Depending on how long you’ve been with your significant other, you may spend a pretty penny when it comes to your anniversaries. On average, couples spend around $200 at year 5, and $300 at year 10.
Of course, you should spend whatever you feel is worth it to express your love. But many gifts are so overdone (like flowers and chocolates) that it seems like a poor way to show your appreciation towards that special person in your life.
If you want to do something truly special, forget the flowers. Here are 10 unique anniversary gifts to give this year.
- Reasons Why You Love Them Book
While other couples may have already done this idea before, the greatest thing about this book is it’s unique to every couple. For example, you might love the way your other half scrunches their nose when frustrated with something. Or you might adore how they snore in their sleep.
This book will be a testament to you loving every part of them, even if they’re self-conscious about small things. It can be a real confidence booster and it shows them how much you care!
- Anniversary Journal
There are some pre-printed by companies for you to fill out, but you’ll get extra points if you make one yourself. Every year, you can sit down together and fill out the pages. Sit back with a glass of wine, and look back on the last year you’ve spent with one another.
In the years to come, you can not only fill out the following pages, but you can also read the previous entries for a trip down memory lane.
- Tickets to an Event They’ll Love
Has your love been raving excitedly about an upcoming concert? Or a sports team match? Then try and nab tickets for them!
By purchasing these tickets, you’ll show them that you listen to what they say and that you’re considerate of what they truly want. The memories you make while at this event will last you a lifetime, and you’ll have plenty to reminisce about in 10, 20 years’ time.
- A Cooking Class
If either of you is foodies, then a cooking class is a must for your anniversary. This puts a spin on the traditional fancy dinner out at a restaurant.
be sure to book a private class instead of a group one, since taking the class with others can spoil the romantic mood. Also, this gives you more one-on-one time with both one another and the chef giving the course.
In the evening, you’ll get to take your time making your dinner together then chowing down on it with a nice bottle of wine. Not only do you get an amazing dinner, but you’ll also create lasting memories and bring home some extra culinary knowledge.
- Framed Item from a Memorable Trip or Event
Look back on your time together and think of the most memorable moments. Then, find an item that represents that time. For instance, if you went on a trip to the Netherlands and enjoyed seeing the sights while on a canal cruise, frame the tickets that you used.
To make it even more special, perhaps use a photo of the 2 of you on the cruise as the background.
- A Handcrafted Gift
Anniversary gifts aren’t always about how much money you spend. If your hobby is crocheting, painting, or making music, why not make a handcrafted gift for your significant other? This shows that you’ve put your heart and soul into the present.
Your handmade item (or song) will be a symbol of how much your loved one means to you.
- Beer or Wine Tasting Tour
Should your love enjoy beer or wine, consider booking a tour for the day. If you want to go the extra mile, you can take the tour planning into your own hands and call around to schedule a personalized trip.
Spend the day leisurely by trying out new drinks at each location. Sit around and have a laugh before moving onto the next bar or winery.
- Name Stars After Yourselves
What’s more romantic than something that everyone can see for all eternity, including possible extraterrestrials? Give “star-crossed lovers” a new meaning and name 2 stars orbiting one another after you and your significant other.
This package gives you exactly that, plus an A4 star name deed for you to keep. Every time your significant other glances into the sky, she’ll be reminded of how much you love her.
- Gift Them Video Games You Can Play Together
For the nerdy couples, consider a digital gift of some video games. It can be romantic to spend time with one another questing or battling against scary monsters.
Surprise your significant other by gifting them a digital copy they can wake up to when they get up and boot up their computer.
- Put Together a Scavenger Hunt
Send your love on a scavenger hunt with hints on cards. You can use small riddles that involve your relationship, such as where your first kiss was.
While they’re off searching for the next clues, set up a nice picnic or dinner. Have the last clue lead to where you are, whether that’s the park or your apartment. Then, let the good memories commence!
Make Your Anniversary Gifts This Year Special
By picking any of the items on our list, you’ll ensure this year’s anniversary gifts are ones to remember. Plus, any of the ideas you don’t use, you can save for the next years! That way, you won’t be stumped on what to get your other half…at least not for another few years.
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