Anniversary Gifts

One of the most popular ways to commemorate wedding anniversary and relationship milestones is by exchanging gifts. Whether you’re celebrating with your spouse, attending a gathering for friends or family, or you just want to commemorate the anniversary in a special way, gifts are a great way to do just that.

But how do you find the best wedding anniversary gift? How do you know that what you’re getting is the perfect option?

That’s the sole reason we created this guide. Our expert team has provided a ton of resources, buying guides, and best of lists to help you pick out the perfect anniversary gift right now! Additionally, we’ve answered some of the most important and pressing questions people have about anniversary gift giving like, “Should I give an anniversary gift?” and “How much should I spend on an anniversary gift?”

If you’re ready to start shopping and gift-giving like a professional, scroll down and let’s get started!

All Anniversaries Gift Guides by Year

While all anniversaries celebrate relatively the same thing, the amount of time you’ve made it means wildly different things. For example, a one year anniversary is special because it’s the first one the two of you have made it to. But on that same token, a 25 year anniversary is special because it’s a major milestone and known as the Silver anniversary.

Below, you’ll find links to our guides on wedding anniversaries and relationship milestones broken down by the year. Each guide not only covers the celebration for marriages and relationships, but it also has some incredible gift guides to help commemorate the occasion.

What Makes a Great Anniversary Gift

There are literally millions of options when it comes to what you can buy someone for an anniversary gift. And as you might already suspect, not every anniversary gift is created equally. There are some things out there that are incredible, knock your socks off gifts, and then there are some things that may fall a little flat and miss the mark.

Here’s the good news. It’s not a wild goose chase where you’re just guessing. The best wedding anniversary gifts have a lot of the same traits. In the next few sections, we’re going to outline exactly what makes a great gift truly great. No matter if you’re buying a gift for him, for her, for your parents, for friends, or for coworkers, the traits of the greats are the same.

It’s Personal

Before you run out and start engraving everything under the sun, no, that’s not what we’re talking about here. Yes personalized wedding gifts are great, but what we are talking about here are gifts that are personal. The best gifts are ones that are carefully selected with the receiver in mind. You might think a gift is awesome but if it’s not something the receiver is going to want, it’s going to miss the mark.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to make sure the anniversary gift you selected hits the mark.

  • Is the gift just something you think is cool, or will the recipient think it’s great too?
  • Will the anniversary gift serve a unique purpose or meet a specific need in the person’s life?
  • Is the gift the same thing you get for everyone’s anniversaries? There are some times where this is okay, but just make sure you take a second look with every new situation.
  • Is the gift something they mentioned they wanted? Sometimes you don’t get the luxury of knowing what someone wants for an anniversary gift, but if they did mention something—that’s always a safe and easy place to start.

It’s In the Budget

Whether you’re looking for the best wedding anniversary gift for your husband or wife or for friends and family, budget matters. We aren’t saying you should go out trying to get the cheapest thing possible, but you should get something that fits within your budget.

Reaching relationship milestones is about a lot of things, and one of those things is fiscal responsibility. If you get an awesome gift but it sets you back as a family or a couple, that’s not a smart move. Make sure your selection matches up well with your budget.

If you do want to get something a little more expensive, start saving earlier. Or if your anniversary is right around the corner, get something less expensive this year and put the money you saved aside for next year’s anniversary date.

It’s Appropriate

Alright, let’s get real here for a second. If you’re purchasing an anniversary gift for your spouse, the chances are really good that you know what they are okay with and what they aren’t. You know if joke gifts work, you know if intimate gifts are appreciated, and you know what’s most important to them.

When it comes to buying things for someone else, though, you may need to be a little bit more intentional with your thought process. For example, a sexy negligée might be a great wedding anniversary gift for your wife but it’s not a great idea for your friend, family member, or coworker. Additionally gag gifts might not land as well as you might want them to.

Ideally, it’s better to play things conservatively when purchasing anniversary gifts for someone other than your wife or husband. Remember, anniversary gifts to other people don’t just go to your friend—they go to the couple. So, if your friend would find the gift great but their wife or husband wouldn’t—be aware of that.

