You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.
There’s nothing wrong with paying less attention to the stitch colors of a jacket or messenger bag, or not minding how the boots look, as long as they function. There’s a lot of guys out there who would much rather receive practical gifts, rather than something that essentially doesn’t serve a purpose (more on this shortly). They don’t find expensive clothing as attractive as a fuller wallet, which is totally okay. This guy understands and appreciates a new, hefty jacket to protect him from the elements when his job or trade requires him to work outside. He can find the joy and thoughtfulness in these items that blend function and fashion but generally enjoys the more practical or usable gifts.
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It can be fun to buy themed gifts; for instance, coming up with fun Christmas gifts for sisters or moms. Again, consider something that is special to her when you are developing your Christmas gift ideas for her. Another special occasion is her birthday. A great gift idea for her birthday could be as simple, yet thoughtful, as matching monogrammed mugs if the two of you enjoy drinking tea or coffee together. Something you share together can be a great birthday gift for her.
Well Played - If you want to throw some DIY in the mix and make it the most auspicious gift they’ll receive, this one’s pretty fun. All it takes is a large cardboard box, one sheet of wrapping paper, and a stapler. Put the box vertically, and make a 2x3 grid of circular cuts. Lay the wrapping paper along the inside and make it like a carnival game, while putting their gift behind one of the hole punches. It’s also fun to have them go through all of them without having the gift inside. When they turn around baffled, just hand it to them; you’re sure to get a laugh from the room.
"My husband loves to grill, and therefore didn't necessarily need the typical grilling items. I LOVE… more that this crate allowed him to do some experimenting with a completely different cooking style (and he does too). The recipe books, circle kabobs, high quality folding spatula, and grill glove were all great additions to his grilling tools. The duct tape upgrade was worth the look on his face, too!!!” - Sarah less
Choose a pretty Christmas pattern, like poinsettias, and impress your coworkers with a crafty gift that's easy to make in bulk. Roll clay to 1/4-inch thickness on parchment paper and refrigerate for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the clay from refrigerator, keeping it on parchment, and place on an even surface. Press the rim of an ovenproof bowl into clay, and cut around bowl with a crafts knife. Press a rubber stamp into clay to create pattern; if it sticks, lightly oil stamp surface. Lightly oil inside of the bowl used as a circle template. Place clay circle in center of bowl, gently molding it to sides, then place in oven and bake as directed on clay package. Once cool, remove clay bowl from mold and lightly sand edges if necessary. We love this Christmas gift for family and friends, too.
A six-panel window frame becomes a weekly calendar that makes a stylish Christmas present. Each day of the workweek is assigned a pane, and the sixth makes room for notes (or your Christmas list). To make, tape off the wood frame with painter's tape and spray several coats of magnetic spray paint on the front of the glass panes, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Paint each pane with colorful chalkboard paint using a paintbrush to edge and a small foam roller to fill in. Let dry. Remove tape from wood frame.
Scuba Diving - This is something that a guy can’t justify spending the money on when it’s just going to be him. Not only that, but nobody wants to travel down in the murky blue without a mate by their side. If you know they’re lovers of the ocean and all things aquatic, then it’s time to slip on the wetsuit and roll back off the boat. These can also be coupled with a day out on the boat, which we are about to cover next.
Looking for something sentimental that she can keep with her at all times as a reminder of your love? Then, you might want to consider this charming pendant necklace from Sarah Chloe. The necklace features a personalized pendant, small diamond setting, and your choice of sterling silver or 14-karat yellow gold plated chain. The pendant can fit up to sixteen stamped characters – room for her name and your name on either side of the diamond. A romantic gesture that she will appreciate.
Ordering a blanket online made me a bit nervous, especially a personalized one. However, I got the blanket today and can't even begin to say how happy I am. It is true to the expected size. It is truly plush- the Sherpa side is fluffy, the printed side begs to be snuggled into. The lettering is masterfully done-and what is most amazing is that there is NO texture change when you run your fingers over them. I am ecstatic.
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.
Despite his "scales" this wonderfully soft and shy Stegosaurus Plush likes to practice his "roar" while stomping around to make his squishy spines wobble. Even more, this bashful stegosaurus loves to snuggle—especially when reading Dinosaurs Are Cool. Richly illustrated and written in funny rhymes, Dinosaurs Are Cool lets little ones see just how naughty dinos can be, while discovering why dinosaurs became extinct. Set includes polyester dinosaur and hardcover book.
Holiday ornaments are not just decorations for the Christmas tree, they induce nostalgia about times gone by and can be quite magical. Even if you don’t have some of those creations crafted from Popsicle sticks back in kindergarten, unwrapping those special figurines and bulbs from long ago brings back wonderful memories and adds to the...Read More
That last rule is why you’ll see men with square watches, generally with broader bands than standard watches. Pocket squares, sharp-angled ties, and flattering patterns all play into the rugged stud style, as well. If you end up going for a tie, go with stripes, lines, or a plaid design. It’s all straight-cut, giving more dimension to the angles of their face, and their body.
For the wine drinker on-the-go. I’m just kidding. This is actually great for ALL wine drinkers—not just busy ones. Keep her glass full AND cold this holiday season with Corkcicle’s stylish stemless wine thermos (that is a mouthful—also, no pun intended, again). It comes in many colors including one called “Unicorn Magic.” Now please excuse me while I purchase this in advance of the holidays, so I can attend all of my upcoming parties with it. MEET MY NEW PLUS ONE: THE CORKCICLE WINE THERMOS.
