If you are blissfully happy in the throes of love and a significant anniversary for you and your loved one is approaching, you may want to mark the occasion. The idea of buying gifts to celebrate an anniversary has been around since day dot. While you may have been happy in the past popping out for a meal on the evening of the significant date, catching a movie and then heading home, you might want to do something a little out of the ordinary this year. If you feel blessed to be in such a wonderful relationship, you might be keen to show your other half just how much they mean to you.
Because you know someone so well, you might be inclined to think it’s easier to buy a gift for them. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is the fact that you do know this person so well and love them so much that you put undue pressure on yourself to get the gift right. While chocolates and roses are solid backups, they lack the imagination and personalization that you’re striving for. Take a look at these anniversary gift ideas that will see your partner’s face light up.
You might think flowers are a real cop out, and usually, you would be right. However, it’s the type of flower that can make a gift truly original. You could check out a company like With Our Aloha and explore the unique and beautiful leis that are handmade by craftspeople on the island of Hawaii. You may want to go a step further and have a look at their Hawaiian gift baskets. This is an even more perfect present if you’ve spent time on the island or if it’s a place you’ve always wanted to go to as a couple.
If leis aren’t your thing, why not consider naming a rose after your significant other? While it could be deemed a tad corny, doing something so special and thoughtful, that has your partner’s name mixing with some Latin to create a flower name is pretty special.
If you’re a couple who love nothing more than giving into their feelings of wanderlust and heading off on adventures across the globe, why not grab your partner a gift that allows you to reminisce about the good times you have shared when backpacking. Large world map posters are now editable by means of scratching off the destinations you have traveled to. As you scratch off the nations you have visited you can think back to your days lying on a beach on Koh Samui in Thailand, sipping cocktails at the poolside of a five-star hotel in Venice and taking a jaunt to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Go one step further and you could, of course, plan a secret getaway for just the two of you. A romantic break is the ultimate surprise especially if you choose somewhere that you know your loved one has always wanted to visit and you don’t let on a single hint. A weekend away exploring the cultural sights of a European city or hot-footing it on a hike or two at a national park can be the perfect way to unwind and relax with your darling.
A Meal Out
Another cliche way to celebrate your however many years together is to partake in a gastronomic experience. However comfortable and familiar it is heading out to your favorite restaurant, you may be striving for something a little more unique. Consider the sort of cuisine your significant other adores or a food that he or she has always wanted to try. While Ethiopian bistros and Peruvian eateries aren’t the most abundant of cuisines, with a little research and maybe a few more miles traveled, you’ll be able to locate the finest restaurants on offer. You never know, you may stumble across an eatery offering Michelin starred gastronomic fayre – the perfect extravagant way to celebrate an anniversary.
Check out review sites and find the establishments that are conducive to an intimate and romantic meal. While Brazilian food may be a favorite of your partner, you don’t want to be trying to whisper sweet nothings to one another when there’s a heavy samba beat serenading the restaurant. TripAdvisor and social media are the best sources to discover honest and trustworthy feedback about a restaurant. Remember to keep in mind all dietary requirements when making a booking.
Get your loved one something engraved, with an inscription or customized in some way, and they’ll know that an extra level of thought went into the gift. If your significant other adores all things crafty, why not consider hiring an artist to create something romantic and wonderful. Crafters like those on Etsy will even make a pair of paper dolls in your exact image if you’ll send them a photo of yourselves as a happy couple. Alternatively, you could pop into your local graphic design studio and have a large Andy Warhol style pop art canvas created of the two of you complete with psychedelic colors and motifs.
If art isn’t your partner’s bag, why not think about their hobbies. Do they love cooking, golf, cars or hiking? Whatever it is that they love doing in their spare time, you can personalize something related to it. How about some embossed golf tees with his initials, a set of plates with a picture of the two of you gracing each and every one or a personalized set of car mats embossed with your names. Cheesy maybe, but great fun and hugely thoughtful.
It can be ridiculously difficult to decide what to buy your nearest and dearest when the next anniversary comes around and each year becomes more and more tricky. However armed with this set of ideas, hopefully, you’ll be inspired to get your loved one something just that little more unique and extra special.