A Creative Guide to Anniversary Gifts that Aren’t Lame

By , February 23, 2016 9:34 am

Whether you’ve only been dating someone for a few months or been married for a few decades, anniversaries are important milestones for couples to reflect upon the past and look forward to the future together. However, choosing an anniversary gift is often a challenge, even if you know your partner better than anyone else in the world.

Very few couples these days stick to the traditional year-by-year gifts of paper, cotton, leather, and wood. Fortunately, there are a lot of more creative ways to celebrate your love and do something together that you’ll always remember. There’s a big push for minimalism in today’s society and rejecting the unnecessary accumulation of stuff to surround yourself with. Whether you live in a small space or are just trying to reduce clutter, standard and impersonal anniversary gifts tend to take up space and collect dust over time.

So when your next anniversary rolls around, why not give the gift of an experience?

Couples Massage

A couples massage is a great gift for busy couples who never take time for themselves to relax and unwind. In this unique experience, you’ll be side-by-side with your own massage therapists and indulging in pure relaxation together. Around 60 minutes is a good amount of time for a couples massage.

Photo credit: David via Flickr

Photo credit: David via Flickr

Couples Horseback Ride

Take your partner back to a simpler time and place by giving the gift of a couples horseback ride you can enjoy together in the fresh air and wide open spaces. You can book a 30-minute preliminary lesson if the two of you have never hopped on a horse before or a 90-minute trail ride if you have a little more experience. This is a private and romantic experience that will take you away from your normal routine. Just remember to wear jeans, a comfortable shirt, and hiking boots or sneakers.

Hot Air Ballooning

Take your relationship to new heights by giving the unique and romantic anniversary gift of a hot air balloon ride. This is a great way to experience the beauty of your home area or another place that you’re visiting for the first time. Many rides last for about an hour and operate all throughout the year; however, weather may obviously affect your ride. You can generally travel between five and ten miles in an hour and gain a whole new perspective on life and love.

Photo credit: Rennett Stowe via Flickr

Photo credit: Rennett Stowe via Flickr

Full Moon Kayak Tour

For adventurous couples that want to add a little romance back into their routines, consider giving the gift of a full moon kayak tour. Our North Miami guided tour goes for about 3.5 miles and takes a break at the beach for a bonfire and snack. This is a great way to experience the beauty of the Florida coastline while getting in a little exercise with your loved one.

Attend a Musical Performance

After a while, couples tend to become complacent with each other and pure romance falls out of fashion. Give you and your partner an excuse to get dressed up and go out to impress each other like you first did when you got together. A wonderful musical to see together is the Phantom of the Opera, which is New York’s longest running musical and endearingly famous all around the world. Give your loved one two tickets to the show for an exciting night out in the city. In New York, the Phantom of the Opera typically runs at the Majestic Theater between May and November.

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