September 8, 2014

Passport to Love!

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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.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR PASSPORT TO LOVE PRINTABLE PACK

Here are some destination date ideas for inspiration:

France

  • 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.

Spain

China

India

  • 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.

Italy

  • 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)

Caribbean

  • 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.

Greece

  • 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”

Jamaica

  • 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”

Russia

  • 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

Germany

(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.

Egypt

  • 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)

Ireland

(perfect for a March date)

England

  • 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.

Africa

  • 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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156 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.

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