What’s this all about?

Thanks for stopping by!
We are Kate and John, and since 2016 we’ve grown A Year of Dates from a gift to an award winning business.

It all started in 2014 when John made me (Kate) a date jar for Christmas. He’d filled 72 envelopes (he got a bit carried away!) with date ideas. Every Monday morning I opened an envelope and we had to make an effort to do what the card said that week. It was exciting, some ideas weren’t what I’d choose to do but we made it fun, and most importantly we made time for each other in our busy lives – something we all can forget to do!

Everyone I spoke to about it said “that’s a great idea, I wish I had the time to think of the date ideas’… And we realised we did have the time and the ideas. A Year of Dates was born in September 2016 with our first product that is based on the original jar.

So far we’ve sold over 40,000 products and expanded our range to cover Birthdays, Self-care, New Parents and Families. There’s a surprise for everyone as all the activities are sealed in envelopes, you don’t have to think what to do, just enjoy and make memories.

We can personalise the boxes adding to the smiles when a gift is received and we love the feedback we get from you – that is where most of our new products come from! So please do let us know if there’s an idea you have that isn’t on the site.

Most of all we love that this journey introduces us to so many people and opportunities, and that we’re helping people get out and make memories together.

Sometimes you just need a push in the right direction and that is what all of our cards aim to do. 

We really hope you enjoy the experience as much as we did.

Kate and John x