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 time association rule directly affects what you should be spending, and how big of lofty a gift you should be looking at. Opting for smaller gifts is better for a short relationship time, whether you’re dating or just friends. If I have a friend for six weeks, and I knew their birthday was coming up, I’m going to get them something small that’s half-obligatory, half “Hey, we’re buds, have something nice.” The longer you know or are with someone, the higher the expectation is on the gift.
To make the gift giving experience a little easier, explore categories that are compatible with different life stages and hobbies. Having a hard time figuring out what kids are into these days? Find an age appropriate gift for a child by checking out Baby Gifts, Kids Gifts or Tween Gifts. Not sure what to get for the gamer in your life? Take a look at Gaming Gifts and find the newest consoles, video games, headsets and gaming chairs for less. For your fashion-forward friend, browse the latest trends in Stylish Gifts, or for your computer savvy co-worker, check out Techie Gifts and find the hottest wireless headphones, 2-in-1 laptops and smartphones.
Most women will hint about things when it gets close to their birthday or a holiday. The hint may not always be about a specific item, but may also indicate how she is feeling or how much she feels comfortable about you spending. No matter what she is saying- listen! It’ll make gift shopping easier and ensures you’re getting her something she wants.
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.
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!
I thought I hated jeans until I discovered Madewell’s high-rise jeans. They’re comfortable, they’re slimming, they never rip, and they’re a great price. And they have curvy jeans now, which honestly were the best gift I ever received when I bought those bad boys for myself. If you're not sure what kind to get, I recommend a classic 10-inch (not too low waisted, but not too high) in a solid color dark wash (see link below). Read more about my thoughts on the jeans here.
In the mood to gift something majorly luxe? Put a fancy set of playing cards (perfect for at-home date night!) or a gorgeous Gray Malin triptych on your radar. If you're searching for an experience as opposed to a thing, scan the web for a local calligraphy workshop that'll help them turn handwritten paper notes into little pieces of art. Click through to see the entire gift list that'll help you honor one whole year of married bliss.

Wondering what to get your boyfriend this year, something that will really knock his socks off? These are the 50 best gifts going for your boy toy. Pick something like heated gloves or a bearded beanie to keep him warm this winter, or one of the latest video game consoles to keep him on the cutting edge of gaming technology. Any of the gifts on this list are sure to bring the wow factor.


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.

Customize a burlap throw pillow with your family member’s zip code or a special date. These DIY Christmas gift ideas add the perfect finishing touch to the family living room or a breezy porch swing. Create the burlap pillow from scratch (or use store-bought—we won’t tell), then use acrylic paint with stencils to paint your design of choice on the fabric. These country-chic Christmas gifts are perfect for the farmhouse aficionado in your life.  


"I ordered this for my son's birthday, and I thought I was being totally redundant because part of… more what he does FOR A LIVING, is to make and sell BBQ. As a matter of fact, he has won many local awards for his BBQ. When he opened his crate, he was delighted with the contents, and I guarantee everything will be promptly used. Thanks so much for this great (and painless gift). The next crate I order will be for my son-in-law's birthday. I wish you had a DIY crate - that would be the one for him, but I suppose I'll have to wait on that!” - Jennifer less
Frame a special photo in a colorful wooden frame for a sentimental Christmas gift. Prime the frame, then paint with a coat of chalkboard paint; let dry. Package this unique Christmas gift with different colors of chalk so the recipient can update the frame's caption and design as they change the photo. We love this Christmas gift for kids or creative coworkers.
To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’. In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary. The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.

Erasable labels are an easy Christmas stocking stuffer and upgrade any kitchen storage container. Create your Christmas gift using colorful repositionable vinyl stickers that accept chalk markers. Use a punch to cut stickers into fun shapes. Remove the paper backing and position the label on the container of your choice. Before you deliver the Christmas gift, add holiday wishes to the label, and remember to include a piece of chalk!


One last thing; don’t put the pressure on them for a reaction. Men don’t want to make others feel bad if they don’t like the gift, and the gift-giver is lighting up with anticipation of a reaction. Men will provide honest reactions, but the more and more pressure on them, the harder it’s going to be for them to reveal their reaction, and make the situation deflate/awkward. Don’t put the pressure on.
Christmas gifts are specially selected presents that are given to loved ones during the holiday season in western cultures. Personalized gifts, unique presents, gift baskets, handmade items and the like are wrapped in festive paper and placed under decorated Christmas trees or presented at gift exchanges all over the world to celebrate the Christmas holiday. In the United States and some other countries, these gifts are typically opened on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (December 25th). Christmas gifts are a reminder of the gifts given to the Christ child by the three Magi. A highly commercialized practice in the U.S., approximately 86% of Americans buy Christmas presents for their family members and friends.

