Whether you've been together for a year or a few decades, it's possible to find a present that's unique and useful to celebrate an anniversary with him.
For wedding anniversaries, you can choose to follow the traditional gifts for each year. For example, the traditional gift for a first-year anniversary is paper. This could mean gifting a favorite book, a personalized print, or a handwritten letter. Whether you choose to follow traditional meanings or not, remember to find a gift that relates to your partner's interests and that he'll actually use and appreciate.
We researched the best options on the market considering each gift's memorability, price, and connection to the anniversary.
Etsy Anniversary Clock
The months, years, and even decades spent with a partner should certainly be celebrated. This handmade clock, which consists of a mahogany base and glass dome, includes timepieces that show the years, months, and even hours a couple has been together since their big day. The clock can even be programmed to play a special song on the anniversary.
You can choose from two different bases in standard mahogany or classic black before adding in you and your partner's names and wedding date. This piece makes a conversation-starting decor piece year-round on a mantle or coffee table as well as a celebration of your time together.
Price at time of publish: $301
Uncommon Goods Long Distance Friendship Lamp
For couples who might be long distance or experience long working hours, Uncommon Goods' lamp is a great way to show someone you care, even when you're far apart. When one lamp is touched, it emits a glowing light to the other lamp. This stays aglow to let the other person know you're thinking of them. The setup for the lamps is easy and just requires a Wi-Fi connection.
Price at time of publish: $99
Leatherology Deluxe Watch Case
This valet storage organizer is a gift he’ll never realize how much he missed until he starts using it. It has spaces to keep all of his stuff organized with slots for up to eight watches, but also has small compartments for cufflinks and other jewelry. We recommend debossing the case with his initials for an extra sentimental touch.
Price at time of publish: $210
Jeff Henderson Stone Drink Dispenser
If your guy loves to play bartender or needs to jazz up his man cave, this drink dispenser would make a great addition to any countertop or bar cart. The dispenser is made of cobbled granite and features a stainless steel tap. It comes with a bottle plug which makes filling the dispenser super easy and minimizes spills. All he has to do is add his favorite wine or spirit and enjoy. The dispenser rests on any tabletop, but for a few extra dollars, you can purchase a two-prong stand.
Price at time of publish: $45
Happily Date Subscription
Whether a couple has been together for a year, but especially if they've been with one another for decades, planning a unique date night can feel like a challenge. Luckily, Happily is a subscription that takes the guess work out of that. Just answer a few questions and a curated box with a date night idea shows up right at your doorstep.
Price at time of publish: $40
Mark & Graham The Happy Couple Wine Bottle
A personalized gift is always a great idea and Mark & Graham's Happy Couple wine bottle can be customized with your name and wedding date. The text is etched and hand-painted on a .75, 1.5, or 3 L bottle of cabernet sauvignon. Even after the wine is gone, this is a great keepsake or can even be upcycled into home decor like a vase.
Price at time of publish: $69
Etsy Custom Docking Station
Everyone should have a drop zone or station in their home where they keep essentials like keys, chargers, a phone, etc. It's a perfect way to keep a room organized but also minimize misplacing things. This docking station is the perfect addition to any bedside table or entryway. The wood station is available in eight colors, including walnut, black, and slate gray. There are spaces to hold a wallet, keys, glasses, and more. Also, an opening at the bottom makes it easy to charge a phone or tablet while the device stands upright on the docking station.
Price at time of publish: $35
Goldbelly I Trulli Best Seller Dinner Kit for 3
Instead of heading to a restaurant, this dinner kit is a fun way to have a restaurant-quality meal, but from the comfort of home. It includes three dishes; gnocchi, lasagna, and an eggplant dish. Just defrost, heat, and serve. This can be a perfect alternative to an expensive night out and since it includes three servings, you'll have enough for leftovers.
