September 8, 2014

Passport to Love!


Looking for an anniversary or birthday gift idea for the husband or boyfriend?  Already planning ahead to find the perfect, romantic Christmas present?  Or maybe you want to surprise him with a little extra love… {ahem}… just because!  

Well, you are in luck!  Because today we are sharing…

The Perfect DIY Romantic Gift Idea!


Passport to Love-DIY Romantic Gift


And here’s the best part- it comes with FREE, gorgeous printables!  

Yep, this gift idea is SO simple and easy to put together.  If you have a printer, scissors, glue, and pen- then you have everything you need!  We asked Courtney from All Things Bright and Beautiful to design these for us and we were seriously BLOWN AWAY with what she created.  Have you seen her work?  That girl has some serious talent.  Just wait until you see what she’s hooking you up with… 

12 FUN Around the World Dates

It’s the perfect gift idea if you are low on money but high on love OR if you’ve been trying to get in the habit of having regular date night.

I came up with the idea when I was trying to think of an inexpensive, but meaningful gift for my husband.  I wished I could afford to just whisk him away for a relaxing, romantic getaway.  He loves to travel and we’ve often talked and dreamed about all of the places we want to go together someday.  Our bucket list of traveling destinations is definitely long.  However, with several little ones at home and student loans to pay- this is definitely not the season of our life for becoming world travelers.  So I came up with this instead.

Passport to Love Kit- a romantic DIY gift

Here’s How it Works:

The basic idea is that you’re going to be giving your honey a little “Passport to Love” kit.  He’ll use this kit to go on a different date with you every month for the whole year.  The idea is to “travel the world” together, visiting a different destination each month.  You can choose to actually go out and visit different cities, sites, or attractions near you, OR you can do what I did and bring the different destinations to the comfort of your own home.  (No babysitter?  No problem!)  With a little creativity, you can turn your living room or bedroom into another country and pretend like you’re going off on a spontaneous, whirlwind getaway.

 In this Kit You’ll Include 5 Things:  

1. A Card

(So he knows what this gift is all about.)

Free Printable Gift for Hubby

Here’s what the inside of my card looks like… 

Gift Idea for Him

BUT you can totally customize and decorate YOURS however you’d like!  Courtney has included a whole page of embellishments to use on your card AND to dress up your gift packaging however you’d like. 

Passport to Love- Free Printables

2.  A Travel Itinerary

(So he knows which nights to reserve for you!  Just print it out and fill in your departure date & destination for each month)

Fun Travel Itinerary for 12 At-Home Around the World Date Nights

3.  A Passport

(So he can travel the world with you, of course!)

Passport to Love- Fun Gift Idea for the Hubby

Print it out, glue the pages together, and customize the inside with your man’s pic and information.

Passport to Love- such a cute romantic gift idea

4.  Passport Stamps

(So you can record and remember all your travels!  Print them out and glue them inside his passport each month as you visit different destinations.)

Printable Passport Stamps to make your own Passport to Love Kit

And don’t worry- there are several generic stamps included, if you decide to “visit” a country that is not included.

Passport to Love- 12 fun around the world dates

5.  Airline Tickets

(Because that’s just fun!  You can totally customize it with your spouse’s name, your departure date, and your chosen destination.  You’ll want to print 12- one for each month.  Courtney has even included a printable pocket to keep the tickets in, so they look totally professional and legit.)

Printable Airline Tickets part of a Passport to Love Kit for the Hubby


Once you have everything printed out and filled in, just tie it together with the card and give it to your honey for a year of lovin’ and fun!   Then make sure you’re ready each month to whisk him away for a little at-home getaway.


Here are some destination date ideas for inspiration:


  • Make an easy Parisian picnic with french bread, gourmet cheese, fruit, and sparkling cider.
  • Or how about Crepes in Paris?
  • Play some French cafe accordion  music (you can play music online for free)
  • Learn some French phrases, after all- it is the language of love.
  • Watch a movie about France or that takes place in France.  How about Les Miserables, French Kiss, or Forget  Paris
  • If you really want to go all out: speak in a French accent, wear a beret, do your hair in a French twist, or paint your nails with a French manicure- hee hee.




