Anniversaries are the time of year to show your partner how much you adore them, and the perfect anniversary gift can help you express your appreciation.
We researched the best gift options available, considering the meaning behind the gift, the anniversary year, and your allotted budget. Our favorite choices include a tasty gift box from Harry & David, custom art from Etsy, and the Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, a super soft, durable, and practical present that both partners can enjoy.
Here are the best anniversary gifts, no matter which milestone you're celebrating.
Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle
A new pair of luxurious sheets is a gift that you can both enjoy every night for years to come. These Brooklinen sheets are a popular set for their quality, comfort, and durability. This bundle includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, one duvet cover, and four pillowcases made from 480-thread count long-staple cotton and sateen.
This construction gives the bedding a sheen and soft feel while also offering breathability. If you sleep hot, these sheets regulate your temperature as you sleep without sacrificing any comfort. Our tester loved the soft, crisp feel that only got cozier after washing, earning them a perfect five-star review. There was no pilling, fraying, or wrinkling after the simple washing process. These sheets are also OEKO-TEX™-certified, which means they're free of over 350 harmful chemicals and synthetics.
While the Luxe Hardcore sheets come in several stylish designs, the selection is somewhat limited for the high price point. However, these sheets are a practical present built to last. To further justify the investment, this bundle comes with a lifetime warranty; if they rip or fray, Brooklinen will send you a new set free of charge.
Price at time of publish: $320
Uncommon Goods Create Your Own Reel Viewer
If your sweetheart is a kid of the 80s or 90s, they’ll remember this iconic red toy. You can now personalize it by putting together photos of your favorite memories. Once you order the viewer, you’ll get a redemption code that allows you to assemble your personal photos (then the reel ships within five days). Make a reel of the best shots from your last beach vacation or combine your favorite selfies of you and your partner. No matter who gets the gift, you’ll both love pulling down the viewer’s lever to take a trip down memory lane.
Price at time of publish: $35
Harry & David's Italian Fare Gift Box
Sometimes a delicious meal is the best way to show your love. Make it easy with a deluxe gift basket with all of the tasty ingredients to create that meal. Harry & David's Italian Fare gift box comes with angel hair pasta, pasta sauce, roasted peppers, bruschetta, and green olive spread for an appetizer and main dish to celebrate the special milestone.
Price at time of publish: $60
Etsy Gift Sound Wave Art Song Lyrics
To truly make your partner’s heart skip a beat, consider a piece of art. The aluminum tin print features the sound waves of a song of your choice. This can be your wedding song or a melody that brings back fond memories for the two of you. The order can include a customized voice note that your recipient can hear when they scan the QR code. This is a piece of art that will have special meaning for just the two of you.
Price at time of publish: $49
The Sill Monthly Subscription
If flowers aren't your thing, opt for a monthly plant subscription from The Sill. This is a perfect option for couples looking to liven up their new space with lovely plants without the guesswork. The plants are shipped directly to your house with planters and care instructions. This also does not have to be a romantic gesture. Celebrate a parent's marriage milestone or a friendaversary this way as well.
Price at time of publish: $40
Aluratek 7" Touchscreen LCD Wi-Fi Digital Photo Frame
How often do you actually print out your photos? In this digital age, paper copies of your best memories are rare. Give the sentimental person in your life a reason to reminisce about a great date or vacation with this picture frame. It connects to Facebook, Twitter, and memory cards to upload your favorite pics. There are even speakers so you can add audio files and create a soundtrack to some of your favorite photos.
Price at time of publish: $67
Gorjana Diamond Cluster Necklace
Jewelry is a classic anniversary present, but it can be difficult to navigate department stores or websites with so many options. Opt for something simple, like this diamond necklace from Gorjana. The diamonds are beautiful and dainty and and the 14k gold chain matches any outfit and is perfect for stacking and pairing other pieces on top.
Price at time of publish: $265
The Pearson Shop Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game
Game night is always a fun option and even provides harmless competition. Take that up a notch with a board game set. This hand carved maple wood has heart cutouts and can be personalized with a couple's names and a date or short message at the bottom. The first to score four across wins but you’re both winners with this customized piece. This smaller version is perfect for playing on a tabletop, but there’s a larger option for lawn games.
Price at time of publish: $80
Red Land Cotton Leighton Bathrobe
Known for luxurious sheets and towels, Red Land Cotton's Leighton bathrobe doesn't skip on comfort. The super plush robe is made out of two-ply terry cotton fabric for an absorbent and super soft feel. With a shawl collar and front pockets, this robe makes the perfect gift for him or her for relaxing at the end of the day.
