47 Thoughtful Anniversary Gift Ideas

Looking for that perfect anniversary gift? It’s a tricky question but getting it right is rewarding: anniversaries are a chance to re-light the fire of a relationship and remember how far you’ve come.

This is our collection of the best anniversary gift ideas in 2021. There’s something for every couple: whether you follow big anniversary themes or are looking for a small but great gift to celebrate your first anniversary.

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What To Get

Most married couples know that there are traditions and meanings for each year that you are married. If you are traditional you could certainly use these as a reference point. Here’s year 1-5 for a reference.

  • 1st Anniversary- “Paper”
  • 2nd Anniversary- “Cotton”
  • 3rd Anniversary- “Leather”
  • 4th Anniversary- “Fruit and Flowers”
  • 5th Anniversary- “Wood”

Gift suggestions for the first years of marriage were meant to symbolize being practical and help in building their new life and home together. The following years included more luxury-based gifts when the couple was more established.

The list goes on and gives insight on traditional and more modern gifts. You certainly do not need to stick to these suggestions, but they could be fun to play with a bit.

Non-Married Couples

It’s always nice to re-light the fire of a relationship. Married or not, celebrating anniversaries is healthy for the both of you. It helps to remember where you started and how far you’ve come, and why you fell in love in the first place. You can choose what day to celebrate each year such as the day you met, your first date, or the day you moved in together. You are certainly welcome to follow along the same guidelines and etiquette as a married couple.

How Much To Spend

Just like any other gifts you may by, your budget should be paid attention to. Most spouses would appreciate keeping your dollars in check now that what’s yours is hers and vice versa. Try not to focus on the amount and focus on the thought and effort that goes into it. Remember who you married, their personality and what they would appreciate.

DIY & Free Gifts

  • Handwritten Love Note
  • Date Night Jar
  • Timeline of Love (Your history together)
  • Scrapbook
  • Homemade Meal or Treats
  • Confidence Book (ask friends and family to write encouraging notes)
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Love Vouchers
  • Twinkle Fort
  • Box of Handwritten Sex Prompts
  • Video Montage

What To Write In Cards

An anniversary card is so important for couples. Even if you don’t go the traditional Hallmark route, you could make your own. Use your words to let your spouse know that your love and appreciation for them is still there, regardless of how often you say it aloud. Obviously use your personal experiences to speak from the heart, but here’s some ideas if you’re stuck!


  • When I’m around you, I know that I can be my true self. You are the only person I can say that about. Thank you for accepting me.
  • I love having you as my (wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend). You are a blessing from God.
  • My time with you is valuable. Today, we get to celebrate the time that we’ve been blessed to spend together. Thank you for your commitment and investment in our relationship.
  • You deserve for me to tell you how much I appreciate you more often. Time flies when I’m having fun living life with my best friend.
  • Forever wouldn’t be long enough to be with the most important person in my life.


  • I think it’s time to let you know that I’ve been dating someone, and I really love them. It’s you!
  • I am glad that you let me be myself. I don’t know that I could do that with anyone else without the person thinking I am crazy. Maybe I am a little crazy.
  • Happy Anniversary to someone I can talk to, laugh with, cry with, and cause some trouble with.
  • You are always the right person to have around at the right time. Right now, I just need you to be my anniversary date.


What are milestone anniversaries?

The most celebrated milestones start with the 1st anniversary and while celebrating each year is common the major milestones are considered to be 10years, 25years and then 50years.

Which anniversary is the paper anniversary?

The first anniversary is the paper and while it seems a bit plain there’s a whole range of fun ideas that can be created with paper. From personalized books to origami treasure hunts, if you’re not sure where to start try our features gift suggestion above.

Do you have to give an anniversary gift on your wedding day?

This one a personal choice and depends on you and your partner. Some people love anniversaries and go all out while others don’t make a big deal about them. Our advice if is you aren’t sure a gift is always appreciated.