Thoughtful Anniversary Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank

There’s nothing like celebrating the year with your significant other…unless you’re the one who has to plan how you’re going to commemorate your anniversary. With life’s hustle and bustle, sometimes planning can get away from you, especially if you’re the type who waits until the last minute. Never fear: here are a few ideas you can use that will have you looking like a pro planner in no time.


Weekend Trip

It’s hard to go wrong with a weekend getaway. Whether you’re taking an impromptu road trip, or planning a quick flight to Vegas, getting alone time in a place that isn’t your own home is a great way to celebrate, recharge and connect.


Spa Day

Maybe leaving town isn’t your thing…so treat yourself! Book a spa day and surprise your significant other with a day of rest and relaxation. There are some great spas out there that offer it all. Get a massage and a facial, try a body scrub, spend some time in the sauna, and hit the hot tub. Most of these places have a ton of add-ons, so you can create a package that fits your needs. Spas are pretty relaxing places, so if that’s the kind of experience you’re looking for, this is an anniversary gift that’s hard to beat.


Go Camping and Hiking

For an active, no-frills experience, head out to your favorite campground and disconnect from everything for a day or two. Working with your significant other to set up your campsite can be a fun way to spend time together, just the two of you. After you’re all set up, head out for a hike to get out some energy and spend some time in the great outdoors. When the hike is over, head back to the campsite, cook dinner over the fire, then chill out and enjoy nature.


Take a Class Together

You’re both always busy, right? Trying to find time to spend together, just the two of you, can be really difficult. Instead of your nightly Netflix routine, why not take an interesting evening course? A cooking class is a good way to work together, and learn how to make something new. You can also book an art class, a film review or something a bit off the beaten path, like letterpress or beer brewing.


Do It All Yourself

Why leave the house? Maybe being more domestic is the way to go. If your significant other is a stay-at- home parent, taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, and making an awesome dinner (and cleaning up afterwards) is a well-deserved gift.

For you more traditional folks, here’s a year-by-year guide of both classic and contemporary ideas.

An anniversary gift doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive thing. It needs to be from the heart.


Have you put together an awesome anniversary gift? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Article By Bruce Sturgell

Article written by Bruce Sturgell

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