It's your wedding anniversary, that time of year when you and your other half celebrate all the years that you have been married and look back fondly on the time you have spent together. However, whether it's you first, fifteenth or fiftieth year together wedding anniversary gifts can sometimes be difficult to buy.
Whether you are a traditionalist that will follow the anniversary gift guide by year, or prefer to buy your wife jewellery every year, sometimes its nice to buy her a special gift you know she'll really love and will cherish as a memento of that year's celebration. You might be surprised by how easy this is to achieve, just follow these 5 tips to help you buy your wife the ultimate anniversary gift:
1. Listen – Your wife will tell you what she wants/likes even if she doesn't realise
This may seem like an obvious tip but most woman/people tend to drop hints about what they like and want, even if they don't realise they are doing it.
She may have said that after her next pay-day she might spoil herself with those new earrings, or that she really liked her friend's handbag, watch, vase, etc. which is an obvious indication of the things she covets. Another huge one to listen out for is, “I want a few new cushions/glasses/dresses but I can't justify getting them right now.”
However, some women may be a little more subtle or not be trying to drop hints at all. Some more phrases worth listening out for are:
I'm nearly out of 'perfume'
My 'boots' are starting to look really worn
I could do with a 'jewellery box'
The key to surprising her with a gift she wants is to listen for indicators in normal conversation, especially if she is complaining (as everyone does) about something she currently has! Also, make a note of it straight away so you don't forget.
2. Think about your wife as a person
We don't mean you should think, 'what will she like', as you desperately rush around a store. We mean think about what she already has and what she already likes, does she have a lot of jewellery or home knick-knacks, is she a fan of wine, tea or soft drinks, what does she enjoy doing?
Write down what you already know about her in a list and you'll be surprised how much difference this makes when you shop for a gift.
For instance, if you know your wife has a lot of jewellery you might realise that you don't really want to buy her more, but it shows she might need something to keep it all together, something like a jewellery box. Or if she loves flowers but you don't want to buy her something that won't last, get her something more permanent (and romantic) like a silver rose.
By following this thought pattern you can explain why you bought her that anniversary gift and, trust us, if you show her it's because you pay attention to her, you will get some major brownie points.
3. Buy your wife a simple gift but make it unique
You know your wife likes a drink of wine in the evening – the list from tip 2 tells you so. Yet what can you do with that information to give her something she'll love – getting her some new wine glasses and a bottle of rosé might sound a bit simple.
But, it's important to remember that when you are buying gifts for your anniversary, you want to get her something that she'll love, cherish and use. So take those wine glasses and that bottle of wine and have them personalised with a romantic message or the date of your anniversary.
This will show that not only have you thought about what your wife likes but taken that information to a whole new level to make sure you give her a really thoughtful anniversary gift.
4. Don't buy your wife something mundane - spoil her!
It might be that you have put previous steps together and resulted in:
1. She said: “I could do with a new set of pans.”
2. She loves cooking.
3. I will personalise some pans for her.
However, the key to getting your wife an anniversary gift she will love is buying something that spoils her. You may argue that she is not the type of woman that likes being spoiled, however, we are here to tell you that any woman likes knowing someone loves her enough to really put effort into her gift and buy her something special.
Despite top tip number 1, don't fall into the trap of getting her something she needs that isn't special, for instance:
I really like my mum's fabric softener
I'm nearly out of shampoo
My break pads are starting to look really worn (just suggest she get these sorted anyway!)
You see what we mean.
5. The gift doesn't have to be a 'gift'
Bear with us for this one. If you think of buying an anniversary gift, you think of a (hopefully) beautifully wrapped item that your wife can open and hold – This doesn't have to be the case.
If there is something you think she may enjoy doing it's possible that an experience day or weekend away may be a better anniversary gift than a new pair of fancy shoes.
There are so many experience days out there, from hotel breaks, spa days, vineyard tours and chocolate making workshops to flying experiences and unusual days out, so it's definitely another thing to put into the equation when buying gifts for your anniversary.
If you need any more help or information about buying anniversary gifts for your wife then check out our website. Most of our gifts can be personalised in-house and sent directly to your door with a card.