It’s In the Realm – Appropriateness Continued

There’s one other thing we want to mention when getting a gift for an anniversary, and it ties together appropriateness and budget.

  • If you are buying something for your significant other, make sure you discuss how much you’re both going to spend. It’s awkward when one person spends a lot and the other person spends a little.
  • If you’re buying something for someone else, consider what they might be able to afford if they were to buy you a gift on your anniversary. There’s nothing wrong with getting something nice for someone else, and there is nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on an anniversary gift. Just take a minute and think if they’re the kind of person that “keeps score” or is going to feel the need to reciprocate on the same level. If they are, consider budget a bit more. If they aren’t, get them what you want!

Should I Buy an Anniversary Gift?

This is an incredibly popular question, especially as it pertains to people other than your husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend.

Here’s the bottom line upfront. You’re never obligated to do anything you don’t want to do, which includes purchasing an anniversary gift. That being said, you may find yourself in some awkward situations depending on who the gift might be for and a few other factors.

Let’s analyze this all now and get you a definitive answer.

Should I buy an anniversary gift for my husband?

Stereotypically, men tend to care a bit less about commemorating major relationship milestones. However, that’s a stereotype and is certainly not true of all men. In most cases, we recommend getting some sort of gift for your husband for every anniversary. Yes, we mean every year. This also applies to guys you know who aren’t big on the milestone celebrating because they’re probably going to get you something, so it could feel awkward if you get to the day emptyhanded.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Most people take the anniversaries on the multiples of five (5th, 10th, 15th, etc.) the most seriously, as well as the 1st. If you’re looking for a way to manage the budget, opt for higher ticket items on those milestones and smaller gifts on the in-between dates.
  • If you don’t know, ask! This is your husband we’re talking about here. You should be able to ask him literally anything. Hey honey, are we doing gifts for our anniversary coming up? It’s that easy.

Should I buy an anniversary gift for my wife?

Women tend to take anniversary and love celebrations way more seriously. What this means for you husbands out there is that yes, you should get your wife something on every anniversary. It’s that simple.

Here are a few other things to consider:

  • It’s always the “safer” move to opt into getting an anniversary gift for your wife than not getting one.
  • If you’re unsure, ask! Hey babe, I wanted to see what your thoughts were on gifts for our anniversary coming up? She’ll be happy to hear you remembered, and it will start a great and helpful conversation.
  • This is important! Even if she says she doesn’t want a gift, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t at least want a sweet card with something nice written in it. Full transparency, the writer of this article learned that one the hard way. At the very least get or make them a card unless they explicitly say no cards.

Should I buy an anniversary gift for my parents?

This one gets a little more complex because it’s going to depend on your relationship with your parents and how your family likes to do gifts. We aren’t going to be able to give you an across the board answer, but we can give you some things to consider to help you make the decision a little easier.

  • If you’re young or just getting started in your life outside of the home, a card is plenty.
  • Sometimes parents like to keep their anniversary as something between the two of them. If it wasn’t a big deal that you were fully aware of when you were growing up, you may want to shy away from getting them an anniversary present.
  • If you’re in a good place in your life financially and you really want to do something nice for your parents, go for it. There are ZERO rules or whatevers out there that say you can’t do something nice for something, no matter how big or small.
  • Again, a card is always a safe and thoughtful play, especially in situations like this.

Should I buy an anniversary gift for my friends?

This is one we feel is a lot easier to answer. The answer generally is no, you don’t really do anything to celebrate your friends anniversaries other than telling them congrats.

There are two caveats we want to discuss, though.

One—if you want to do something nice for them, do it! There’s no reason not to do something nice you want to do for someone you care about.

Two—if they throw some sort of an anniversary party or get together, you may want to consider getting them at least a card.

If you’re unsure about the gift side of things and don’t want to look odd showing up with something or without something, just ask. Hey, we’re excited to come celebrate with you. Is this something people are doing gifts for or just a get together to celebrate? That easy 🙂