A Valentines Day Date Jar

I don’t know if you noticed, but Valentines Day has come and gone.

My blog reader feed has been completely filled with hearts, flowers, red, and pink for the past several weeks and if I’m being completely honest, I skipped through most of those posts.

Gasp! I know. Call me a Valentines Day grinch, but I’m just not that into it. Maybe it has to do with the fact that Corey and I have an anniversary in January, so I’m all romantic-gift-ed out, but all I know is I’ve just never been a huge V-Day fan.

BUT! That doesn’t stop me from celebrating it. At least a little.

I saved this post until after Valentine’s Day because, obviously, I hadn’t given Corey his gift yet and I didn’t want the surprise to be spoiled when he read the blog. But, really, this is a gift that you could give at any time, for any reason, so let’s pretend it wasn’t a Valentines Day gift and that it was just a “Hey, it’s Thursday and I love you” gift.

Remember how last week I said that I’ve become a jar hoarder? And there was a red jar in one of those pictures that I encouraged you to ignore if possible? Well you’re about to find out what I did with it.

I won’t go through the process of how I got it all shiny and glittery because we’ve already been there, done that. So, let’s just jump in right about…here.

This idea is all over Pinterest, so I won’t pretend like I came up with it on my own, but I’m going to run you through how it’s done anyways. I grabbed a box of big popsicle sticks from the craft section of Target and, since I’m cheap and lazy and didn’t want to hunt down the pre-dyed ones, I spent 10 minutes coloring the edges and one side of them with markers in three different colors. It doesn’t look perfect, but it really doesn’t have to.

Then, I gathered up a quick list of date ideas. There are a billion different ways you could divide them up, but I put mine into three categories: At home (which also means super cheap) dates that require little to no planning, slightly more expensive dates that require us to leave the house (these are mostly within the $20-$50 range, but some are still free!), and big, expensive dates that require more planning (these range wildly in price, but the cost will really depend on how much we decide to spend when we’re actually doing the dates). Once I had my list of dates, I designated each color to a different category (light pink was stay-at-home dates, the darker pink was the cheaper leave-the-house dates and the purple ones are the you-need-some-money-for-these-dates dates), and I just wrote them on the popsicle sticks.

Then? I tossed them in the jar and called it a day.

Seriously. Easiest gift EVER.

And I’m pretty sure Corey liked it – it’s a great way for us to go outside the box a little bit with our dates and encourage us to try new things. And hopefully it will break us out of what “what do you want to do?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” rut!

Since I can’t leave you hanging, here’s a list of the dates I used for the jar. Some of them are Austin-specific, but the majority of them can be done anywhere.

Stay at home dates ($)

  1. Create a new signature cocktail
  2. Take a walk to the park
  3. Watch a movie we’ve never seen
  4. Grab a bottle of wine and have a game night
  5. Grab fast food for dinner and rent a movie
  6. 1000 piece puzzle and pizza
  7. Cook dinner with completely new recipes
  8. Lay in the backyard and look at the stars
  9. Play video games together
  10. Try out a new television show

Going out dates, little planning ($$)

  1. Buy each other gifts from the dollar store
  2. Go watch the bats downtown
  3. Go to a drive-in movie
  4. Go try a new restaurant
  5. Go to the dog park
  6. Go see a movie at the dollar theater
  7. Hit up a few thrift stores
  8. Dinner/movie (Corey’s choice)
  9. Dinner/movie (Amanda’s choice)
  10. Hit up some garage sales

More expensive dates ($$$)

  1. Visit a winery
  2. Go explore a new part of downtown
  3. Go see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse
  4. Get a hotel room downtown
  5. Shopping spree at the outlet mall
  6. Go to 6 Flags
  7. Go camping
  8. Try a fancy restaurant we’ve never been to
  9. Go antiquing in Gruene, TX
  10. Go spend the day in College Station to reminisce

I’m excited to try all of our dates! I think it’ll be a blast to try all of these new things, and I hope we end up enjoying it as much as I think we will.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What about date ideas – are you great at coming up with them, or is it hard for you?


  1. Erin says:

    This sounds so familiar…lol
    Although, this weekend happened to be my birthday so luckily I didn’t have to do any planning. And if you guys are looking for something somewhat adventurey my boyfriend surprised me with indoor skydiving this weekend at iFly. It would probably fit into the last category but it was definitely something out of the ordinary and way safer than the real deal! haha


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