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Today is my anniversary.

We don't exchange gifts, we have everything we need... etc, etc.
We would just exchange cards. But you have to admit... the "here's your card" thing is not so exciting.

So, we've been doing something a bit different. This will apply to all card situations- like birthday, valentines day.

The card we get has to be hidden in a place that will be found by the other. It can only be found on 'the day'. Not the day before and god forbid! not the day after! :couch::

It can't be placed out in the open- like in your chair- that's equivalent to handing it to you. Boring! rolleyes:

So, the challenge is this. You have to know what the routine of the person is. You have to know what that person is going to do on that day. Everyday might be a little different, so you'd have to anticipate what might occur. You can't put it in the same spot as previous, unless you've devised a different plan.

Here are some examples of what we've done. On 2/14/08 Valentine's Day, we were in Jamaica. DH was to golf, I was sunning. I gave my card to his golf partner who was to give it to his caddy who will give it to my husband on the "14th" hole. DH was a bit shocked and wondered why his (female) caddy was giving him a card. All got a kick out of it.

Another example. Today, DH anticipated I would have my afternoon tea- so the card sat perched in the tea cupboard. I snuck his card into his laptop before he left for work... and he got it while at work.

Another time, he rigged my underwear drawer (I guess he was hoping I would change my underwear) to spring out the card. It was a good attempt at a hugh paper cut!

Another time, I hung his card from the ceiling at precisely the point of where he'd wake and stand so that his card would tap him on the head. Of course it would be dark in the room so the tap would be a bit... 'curious' shall we say? Try pinning that to the ceiling in the middle of the night! I had marked it earlier in the week and checked it's location each morning on rising.

Another time, I gave the card to his secretary who slipped it into his paperwork. D... I Love You. coming from the secretary... just makes me laugh!

Once he anticipated that I would use my bike that day- and put it on my seat.

Final rule. You shouldn't have to 'search' for it. You should come across it- because the other was thinking about what you'd be doing all day.

We've found this to be such a fun way to exchange cards- AND a thoughtful way to really be thinking about your spouse and the little things he or she does all day.
 

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I LOVE it!
 

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What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing! :)
 

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What a GREAT idea.....and fun too!! :idea: I LOVE it!!
 

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Happy Anniversary! I love your idea. These fun traditions are the fabric of life. Thanks!
 

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That's a great idea. :thumb: Now if you want to be really frugal, in a way that I doubt he'll remember, re-use his cards....;). I've done it with Gripey and he never notices....:lol:
Good one PrairieRose...I have thought this, but haven't done it...YET! LOL! Funny though, my DBrother never signs the cards he gives to others in our family. He says, that way we can recycle them if we want to.

Frugal Nurse, you two have come up with some really good hiding places! DH has done this to me for years. He usually gets 3 cards and hides them. I've tried to tell him that I enjoy it but one card would be sufficient. He enjoys doing it though, so I don't harp on the unfrugalness.
 

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That's a great idea. :thumb: Now if you want to be really frugal, in a way that I doubt he'll remember, re-use his cards....;). I've done it with Gripey and he never notices....:lol:
I spit my coffee out all over the keyboard with this one, Prairie! :lol3: You're BAD! (I love it!)
 

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I love this idea.

I once typed out a bunch of one sentence love notes and stuck them in CBGs socks. So every day when he pulled out a new pair he found a note. He started his morning with a grin for 2 weeks.
 

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Great idea!!

I love this idea.

I once typed out a bunch of one sentence love notes and stuck them in CBGs socks. So every day when he pulled out a new pair he found a note. He started his morning with a grin for 2 weeks.

WHAT a FANTASTIC idea!!!
I did something similar to the lone line love note- "Reasons I love you" and put them all in a heart shaped carbord box that decorated with paper maiche.
But he read them all at once.

I REALLY like the idea of dressing each morning with a smile.
Thank you for sharing!

You know! this could also apply to your children. Little notes of encouragement... kudos... thank you's- whatever.
 

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What an awesome idea! Sounds fun too :)
 

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LOVE this idea ~ thanks for sharing! My mom used to write love notes on our napkins and tuck them in our school lunches. Always made me feel so good when she did that, so I sometimes do it for my kids and hubby! :)
 

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I love this idea!!! :cuckoo:
 

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Happy Anniversary! I love that idea. Hubby and I don't do gifts either. This sounds like a great and creative way to say I love you. =) I like the I love you "one liners", too. Our Anniversary is in August...I might have to borrow some of your ideas.
 
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