  • Forget chairs.  Just throw some bright colored pillows on the floor.
  • Turn out the lights, add candles, and Indian music for ambiance.
  • Make Indian food or order out from a local Indian restaurant.  Forget the utensils, eat with your hands.
  • Bejewel each other with self-adhesive jewels, or get brave and apply Henna tattoos
  • Watch a Bollywood movie or learn some Bollywood dance moves from YouTube.
  • How about a magic carpet ride while you watch Aladdin?  (hee hee)  Or you can be his Genie and grant him 3 wishes.


  • Make homemade pasta or pizza for your Italian Stallion.
  • Play some Italian music to set the mood (Andre Bocelli?) and speak in an Italian accent for fun.
  • Get out some art supplies and channel your inner Michelangelo.
  • For you “foreign film” how about: The Italian Job, Life is Beautiful, Under the Tuscan Sun, Roman Holiday, or Much       Ado About Nothing.
  • Enjoy some gelato.
  • If you really want to go all out- go for a gondola ride. (I’m thinking blow-up raft in the swimming pool -lol)


  • Go on a Caribbean cruise! To make your room like a cruise ship, fold a towel on the bed to make a swan. (They totally have tutorials online)
  • Check your local dollar store for tropical decorations like tiki pictures, drink umbrellas, or grass skirts.
  • Get dressed in your bathing suit, cover-up, and sunglasses like you’re on a real cruise.
  • Play some island music.  Try Kokomo by the Beach Boys or Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) by Rupert Holmes.
  • Make an Island-themed dinner- like Hawaiian chicken with pina colodas or strawberry daiquiris.
  • Limbo!
  • Watch Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • You can even put blue food coloring and a beach ball in the bathtub.


  • Toga Party anyone?
  • Cook some authentic Greek food.  How about moussaka and baklava (or keep it simple with pita pizzas)
  • Listen to Greek music and dance! (And if you really want to- break some old, glass dishes that you don’t care about.  Opa!  tee hee.)
  • Watch “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”


  • Give your spouse a note- “Jamaican me crazy- yah mon!”  (Oooh- isn’t there a Jamaican me crazy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream??)
  • Cook some Jamaican food- jerk chicken or boiled banana anyone?
  • Turn into a Jamaican online radio station and listen to some reggae and calypso music.
  • Put on an island shirt and do some island dancing!
  • Play with hacki-sacks
  • Watch “Cool Runnings”


  • Make some Russian food.  Try Borsch or Beef Stroganoff
  • Forget the vodka, take shots of rootbeer
  • Play Russian roulette with a cap gun.  Or dress as mobsters.  hee hee.
  • Listen to some Russian music online and try to dance the Preesyadka (the Russian knee-bending, kick dance)
  • Watch Anastasia or The Hunt for Red October
  • Watch the Russian Ballet or Opera on YouTube


(perfect for an October date)

  • Host your own Oktoberfest for two- serve bratwurst with mustard and sauerkraut
  • Instead of beer and ale, serve mugs of rootbeer or ginger ale
  • For dessert, how about apple strudel?
  • Better yet- host your own Choctoberfest and serve German chocolate!!
  • Listen to German music on Pandora and watch a German movie.


  • Write each other notes in hieroglyphics- switch and decode
  • Create an archaeological dig site for your spouse using a sandbox and have them search for buried treasure (a love note or gift)
  • Play Egyptian music (and walk like an Egyptian.)  ;)
  • Make some Egyptian food:  Chicken kebabs, lamb, fried zucchini, hummus and pita bread, or baklava
  • Watch “The Mummy”
  • If you want to go all out- dress up like Cleopatra and Ra (God of the Sun)


(perfect for a March date)


  • Listen to some Beatles CDs
  • Turn your dining room into an English Pub with fish and chips
  • Or go more posh and host a fancy tea party 
  • Speak in a British accent (Jolly Good!  Cheerio!)
  • Watch a supporting event from the UK
  • Play some croquet.
  • Watch a movie that takes place in England or one with English actors. Sherlock Holmes or a good BBC movie.


