gift idea: datevitation.

by Janetha on December 2, 2013

in product review

hi, guys! happy december 2nd! wooow.. when did that happen? it’s such a short time between thanksgiving and christmas this year, and i just realized the time crunch i’m facing when it comes to christmas shopping.

i am a big fan of online shopping, especially when it’s so crazy out in stores around this time, so i am going to bring you a series of great holiday gift ideas that can all be found online. some online items i have my eye on will have to be left unblogged about because certain someones read this blog, but i still have a lot of stellar suggestions. i will post a handful of my favorite gift picks over the next couple weeks… just in time to get stuff shipped and under the tree!

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my first gift spotlight is something super cool and unique. did you ever make coupon books when you were a kid? like for your parents.. good for one bathroom cleaning… good for one foot rub… good for one night of babysitting… remember those?

well, datevitation has taken that concept to a whole new level with their build-your-own coupon books! datevitation is the web’s first online platform to create a custom coupon book.


unlike the prepackaged books on the market (you may have seen them at book stores or novelty stores), these books let you customize the dates, activities, and text to your liking. these coupon books are great for anyone. are you a parent looking for a creative gift for your kids to give your spouse? or maybe you are in need of a thoughtful gift for your parents in order to see them more often? you could make a fun gift for your kids to cash in on when they’ve been extra good! or perhaps your significant other could use a love coupon or two from you… they even have a frisky section for those extra special coupons ;)

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the books are gender neutral, as well, so they are great to give your girlfriends as a thoughtful gift in order to spend more time together in the coming year! datevitation offers it all!

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once you pick who you want to give the book to, the real fun begins! the database contains over 500 date ideas ranging from skydiving to stargazing (to steamy adult-only activities, like i mentioned before!) it’s super convenient because the dates are broken up into categories–artistic, outdoor fun, pampering, games, dining out.. the list goes on!

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i really liked the creative section.. how many times do you wish you could hand your significant other a coupon for them to give you their undivided attention? or what about when you really just want to win an argument?! these creative coupons are too funny. i especially love the technology free day.. we all could use that!

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i think penny and randy would like a few “out of the doghouse” coupons to use on me and marshall!!


something SUPER COOL is you can add faces to the booklet.. i am definitely going to be uploading some faces when i make mine! it’s so personal and fun!


there are also 100 book cover options so you can customize it to the occasion.. like christmas or new years! or just because!!

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once you are done customizing your book, datevitation prints it out and ships it to your door!


pretty snazzy, right?

these custom coupon books normally start at just $25 so it makes for a thoughtful yet economical gift.  but–you’re in luck!– as a special treat for my followers, you can use the code  ‘MEALSANDMOVES’  for $10 off your purchase plus free shipping (total value of $13.50.)  that means you can get your loved one a one-of-a-kind gift for christmas starting at just $15!  and you don’t have to go anywhere to buy it! the order cut-off date for guaranteed delivery by christmas is december 13 so make sure to get your order in before then!

datevitation has also offered to give one custom date coupon book to a lucky reader.. this book will come with 5 pages (5 coupons) and is a $25 value. you will also get free shipping! if you want to add more pages, each one is just $1. the giveaway is below! it will run until december 6th.

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i can’t wait to get to work on designing my book. i don’t want to blog about what i am making.. because certain someones read here every once in awhile ;)


1. what would you want to receive a coupon for?

2. is any/all of your christmas shopping done yet?

xo. janetha g.

*this post is sponsored by datevitation but i legit think it is a super cool idea and can’t wait to make a bunch of these books!!

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Kerryne December 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Love this!!! Such a cool idea

Jennifer December 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

My favorite illustration is “Recreate First Date”!

Momma b December 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Wow what a cute and creative idea! Hmmm I would pick a coupon for a home cooked meal once a week…..I’m a lazy cook

Anu December 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

The serenade is so cute but I don’t know if I’d put anyone through that torture! lol

Kelly December 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I am trying not to think about my holiday shopping right now!

But this is such a great gift that I could give for any one of my family members. I think I would appreciate just a coupon for a movie night with the busy boyfriend!

Heather @ Better with Veggies December 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I’m so glad that Kirk doesn’t read your blog – he is THE hardest person to buy for and I absolutely love this idea!!!!

Gina December 3, 2013 at 12:10 am

This is the cutest + coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile. Off to check out the website!

liz December 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

My favorite illustration is dance lessons but I’d love to go offroading or do a ropes course!

