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.
If your guy likes to meld their wardrobes with a more formal look, they’ve got a more refined taste for name-brand items that just come in higher quality. For them, it’s going to be more about the durability and fashion sense of the clothing over quantity. You don’t necessarily have to get an entirely new outfit, but a nice addition to their ever-amassing wardrobe is certainly a way to his heart.
The Air-King recently returned to the Rolex line after being retired for a number of years. It's the only Rolex whose logo—the crown and signature—is printed in two different colors: green and yellow. The self-winding mechanical movement of this antimagnetic steel watch, which is waterproof to 330 feet, is also entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.
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"I ordered a crate for my dad's birthday and he loved it! After opening, everyone started looking at… more the Man Crates site to see what crates they would want to have or send to others. I knew I had to check out Man Crates again for Father's day. I thought to myself 'Whats the Father's day equivalent to Mother's day flowers?' and this is it! I cannot wait for it to be delivered to my dad." - Jill less
This is the guy who doesn’t just maintain his facial hair; he styles it, he has precise tools and instruments that each serve a specific purpose. He’s much more prone to buy sunglasses online, rather than looking at the CVS rack and randomly selecting the blackest pair. If he owns more than one pair of shoes, he’s likely to fit on this list. A gentleman with style understands how to make an outfit work, because while clothes don’t make the man, they do play a vital role in one fundamental part of their lives: first impressions. He pays attention to body grooming and smelling good (men's cologne) a lot more, as well. From face moisturizers down to beard trimmers (if he’s into that sort of thing), and so on. It’s not just enough to shower, shave, and hop into clean clothes; every piece of their attire serves a purpose.
For each year, we give you not only the themes, but also gift suggestions you can really use. We even have some cute anniversary date ideas if you need some inspiration. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and over-the-top ideas. Some of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read through the whole list. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you lots of days worth celebrating, all through the year.
You work with the guy, you want to get something nice, but you just don’t know where to go. One of the main reasons to get a restaurant gift card is to tell them, “You deserve a night off, so this one’s on me.” There’s a little bit of careful planning that should go into it, though. Depending on your relationship with this guy, you’ll know a few basic details, like what city or town they live in, or what’s along the road on the way to, or coming back from work. The last thing you want is to get a gift card to a restaurant that’s going to be out of their way; you’re trying to make it convenient for them to get a meal essentially for free, so look at what’s along the way. This is a simple gift card to grab that doesn’t take too much knowledge, but buyer beware: try to get a feel for any possible allergies before you send them out for lobster.
Sales on electronics happen in early February just about each year, usually around whatever the upcoming “big game” is. Big box retailers use these days to bring in a lot of foot traffic, but in recent years, have found that they actually make a lot more money by doing it online. They reduce labor, advertising costs, and battle it out with their competitors to give you killer prices. For online sales, you can expect to see some of these roll-outs about a week early, to allow for shipping time.
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.
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These retro-inspired coasters will take your parents or grandparents back to their childhood Christmas celebrations. Flashy centers and simple construction save surfaces and show off bold colors in any holiday living room. To create this DIY Christmas gift, use rounded-corner paint chips and vinyl flooring samples. First, round the corners of the flooring samples by tracing around the paint-chip corners and using scissors to carefully trim excess material. Use spray adhesive to secure a paint chip to the center of a vinyl sample. In a well-ventilated area, apply five coats of glossy clear sealer, allowing full drying time between coats. Affix felt pads to the coaster bottoms and start whipping up holiday punch.
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...
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.
As for our story books, they’re guaranteed to lend story time an extra fun vibe as kids experience the excitement of seeing their name in print. We even feature interactive CDs too. Now that’s what we call a gift to fire the imagination! Or perhaps you’re heading to the classroom or sport’s field. On the move or off to school, our personalized backpacks are just thing for keepings junior’s books, school supplies, sports kit or toys organized, and better yet they’re easy-to-spot! And make sure your kids are hydrated to play by surprising them with personalized reusable water bottles with their names on the bottle.
Go the extra mile with an exquisite present from our collection of personalized gifts for women. She’ll appreciate anything you choose for her, but personalizing a gift adds a distinctive touch that makes it hers alone. Monogrammed or embossed initials and other customized elements elevate an ordinary object, imparting a bespoke quality to it and transforming it into a treasured keepsake. And there’s a practical benefit: personalization can help identify the object if it’s ever lost. Choose a personalized gift and let her know you appreciate everything she does.
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.
With all that shipping information at your fingertips now, there are a few things you can do to plan ahead of time so your guy doesn’t miss his perfect gift. For one, you’ll do well to grab it a month in advance and stow it away on the top shelf in your closet (because childhood taught us that the best gifts go there). Take gift receipts and return policies into consideration. We already talked about these higher up in the guide, but to reiterate, it sucks getting a gift you didn’t actually want. Getting it returned or exchanged can be the light at the end of the tunnel, but not if your gift receipt exchange window expired. Pay close attention to that when planning to purchase ahead of time.
"Manly arts such as flying jets, riding cross country on a motorcycle, designing and building my own… more homes. Learning to paint with oils, running a small business, baking my own breads. Brewing beer, distilling and aging whisky. But I never bought a 5 pound pork belly until a week ago. Local butcher, apply the rub from Man Crates, bag and wait....but... I have never built my own cold smoker either. I had a week to complete that project. A little design and engineering from youtube and the web helped. Combination apple wood and hickory!! Stunning results. Perfection. Bacon with eggs, bacon with roasted brussels sprouts, bacon bits with tofu and vegetables and bacon with bacon." - Alan less
Every year, you have one less gift you’ll be able to get them. We know mates on their twentieth anniversary who already have a handful of engraved, personalized items, and all the gadgets their inner child could ever want. This gets tricky, but it’s not a lost cause. For everything he has, you can branch-off and get him something else. He enjoys his fine liquors; get him a new glass set. He’s a collector; there’s a never-ending list of watches we’re accumulating here. When in doubt, build on what’s already been built upon. It may no seem as “custom” to you, but if they have a clear interest in it, they’re going to appreciate it more than you think.