Price at time of publish: $105
MasterClass Annual Membership
For the guy who loves knowing a little bit about everything or someone who has a specific curiosity, a MasterClass membership will prove to be quite useful. The virtual classes cover a range of topics like food, business, writing, sports, and pretty much everything you can think of. An annual membership provides users with more than 150 classes that can be viewed on a mobile device or computer.
Price at time of publish: $20 for duo
Our Bucket List: A Creative and Inspirational Journal for Ideas and Adventures for Couples
Whether you've been married for a year or celebrating your 30th anniversary, having a list of things you'd like to do as a couple can be fun and inspirational. This journal, which is available in paperback or spiral bound, is more than 80 pages of space where you can record your bucket list items. Just fill in the blank for "we want to do this because" and the bottom of the page is intended for you to write out the date you accomplished it, what you learned, and what was the best part.
Price at time of publish: $7
Push Pin Travel Earth Toned World Push Pin Map
Feed his wanderlust with this handmade map of the world that lets him mark all the special places that he’s been, where he wants to go, and where you hope to travel as a couple. It comes with 100 pins in red, white, and black, and everything you need to hang the frame is included, right down to the nail. The frame measures 39.5 x 27.5 inches and each capital city is marked with a star. Sleek and stylish in earth tones and framed in black, it looks great in an office, in the living room, or anywhere he wants a conversation piece.
Price at time of publish: $150
Crosley Dansette Bermuda Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Record Player
For the guy who likes to listen to old-school-style vinyl records, he'll love this retro record player. Whether he was alive or not when this was the way music was played, it’s a fun throwback, but with all the modern technology for great sound. Made of wood, plastic, and metal, its groovy look is a fun addition to any room. In addition to playing 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records, the auxiliary input jack makes it easy to play music from a cell phone or tablet.
Price at time of publish: $284
Bewell W086B Mens Wooden Watch
What better way to mark the passing of time than with a watch? This stunning wooden watch is an original twist on a timepiece and is sure to be a conversation starter. Made of 100 percent natural wood from Africa, it comes in several styles. Each features an analog display, which also has a window to show the date. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and precise — everything he wants in a watch, but with a unique design that’s sure to get noticed.
Price at time of publish: $40
Mouth Indie States of America subscription
Food is a pretty great gift for most people and if your guy is an adventurous eater, then Mouth's Indie States of America box will be a hit. Each box includes a variety of food from specific regions in the country. You can choose a three or six-month subscription, or even opt for a full year so he can receive this goodness every month. He'll love snacking on or cooking with products that are sure to be new to him.
Price at time of publish: $62 per month
Knock Knock What I Love about Us Fill in the Love Book
Here’s a gift that’s sure to bring a tear to even the toughest of eyes. This "What I Love About Us” journal lets you personalize the book with everything you love about your relationship. You can make it sappy, sweet, silly, or something in between. It’s full of fill-in-the-blank sentences that you complete with the words that best describe your relationship. For example, one reads, “We’d make the best _____ team ever.” It’s a great way to make a unique, personalized gift without having to start from scratch.
Price at time of publish: $12
Troubadour Bivy Tote Backpack
If he goes to the gym often or carries a work bag, there's a chance he probably needs an upgraded backpack. This isn't just any backpack, but it's also a sleek tote as well. The shoulder straps can tuck away and the bag can be carried as a tote. This two-in-one style bag is made of durable, waterproof material and the zip-top compartment keeps items secure.
Price at time of publish: $225
Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave Kit
Yes, men do care about their beauty routine. This kit will update his cheap razor to barber-level status. Included is a canvas and leather dopp kit bag that he can take for travel, a safety razor, Badger hair brush, shave stand, alum block (which fights razor burn), stainless steel shave bowl, shave soap, and five Astra razor blades. Long after the actual products have been used up, the dopp kit, which has a water-resistant nylon liner, will continue to hold any essentials.