Price at time of publish: $180
L.L. Bean Men's Wicked Good Scuffs III
Slippers may not be the most romantic of gifts but this pair will provide years of comfort to your sweetheart. Available in both men's and women's so you can get a matching set for the two of you to kick back and relax in. These L.L. Bean classics provide warmth, comfort, and can even work for a quick jaunt outside to walk the dog.
Price at time of publish: $89
The Astrology of You and Me: How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life
Whether you believe in astrology or not, this book is an interesting read designed to better understand all of the relationships in your life based on the stars. Learn more about your partner on your anniversary and also discover tips and tricks for guiding hardships and conversations with certain people in your life. Go beyond romantic partners and analyze friendships or relationships with family members as well.
Price at time of publish: $25
Williams Sonoma Vodka Lover Cocktail Kit
If heading to your favorite bar isn’t an option, this kit provides the next best thing. The Vodka Lover Cocktail Kit has all the essentials to make custom, infused cocktails to sip on for a late night. The set includes a 17 ounce glass bottle, multiple flavor blends, and step by step recipes. This can be a fun activity for couples to do together or whip up a cocktail you think your love will enjoy.
Price at time of publish: $75
Dry Farm Wines Gift Box
Dry Farm Wines prides themselves on being clean, antioxidant-rich, delicious wine from healthy grapes and vineyards. Stock up your bar cart for future date nights with a customized wine gift box. Send three, six, or 12 bottles in a one-time order or a temporary membership and choose from whites, reds, or rosé, or sparkling. A gift box like this is perfect for when you can't be with that special someone on your anniversary.
Price at time of publish: $101 per shipment
Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-Quart 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker
You can't put a price tag on the convenience of easy dinners, so why not gift your spouse something that will help achieve this nightly feat in a quicker, more streamlined way. The Instant Pot continues to be a winner because it’s multiple appliances in one. It slow cooks, pressure cooks, can cook rice, yogurt, cakes, stews, and much much more. You and your spouse will love the convenience this provides as well as the fun you'll have researching new recipes or tweaking family favorites.
Price at time of publish: $130
Smeg Electric Kettle
An electric kettle is a versatile and practical gift, whether you find yourself boiling water for tea or for your french press in the morning. Electric kettles boil water quickly with just the press of a button without the whistling of a traditional kettle. Smeg kettles offer a retro touch to any countertop, despite being high in price.
Price at time of publish: $190
Etsy Partner bracelets, Personalized
Wearing matching outfits might be too much for some couples, but coordinating jewelry? That’s a bit more doable. These bracelets on Etsy have a thin, beaded design and can work with a variety of styles. Choose black, white, or pink and add a touch of personalization with either a single initial or your partner’s full name.
Price at time of publish: $13
Etsy Personalized Push Pin Travel Map
Couples who've been together for quite some time have probably traveled a bit as well. Gift this travel map that highlights up to 2,500 cities across the globe. Choose framed or unframed and the sizes vary from 18 x 24 to 48 x 72. The set also includes up to 1,000 pins in 10 different colors and the text on the bottom of the map can be customized with the couple's names.
Price at time of publish: $90
Venus Et Fleur Large Square Classic Roses
To represent a couple's long-lasting bond, gift Venus Et Fleur's eternity roses. They don't exactly last forever or an eternity, but with proper care, the roses last a year. These are real roses that have been specially treated. The large classic box, which comes in black or white, holds up to 49 roses. Also, you can choose the color of the roses, from a classic red to black to a fun rainbow design.
Price at time of publish: $399
Uncommon Goods Couple's Split Blanket & Sheet Set
Here's a gift that's pretty funny, but also quite practical. Besides having a 2,000 thread count, the sheet is actually split down the middle, but still connected at the base. That means both people can choose to keep the covers on or off without disturbing their partner. It's even four inches wider than a typical sheet set so there's no worry about anyone hogging the covers. Choose a queen or king size and get the blanket or a sheet set.
Price at time of publish: $125 for King Set
Table Topics Couples
No matter how much you know or love someone, conversations can get a bit stale. If you want to avoid dead air at your next meal, pick up a box of these convo starters to help you get to know your partner even better. Both of you can laugh after you reminisce over the “dumbest argument you ever had,” get into a lively debate discussing who is the “worst backseat driver” or talk about whether “it’s more important for communication to be authentic or kind.”
Price at time of publish: $25
Masterclass Virtual Cooking Class
A Masterclass subscription provides a way for a couple to enjoy an activity or learn something new together. The Thomas Keller cooking class is a popular one, but a subscription also means access to more than 100 instructors or professionals in their field. Also, to keep things fresh, there's always new classes added every month and they range from filmmaking to the art of negotiation to Indian cooking.
