The Unconventional Guide to Anniversary Gift Ideas

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Published: 20th November 2016
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Anniversaries might seem like a meaningless convention for many couples who believe that marking the day when you got married is much less important than showing your love for one another all year round.

However, it is possible to do both, and combine thoughtful and romantic gifts with an unconventional approach to celebrating your anniversary, especially with a little inspiration when it comes to choosing your present.

Many people buck tradition by going for gifts which don't conform to the expectations which might have been commonplace a few generations ago.

Play to your strengths

If you are a particularly outdoorsy couple, then why not think about something you could do together which would give you the chance to enjoy that together?

Perhaps you enjoy the same hobby and have a shared love of something like rock climbing, in which case why not go for a gift which will allow you to expand on your experience such as ice climbing, where you can both enjoy the chance to try something different whilst learning more about yourselves and each other.

A couple who likes fine dining might be inclined to spend an evening sampling delicious food prepared by a top chef, but if you want to make it truly special then why not pick a really romantic location such as a boat or a brewery, or you could combine your meal with an overnight stay in a four star hotel.

Go for something different

You might be the kind of couple who are always planning their next big adventure, but rarely get any alone time, particularly if you have children, an active social life or a high pressured job.

Taking some time out to relax could be the ideal way to ring the changes for your anniversary, whether that means going for a spa day for two where you will be thoroughly pampered, or a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.

Whatever you wish for when it comes to shaking things up, from a night in a hotel to an extreme experience which will get your adrenaline pumping, doing something which gives you a break from your normal routine is a great way to celebrate your anniversary.

Don't get stuck in a rut

It might be romantic to present someone with a huge bouquet of flowers and whisk them off to a fancy restaurant to celebrate your anniversary, but if it is what you did the year before, and the year before that, and maybe even the year before that, then you might be guilty of a lack of imagination.

It only comes around once a year, so in theory you have plenty of time to plan, and even if you have left it to the last minute, you can still pull something special out of the bag.

You can make a big difference even if you just go for a twist on your standard celebration such as taking your partner out to a murder mystery weekend where you will encounter a series of events which will leave you baffled, intrigued and perhaps the only person who can catch a killer.

Whatever you decide, thinking about what your partner would really like is a great way to show them you love them.

If you are really stuck for anniversary gift ideas, you can always give them the gift of choice and allow them to steer the celebrations in the direction that they are most enthusiastic about - whether that's a weekend away in the city of your choice, a hot air balloon ride over a spot that they love or a night out to whichever west end show they prefer.

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