Even though you may be thrilled to be starting a ninth year of marriage with your beloved husband, you might be feeling rather overwhelmed about choosing a gift. Tradition says you should exchange gifts of bronze on your eighth anniversary. If you are planning to follow this route, you may need to think creatively.
If you are looking for something practical, think about items you may need around the house. Bronze is a common element in many furnishings. If your husband has been eager to replace or install new fixtures in the bathroom or kitchen, consider bronze fixtures. Sweeten the gift by installing them yourself or by hiring a professional to do the job. Your gift will include the fixtures and saving him the time necessary to install them.
If your husband is an avid magazine reader, buy a bronze magazine rack to organise his publications.
Set up a bronze coat rack in your bedroom or in the front hallway. Hang a new coat, suit or hat from the rack for an added surprise. If you have a little trinket or card, place that in the pocket of the coat, new or old, so he gets it when he puts on the coat.
Bronze lamps, mirrors and light fixtures make good gifts. You also can buy furniture, apparel or briefcases with bronze elements.
Buy a pair of bronze bookends for your husband's office or library. For inspiration, think about cities and items that are special to your husband or your relationship. If you spent a special vacation in Paris, use Eiffel Tower bookends. If your husband is from San Francisco, buy Golden Gate bookends. If his college mascot was a lion, use lion-shaped bookends.
Buy and engrave a small statue or trophy dedicated to your husband. Make it sweet, labelling him "husband of the year" or make it silly, naming him "the world's best toilet seat cleaner." Whatever you choose, make sure he knows that, in this case, bronze means first place, not third.
Bronzing is a common technique in preserving things such as baby shoes. If you have a pair of your husband's old shoes, or a pair of your children's shoes, have them bronzed for him. Include a picture of him or them in the shoes, preferably in a bronze frame.
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