So you’ve gone to all the trouble to find what you thought was the perfect gift, only to read the expression on their face, and thank the stars above that you kept that gift receipt or proof of purchase. This is where you’ll have to pay serious attention to shopping online. Buying from stores that have brick and mortar establishments nearby will allow you to go with them, and physically exchange the gift for one of two things: store credit, or an item of equal or lesser value.
When my husband and I were approaching our first anniversary, we made a deal that we would choose gifts that align with the traditional anniversary gifts, year by year. I don’t know why, exactly, but something about giving gifts that have been given for hundreds of years appealed to us, I guess. To review, here are the traditional wedding anniversary gifts:
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.
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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.
The traditional colors for the four-year anniversary are blue and green, colors of loyalty and vitality that your marriage is earning as you move from being newlyweds to just plain married people. But instead of investing in the traditional blue topaz or zircon, stones that can seem quite fancy on a still-shoestring lifestyle, consider a unisex multi-strand bracelet made from hand-knotted nylon for a casual take on anniversary jewelry. The bracelet works just as well for men as for women and stands up to water, sun, sports and more. In brilliant shades of aqua with metallic accents, it’s lighthearted but durable, much the way you want your relationship to be.
A more modern four-year-anniversary gift tradition is to choose an appliance, and that makes sense: Maybe when you registered for gifts, you were afraid of asking for too much, or didn’t know what you would use, or had a vision for what kind of married people you’d be that may not have actually panned out. That’s fine, not all of us are meant to live on homemade veggie juice!
Before you follow my recommendation for this gift, please think about the person you’re shopping for first. If they are particular about what they wear, you may want to hold off on buying them jewelry without knowing what they want (Cue: The List—In other words, have them write you a list of what they want and FOLLOW IT). However, if the person you’re shopping for is simple and timeless, this Kate Spade pendant necklace could be perfect. It can be dressed up or down and is personalized with the initial of their first name displayed in the pendant. This necklace has 797 4.5-star reviews, so people clearly love it.
When the cute little rascals in your life seem to have all the toys they need, or you’re simply looking for a gift that’s a little more special, such as a keepsake or a loveable Sesame Street themed gift featuring their absolute favorite resident whether it’s the always funny and hungry Cookie Monster or the always ready to laugh Elmo, then there is only one place to go, and that’s Personal Creations!
If you’re going for big gifts or small (gifts for 1 year old boys), you’re going to want to hit late February for President’s Day sales. While these tend to apply to major appliances and mattresses, furniture and things of the sort, that could be the perfect thing. If he’s a gamer, and you’re going for a stellar top-budget gift, you could always check out gaming desks or gaming chairs. The trick to utilizing these sales is to see what their doorbuster items are. These are generally things they use to get people in the door (even virtually), and then sell them on great deals on larger items. Some brands even sacrifice making any profit off these items by dropping them so low, just to get you on their site. You’ll also see sales like this come around in late May for Memorial Day sales.
You will note that after 20 years, there aren't traditional gifts associated with every marital year, however, there is a modern theme for each year right up to 30 years of marriage. This reflects the need for a couple to continue to sustain romance and commitment as they progress through married life. Some years also have no floral symbol, gemstone or colour associated with them. We do, however, suggest useful gift ideas for every wedding anniversary year.
There’s thin ice to tread, though. When a man is conscious of his style, he’s going to take certain gifts with a bit more doubt. This guy requires a bit of extra work to figure out his ideal style gift. If he’s not into boots, and you grab a pair of Chelsea boots for him, it’s going to feel more like, “This is what they want me to wear, not what’s in line with my style.” To avoid that, we have a section further in the guide, all about color-matching with certain skin tones, and their current wardrobe. That’s going to show some real dedication and attention to their style, while still getting something that compliments them.
We’ll start with the one that’s going to make your life the most simple: a gift receipt. These are like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, giving you free range to correct your error as pain-free as possible. Even with these, you’ll still have to provide a form of photo ID in some places. It’s rare, but it’s something you don’t want to be caught without, especially if you’re stuck in the return line after a major holiday.
Buying for a girlfriend is slightly different than buying for your wife, but you will still apply many of the same principles. What does she like? Pay attention to the details so that she knows you care about her when you buy gifts for your girlfriend. Gifts for women need to be thoughtful and personal to really show you love them. Some of the best gifts for women are ones that remind them of something special the two of you share.
Here’s a great list of gag stocking stuffers that won’t break the bank. Carry on the tradition of having them open stocking stuffers that will confuse, dumbfound, or make them laugh with this oddball assortment of gifts all for a Hamilton or less. Choose from such profound items as the vengeful narwhal, a dispenser that supplies emergency underpants, and sandwich bags that make it look like your sandwich is wearing a disguise.
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Not sure what to get the wellness seekers in your life? You can't go wrong with Moon Juice’s cult-favorite Moon Dusts with this sampler pack, which includes two tea bag–like packets of the California–based brand's six best-selling edible “dusts.” Can’t sleep on planes? Stir in the dream dust to your favorite tea or a glass of warm milk before boarding. Suffering from jet-lag? Stir the brain and power dust into a smoothie; both are loaded with ingredients that support mental clarity, alertness, and energy.
Some exchanges may require you to bring a form of photo ID, even just for exchanges. If there’s a physical store, you can go for the same item in different colors or sizes, or as we mentioned, something of equal or lesser value. In the end, you could even grab the store credit, and transfer it over to the gentleman on your list who didn’t like the gift. That way, he’ll be able to go pick something out or use it with his own money for a larger purchase.