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Anniversaries are the time of year when you want to truly show your love how much you absolutely adore them. Maybe they've been dropping hints about certain presents or there's a product you just know they'll love. The perfect anniversary gift will be one that's sure to make your sweetheart smile and feel appreciated.
You don't always have to go down the traditional route of flowers or chocolates either. Opting for something practical, unique, or personalized commemorates the milestone in a special way.
Here are the best anniversary gifts no matter which milestone you're celebrating.
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.
Harry & David Chocolate Treasure Box with Wine
Most people won’t turn down a gift of chocolates, especially an entire box. This set from Harry & David comes beautifully packed in a wooden box that you can keep long after the sweets are gone. The goodies include dark chocolate covered popcorn, malt balls, chocolate cake, and more. There’s even a bottle of wine that perfectly compliments the chocolatey goodness.
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.
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.
Etsy Gift Sound Wave Art Song Lyrics
To truly make your partner’s heart skip a beat, consider this 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Uncommon Goods 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 Programmable Electric 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 research for this article is provided by Gemma Johnstone, a long-time writer and editor with experience covering various home and lifestyle topics.