A year of adventure – January 2018 –


Christmas in 2016 (is this chick still talking about Christmas?! no, don’t worry, hold tight) I realised that, for me, it isn’t about consumerism..

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

..and so all my gifts were from charities and small businesses.

It felt good. It was almost right but something was still missing.

For years I would fantasize making presents instead and living the Christmas dream I always imagined in my mind. Last Christmas, 2017, I did just that. I made the presents for my family (but I obviously had to buy stuff to make this gift).

I have an obsession with documenting and collecting, I also love an adventure, doing things less ordinary and particularly with my partner in crime. So that’s where this idea naturally came from.

Welcome to that gift, which I can now share with you and will continue to share through out the year because, as you will see, it is a present for the whole of 2018. (And if you’d like to play along that’ll be cool?)

An Adventure Box!


I gifted each couple in my family this box from Ikea filled to the top with 12 A3 envelopes – one for each month.

Each month has a list of activities to do along with items I provided.

They range from ‘go for a walk together’ to dressing up for St Patrick’s Day. There’s also some ridiculous things which was my partners input. Like, really stupid.

There are also suggestions at the bottom for things to do – if there was a moment in their month where they wanted to do something but couldn’t think what.

I tried to keep things free, there aren’t activities to spend loads of money up London or go on holiday, but rather fun simple things together – while still traveling about and having adventures. Which is what I’m about anyway.



When they first opened the box they saw the sheet above explaining what the box is. Underneath in it’s own plastic bag was this lot below. A photo album (with only 12 sleeves and I put a sticker of each month on each page), a bunch of stickers, washi tape, wooden names, and glue dots.

Every month they have to choose their favourite photo and pop it in there. There they have the option of decorating the album or anything else in the future.


I made 6 of these boxes in total but I’m showing you my Mum and Dad’s box, I’m sure they won’t mind.

This month;

  • share the bottle of champagne
  • write a hope, dream or resolution on the paper provided and roll it up into the Christmas bauble
  • go for a walk with their fit bits, whatever the weather
  • pop a photo in the album

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A lot of these things are a joke. The champagne is sparkling perry (think Lambrini) and the expensive fit bits are 99p each.


That’s all for now, I’ll share each envelope in the month it’s intended for. I spent a lot of time on these boxes, from September till Christmas Eve (I really wanted to be done in November but I kept getting more ideas). I love the idea so much and I’m pretty chuffed with how it came out. My family all seemed excited too, which is obviously the most important part.

Thanks for reading! If you decide to do any of these things let me know!




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