We are so excited about sharing ‘Love Actually’ with you!  We’d let them take over HowDoesShe’s ‘Love your Spouse’ category in a second if they would! 😉  Cher, Thanks for posting today. We adore your blog and we know our readers will too! Take it away…HeaderHello!! I am delighted to be guest posting here today! My name is Cher and I am the author of Love, Actually…a fun little blog devoted to creative romance ideas on a budget. You’ll find all sorts of fun ideas (from simple to extravagant), free downloads, and great giveaways on my blog… I hope you’ll stop by and come back again and again!

Here’s another homemade Christmas gift. For the love in your life who has everything, this ought to be something different….and fun.
Enroll him (or her) in the Date of the Month Club!
(I first heard about this idea from a reader’s idea on lovingyou.com){the membership “brochure”}

Here’s the jist: You’ve enrolled them in this club, which has lots of great “membership benefits”.

You can present this to him anyway you’d like. In a binder with plastic sleeves, in a box, in a folder, or in a 12×12 scrapbook pocket page like I did.

 { A closer look }

So, in case the pictures aren’t self-explanatory enough, allow me to explain.

Monthly Date Calendar:
Give your hubby a list of 12+ dates on a card or a full size page (depending on how you are presenting it). The more he can choose from, the better. Keep in mind, these don’t all have to be fancy dates from my blog. Guys like simple dates, too…like, throwing a frisbee at the park. Put some of his interests in there as dates with you. Then, provide him another sheet which has each month of the next year listed. He will choose which date he wants for which month. Then, it’s up to you keep that card and plan those dates each month (Hence, “date of the month club”).

Romance Reward Tickets:
These are “love coupons” of sorts…the trick is actually honoring them when he/she decides to use them throughout the year–no backing out! And, make sure you really personalize them.

Here are the tickets I used:
(I put two of each in the package)

  • Breakfast in Bed – hot & ready, or however you like it!
  • Mental Health Day – Need a break from the daily grind? Play hookie and we’ll have some real fun…anything you want to do!
  • Sick Day – Redeem this for some pure pampering on a day you aren’t feeling too hot… I’ll make you feel better.
  • Treat Ticket – Your craving is my command!
  • Massage of Your Choice – Where does it hurt? Let me rub it better.

Vacation Packages for Two:
Give him at least 2 options…but only give him as many as you can handle having to plan throughout the year! (make sure he knows these are not REAL getaways…otherwise what’s the need for a homemade Christmas?)

My package included a trip to Las Vegas and one to a romantic bed and breakfast suite–he gets to choose the suite theme.
 Hershey Hugs & Kisses:
Redeemable for the real thing….(prepare to receive these after he/she has just made you mad)

Once it’s all set, wrap it up and put it under the tree!

Don’t have the time to design? Don’t have the cute fonts I’ve used?

I can help!  Check out the bottom of my original post HERE.
{Credit: For my “romance reward tickets”, I used the Tiny Tickets design by Gunhild Storeide}


 What a great idea! Handmade gifts are the perfect sentimentel gift. Hop on over to ‘Love Actually’ to be romatically inspired. :)

    1. December 16th, 2009 at 11:08 am
      Monica says:
      Keep getting errors when trying to get to the love actually website ... can you give me the url?
      • December 16th, 2009 at 11:10 am
        Shelley says:
        Sorry! We've been having a few site hiccups! ;) It's fixed now! Just in case you still have issues,...its www.loveactually-blog.blogspot.com.
    2. December 16th, 2009 at 12:48 pm
      Jen says:
      I was just telling Missy I need ideas...thanks! Way cute blog!
    3. December 17th, 2009 at 7:41 pm
      Cher says:
      Thanks so much for the feature!! Now, when can we introduce YOU to Love Actually's followers?!
    4. January 20th, 2010 at 12:29 pm
      The Saved Quarter says:
      I LOVE this idea, and I'm stealing it for 2010's Christmas!
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