Hey friends! So, I have something really cool for you today. For all you lady readers... please feel free to leave this blog post up (by accident of course) on your computer so that your man can accidentally stumble upon it & get some good anniversary gift ideas!!
Thanks to a lovely lady who emailed me last week, wanting to reach out to the newlywed world, your man can get some fabulous ideas for what to get you when your anniversary rolls around.
So, thank you, Morgan, for writing these up! Morgan blogs over at Gray & Gabbana and she is a total sweetheart. So, go check her out! =)
Take it away, Morgan!
What Your Woman Wants: Simplifying Anniversary Shopping
Look, guys. Shopping doesn’t have to be this hard. You may think your wife/girlfriend already has everything or doesn’t really need a pedicure gift certificate, but that just goes to show you that you’re already thinking too hard about something that doesn’t have to be so complicated. Feel like you don’t know where to begin? Start with the woman you’re with. I know, I know. It can be confusing. What does she want? But presumably, if you’re celebrating an anniversary of some sort, you know her pretty well by now, and if you step back, you probably know what she likes.
For a lot of us, something sentimental will do. Call me a sap, but I can be a very nostalgic person. I’ve always been one for creating collages or sifting through old photos together. Any gift you can give me to commemorate our happy shared experiences is going to be a great one. Bonus points for creativity. My guy once made me a lamp out of a bottle of our favorite wine, and let me tell you, that was a home run. Meaningful mementos can’t go wrong.
Another idea would be sitting down together to create your own photo collage to hang on the wall, or a photo book to celebrate and commemorate a family vacation, a child’s graduation, or other significant events. The act of creating something together can bring you even closer as a couple and will leave you with a nice reminder of what you’re capable of doing as a team.
Also keep in mind you have to know your lady—not every girl is going to want something on the sappy side. Take, for example, my friend Sarah. Sarah is immensely practical, and tends to want practical things. Last year, her husband gave her a beautiful watch that was extremely trendy that year (not to mention pricey), but I knew she was regretting that he didn’t spend the money on something more practical for the family. I’m not saying you should go buy your wife a vacuum (trust me, that’s never a good gift), but try actually asking what she wants before indulging in an expensive splurge purchase you think will please her. Maybe all she really wants is the sink fixed and her husband to cook her dinner.
On the flip side, there are those of us who do want to be appreciated with lavish gifts every so often—and that’s not a bad thing! You just have to be aware of your wife’s style and taste (ask her, and listen).
A simple, elegant piece of personalized jewelry makes the perfect gift for a milestone anniversary and she’ll be reminded of the love you share each time she wears it. If you observe what kind of jewelry your wife is wearing and are able to find her something right up her alley, she will be impressed and flattered that you noticed exactly what her taste is. But for those times when you just can’t figure it out, there’s another lifeline left: phone a friend. Taking the time to ask her BFF where she likes to get her jewelry or if she prefers silver or gold, diamonds or pearls, shows her that you care enough to go out of your way to do some investigative research.
Bottom line? Don’t overthink it. Whether you buy a little token to remind her of a fond memory, or create a new memory together, she’ll be sure to appreciate your efforts.