November brings us one legendary sale, but before then, it’s all about Veterans Day sales to seriously stock up on housewarming gifts, home appliances, and small electronics. This is one of the more minor sales when it comes to gift-giving, but still a noticeable blip on the radar. If he’s a bit culinary guy, you can grab him something along the lines of a new countertop appliance, or take a look at the selection of grills. If he’s in a more snowy environment, it’s a good time to grab one of these for later and gift it during the summer months.


Remind your loved ones what matters most with this easy Christmas gift. Bonus: It's a super inexpensive holiday present. Download and print our free sign, then glue a magnet to the front of a framed wood plaque from a crafts store, then stick a metal clip to the magnet to hold the artwork. This Christmas craft comes in handy for displaying holiday cards, too.

"Overall, this gift was so cool! My siblings and I decided to order one of these man crates for our… more dad for fathers day. He absolutely loved it, thought the whole idea was awesome. The only reason I'm not giving this box 5 stars is because when my dad opened the package the box wasn't securely tight at the bottom and he just opened it with his hands and wasn't able to get the full effect. I will definitely be trying these boxes again closer to the holidays!" - Alicyn less


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.

One last thing; don’t put the pressure on them for a reaction. Men don’t want to make others feel bad if they don’t like the gift, and the gift-giver is lighting up with anticipation of a reaction. Men will provide honest reactions, but the more and more pressure on them, the harder it’s going to be for them to reveal their reaction, and make the situation deflate/awkward. Don’t put the pressure on.

I thought I hated jeans until I discovered Madewell’s high-rise jeans. They’re comfortable, they’re slimming, they never rip, and they’re a great price. And they have curvy jeans now, which honestly were the best gift I ever received when I bought those bad boys for myself. If you're not sure what kind to get, I recommend a classic 10-inch (not too low waisted, but not too high) in a solid color dark wash (see link below). Read more about my thoughts on the jeans here.
Another fantastic product that is gaining popularity is an essential oil diffuser. These are little devices that you add water and just a few drops of an essential oil of your choice too. Then, they diffuse the scent of the essential oil throughout whatever space they are in. Different essential oils have different benefits, so this can be a wonderful way to help her with a variety of things from getting over colds faster to getting to sleep easier or just simply filling her home, workplace, or even car with lovely scents in a more natural way than traditional air fresheners.
"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
A scarf is the absolute perfect practical accessory that makes a wonderful gift for the woman in your life. It isn’t just super stylish, but it is also very useful as well. Most scarves are very versatile, so she can wear it and use it in a good variety of ways while getting great use out of it all the while. It will help to keep her comfortable and warm while adding a great touch to whatever outfit she chooses to wear it with.
This Christmas gift makes an adorable office decoration or home accessory. Colorful baker's twine and papier-mache come together to create a too-cute monogrammed Christmas gift perfect for mom, best friends or sisters. Embellish a flat wooden frame with varying widths of wrapped twine on opposite corners. Then display a twine-wrapped papier-mache letter inside the frame opening. For a full Christmas theme, gravitate toward red and green twine.
Spending more doesn’t make the gift more valuable; in fact, it can actually spark more of an argument than just ignoring the event, and not getting him a gift at all. If you’re the SO, you might spark a feeling of indebtedness from the gift recipient. Even in our progressive world, there are still issues where men will feel inadequate based on their spouse earning more than them, providing more “value” to the family (however they like to measure it), and so on. Getting a gift that’s expensive or out of an acceptable price range, could send a bad message. Men are simple, and enjoy simple gifts; study what you believe they’ll want, but don’t overthink it and psych yourself out.
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.

It is important to note that there is some variation in traditional gift materials for specific years of marriage, due to the country in which the list was compiled. The table in this section specifies for those particular anniversaries whether the traditional gift material was derived from a US source or UK source, which are the main two sources used across the globe.


