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Romantic Anniversary Gift Ideas

Anniversaries are a wonderful time to pause from the busyness of life and reflect on how far you’ve come as a couple. They truly are a reason to celebrate your love and commitment to each other, so it makes sense that you want the day to be memorable and your anniversary gift something thoughtful. So guys and gals, if you’ve run out of time or need some creative inspiration read on . . .
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1) On a budget and out of time
Pack a cooler with some picnic food, grab a blanket, and bring your iPhone for some tunes. If you know what your love’s favorite foods/snacks are, start there. If you’re feeling creative express your love with a special creation like a frosted pizookie (a cookie the size of a small pizza!)  with your initials written on it, or prepare toast with chocolate hazelnut Nutella spread and strawberry slices arranged in the shape of a heart. If you have some extra cash you can always pick up something from a favorite coffee shop or restaurant.
Picnic in a place that is significant to you as a couple like where you met or where you go to relax, like the beach or even your backyard porch! It can be an unlikely place too if your partner has a playful side and would appreciate the spontaneity of a funky setting like the train station where you first kissed.
You can put together a special soundtrack with the song you danced to at your wedding, or songs you like to sing together, songs that make you laugh, etc. All for free!
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2) Picture Perfect
My husband and I have a tradition of creating yearly photo books and we both look forward to them more than any other gift or occasion. Even if you’re not very crafty, making a photo book is super easy. Companies like Snapfish and Mixbook allow you to upload your photos and will automatically populate the pages of the themed photo book of your choice. You choose what size book you want and it is professionally printed and bound then shipped directly to you. Price can vary depending on the number of pages and can be as low as $19.99. A totally thoughtful gift that you both will treasure. Go dig out your honeymoon pics right now! 
 
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3) Sparkles and Smiles
Guys, I know this idea may not sound that thoughtful but it is a fact that 99.99%* of women like to sparkle (*according to a totally unscientific poll that I made up). Especially if picking out jewelry is not your thing, a beautiful necklace or bracelet is sure get you some love. If you can tell her the why you picked a specific piece of jewelry (pink is her favorite color, she likes sterling silver, the sparkles match her smile) all the better.
And ladies, though most guys are easy to please there are some ways we can make them feel extra special. I tried a gift idea I found on Pintrest and my husband really loved it. You buy a pack of cards and on each one write and/or draw something you love about him to create “52 Things I Love About You.” You can’t go wrong with a big heartfelt ego boost!


If you have any creative gift ideas, please share below!

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