An anniversary is a time to celebrate a life spent together
It hasnâ€™t always been easy, but you couldnâ€™t imagine that life being any different. Buy a gift to commemorate this wonderful time together. Â You can always go the traditional route and look up the type of gift for the anniversary year. You know, fifth anniversary is wood, 15th is crystal, 25th is silver. Those are generally safe bets.
You could use the more modern anniversary list, where the fifth anniversary is silverware, 15th is a watch and 25th is also silver. However, some of these modern ideas might get you in a little trouble: consider the modern fourth-anniversary gift being an appliance. I can assure you, wrapping a vacuum cleaner in shiny paper and presenting it to your loving spouse to celebrate your life together â€¦ it likely will not end well.
Weâ€™ve gathered some ideas to help you out, and that both members of the happy couple will be treasuring for years.
Newer couples: for the recently married, when itâ€™s still just the two of you.
Commit those remembrances to an anniversary journal, a place to record treasured memories. Itâ€™s a place to make note of the â€œfirsts,â€ such as the first family dinner or vacation. Record all the important events, such as new arrivals and career changes, as well as prices and popular songs. Itâ€™s like a baby book, but for couples, and will provide a written history the children and grandchildren will appreciate.
For couples who like to see the world, consider the OpenSky World Travel Map with Pins, Blue Oceans and Frame. The push pins will allow them to mark their trips for easy recall. For something a little different, how about the Sotijobs Deluxe Travel Scratch Off Map Personalized World Map Poster Personal Log.
Save a tree. Instead, get a Personal Creations Personalized Summer Love Tree Print by Personal Creations. The constant visual of the wedding date also helps to avoid forgetting future anniversaries.
If you really need to go off the anniversary list and get an appliance, one of the few acceptable ones is the US Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto IQ by Ninja.Â Both can benefit from the high-tech blender â€“ itâ€™s good for smoothies as well as mixed drinks.
Mid-term couples: those who have been together for a while; work and family are priorities.
Work-life balance is the new mantra for many couples, especially once they have moved up in their careers and started families. Use technology to help keep track of those busy lives and calendars. Smartwatches are a great option, such as theÂ Moto 360 for Android users or an Apple WatchÂ for the iPhones.
Family photos are also a great idea. Best is to hire a local photographer to take natural-looking photos, rather than the posed studio pics. A studio portrait is fine too, however. If itâ€™s impossible to get everyone together, buy a nice collage frame, like this Wood Multi Photo Frame by Three Hands and add your own prints.
Another idea is any one of a variety of â€œWhat a Difference a Day Makesâ€ items. Personalized, itâ€™s a great way to celebrate family milestones such as the birthdays of the parents and children. They come in canvas, prints or photo frames.
We imagine youâ€™ve been wondering about jewelry. Itâ€™s a personal taste, so get an idea of what she likes before pulling out the credit card. Motherâ€™s rings are excellent choices, such as the Personalized Birthstone Ring: A Mother’s Embrace Of Love by The Bradford Exchange.Â If she prefers necklaces, there are many options, such as the Personal Creations Family Circle of Love Birthstone Necklace for a dressier look, or the more casual OpenSky Hand Stamped Jewelry Personalized Jewelry – Shiny Polished Pewter Birthstone Necklace – Mother Grandmother Jewelry – Birthstone by Danielle Joy Designs.
For him, how about some nice cufflinks or an engraved pocket watch (cut out a nice photo of your spouse and tuck it inside). He may prefer a Personalized Professional Laser Engraved Micra Keychain Multi-Function Tool Pocket Knife. Also consider the Art of Manliness Collection, which comes with two books and a set of coasters, all in a nice cigar box.
Long-term couples: the empty nesters, perhaps ready for retirement.
Theyâ€™ve made it through the ups and downs of a few decades of marriage. The kids have moved out, and now itâ€™s time to go from dreaming of retirement to actually planning for it. Celebration time!
Start with this Personal Creations Stainless Steel Multi Bottle Wine Chiller, great for entertaining or just chilling with the spouse.
Put together a mixed tape (kids today call it a playlist), made up of their favorite songs from their years together. Play it on a WMU Stereo Speaker System with iPod Dock. (Side note: if youâ€™re buying this for your parents or grandparents, consider their techno-skills. Do you need to include occasional tech support with this gift?)
Here are a few other, more general, ideas for the celebrating couples:
Date night, including dinner and theater tickets.
Memberships to their favorite hangouts, such as local museum or clubs.
If none of these ideas piqued your interest, consider the ultimate, outstanding (costly) item. The one thing the couple has always wanted, but just couldnâ€™t afford or always put off to pay for some other need. Maybe they want to go on a cruise or have the front yard landscaped.
Pool your resources with the siblings and other family friends to make it happen. It will take some planning and some secrecy, but the couple will appreciate the effort for anniversaries to come.