Following the anniversary gift types are the different gemstones that have been assigned to each year to reflect your ever-evolving bond and the significance of your relationship. And last are designated colors and color combinations that tie into and relate to the anniversary year’s overall theme. Together, all four of these components can be incorporated either in the actual anniversary gift you give or the way you commemorate the special day, or both.
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.
You’ve probably heard of, seen, or owned a Le Creuset dutch oven. They are one of the most popular wedding gifts for newlyweds and, like KitchenAid stand mixers, a kitchen staple for adults everywhere. When I was shopping for my wedding registry earlier this year, an employee at Williams-Sonoma encouraged us not to register for a Le Creuset, but instead a Staub dutch oven. I became curious and started noticing my favorite food bloggers posting meals in Staub cookware on Instagram—and I recognized that my favorite fast casual food place, Cava, used them to display food. THEN, we tested dutch ovens at Reviewed and our favorite overall was the Staub! Clearly these dutch ovens are hot right now, so get them for the person in your life who loves cooking. You can’t go wrong.
Another twist on the tried and true blue and green anniversary “stones” is a set of agate coasters in deep jewel tones of sapphire and emerald. Much like a marriage partnership, the true beauty of these stones is found inside and created only over the course of many years — an analogy you can use as a jumping-off point for a thoughtful card to accompany them. The set includes four coasters, each between 3.5” and 4.5”, and each totally unique as the variations are naturally grown in the stone. They are selected for their fine ocean shades and polished to a party-ready sheen. He can put them to use in his man cave or perhaps now he will actually use a coaster.
"I purchased this crate for our boss from the crew. We paid extra to ensure it came bound in duck… more tape. The look on his face was priceless. After tearing through that and once got to the crate it was comical. I don't know who enjoyed the gift more; us for the pure enjoyment of watching him break a sweat busting into the crate and finally taking a hammer to it, or him for the goodies packaged inside. It was a great gift, which he really seemed to appreciated. I think he may get another crate next year!” -Lani less
Fortunately, those days are over! With fantastic advances in technology, internet access from almost anywhere, and sites like ours, you can find amazing products to satisfy almost anybody’s wish list from the comfort of your own home! Why spend your season sorting through mounds of mass-produced items and searching for gifts that are all sold out when you can complete your holiday shopping with the click of a button or the tap of your finger?
Do you have trouble finding the PERFECT & practical gift for the perfect woman in your life? No worries, you aren’t the only one who gets overwhelmed. Finding the right gift can be hard, especially when dealing with fashion, cosmetics, or technology. But, the good news is you have come to the right place. We have you covered from your kids to you grandmother and everything in between. When looking for gifts ideas for women, there is such a variety of choices you will come across. Whether you know exactly what you want to get your woman, girlfriend, grandmother or perhaps just a good friend, our gift guides for her includes something special for every woman in your life. From babies to teenagers and all the way to seniors! Not only do we cover every lucky woman in your life, but also every possible occasion. No matter the occasion from birthdays and holidays to weddings, housewarming gifts, and graduations, you will find the perfect gift. If you are looking for a unique and meaningful gift, then stop right here. At That Sweet Gift we love finding amazing gifts that will not soon be forgotten. We have gift guides to help you every step of the way.
These are less about function, and more about getting a trophy for a milestone or significant occasion in the guy’s life. Because of that, there’s a lot less expectation on the nature of the gift, but you do need to signify a greater meaning behind it. With that pressure off your shoulders, it’s simple to contour it to the occasion. We’ll give you some examples:
Bring your children's imagination to life with all the baby & kids toys and gifts that Crate and Barrel has to offer. Dress up clothes, accessories and playhouses allow your kids to dive into the world of make-believe. From summer camp to the bottom of the ocean to an African safari, find the perfect props for pretend play. Don't forget to add some fun games to your playroom as well! We've got lots of choices from wooden blocks to puzzles to checkers. Help your kids play house with baby dolls, toy kitchens, and fake food. If you have a young baby or toddler, we've got plenty of toys and activities here for little ones, too. Find rattles, balls and activity mats all designed specially for babies. Searching for a kids gift? You've come to the right place. Shop by age or by price, and don't forget to check out our personalized gift options to add a special touch to your present. Our toys and games make the perfect gifts for holidays and birthdays, no matter what age your child is turning! And of course, if you just cannot make up your mind on what to give, keep it simple with a Crate and Barrel gift card.
"I’m jealous! This crate was for my husband, but oh my goodness, can I just say we both are loving… more it!?!! The smokey flavor of the maple syrup is amazing! My husband loves Old Fashions so this was perfect for him. But now they may be my new favorite as well! The bitters are amazing too! It’s always been hard for me to find bitters that make a drink good but wow! These are great!! The glasses are made in Germany and much nicer than I expected. The crate is great and makes the gift fun and unique! I highly recommend!!" - Kelly less
This coaster quartet takes shape with plain porcelain tiles painted with musical motifs. Download and resize free musical instrument clip art, then shade the shapes with a pencil so you can see the design on the reverse side. Flip the patterns over and place on ceramic tiles; trace around the shaded shapes to transfer a faint outline of the patterns to the tiles. Attach rubber cabinet bumpers to the backs of the tiles to protect surfaces and keep the coasters from shifting, then fill in or paint around each silhouette with a thin paintbrush and porcelain paint.
Specific flowers and colors have also come to be associated with each wedding anniversary year. There do not appear to be any consistent sources for these themes, so the table in this section lists all key flowers from a number of reputable sources that stipulate what the flower is for each anniversary. It is possible that any variation in the nominated flower for a particular year may represent the region of the world in which that particular flower came to be endorsed. In addition to the specific flower for each anniversary, the rose, considered the floral king of romance, can be substituted for most anniversaries if so desired.
We also cover a large list of gift cards. They seem simple, and some call them impersonal. However, there are some guys that no matter how much you analyze what they like, you’ll either find out that they have everything they need for their interests, or they’re just too hard to read. If you’re hitting a wall trying to find a unique gift, you don’t have to stress about it. Gift cards are not impersonal gifts, so long as you have a basic grasp of what they like. Even if you can’t pinpoint the specific items that they want or need, you can generalize with a gift card to a specific place.
When it comes to exchanging, you might hit restocking fees or shipping fees if you’re going to send it back to an online store or manufacturer. Restocking fees generally apply to electronics or other easily damaged items that need to be inspected and tested before they can be put back on the shelf. Even if you gently opened the box, they can still require new packaging, and again, it’s all depending on store policy. You can pay anywhere from five to twenty percent for a restocking fee, which will require you to fork up some more cash if you’re trying to get a gift of the same caliber.
Backpacks are the best back to school gifts for students, especially if they are filled with some snacks and treats! For younger children, a cute critter bag or personalized Stuffie that can also double as a friend when school feels overwhelming make great gifts for children. For teens, consider getting them a messenger bag that will be as stylish as their new back-to-school outfits and leave all their friends asking where they got that cute new bag.
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.
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.
This adorable chalkboard look photo holiday card is spot on with this year’s trends! The chalkboard background looks just like you remember from grade school and sidewalk signs, and the artful fonts dancing across the right side of the postcard shaped personalized card are the perfect mix of Christmas and whimsy. Featuring traditional Christmas time colors of red and green writing, along...