It’s nearly Valentines!! Or if you’re moving next week, like us, you might have already had it. We’re moving on Tuesday (TUESDAY!! As in 4 days time. Argh!!) so I decided to bring Valentines forward a week or so.

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

This year I wanted to give Mike a decent present. He always gives me such lovely, thoughtful gifts, so I made him something. A 12 Date Gift Booklet!

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

{The process brought back so many memories of teenage years, being all crafty. It was fun and I think the process on its own was quite therapeutic!}

I have to say I’m quite proud of this! And I love the personalised paper from wrap.me – so easy but really special. All you have to do is select some of your favourite photos and wrap.me make up a whole roll of awesome wrapping paper with it!

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

I used the wrap.me paper to wrap the box and also to make him this little book of 12 dates for us to do over the next 12 months. One for each month.

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

Valentines Vlog – How to make a 12 Date Gift Book

Should you fancy doing something similar for your loved one, I have done a video tutorial! It turns out those Blue Peter presenters make it look a LOT easier than it is to film a tutorial!! But here you go – feel free to fire over any questions if you don’t understand how to do something.

It really is so simple and I can see myself doing this again for other people as a sweet little (thrifty!) gift.

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

The kind of dates I’ve given Mike include:

  • a meal out
  • an overnight stay in March at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel (might just happen to be the day after my birthday!)
  • an at home movie night
  • a cookery course
  • a 5 day holiday!!

So if you fancy giving your other half something like this, it certainly doesn’t need to be pricey but if you can get a babysitter I would recommend it!

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

For those who can’t get a babysitter, don’t panic, here are 11 ideas for at home date nights. The main thing is that you’ve spent some time thinking about your loved one and planning one to one time together. Having kids (particularly ones with a penchant for the early morning) can be tiring and the weeks fly by. Before you know it it’s Easter and you haven’t spent any quality time together.

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

I took Mike out for a lunch date to Jesmond Dene House – ideal as it meant we didn’t need a babysitter – and gave him the gift there over a glass of bubbly.

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

His reaction was so much better than I thought it would be. I thought he would laugh at me for making this goofy present but far from it. He was delighted that I spent time on planning things to do, things to look forward to, and he absolutely loved the wrap.me paper. Good job as I’ve got loads left! Cheers!

It's Valentines! How to make a 12 Date Valentines Gift Booklet - click here for great photos and a really simple tutorial: http://www.mumsdays.com/valentines-12-date-gift/

What have you got planned for a Valentines Gift?

I’d love to hear what you’ve got up your sleeves for your loved ones!

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with wrap.me but all the thoughts, sweat and tears (just watch the video if you don’t know what I mean!) are my own!