That first anniversary with your beau is a relationship milestone. It's not uncommon to give him a gift that shows him how you feel about your relationship. As with any gift, it's the thought that counts; even a low-priced present can have tremendous meaning behind it.
Ideas for a First Anniversary Gift
It can be challenging to find a great gift that won't break the bank or end up shoved in a drawer. Try these suggestions to show you care.
A collection of pictures from your year together brings back nostalgia, plus he'll think of you every time he sees it. Keep it simple by using a collage photo frame from a craft or discount store, or go online to create a fun themed piece. To take it to the next level, make a year-in-review page incorporating pictures and scrapbook items like ticket stubs from your first movie together.
Build a new memory by taking your boyfriend on a trip. Some ideas with special meaning for an anniversary include:
- Revisiting the site of your first date
- Going somewhere you've always talked about going together
- Taking a romantic excursion like a moonlit cruise or trip to the wine country
Make it a day, weekend or longer jaunt depending on your time and budget.
Tickets to a Sporting Event
Guys love games, so plan ahead and buy two tickets to a local sporting event and add a special surprise to celebrate the anniversary. Even if there's no national league like the NBA or NFL nearby, other options abound. Depending on the time of year, choices may include:
- College basketball, baseball, football or soccer
- Nontraditional games like Quidditch made famous in the Harry Potter novels
Contact the venue ahead of time and ask if they can mark your anniversary with a sign or announcement over the loudspeaker; most smaller parks will be happy to comply. Better yet, see if you can get a meet and greet with some of the players.
Watch or Wallet
While a watch or wallet are not the most romantic gifts, they are both practical items he'll use every day. To up the sweetness factor, personalize it. Have the watch engraved with the anniversary date, or place a custom label on the wallet's interior (and stock it with pictures of the two of you).
Women are not the only ones who love a bit of pampering. Get him a certificate for a hot stone massage, exfoliating scrub or facial. Many spas offer couples massages, so you both can enjoy the gift.
While many men shun shopping, some couples make a date of buying gifts together. He may be relieved by the suggestion because he hasn't a clue on what to get you for the anniversary.
Charter a Private Yacht
Nothing says romantic like a private yacht that is just for you and your significant other. You can charter a yacht for one night, one week or even longer to celebrate your first year together. A chartered yacht generally comes with a captain, but often comes with a small staff of a butler and chef. Prices vary significantly depending on what harbor you're leaving from and the size of the yacht and its amenities.
Take Lessons Together
Whether it's ballroom dancing or cooking together, taking a course will ensure more time together doing something you both enjoy. Include a sweet card that says something along the lines of, 'Although this is our first year, here's to hoping there are many more years of learning together with you.' Make the time extra special by throwing in a unique date activity after or before each lesson.
Private Vineyard Tour
Do you and your boyfriend love wine? Call a local winery and arrange to have a private tour, wine tasting and catered dinner or lunch. The trick to arranging this well is to think of a smaller, more local vineyard. Family owned, smaller wineries are often willing to cater to unusual requests. Likewise, some vineyards simply offer this as an option. If you want to play up the 'paper' theme of a first anniversary, invite your spouse through a large and well placed classified ad. The winery will likely be happy for the free advertising, and there's not a lot more romantic or spontaneous than a classified asking your beau to come out with you for a romantic evening.
Consider customizing your first year with a portrait of the two of you. For example, AlissaLevy on Etsy will paint or illustrate a portrait. If you don't really want your portrait, consider getting a custom print of places you've been, a location that is especially meaningful during your first year, or something depicting a favorite activity.
Name a Rose After Your Boyfriend
You might think men don't like flowers, but these roses are sure to impress. At World of Roses, specialists cultivate a variety of species that each year are waiting to be named. When you choose this gift, you receive a framed picture and certificate of the named rose, as well as a sampling of your rose for your boyfriend to enjoy for a little while. Talk about making someone feel special.
Guys Aren't Girls
When choosing a gift for your boyfriend, keep in mind things ladies love - fresh flowers, romantic trinkets and cute teddy bears - don't always appeal to men. Rather than waste money on knickknacks, think about what he likes and needs. He'll appreciate the thoughtfulness.