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 3, 2013 at 4:30 am

Skydiving! O Yes!

coco December 3, 2013 at 4:34 am

what a fun idea for gift!!! It would be a perfect gift for someone who you can’t think of anything to buy but you absolutely want to!

kayla December 3, 2013 at 5:41 am

i love the idea of going technology-free for a day. talk about one-on-one like none of us has experienced in a long time. also, taking a cooking class is a really fun way to connect with your significant other.

Linz @ Itz Linz December 3, 2013 at 6:32 am

sundae! oh yeah, i’m all about the ice cream!

Livi December 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

this looks like the perfect gift for a boyfriend or best friend!

Holly Waterfall December 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

You may have solved a major “what to get her” shopping dilemma I’ve been having, so THANK YOU! I love the paint-ball illustration. These are the cutest!

Tara December 3, 2013 at 6:59 am

Cute idea. I have a fiancé who is theeeee hardest to choose gifts for. “Time spent” is always the best gift.

Danielle @ Its A Harleyyy Life December 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

I like the love texts haha

Alyssa December 3, 2013 at 7:48 am

I love the recreate first date illustration! too cute!

Angie December 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

what a cute idea!

Emily R December 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

SUCH a cool idea. I’ve thought about doing that myself before, but any attempts to DIY something like this would probably look like a 3 year old did it.

Johnna December 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

this is adorable! Recently married, my husband and I just bought a house together and still have our other houses for sale. So, money is tight until they sell. Cute, inexpensive gift idea. I like the “adults only” with the little “censored” boxes. ha ha

Bryanna December 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

This is way too fun! I could spens a dangerous amount ifime on this site, making books for anyone and everyone. Thanks Janetha!
I love all the illustrations, the yoga one haha! But the marriage proposal one I find humorous as well. And the adult ones! Muahahahahaha love it all.

Ashley December 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

Haha this is ADORABLE.

jenna December 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

omg I would fill my whole book with coupons for HIKING with my boyfriend. I love hiking but he NEVER wants to go! I would bust those out every weekend lol

Cori December 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

thanks so much for the awesome idea! i just had a blast picking out my coupons, my boyfriend is so hard to buy for and he is gonna love this!

Kristi @ Sweetly Fit December 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

Very cool! Thanks for the idea!!

Casey December 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

hahaha I love the “win argument” one!

Jenn December 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

These are so cute!!

lacey December 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I was actually thinking of making one this year, this would be great! And easier :)

Meredith B. December 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Such a cute idea! I love the “no complaining” illustration. My husband would definitely get a kick out of using that coupon!

Annette@FitnessPerks December 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

This is SUCH a great idea!!!

rebecca December 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

i really love this idea! my fiance and i have been together since high school and i recently found 2 cards that he must have given me for my birthday that say “free ride, anywhere you want to go”…clearly i didn’t have my license yet!

kristen @ livinlifeinlouie December 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I would love to recieve a coupon for a mani/pedi followed by a massage (and no housework for the day) Hey its my coupon, Ill pick what I want haha

natasha December 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Awesome…even if I don’t win I’ll “steal” some of the ideas…mwahahoho!

Melanie December 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Such a cool idea! I’d love a coupon for a massage… mmm hmm!

shani December 4, 2013 at 9:15 am

thats a cute idea!

Nikki December 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

I would like one for car rides. I hate driving.

CrystalB December 4, 2013 at 10:40 am

I would love a coupon to win an argument. Ha. If only so I could whip it out during one of those times I am blatantly wrong.

And I think my hubby would like a “get out of socializing free” card. He would probably use it at Halloween so I would not drag him to another costume party.

I did 92% of my christmas shopping on black friday. Hit 11 stores in 5 hours. Feeling pretty good about that.

Emily December 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

The dancing illustration is so cute!

Megan (Braise The Roof) December 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm

This is such a cute idea! I could use one of these to break out of the rut of always just going to a restaurant or out for drinks. Especially since I live in a city with so many different things to do!

TeresaD December 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

How cute!!! I want a coupon for a day of cheauferred shopping, to include a Starbucks stop. ;)

I would love to get him an “undivided attention” coupon- it’d be a great way for him to let me know when I’m not as present as he needs.

Melissa December 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Neat idea, very inventive!

Tori L December 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I love the Sundae illustration, and its totally my hubby and me!

Leah December 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I’ve done a handmade one before, but I like how the site provides you with ideas!

Amy December 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I love the indoor picnic illustration, such a good idea for winter

Charbel H December 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm

That such a great idea! Man, it’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas where does the time go?!

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