Anniversaries are a special time to not only celebrate your spouse, but to celebrate your partnership, and the life you’ve built together.
After the excitement of a wedding wears off and it’s back to the day-to-day realities of a relationship, it can be hard to find opportunities to reflect back on what you’ve accomplished together. Anniversaries give us the space and time to celebrate our partnerships, and that’s a beautiful thing.
And of course where there’s celebration, there’s gifts!
If Valentine’s Day is still on your mind, you might be wondering how Valentine’s Day gifts differ from anniversary gifts. Well duh, we’re going to tell you!
Valentine’s Day gifts tend to focus more on celebrating the person you’re with, and giving them something that makes them feel special, and pampered. Anniversary gifts – in our not-so-humble gift expert opinion – should be about celebrating you as a couple together. Think about gifts that create or preserve memories, or gifts that adorn your home together.
To get you started, we’ve got 6 thoughtful and unique gifts to give your significant other for your next anniversary.
Part of being in a committed relationship is bringing together family histories, and LegacyBox allows you to do just that. You can send over any sort of memories, whether they be on cassette tapes, VHS, film etc., and LegacyBox will convert your memories to digital copies. The digital copies last forever, and of course you get your analog memories in return.
Share your family history and start preserving your memories so you can make new ones together.
Keep your memories here: LegacyBox
Slowdown studio is all about savoring the slower moments in life, and being present. They collaborate with artists and artisans around the world to bring you beautiful and calm pieces of art to help ground you.
This 285 piece puzzle of artwork by Charlie Bennell is the perfect gift to help you reconnect with your spouse. Just like you build a life together, you’ll put together this puzzle, piece by piece.
Get the puzzle here: Slowdown Studio Palais Bulles Puzzle
A picture tells a thousand words, but a sound stays with us forever.
If you’re looking for a completely unique, and utterly romantic piece of art for the house, look no further than Claudia Moldovan’s handcrafted soundwave wooden sculptures.
All you do is send her a short clip of a sound that has meaning to your and your loved one – whether it’s them saying “I love you”, or a snippet from your first dance. Claudia then converts the sound wave to an art piece, and renders it as an art installation using pieces of wood.
The best part is that the meaning is your little secret – all guests will see is a beautiful piece of art, and you can choose whether to share with them the meaning.
Commission an installation here: Soundwave Wooden Art
Push pin maps that let you mark your progress around the world have been around for a minute, and are usually paper posters.
This posh wooden piece takes push pin maps to the next level. You’ll have memories from all your trips together, and you’ll come home to a beautiful piece of art on your wall.
Plus, because this piece is so beautiful, no one will notice if there aren’t quite a lot of pins on the map. You’ll get there.
P.S. Wood is traditional for five year anniversaries, so if you’re coming up on five years then this will have extra meaning.
Get traveling: Wooden World Map Wall Decor
While we’re on the subject of travel, we love this engraved compass.
Not only is it beautifully made, but you can put any sort of inscription you want on it, so your words are always close to your significant other.
And sure, it has the sappy meaning of always helping them find their way back to you, but also it is a functional compass, and if your spouse is the adventuring sort, they’ll appreciate both the sentiment and the practicality.
Find the compass here: Engraved Compass
If you’re looking to deepen your physical connection with your significant other, then this Love is Art kit is the perfect gift.
We love a saucy romantic gift, but this may just be the hottest one we’ve featured. The kit comes with everything you need to make art with the movement of your bodies during those intimate moments.
What you’ll be left with is a beautiful piece of art, and the memory of the process of making it.
Get the love here: Love is Art Kit