Anniversaries are a special time for couples. Whether it’s an anniversary for the first kiss, date, or wedding anniversary, finding the perfect gift is a special process. For some partners, choosing the right gift can be intimidating and even seem impossible. Maybe they have everything or they’re extremely picky. The truth is, choosing an anniversary gift doesn’t have to be intimidating at all. There are a myriad of ways to find out what to get for a loved one, whether that means asking their parents or choosing something from the heart. Remember it’s the thought that counts.
Sometimes, practical items to use around the house make great gifts. Have they been hinting that they need something for work? Taking a creative approach is another fun and special way to show someone they’re truly loved and cared for. Still having trouble narrowing down ideas? Here’s a list of ideas to consider for an anniversary.
1 - Memory Journals
Whether couples are celebrating their first year or first decade together, they share plenty of memories. Purchasing memory journals is a great way to record both good and bad memories. Some companies actually sell anniversary journals, which come with pages devoted to milestones and have storage for keepsakes. Couples in their first year of marriage can read their journal entries to each other on their second anniversary and inspire better memories to come.
2 - Custom Reels
Remember those retro toys that allowed children to see various images in the viewfinder? There are companies that sell these toys and allow their customers to create personal reels. Couples that take lots of pictures should invest in this fun gift. Not only are they nostalgic, they’re unique and aren’t super expensive. Turn this simple gift into a yearly tradition and collect several years worth of reels. They can also be shared at family gatherings.
3 - Custom Quilt
When cooler weather arrives, one of the most comforting things to do is curl up under a quilt with a loved one. Combining a romantic partner’s love for crafts and coziness with a custom quilt will definitely impress them. Custom quilts can be anything from sweet embroidered messages to patches of their old clothing. Do they collect sports jerseys? Turn them into a quilt. If they’re an artist, they’ll especially appreciate their partner hiring one of their peers. A do-it-yourself quilt is another sentimental gift that any partner will cherish forever.
4 - Take a Trip
Celebrating a major anniversary? Take a trip. Now, this doesn’t have to be an extravagant trip. Think of a place that’s relaxing and great for spending quality time together. Don’t have a specific destination? Request some time off of work and go on a road trip. Couples that can’t take large amounts of time off can take a staycation. Staycations can be spending time in a local bed and breakfast, spa, or a luxury hotel in town. It can also take place at home. Have the children stay with grandparents or in-laws and enjoy some much needed alone time.
5 - Love Coupons
As the saying goes, it’s the littlest things that mean the most. A simple gift for an anniversary can be love coupons. Love coupons are similar to promissory notes or IOUs for sweet things like kisses or hugs. Admittedly these can be a bit cheesy, so make sure it’s something that your significant other will find cute, as opposed to silly. They can contain anything the person receiving them enjoys. It can be a romantic dinner or a movie in the yard. Couples who have been together for a while or may not be able to spend much time together can really benefit from love coupons. Imagine coming home from work and cashing in a candlelit dinner ticket?
Being in a successful long-term relationship can definitely be challenging. Putting effort into choosing an anniversary gift is a sentimental way to show a life partner they’re valued. Coming up with the perfect gift doesn’t have to be expensive. The most important thing is that the recipient feels loved when they get it. Anything from taking a road trip to exchanging love coupons will create traditions for years to come.