My wife and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary.
We have a tradition where every year, she and I alternate between planning something for our anniversary, and planning Valentine’s Day.
This year it was my turn to make anniversary plans… and I cheated.
I reached out to the Growth Marriage audience, and asked them to share their favorite, or most creative anniversary gift ideas.
The responses I got back were phenomenal, so I thought I’d share them here.
Idea 1: Through The Years Book
This idea embraces the scrapbooking approach…
It’s thoughtful, sentimental, romantic, and not over-the-top (which I love).
Here’s what you do:
Step 1) Get an empty pretty journal.
Step 2) Dedicate one page of the journal to one year of your marriage. (Make sure you write the year on the page.)
Step 3) Write about a few memorable moments during that year. Or, how you felt about your partner. Or something special that occurred.
This year might be a photo of your pregnant wife.
Next year, would be your new child.
Four years ago would be your beautiful wedding photo.
Step 4) Every year from this day forward, you will add a page. Maybe you have two pages and one has a special photo that year.
Throughout the year, keep a notepad and write down memorable things that you might write about on anniversary day because when life gets stressful, we tend to forget what occurred during a given year.
Bonus Points: Go back through the past years of your marriage and add them to the book retroactively.
Idea 2: Favorite Things
Have you done a favorite things?
Try going out of your way to do some things that are her favorites.
It can be such a meaningful experience!
Here’s an example of a husband surprising his wife with some of her favorite things… just to give you an idea of how awesome it can be.
Idea 3: Pamper Your Partner
One person said, “When I was pregnant like your wife, my favorite gift was a prenatal massage!”
Someone else said, “Get a pedicure together! Pick each other’s color polish for your toes (yes, you too Nate) and have fun sitting relaxing in a massage chair….this is WONDERFUL for any pregnant woman.”
(We totally did this, by the way! My wife and I went and got pedicures together. I had a massage scheduled for her a day or two later… but she went into labor the day before the massage, so she didn’t get to experience that.)
Idea 4: Love Letters
Someone else wrote me and shared this great idea:
One thing I do is we write each other a letter every year. I put them in a file and each anniversary we read some of them.
It’s a good reminder when we’re struggling, and it’s fun to see the changes and reference how much we love each other.
Idea 5: Scavenger Hunt
Put together a scavenger hunt with 10 to 12 clues based on memories and milestones of your relationship, like:
- How you met,
- Where your first date was,
- Your first meal together,
- The first time you said I love you,
- How you proposed, etc.
Let’s say your first date was at a pizza restaurant that no longer exists, the clue can be related to pizza and you can even order a pizza. Present the clues on pretty paper in a cute box or attach them to her favorite flowers, then go re-live the memories!
Idea 6: The Getaway
I would highly suggest doing a little baby moon/anniversary getaway if you can both get away from work for a weekend!
Go on a fun road trip, and/or stay at a quaint bed and breakfast or a romantic Airbnb and just enjoy being together!
Idea 7: The Romantic Staycation
Seeing as how your wife has been so busy, she may appreciate a quiet night where she has no responsibilities and can just relax. Maybe a nice dinner brought in.
I’ve been buying gold tipped roses from a jeweler in our town so she has a keepsake that will last longer than a week.
Idea 8: Daily Love Journal
This one I got from Darren Hardy and it takes a year to do.
What you do is write something in a notebook every day that you appreciate/love about Ang. Then in a year’s time you give it to her.
If you can’t do it every day, do it every week and have 52 weeks of love.
Idea 9: Surprise Picnic
For our 10th anniversary, I had breakfast with my wife in the morning at her favorite breakfast spot.
I had her meet me for lunch at another good restaurant near where I worked at the time and when I had to go back to work, I sent her off to the spa for an hour or two.
After work, we went to our hotel, before heading to a large park in St. Louis, where I had arranged ahead of time to have my friends set a picnic blanket, basket and all the trimmings.
Once we arrived at the park, we took a walk in the direction of the picnic setting, which my wife did not know was set up for us. We had to eat between raindrops but we had a great and memorable evening.
Idea 10: Something Sexy
I think your wife would be blessed by being pampered—buy her a gorgeous nighty or sexy lingerie to give her that night—maybe take her to a beautiful hotel with a spa for a massage—especially for those beautiful feet—a lovely dinner—roses—a scented oil massage from you— That sounds special and beautiful to me.
Decorate 4 corners of your house with a milestone or memory from each of your 4 years. Make it sensory! An activity, song, or food. The final activity can be what memory you want to create for this year.
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This post was previously published on Growthmarriage.com.
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