Date Night in a Box

Is it me or do they days get more and more packed with obligations, errands, and stress as Christmas approaches? I get to a certain point where I just have to step back and remember what the season is all about-family, friends, and remembering our blessings.

This year I’m horribly behind on my Christmas shopping.  My husband is the worst for me for shopping.  No lie he returned every gift I gave him last year.  Seriously.  Every. Gift.  I joked with him that he was getting one thing this year-a gift card!

I didn’t really want to just give him a gift card though so I thought of giving him a date night-with his hectic job and our three little guys he’s always wanting us to go out together so I thought I’d put together a prepaid special night for just the two of us.

We’re wanting to go to a concert in a nearby town coming up so I went ahead and purchased the tickets for us and began my search on Mastercard Marketplace for a good deal on a nice dinner out. I recently heard about the Mastercard Marketplace for the first time-it is a shopping site with discounts and special offers exclusively for Mastercard customers.  I hopped over to check it out because I’m always down for a good deal and it was pretty cool that I could search for deals by category or by zip code.

I found an awesome restaurant I have been wanting to go to (I love some fondue!) and clicked over to get my offer! It took me right to where I was able to use my Mastercard to buy my certificate for our dinner out.

After I printed out my certificate and receipt as well as my concert tickets I of course had to package them up all pretty!

I rolled up the certificates and  tied them with some bakers twine, then put them in a pretty little Christmas box. (And by the way-if you’re ever short tissue paper and need to fill a gift box, coffee filters work just fine!

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  1. says

    This is SUCH a great idea! I think men are so hard to buy for. Last year for Christmas I did something similar and took my hubby dinner and got him tickets to the STL Blues Hockey Game…but I didn’t package it nearly a pretty as you have here…I just put it all in an envelope! Pinning this to remember for next year. :)

    • Melissa says

      Thats great Dawn-When we were stationed in Kansas I gave my hubby tickets to see the Chiefs play the Steelers for his birthday, it was a really fun day out for us!

    • Melissa says

      Send away Kelly! I’m at the point where I had my husband make an Amazon wish list and even then I’m scared to buy off of it!

  2. says

    my husband by far is the most difficult to shop for as well. A present for both of you is a nice idea and will probably be a lovely memory for years to come.

    • Melissa says

      Why are men so hard to shop for Sarah? I literally bought my husband things he had specifically mentioned he wanted last year and he still returned it all!! At least I know we’ll have a night of fun together coming up!

  3. says

    Oh, I love this and wish I would have done something like this for my fiance (I ended up getting him a Kindle case/light–nothing too exciting, ha)!! Must do next year. Thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa says

      You’re more than welcome Annie! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment! Have a great weekend!

  4. says

    I just ran across your blog; so many great post! Looking forward to checking it out.
    Your gift wrapping was so pretty; you’re very creative!

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