Price at time of publish: $15 monthly
Custom Family Portrait
Anything customized tends to be a hit with most people. Gift your favorite couple a watercolor family portrait. The 9 x 12-inch piece of art is based off of a photo you submit and can include faces or faceless figures. This would be great if you know a couple has a favorite photo or a pic that holds some sentimental meaning to them.
Price at time of publish: $56 for 8 x 10
Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People
This three-year journal offers a question for every day of the year with spots for both partners to write down one- to two-sentence answers. There are relationship-focused questions like “Where would you like to travel with your partner?” and entertaining ones such as “Candlelight, sunlight or moonlight?” You might be surprised by what your partner puts down and some of the answers could spark a fun debate or give you your next date-night idea. Once you fill up your journal, it’s fun looking over your answers from the past three years to see how both of your opinions have changed.
Price at time of publish: $17
Schwinn Twinn Classic Tandem Adult Beach Cruiser
Biking can be a great form of exercise, but also a beautiful way to enjoy a sunset or day on the beach. Schwinn's tandem bike is great for the couple who enjoys cruising around the beach or even their neighborhood. The style is classic but it maintains a lightweight feel and easy shifting. This isn't a cheap present, so maybe have a few people in the family chip in to gift a deserving couple.
Price at time of publish: $890
Best Drink Set
Etsy Personalized Decanter with Glasses
Add to your bar cart with a luxe set of glasses and a stylish decanter. Engrave your partner’s name or the family name on the decanter in one of six font options and choose between two or four glasses. This set has such an antique look and feel, but at an attainable price.
Price at time of publish: $110 for Decanter Set
What to Look For in Anniversary Gifts
Whether you choose a gift that's practical, modern, traditional, or personal, selecting something with significance makes it more meaningful. Think of what the recipient enjoys or the experiences you've had together that tie into the gift. The thought you put into gift selection lets them know you care about them.
Etiquette educator Karen Thomas says that your relationship with the recipient will dictate your gift. "The most important factor in choosing an anniversary gift (as in any gift giving) is how well you know the person(s). This will the dictate the price spent and type of gift suitable to the anniversary type," she says.
Purchasing something meaningful shows how much you care about that person. Thomas recommends fitting the gift to the recipient rather than sticking to traditional presents. "One should refrain from buying something deemed the "norm" and stick to the recipients favorite things," she says
Traditional and modern themes are associated with each anniversary year, as are certain colors, gemstones, and flowers. Looking at the theme for a particular year can offer inspiration and significance.
You don't have to select the biggest or most expensive gift to make an impression. You can still purchase thoughtful gifts that the recipient wouldn't necessarily buy for themself without breaking the bank. Your budget may vary depending on whose anniversary you are celebrating and which milestone it is. Having a budget in mind before you start shopping can help you avoid overspending.
Thomas says that the budget should reflect the closeness of the relationship. "Parents and family relatives should be given priority," she shares. Still, she reminds us that in an etiquette standpoint, the budget depends on the gift giver. "Keeping in these guidelines are always helpful in choosing the gift, remembering that one should stay within their own personal budgetary means and not overspend to make a point," she shares.
Do you give your parents anniversary gifts?
There's no obligation to celebrate your parents anniversary with an accompanying gift. But acknowledging their special day, particularly if it is a significant milestone, can show your appreciation for them as a couple. Some children will mark the occasion just with a card. If you have an invite to a party celebrating a milestone anniversary, then taking along a gift is good etiquette.
Should you get your partner an anniversary gift?
Whether you and your partner celebrate your anniversary with gifts is a personal choice. Marking the occasion in this way can provide an opportunity to take stock of your time together, show appreciation, and enjoy a little romance. However, some couples feel you can do these things at any time of the year and it has more significance if it's spontaneous.
If you choose to buy your partner an anniversary gift, choose one that fits within their interests. "An appropriate gift for her from a mate for an anniversary gift should always reflect the personal preferences of the couple," Thomas says.
Do you need to celebrate anniversaries that aren't milestones?
Absolutely not. How you and your partner choose to celebrate your time together is a personal choice and there are no hard and fast rules. Choosing to only purchase gifts for the major anniversary milestones can save you from becoming overwhelmed trying to come up with something new every year.
Thomas recommends celebrating larger anniversaries with larger gifts. "For an
anniversary gift commemorating a larger anniversary, perhaps via a party invite should always warrant a gift suitable to the number of years," she says.
What kind of anniversary gifts are appropriate for a friend?
It depends on who the friend is, what type of connection you have, and the couple's tastes and experiences. Sometimes an anniverary card with a thoughtful message is enough. If they are particularly close friends, or you were part of their wedding party, you may wish to purchase something more personal or larger.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. 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 Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce and The Spruce Crafts, covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, crafts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product roundups, expert-focused articles, and more.
Expert advice was provided by etiquette educator Karen Thomas.