"I stumbled upon Man Crates while searching for the perfect gift for my step dad for Father's Day. I… more am in marketing myself and so when I saw not only a clean website but the product I was very impressed. There was no hesitation when deciding to buy this gift for my step dad and he was floored when he got it. Great product. Great service. Great timing. Very impressed and WILL be shopping here again.” - Nia less
For the fashionista in your life, consider giving her a subscription to the Trunk Club. She can get a rotation of high quality apparel and shoes on a monthly or seasonal basis. The first step is to initiate membership and set up a style profile. She will have the option to consult with a stylist and pre-approve the items before they ship. When the Trunk Club box arrives, she can try on the garments and decide whether or not to purchase them. Wardrobe staples include denim, sneakers, sweaters, and outerwear and range from $40 to $300. Nordstrom backs all inventory. Each trunk has a styling fee of $25.
Skydiving - Yeah, we joked about it, but it’s a thrilling experience. If he’s an adrenaline junky, the guy who just can’t get enough of life in the fast lane, this will make his head spin. These are also systematic with parachuting and hang gliding, though those usually require a more remote location. Falling safely out of the sky throws caution to the wind, while still playing it safe and enjoying the time of your life.
Gifts are a great way to show someone that you care and that you want someone to feel special. If you don’t have an idea or are tired of getting the same gifts over and over, take a look through our guides for some inspiration. Make the next birthday or Mother’s Day celebration the best one yet by getting a totally unique gift that the special someone in your life wouldn’t expect at all!
Find fun personalized gifts for kids of every age, from infants and toddlers to teens and even big kids who refuse to grow up. School-aged kiddos will love using their one-of-a-kind school supplies, stickers and stationery in the classroom. Personalize kids' clothes, from everyday T-shirts and sweatshirts to custom aprons your mini artists and chefs will wear with pride.
When you want to express your gratitude, choose from our selection of beautiful thank you gifts. Nothing shows appreciation better than the perfect combination of blooming bouquets, yard décor, and sweet treats. Express your heartfelt thanks to a loyal employee with an exotic plant to spruce up their office, or send along a gift basket filled with delicious items to help them get through long days at their desk.
So he’s more of a hiker; that’s okay. July has Independence Day sales on a lot of hiking gear, outdoor furniture, and even grills. It’s the dead set center of the summer, and in certain areas, those are the only months where they can really do anything with the great outdoors. Give them an addition to their hiking arsenal, and pocket the shaved-off top of the budget to keep for yourself (or grab them an additional gift). You’ll also see similar sales on Labor Day come the beginning of September.
"My husband is a career military member and a fan of all things military. I took a chance and bought… more this set. I'm so glad I did. He LOVED it. In fact, that day, he used the Ammo can to take in his lunch to work- where he works with a bunch of other career military people. The etching on the glass looks good, the glasses are good quality and the set looks pretty true to the picture. He really liked the .50 bottle opener. For some reason, I wasn't really paying attention to that in the picture, but they engraved it too! Very happy with this purchase and I will definitely buy from you again!" - Tamara less
Here is a simple gift that she is sure to enjoy. Succulent plants are gaining popularity as they are very cute and extremely easy to care for. They add a great touch of life to any room and won’t take a ton of extra time or worry to make sure they stay healthy. Help her add a little nature and fresh oxygen in her life with this adorable and easy gift choice.
When you portray your favorite person on a dinner plate, they'll feel like the guest of honor at every meal. Using a photo as a starting point, draw the shape and fine features of your muse onto a plain white plate using a porcelain paint pen. Use a paintbrush to add blush and hair. Keep acetone (nail polish remover works well) and tissues close to remove any mistakes. To set the paint, bake the plate according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Although the plate should be food-safe, double-check the manufacturer's instructions or use it for decorative purposes only.
Your guy-in-mind is hungry for gear, but what do you get for the man who has everything? We’re about to dish it out in one of our most comprehensive overviews to date. There’s constantly explosive, cutting-edge technology and innovations, giving you an ample palette of one-of-a-kind gifts to choose from. If he thinks he has it all, he doesn’t know what he’s missing; you’re about to get ahead in this gift-giving game. Here’s everything from top to bottom when you’re buying gifts for men.
A gent with vast interested in the automotive world, woodworking, collecting, and everything in between, all share one main trait: they’re progressing. Nobody starts a hobby for no reason; they have goals in mind, thresholds, milestones they want to achieve. Using this mindset is the first step in identifying the perfect gift for the guy on your list.
Just Like the Newsies - There’s just something classic about brown paper and leather strip tying it all together. This is fairly cheap since the paper isn’t bleached or treated in most cases. It also saves you from buying a big roll of wrapping paper when you’re only wrapping a single gift. This wrapping is excellent for gifting clothing or stylish items.
Here Fishy, Fishy! – Fish aren’t stupid. They know there’s a hook hidden beneath that lure that could yank them to their demise. But some lures are… more so beautifully enticing that the fish can’t not bite. They’d rather risk death than live without it. The Lure Making Kit lets him mold his own lures and harness the powers of plastic persuasion. less
Look, we all know how hard it is to find the perfect gift and the pressure that goes along with it. Whether it is your daughter, mother, niece, or friend, you need to find the perfect gift. Well we take the pressure right off of your shoulders. We have a wide range of gift guides to cover every holiday or occasion because you don’t need more stress in your life. Does your girl love wine? Or maybe your daughter is a techie or tomgirl. No matter what the occasion or personality, you are sure to find an amazing gift for every woman in your life.