My husband is one of the hardest people to buy a gift for. Mainly because he has a lot of things and the things he wants are just not in the budget to buy or I can’t buy it for him (like the custom golf club he wants). So to say I was stressed out this holiday season trying to figure out what to get for him, was an understatement. Until I was browsing Pinterest and I found a great DYI gift idea!
My husband works in another state during the week, which takes a huge toll on our relationship. When you only get two days to spend together a week, it really stinks. And since we have kids, I always feel guilty getting a babysitter so he and I can go out. I feel like they need to spend just as much time with their dad, as well. But like I said, it’s taking it’s toll. So when I saw the idea to make a Date Night Jar, I knew I had to make one of those for him for Christmas. And boy did I have fun! I even bought him a puzzle for Christmas to go along with the jar!
So what do you need to make this?
- Package of wide popsicle sticks
- A jar
- Label for the jar or some way to decorate it
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The first thing I did, while watching Beverly Hills, 90210 (I just love that show…and I’m hoping Santa brings me the series on DVD!) was take a red sharpie and color the tip of several popsicle sticks. The red tipped sticks indicate that a little more planning would need to go into that particular date…basically, we would need to get a babysitter. The plain popsicle sticks are things we can do at home once the kids are in bed. Here are a few of the different types of dates I have in the jar:
The Red Tipped Sticks:
- Dinner at Mongolian BBQ
- Go for a drive (we used to do this before kids…just drive and drive…but gas was also cheaper then)
- Dinner at P.F. Changs and a movie
- Night at a hotel
The Plain Sticks:
- Pick a t.v. series on Netflix and have a marathon
- Do a puzzle together
- Play Trivial Pursuit
- Plan a family vacation
- Finish a project in the house
You can put anything you want on these popsicle sticks. I geared mine towards things my husband and I like to do or places we like to go to. And yes…I also put some naughty ones on there too! But my point is, you can make this gift any way you want! I also thought about making a summer vacation jar for me and the kids. The possibilities are truly endless!
If you were to make a jar for your spouse, what would you put on your popsicle sticks?