In the 1920s, Emily Post, an American writer, attempted to solve the issue of what gift to give on the occasion of an anniversary by drawing up lists of anniversary themes in a book titled “Etiquette”, published in 1922. However, only some anniversary years were included in the book, the first, fifth, then every fifth year up to the 25th wedding anniversary. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association added additional years to the list, including all years up to 14 years of marriage, and every 5th year up to 50 years of marriage. These are known as traditional themes linked with each marital year. More recently, a contemporary list was created, and today, all the anniversary years from 1 up to 30 have been linked with a theme or material, and then every fifth year up to 75 years of marriage.

"My son gifted this to me for my birthday. I love to work with my hands, and this was perfect for… more me. I have to admit, I was intimidated with a fear of messing it up. I knew my son would want to see the finished work. After staring at the pieces on my bench for a couple weeks, I finally decided, it’s now or never! Every step carefully processed. I knew there were no 'do overs.' Slow and deliberate steps, but once I got started it was an obsession. It came out great." - Ken less
Shopping for good gifts can be difficult at times, and it is often said that women can be the hardest to shop for. You don’t want to go wrong and choose a gift that isn’t something that she will use and enjoy. Ideally, you should look for a great gift with wonderful value. You want something that she will actually use and get something out of as well as something that she will truly enjoy and appreciate. We have chosen these ten great gifts ideas for women that are perfect for the lady in your life.
Have you ever grown a plant that closes its leaves when tickled? Magnificent Christmas gifts for kids, these interactive, pet like plants are easy to grow indoors year round for fun that just doesn’t stop. These unique plants actually close their leaves and lower their branches when you tickle them. The TickleMe Plant grows inside its own little greenhouse, and the kit includes an acrylic 6...
Nothing But Blue Skies - Work’s beating them down, and their body is a wreck. Who can afford to only work forty hours a week these days? An experience day at a pampering, relaxing retreat, all just for one day, is enough to convince them to take a load-off for once. It’s near impossible to justify a small vacation, but a one day only pampering event is hard to refuse. It allows them to still provide, and enjoy a guilt-free experience that’s selfishly about them, and nothing else.
The world may be going digital, but Montblanc is preserving the art of handwriting with a newly released product called Augmented Paper. The kit comes with a StarWalker Ballpoint Pen and a leather envelope holding a digital notebook that translates handwritten notes into digital text on a mobile device. One button transmits the notes to a smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. So you can start a project in the notebook, return to it on your iPhone, and then shoot it off to your colleagues in an e-mail.
Buying clothing doesn’t mean you have to stick to shirts and pants. If they’re more interested in the finer things in life, the augments that amplify their unique look, you’d do well to check out items that aren’t necessities, but will line the shelves in their walk-in closet, and give them a plethora of options when it comes to that black-tie affair or a simple day of relaxing out on the town.
TV Service, Movie, or Gaming Gift Cards - Just about everyone on the face of the Earth loves movies or at least video games. Getting something to an online download service for games, streaming service like Netflix, or a Fandango gift card to grab some movie tickets, shows them that you’ve paid enough attention to know what to get them. Maybe they mentioned a new movie coming out that they really wanted to see, or you know about a game title that’s about to drop, and they just have to have it. This takes the risk away from getting the wrong gift, by allocating the funds you’re spending on them to a specific service or set of services. If you’re not a gamer, and you grab the wrong title, the exchange and wait are a lot more awkward; gift cards put them in control, but you’re still treating them.
Brighten a plain notebook or journal with colorful embroidery floss for a thoughtful Christmas gift. Sketch a design on a piece of paper; secure the sketch to the notebook cover using masking tape, making sure to wrap the tape around to the inside of the cover to keep the design from moving. Place the front cover on a cutting mat and pierce using a large needle or paper piercer, making sure the holes are evenly spaced. If you're using a circular design, bring the holes a little closer together when approaching a curve to get smooth lines. Remove the pattern from the cover and stitch using four strands of embroidery floss; knot on the inside of the cover to finish the special Christmas gift.
But no matter the guy, food baskets make great gifts for guys. Whether it's a food basket stocked full of his favorite snacks that he can munch on while watching the game or a box of delicious chocolate-covered strawberries for an after-dinner treat, food always makes for one of the top gifts for men. When it comes to shopping for birthday gifts for him or stocking stuffers for Christmas, make it all about something he can use and enjoy right away. Picking Christmas and birthday gifts for men doesn't have to be hard!
This stunning $4 Christmas gift (yes, really) is easy enough for DIY-newbies to create. Purchase four 4-inch flat corner braces from a hardware store. If you can't find brass braces, no worries! You can spray-paint the braces with metallic gold paint. Adhere a brace to each corner of a simple white picture frame using multi-surface adhesive. This metallic Christmas gift is perfect for any modern-design family.
You guys have all the fun. You grew up with/raised this guy, and you’re fairly certain you know what he enjoys. You know enough about his job, his hobbies, and his habits to get him something truly spectacular. There’s also a little bit more expectation resting on your shoulders, for all the reasons listed above. It may be a bit upsetting if you miss the mark entirely, and don’t get them something that fits in line with their life. They may negatively take it as, “Wow, I guess they really don’t know me after all.”
Most everyone knows of the age-old practice (seriously, it dates back to the Middle Ages) of giving specific anniversary gifts based on the number of years you’ve been wed. The idea behind it is that with each anniversary that passes, you strengthen your relationship. So, while these anniversary gifts may start out simple (paper for your first year and flowers for your fourth), their substance and significance increases as your investment to each other does. As time has evolved, though, so have these anniversary gift lists to match our more modern way of living. 
There’s a limited number of gifts you can do here, and since it’s such a meaningful experience, jokes should probably be left off the table. Getting a nice cigar humidor, or a top-shelf bottle of their favorite liquor are meaningful gifts that tell them to kick back and celebrate the occasion. A thoughtful gift mixed with your presence is exactly what they need.
A custom mug is one of those ingenuous gifts that can work for practically anyone—a family member, close friend, coworker, teacher, next-door neighbor—you name it. What makes an ordinary mug extraordinary is how you customize it. And the Signature Style personalized coffee mug makes this easy and elegant. Simply add any name and select the colors you like and the unique design is created for...
Some other special Christmas gift ideas for men can include barware or grilling supplies. Personalized coasters, mugs and decanters all make for great presents for guys, as do aprons that let everyone know just how good his burgers are. Other great gifts for him are customized t-shirts and mugs. Let the world know how much you love him by spelling it out!
Alcohol-Inspired Gift Tag - Gift tags are usually cash-grab items that we don’t really need, but if you do it this way, you’re getting function out of it, and possibly a laugh if you’re creative enough. Strap a $2.00 alcohol nip to the tag, and write something like, “I know I drive you to drink,” or something else that’s light, SFW humor along with it. This is perfect when towing the line with your boss or co-worker at a Christmas party, and saves you from having to wrap the entire gift.
November brings us one legendary sale, but before then, it’s all about Veterans Day sales to seriously stock up on housewarming gifts, home appliances, and small electronics. This is one of the more minor sales when it comes to gift-giving, but still a noticeable blip on the radar. If he’s a bit culinary guy, you can grab him something along the lines of a new countertop appliance, or take a look at the selection of grills. If he’s in a more snowy environment, it’s a good time to grab one of these for later and gift it during the summer months.
×