What makes a great anniversary gift? The trick is, every couple is different – and so is every gift recipient. Sure, there are a few tried-and-true jewelry items that make excellent anniversary gifts (including watches, bracelets, and necklaces), but giving a great anniversary gift isn’t only about the content of the gift but the thought behind it.
Most people find it tough to get it “just right.” Subsequently, they find themselves overthinking the gift, underthinking the gift, or worse yet, going in some strange direction where the end result is a gift that makes no sense at all. Don’t be that guy next anniversary; buy a gift that she’ll love by avoiding these three common gift-giving mistakes.
Don’t Spend Money to Avoid Putting Thought into the Gift
A great gift can require a lot of money, sure, if it’s thoughtful. If it’s not, then it reeks of “I just wanted to sign a big check so I didn’t have to put any thought into my gift this year.” That’s no way to live life. Anniversary gifts are about celebrating the success of a relationship; taking all of the meaning out of the gift is a sure way to take some of the meaning out of the day itself. Don’t do that.
But let’s get specific: how do you put “thought” into a gift? We recommend writing down gift ideas a month in advance of the big anniversary celebration. The little things your spouse says about enjoying a particular commercial or needing something new are great clues as to what they’re thinking about—and what they’ll most appreciate.
Don’t Get Too Fancy
On the other end of the spectrum is the overthinker: someone who spends so much time thinking about a gift that he completely out-does his spouse and ends up with something that’s hand-crafted, custom-made, and…well, maybe a little useless. The key is striking a balance. As in life, it’s important not to try too hard with your gift-giving. And if you are going to go over-the-top, make sure that it’s a thoughtful, well-planned gift and not something that you put together at the last minute.
Don’t Buy Something Every Other Person Has
Although some gifts are universal, it’s important to customize a gift to some extent. A simple inscription on the inside of a watch is enough to render it special, or maybe a custom-made chain for a bracelet. Put a unique touch on a traditional gift to strike the note of “just the right amount of thought.” This will retain the tastefulness of the gift while also showing that you’ve put the time and effort into thinking about what your spouse will most enjoy.
The key to a good gift is to pay attention, plan it in advance (to avoid those late shipping fees or rush orders), and to make that gift a part of a special day. And while gifts are important, there’s nothing that beats the memory of a well-crafted gift being opened for the first time.