Spread a little holiday joy this year with custom Christmas gifts from Personal Creations. Personalized ornaments make a great personalized Christmas present to add a special touch to your Christmas tree this year. Find Christmas gift ideas and shop our collection of personalized stockings, Christmas decor, and great customized Christmas gifts for her, him, and baby as well! Whether you’re looking for the perfect advent calendar to count the days down to Christmas or just a unique Christmas stocking to hang over the fireplace, Personal Creations will help add a personal touch that is guaranteed to delight your loved ones with great Xmas gifts this season. Find a unique Christmas gift today!
Christmas candles are an inexpensive gift for the holidays, and you can add a homemade touch by personalizing the wrapping paper. This easy gift is the perfect stocking stuffer (or gift exchange item), and our DIY wrapping paper is easy to customize when you create your own rubber stamps. Plus, friends and family will love the special touch you add to any Christmas gift with homemade wrapping paper.
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.
It is important to note that there is some variation in traditional gift materials for specific years of marriage, due to the country in which the list was compiled. The table in this section specifies for those particular anniversaries whether the traditional gift material was derived from a US source or UK source, which are the main two sources used across the globe.
Fruit and flowers are a traditional gift for the four-year anniversary, so why not give your spouse a plant that will bring you both joy for years to come? In case you haven’t heard of Meyer lemons, they’re a favorite for cooking and making beverages because of their slightly sweet citrusy taste. Because these trees are grown to work indoors or outdoors, you can choose the size that will work best for your home (up to two, three or four feet tall).
Offroad Fury - Do they like spending a good amount of time in the great outdoors? Similar to the racetrack situation, you get to grab a few ATVs or a couple of dirt bikes, and hit the great wilderness. This is a total day from start to finish, so you’ll get the entire campsite ready, hit the dirt roads and wide open range, and return back to hit a hike before the stars come up. This one is an all-day affair of giving them the best of the best, and you might surprise yourself with how much of a good time you’ll have, too.
They don't call it Sweet 16 for nothing. Even though this is a traditional and modern gift pick, silver has historically meant clarity. Silver holloware (think: anything related to the dinner table that is not silverware so bowls, trays, and so on) symbolizes unity as well since you enjoy it when you sit down to dine together for your sixteenth anniversary.
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.
Getting a woman an impersonal gift is an easy way for her to feel unappreciated. Instead, picture the specific person you are shopping for and get her a gift that you know she would love. If you are shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, take time to get something that each woman you are shopping for would love, instead of getting them all the same standard gift. Take into consideration her profession. Is she a doctor, musician or a nerd? this can give you clues to what she is into.
Women can be the hardest to shop for, but this list should give you a strong footing on the kinds of things she might like. You’ll have to use your own judgement and personal knowledge to screen this list for things that apply to the woman in your life. These items have been hand-picked to be woman-approved, so no matter which one you go with you’ll at least be given the benefit of the doubt.
When searching for the best gifts for women, think about what she enjoys doing, and chances are you can find a device or piece of technology that can help her with it. For instance, if she's into fitness, try shopping for wearables like an activity tracker wristband to help her measure progress toward her fitness goals. Or if she' someone who can't live without access to her device, phone accessories like a portable charger, signal booster or heavy-duty case will ensure that she's never out of touch with her friends, family and social media.
Firstly, you have to take skin tone into account to get the right look. If their face is a bit redder than most, getting red clothing is going to make then look flush. If they’re a bit darker-toned, getting a jacket that exactly matches their skin tone is going to wash them out. Clothing that exactly or closely resembles skin tone is a bad idea, but getting something that matches their eyes is a hidden gem of fashionable men everywhere.
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! 

Made from the highest quality stainless steel in used in the jewelry making industry (316L), this gorgeous, yet durable ring is the perfect gift for your active loved one. The elegant brushed finish makes this spinner ring a sophisticated accompaniment to any wardrobe, and when you opt to customize it with the engraving of your choice, it becomes a one of a kind heirloom piece that is certain to...
Christmas present ideas for teens can be a little harder to come by, but think about giving them something that's just for them. For the teen girl who loves to play guitar in her band, get her a personalized poster or plaque with her name on it to decorate where she practices. For the teen boy who loves to support his sports team year-round, get him a locker room print or jersey of his favorite team.
Women can be the hardest to shop for, but this list should give you a strong footing on the kinds of things she might like. You’ll have to use your own judgement and personal knowledge to screen this list for things that apply to the woman in your life. These items have been hand-picked to be woman-approved, so no matter which one you go with you’ll at least be given the benefit of the doubt.
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.

If pay dates are a restriction, it’s also possible to go 50/50 with another friend, so long as you pay them back after your next paycheck. This can help you reduce mistakes with late orders, and take the weight off your shoulders. Even in precise logistics, there’s a margin of error. Having a bit of wiggle room with your shipping and delivery dates is a good thing.
If you want to be the “cool” gift giver this holiday season, take a look at some of the trendiest gifts that are currently in demand. Choose from 100 gifts that all have that cool factor, all that’s required is to find the ones that resonate with your recipients and you’re set. With so much to choose from, the only problem is deciding on which ones.
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.
There’s a limited number of gifts you can do here, and since it’s such a meaningful experience, jokes should probably be left off the table. Getting a nice cigar humidor, or a top-shelf bottle of their favorite liquor are meaningful gifts that tell them to kick back and celebrate the occasion. A thoughtful gift mixed with your presence is exactly what they need.

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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
Okay, this might seem silly, but it really is a great gift. Adult coloring books are just like regular coloring books, but they have more complex designs that are more appropriate for adults. They are a wonderful way to relax and decompress from a long or stressful day. They can add a little fun to her day in a simple and easy way and finished pictures range from being beautiful to hilarious depending on which adult coloring book you choose for her.
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.
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.
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