Ideas for a one-year boyfriend & girlfriend anniversary gift

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Ideas for a one-year boyfriend & girlfriend anniversary gift
If you can't find the perfect gift don't be afraid to make your own. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Anniversaries are a time for celebration, but they can also be stressful because there is so much pressure to make the day special. Some partners agonise for weeks or even months over what to buy their boyfriend or girlfriend, but there's really no need to fret. There are plenty of gift options out there to fit your relationship style, whether it be elegant, whimsical, sappy or unconventional.

Romantic Rendezvous

An anniversary gift doesn't have to be a tangible item. Simply spending some time together can be a great gift. Consider whisking your boyfriend or girlfriend away after work and spending the rest of the day or even the whole weekend together. You can even rent a limo to pick your significant other up and take him to a romantic restaurant for dinner. Of course you'll want to give him a chance to change into some appropriate attire first.


A batch of homemade cookies or brownies in a decorative tin or basket is a considerate gift option. Another option is to make an entire dinner for your loved one including all her favourite items. It doesn't take much cash to pull this one off, but the time and effort you put into a gift is more important than how much you spend. If you don't know your way around a kitchen, you can also purchase something, but it needs to be extraordinary or presented in a special way. For example in the movie "Sex and the City" Samantha covered her body with pieces of nigirizushi, like a sushi model at a high-end restaurant, to surprise her boyfriend.

Custom Items

Another idea is to hire freelance artists to help you immortalise your boyfriend or girlfriend. Commission graphic artists to create custom comic books detailing how you and your sweetie met or how you fell in love. Craft artists can also use pictures of your beloved to create action figures or bobble figures in her likeness. Or if your tastes run more traditional, engrave a new watch, bracelet or cuff links with your anniversary date.

Anniversary Scrapbook

Anniversaries are a time to look back. There couldn't be an easier way to do that than putting your best moments on display by creating a scrapbook that commemorates the year you've spent with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Include pictures, tickets, and other mementos from your relationship. These little albums create a romantic keepsake for the receiver. Plus the time it takes to gather and place all the elements together shows dedication to the future of the relationship.

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