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.
If you end up getting ahold of someone that handles this, instead of waiting on three-day email gaps and letting your frustration build, remember that you get more with honey than you do with vinegar. You’ll be dealing with someone who’s had a really rough day with every other call, so a bit of kindness and understanding can help you in the long run. If you just hit Google and search for firsthand accounts from customer service agents, you’ll see tales of waived fees and additional aid galore. It’s out there, and so long as you’re kind and have everything necessary on your end to commence the return, you’ll be in good hands.
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.
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.
Bright floral prints keep a home looking warm despite winter chill—an ideal Christmas gift for friends who prefers bold motifs. Choose the frame and cut a piece of cold press board (sturdy, textured paper found in crafts stores) an inch smaller than the frame on all sides. To create the irregular white border, brush frisket (liquid similar to rubber cement that will mask areas you don't want painted) along the edges with an imperfect stroke; let dry. Place silk or plastic greenery (look for pieces that lie flat) on each board, and spray with a single coat of paint. Remove the greenery, and allow the paint to dry. Carefully rub off frisket, then attach the print to white paper backing and place in frame.
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.
I have been wanting to buy Madewell's classic leather tote bag for a while now, so I did not hesitate to purchase it when they came out with a zip top version of the bag this year. The classic tote is big enough to hold all my stuff for work, stylish enough for me to use on weekends when I don't have a lot in it, and the zip top makes it perfect for traveling on weekend trips with (or using as a carry-on while flying). The bag comes in a few different colors. I have it in English Saddle, which is of course my personal fave.
Grabbing a gift card from one of the major room retailers, like Hotels.com, gives you a unique opportunity to play the hero. He may spend it on a free night during business travel, or he might spend it to take the family out and take the financial pressure off of a weekend of fun. Either way, it’s an ace in the hole that he can keep in his wallet for when the proper time arises.
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.
Admittedly, some of the presents might seem a little strange at first, as it's doubtful most men will shriek with delight should they receive a gift of lace or china. But despite a few head-scratching selections, the list features a range of helpful, thoughtful and diverse gift ideas that can serve as a jumping-off point for shopping ventures. In fact, many men and women struggling to locate the perfect anniversary present have been delighted by this handy guide, which takes out much of the gifting guesswork. Of course, if you find that your creativity is stifled by such specificity, rest assured that you can choose to interpret the suggested material as loosely as you like.
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.
This is a serious event in his life. He’s worked, planned, and gotten ready for this day for potential years. This calls for something for his business, something that he may one day pass down to his children when they inherit it. Custom frames for their first dollar, posh decorations for their office, or even a nice, strong bottle of top-shelf liquor with a custom label (that’s one they’ll probably bring home, but it’ll mean the world to them in their liquor cabinet).
How cute is this camera?! This is a great gift for people who love taking pictures and HAVING pictures. I bought and used the Instax Mini 9 at my wedding this year for guests to take photos of themselves. A friend also had the camera while we were traveling in Greece this summer, and I have some of those pictures hanging on my fridge. Great for adults, college students, and teens, this Fujifilm camera is an excellent gift.
TV Service, Movie, or Gaming Gift Cards - Just about everyone on the face of the Earth loves movies or at least video games. Getting something to an online download service for games, streaming service like Netflix, or a Fandango gift card to grab some movie tickets, shows them that you’ve paid enough attention to know what to get them. Maybe they mentioned a new movie coming out that they really wanted to see, or you know about a game title that’s about to drop, and they just have to have it. This takes the risk away from getting the wrong gift, by allocating the funds you’re spending on them to a specific service or set of services. If you’re not a gamer, and you grab the wrong title, the exchange and wait are a lot more awkward; gift cards put them in control, but you’re still treating them.