  • Make an African dinner (Sosaties, plantains, coconut milk, mango drinks, etc.)
  • Gather all the plants in the house into one area to make an African jungle (Or just use your backyard and light tiki torches.)  If you want add animals- stuffed animals.
  • Play some African music in the background
  • Dress us like you’re ready for a safari (think khaki shorts, binoculars, etc.)
  • Make African drums or tribal masks together, or “decorate” each other with tribal face paint.
  • Watch Out of Africa, I Dreamed of Africa, To Walk With Lions, or even Madagascar.


And there you have it- an inexpensive, easy gift idea that turns into 12 fun dates!  You just can’t beat that!

For MORE romantic gift ideas, make sure to check out our “Gift Ideas for HIM” Pinterest Board.  It’s packed full of ideas and inspiration for his birthday, your anniversary, Christmas, Valentines, or… of course… JUST BECAUSE!

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216 Responses to “Passport to Love! ”

  1. Juliana says:

    This is really lovely! I had no clue what to give my husband for our 2nd aniversary, and this was a blessing! I know he´ll love it! But I have found a mistake =\ On the Brazil stamp, the image is incorrect. It shows the Africa map, not Brazil´s. I know they are a bit similar, but since I´m from Brazil, I saw it right away.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Love this, am going to get it set up to give my husband for our anniversary, finances are tight, so we can’t travel as much as we’d like. Also one tip, I noticed that quite a few of the countries are similar to some of the mini menu’s that has made for their Passport to Eating mini menus, so there are lots of good at home meal ideas there plus much can be prepped ahead of time so you aren’t slaving away on date night!

  3. Miri says:

    What a GREAT AWESOME IDEA! Where can I print this? I don’t see it anywhere.

  4. Katie says:

    I love this! Is it possible to save this file to your computer? I have tried to save it multiple ways and each time it saves at 0bytes and says it’s a corrupt file. Any help would be so appreciated!

  5. Gud says:

    What type of paper do I use for my printer?

  6. Gud says:

    Thanks so much for this fabulous idea. I am so in love with this, I wish my husband gifts this to me. Lol! Thanks again. I am so gonna make this today itself. :)

  7. Carisa Smith says:

    My husband and I have done a ton of travel dates, they are our favorite kind of dates and this will make them so much more fun and exciting!

  8. kristen says:

    hi, this is a very great idea, however i cannot download it… I’m planning to give this to my boyfriend on our monthsary/birthday celebration :( I hope i can download it soon

  9. joana says:

    my bf is an aviation major, so you know he loves airplane. this was perfect for him :) he LOVED IT

  10. Belle says:

    LOVE this idea! I am going to surprise my guy on New Years with one of these. You can even break down into other countries because the Spain ideas are actually not Spanish. Spanish food is not spicy and the movies are not from Spain but it does open the door for the countries they are from like Mexico, Cuba and other latin American countries!

  11. Meghan says:

    Hi I am very excited by this post, but when I download the PDF The passport is cut off and the months are also cut off. Can I download it some how?

    • Becca Becca says:

      Hmmmm- did you try checking your settings? Maybe try clearing your cache and using a different browser and if that still doesn’t work- let us know! We’ll make sure you get your hands on it. :)

  12. Renee says:

    Great ideas here and all over your website. However, I feel like I have to say (in love and with respect) that Africa is not a country. There are many different cultures in the respective countries and regions of Africa to explore. I honestly can’t say I know enough about all of the different cultures of Africa (and even within countries there is diversity), but here are some ideas I had. I’m sure someone who is from or who has lived in a country in Africa has even better ones.

    South Africa–watch a movie or documentary about the country (many have come out in the last few years, especially focusing on Nelson Mandela’s life a legacy; I saw the movie Faith Like Potatoes recently which was about a potato farmer in South Africa who became a pastor); if you are more literary read a book like the classic Cry, The Beloved Country together; learn phrases in Afrikaans or Zulu

    Morocco–find and prepare Moroccan recipes or visit a Moroccan restaurant; visit an outdoor marketplace as I believe Morocco is known for its bazaars; watch Casablanca or see if there is a screening of the classic movie in your area; look at images of Moroccan architecture and design or make something together influenced by that style (i.e. arches, mosaic tiles, colorful, etc.)

