and click here for photoshop file.

And those were my dates in a box. I hope they enjoy them and feel free to download and use files to create your own date boxes.

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  1. Those are adorable, and such a great idea!!

  2. Oh I love this! What a great idea.

  3. You are just so creative. What a fabulous gift. :)

  4. I love this. This is brilliant.

  5. That is sooooo creative!! I love it!

  6. Genius idea, Emmy!!! I love it!!! My favorite box has to be the ice cream sundae box!!! But all of them are fantastic!! I bet your sister LOVED receiving this!

  7. What a cute and creative gift idea! Love it!

  8. I would be greedy and selfish and keep that spa one all to myself! hehehe. Seriously though you did good with this. Clever lady!

  9. Oh. My. Gosh. You are SO creative!! What a thoughtful gift for them! I bet they LOVED it!!!!

    I bet my sister and her husband would love something like this! Keeping it mind for next Christmas for sure!

  10. Freaking AWESOME!
    Totally pinning this.

  11. That was such a creative and cool idea! Now if I could only get someone to do that for me....hmmmm... :)

  12. What great ideas! I'm definitely stealing these at some point.

  13. That's a fantastic idea! And it's pretty awesome that you can send them through the mail without it all being damaged! I'm absolutely stealing this idea!

  14. This is adorable! You are so good at thinking of affordable, but personal things to make. I am really impessed. I might have to surprise my husband with one of these. We are always looking for fun things to do while staying in.

    Great post!

  15. I love that!! What a cute idea and so fun. You are so creative.

  16. I love this idea. How creative!

  17. you should totally send this in to the Dating Diva website-- can't get to it now b/c its blocked here-- but what a clever idea!! I need ideas like this!! I wish guys could think of things like this!!

  18. I would LOVE to get this gift!!! What was their reaction? I am going to try to remember this for next year.

  19. Emmy, I freaking love this! What a fabulous idea. Totally going to copy this for sure!

  20. Just pinned this and it got repinned right away!

  21. Thank you for sharing this!! It is such a good idea and fun to put together and fun to receive!

  22. Emmy what a FANTASTIC idea, oh my gosh I want to do that sooooo bad but I don't want to wait for Christmas.

    We have a anniversary coming up in February I think I'm going to start working on those for my hubby!!

    Love, love, love this!!
    Thank you!

  23. That is the best gift idea. I know they must have ooohed and aaahed over it! So creative!

  24. I know I already commented but I'm still reading it over and over again.... I told Erik we needed to get V-day in the works so its not a last minute deal (we've never really celebrated before)... but I want ROMANCE!!! hah!!

  25. oh my love love this idea. I'm kind of cynical when it comes to people pinning "date night" ideas on pinterest that are duh - umm, we've already done that, now what, reactions from yours truly, but these are awesome! soooo copying your poems and using this for the hubs. CUTE!!!! So creative!!! Okay.. time to get to work and stop blog stalking, fun fun, i'll be back!

  26. Emmy, these are awesome!! What great and thoughtful gifts!!

  27. You are so creative! This is amazing. I love this idea so much.

  28. What a fun idea! I so want to make one for my husband. I'm pinning it so I'll remember. I found you through 504 Main's linky party. Thanks for sharing! :)

  29. I love this! is the perfect idea for a gift for friends or family members and like you said if you are not shipping you can make some changes. It is also a great idea for a fundraiser at school... Except you'd have to add more items, but it certainly is.

  30. Love this idea! It would be nice for new mother & father gifts after the baby arrives!