Price at time of publish: $70
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Whether he goes to the gym, listens to tunes on his commute, or just likes to unwind, a new set of headphones is always appreciated. These Bluetooth headphones from Bose are top-rated and he's sure to use on a daily basis. It features 11 levels of noise cancellation to block out any distractions and the angled ear cups provide a comfortable fit. With up to 20 hours of battery life, even if he forgets to charge the headphones at night, no big deal. Also, it's compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Price at time of publish: $379
Vaultskin CHELSEA Slim Minimalist Leather Mens Wallet with RFID Blocking
If he is still carrying around his money in a big bulky wallet, now is the time to upgrade him to something slim and modern. This case holds all of the essentials but has a minimalist profile. There's room for 10 cards, and cash, and a smart strip makes it easy to access cards deeper in the wallet. What's more, this has RFID blocking to prevent people from stealing credit card information. It comes in six different colors, so you can easily find the right hue for his style.
Price at time of publish: $30
RAK Magnetic Wristband with Strong Magnets for Holding Screws
This gift is extremely affordable but sure to be useful to the handyman in your life. The 14.5-inch long bracelet comfortably wraps around a wrist and includes 10 magnets, making it easy to hold nuts and bolts. Keeping these handy means fewer trips back and forth to the toolbox. The wristband is made of durable nylon and breathable mesh.
Price at time of publish: $20
Etsy Whiskey Decanter Set
It's only natural to give the guy who loves a good drink, particularly whiskey, this great set. Not only does it come with the essentials like a decanter, a pair of glasses, and a set of stones, but the glassware can be personalized. Choose between one of four designs to showcase his first name or surname. Also, this is a gift that comes perfectly packaged in a classic, yet stylish wooden box.
Price at time of publish: $57
Etsy Always and Together Morse Code Bracelet
Matching bracelets don't have to feel overly cheesy, especially if the style is understated and classic. This set of bracelets is a perfect anniversary gift that both of you can enjoy. One bracelet reads "always" and the other, "together," in Morse code. You can choose the thread color (there are more than 20 options) and beads. Because the design is so simple, the bracelets can be worn for a variety of occasions or even worn every day.
Price at time of publish: $18
BoldLoft From My Heart to Yours Too Couple Coffee Mugs
Start out his day with a reminder of your love for him. These cute and quirky mugs are the perfect way to enjoy your java together each morning. The set comes with two ceramic mugs that hold 12 ounces each. One features a stick figure of a woman blowing a kiss, and the other is a stick figure man receiving the kiss, marked by a big heart. When you put them together, the whole scene becomes clear. It’s a sweet and simple gift that’s as useful as it is practical.
Price at time of publish: $37
Other Great Gift Options
Celebrate these important milestones by spending quality time with your significant other. Buy self-care items for a spa night at home or a gift certificate for a local class for a hobby he's always wanted to try. If you enjoy cooking together, a dinner kit with all the ingredients you’ll need to make an unforgettable meal is a great option. You can't go wrong with something that brings you and him closer, doing something you love, or sharing sentiments about how much you love him.
Tips on Choosing an Anniversary Gift for Him
While you likely want to show your love for your partner through a memorable gift, you may not have the budget to spend a ton of money on a present. So when you're planning for your gift, set a price range you can afford. Chances are, your partner will appreciate your thoughtfulness and effort (and that you didn't drain your bank account in the process).
You may be tempted to pick up a much-needed pair of jeans or shoes for your partner, which is totally OK if they appreciate practicality. But in general, anniversaries are a great time to express your love in a more unique and memorable way. Choose a gift that shows your partner you know and understand their interests, and ideally, get something they wouldn't buy for themselves, like these Morse code matching bracelets. That's part of what makes it special.
Want to go a more traditional route, or just having a tough time deciding on the ideal gift? Then consider catering your anniversary gift to the number of years you've been together. For example, the traditional one-year anniversary gift is paper, five years is wood, and 10 years is aluminum. You can easily find other years' traditional gifts with a quick Google search.
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This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional reporting was done by Ashley Abramson, a writer who has worked as editor for local print and online publications. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, InStyle, MyDomaine, and more.