    Other ideas in general…look for other documentaries about events in various parts of Africa (such the documentary Invisible Children, very sad, but eye-opening about child soldiers in Sudan); read books about countries in Africa (fiction or nonfiction) and discuss them during your date; find a local museum that is running an exhibit on African art or art from a specific country in Africa; visit another cultural event such as a dance or music exhibition; read some blogs by missionaries in Africa or see if there are any groups doing mission work that could use volunteers. Africa is so vast, and there are so many possibilities!

  13. Jackie says:

    I love this idea. I was bummed because my husband and I can’t afford to get each other Christmas presents but this is a great idea!!! I’m so excited. We have a 3 year old and 5 month old so we don’t get out much but I would love to bring these to our home. One day we hope to travel the world but this will work for now.

    • Becca Becca says:

      So glad you can use this Jackie! I’m right there with you- one day we will be world travelers. But for right now, I’m content that our little family is our whole world. ;)

  14. Rhiannon says:

    This is ADORABLE!!! Thank you so much for sharing – I’ll definitely be surprising my darling with this fantastic idea!

  15. Syaza says:

    Hi.. I cannot download the copy. Can you please email it to me? Thank you very much

  16. Brenda Vargas says:

    Hi.. I´m so excited about this idea…
    I don´t speak english but I´m learning, however I give this to my boyfriend for Christmas, I chose some different countries and plane very special dates in every one…
    I can´t wait to make it true…
    I´m gonna send pictures about my experience… I am very grateful whit you..
    thank you so much…
    this is the most original i´ve never seen before…

    I hope you could understand my poor english…

    • Becca Becca says:

      Brenda, I am so glad that you were able to use this for your boyfriend for Christmas!! We’d love to see some pictures of your experience. Thanks so much for your comment and have a very HAPPY New Year! :)

  17. Star says:

    Thank you for the great idea! I gave this to my husband this morning and he loved it! Going to Italy today (Olive Garden and The Italian Job).

  18. amymeredith says:

    I would love to make this for my hubs for our anniversary, but i can’t get it to download. It keeps sending me to a blank page. Help!

  19. ghotib says:

    For a ‘Japanese date’, you could have sushi or make bento box meals at home, hold an origami crafting contest, and play through Shadow at the Water’s Edge (a Nancy Drew themed video game–lol, I am such a dork! or is that geek? ;))

  20. My says:

    I love this and am so excited to gift this as a gift to my sweetie, but every time I download it and try to print it doesn’t print as pictured. :( I’ve changed my print option to landscape and that still didn’t work. Help please!

  21. andrea says:

    I cant download this file :( i was really hoping to get this to my boyfriend aa

  22. Victoria says:

    I love this so much !!! Was so happy to find this as it suits my present’s theme ! Im planning to give my boyfriend a cup that says ”Men like to look at a map” with little magnifying glass attached next to it , little love letter in a bottle and other lovely things. I love this idea too much. Thank you very much, it made my day haha x

  23. Shalyce Hokanson says:

    Thank you so much for supplying this as a free printable. I printed it out though and any parts that are teal or
    light teal turned purple. I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and if you know if they were able
    to fix it. I would think it was my printer, but have been printing everything else fine. I was really hoping to use this for this Valentines Day so I would so appreciate any tips! Thank you again!

    • Becca Becca says:

      Hmmm… that sounds like a printer issue to me. It seems to be working fine on my end. Did you try downloading it to your computer and then printing? If that doesn’t work and you’re in a pinch- you could take it to a print shop.

  24. Caroline says:

    LOVE this, it prints out so beautifully and my partner was thrilled. So far we’ve only done one (Scotland- printed off a mini Scottish flag for the passport), which we did on Burns night, having traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, with whisky, listened to Scottish bands, had Scottish cheese and oatcakes in front of the fire, on a tartan rug and watched the Highlander. Lovely evening, and the first time we ever tried haggis. Which was really good!
    This weekend we’ve combined a Japan date with our trip to London- doing origami on the train down, visiting the Kyoto garden in Holland Park, going to Japan Centre and the (cheap) Tokyo style diners nearby, visiting the Japan rooms at the British Museum and, because we’re jammy, watching Madame Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall after being given free tickets. But, a really cheap date, for doing so much! Can’t wait to plan the rest.

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