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.
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.
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 isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:
One very practical, yet still very fun gift that is sure to be loved is a good-to-go mug. Give her the gift of bringing her coffee (or wine – we don’t judge) with her wherever she goes. There are tons of different options out there, so it shouldn’t be hard to find something that will compliment her personal style perfectly. It is a great gift that the woman in your life will be able to get great use out of every single day.
"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
Just look at the statistics. Currently, about 27 percent of millennial couples are married, compared to 36 percent of Generation Xers, 48 percent of Baby Boomers, and 65 percent of Traditionalists when they were the same age. And even though most millennials haven't walked down the aisle just yet, 86 percent say that you plan on doing so one day. Whenever that is.
Do you have something sitting at home that you never use? It might be tempting to wrap it up and give it away to someone else, but that is always a risky move. You don’t want to accidentally give a gift back to the person that originally gave it to you. Or, if the woman you give the gift to eventually finds out, she will surely be disappointed and not feel special.
Jenna - I sent this crate to a long-term contractor of mine who deserved a cool and unique show of… more appreciation. He absolutely loved the gift (and probably the crate and duct tape wrapping even more!)--he said it totally made his day (and week!). I had the gift delivered to his office and he said all of his colleagues were standing around watching when it was delivered, wondering what it was and how in the heck he was going to open it. I wish I could have been there to see it! Thank, Man Crates! :D less
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.
Because every family enjoys baked goodies, sweets and treats, a personalized cookie jar makes for a delicious Christmas gift. What makes this personalized cookie jar exceptional is that you can customize it with so many options! You can add two lines of text on top of the custom cookie jar to specify the family name or a fun, personal message. You can then add up to eight family member characters...
Now that you’ve really honed in on your tastes as a couple, register for something you’ll really use and enjoy, like a wine fridge. This 54-bottle cooler can either be installed into a built-in space or work freestanding, so you can use it in the kitchen, basement or even a corner of the living room. It can be set to a range of temperatures to get the perfect chill for your favorite wine, and will automatically set to your last saved temperature should the power go out, and it’s virtually silent when it runs so it’s not adding noise pollution to your space.
'Tis the season for giving, and Hallmark has Christmas gifts for everyone on your list this year. Before you tackle the Christmas shopping, get yourself in the holiday mood with a little binge-watching of some feel-good Hallmark Christmas movies. Next, you'll want to spread the holiday spirit around your home with a healthy dose of Christmas decorating. From Christmas ornaments and Nativity sets to cozy pillows and scented candles, you'll find tons of great holiday decorating ideas at Hallmark to make your home comfy and Santa-ready.
This bundle of bedding includes a sheet set, duvet cover and extra pillowcases to fulfill your full suite of bedding. It’s all made in extra-luxe 480 thread count cotton weave for a breathable, silky-soft feel. And the bedding is incredibly popular — it has more than 17,000 positive reviews — from buyers who love the silky, warm and comfortable feel.
Uma Oils — or, more accurately, the Uma estate — has been supplying luxury beauty brands (like Tom Ford) with some of the world’s finest all-natural oils for centuries. But its own line of products — specifically the therapeutic oils, which are inspired by age-old Ayurvedic healing techniques — take the cake. We recommend starting out with the Wellness Oil Trial Kit. It includes four TSA-friendly oils for ailments ranging from stress to insomnia.
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.
"I bought this as a Father's Day gift for my dad, and he absolutely loves it! He has always wanted a… more smaller humidor, and has never had a cutting tool like the one in this package. I have purchased 3 other Man Crates in the past 8 months since I discovered this site. I cannot be more pleased with quality of the products, the level of customer service if I have any questions or issues with an order. This is all around 110% the best idea for any gifts! I refer ALL of my friends, family, and acquaintances!!" - Josh S. less
Personal Creations was the winner of the 2016 Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award®. The Award recognizes retailers that received outstanding online customer satisfaction scores throughout a one-year period, as rated by millions of verified online buyers. It was earned by only 208 retailers, representing the top 5.8% of retailers in Bizrate’s North American Network.
If you registered for a set of sheets when you were first married, chances are the years of weekly laundering — plus that one time or the other when a ballpoint pen or red sock got into the wash — have made those once-crisp linens dull or worn. No wonder that linen and silk are another traditional four-year anniversary gift! So splurge on an extra-luxurious set of sheets to update your bed.
"My brother is officiating at my wedding tomorrow and does not need anything, so this was the… more perfect gift for the man who loves to make breakfast for his children and anyone else in attendance. He thought opening it was a hoot, and loved the products inside! Couldn't be happier about the outcome and would absolutely order another gift down the road. A million thanks!" - Leslie less
Corporate Casual - A straightforward way to wrap a corporate casual gift, say at an office party or outing to a co-worker’s birthday after work, is to grab an inexpensive belt from your nearest store and wrap it around their present. It’s low maintenance, and while it allows them to see what the present is, it’s a corporate-friendly way to go about it and get a quick smile from the guy in question.
This comes down to gift cards for streaming media services, gaming equipment, and basically anything they can use, and pass the time with. Video games and gadgets, fidget spinners, attention-grabbing items and so on. Nobody likes to be bored, so these tend to include a lot of electronics, like speakers and drones, cameras and… you know what? You could check this guide out for some of the best electronic and entertainment gifts for your guy.
Brewery Tour and Tasting - One of our personal favorites. This gives him a chance to taste a private reserve, or meet the brewers and talk about the process. If you know they’re big on discovering new brews and batches, you’re about to give them the thrill of a lifetime. Find a local brewery, and discover their tasting room and private tours. It may cost you a nice chunk of change, but it’s an experience that they can’t just walk through the door and get.
A custom picture frame is a simple, yet totally unique and exceptionally meaningful Christmas gift. It’s a great way to show your loved ones that you took the extra time and thought to create something that’s truly theirs. Whether you’re shopping for your new boyfriend or girlfriend or your partner of many years, the “Because of You” picture frame can help express just how you...
You want the best for your kids, and these gifts deliver. They are the best things you can put under the tree this year that will have them talking long after the season is over. There are fun gifts like animal flip-flops that leave animal tracks behind, and hoodies that make it look like a monster is eating their head. These are the types of gifts that make Christmas memorable, and create that morning moment you’re looking for.
Whether you just started dating or are celebrating a milestone anniversary, you want to get her something special to commemorate the day. Maybe she would appreciate flowers delivered to her door on a monthly basis. Or maybe she would enjoy adding a personalized necklace to her jewelry collection. You could also consider pampering her with some delightful body lotions and bath soaps – she is worth it!