Novelty is one of the most important ways to help maintain a strong, stable relationship full of love. It’s easy to fall into routine and neglect this, but if you’ve got an anniversary coming up, you have a perfect chance to make up for lost time. Spending fun, quality time together will go far, but what specifically should you do during this time? Well, we’re here to give you a few ideas, whether you’re wanting to splurge or save, go simple or full romantic, or stay in or go out. Just don’t let time get away from you and forget to give your partner a meaningful gift, though! The gift of your time means more than anything else, but physical gifts are a lovely gesture that will help them remember your special day for years to come.
If You’re Wanting to Stay In
Sometimes the best dates are the ones where you don’t even leave the house. Here’s a few date night ideas that will help you celebrate your anniversary in style.
1. Serve Breakfast in Bed
Everybody loves being pampered, so why not treat your partner to breakfast in bed? It will mean a lot because it shows you were willing to put some time and energy into them and it also has the benefit of being delicious! Breakfast in bed also happens to be a great time to give your partner their anniversary gift, since it gives them to opportunity to enjoy it for the rest of the day! For those looking to treat their girlfriends or wives to something special, a pair of wooden earrings make a beautiful and sustainable choice she’ll love.
2. Play Couple’s Quizzes
Even when you’ve been in a long-term romantic relationship, there’s always more to learn about your significant other. Turn this into a cute anniversary gift idea by setting up a couples’ quiz date! Whether you make up your own questions or you turn to the internet for some suggestions, you two will have a blast while deepening your connection.
3. Paint Together
Remember that whole ‘novel experiences’ thing? A great way to introduce that into your relationship or your anniversary day is to try painting together. Even if you’re not the most artistic types, it’s still a fun new skill you can learn together. It will also probably inspire a lot of laughs and some good talking
4. Create a Date Jar
For the anniversary gift that keeps on giving, why not create and give your significant other a date jar? Creating one is simple. All you need to do is get a mason jar, write down some nice dates you’d like to go on, and put them in the jar. Then, anytime you two aren’t sure what you want to do together, you can just pull a date from the jar and follow what it says. It’s a creative way to bring some novelty into your relationship and it makes for a touching anniversary gift idea.
5. Look Through Photo Albums
If you’re the nostalgic type of couple, a fun anniversary activity could involve making time to look through old photo albums. It’s a good way to reflect on how far you’ve come while generating even more excitement about where you’re going. Looking through old family ones from before you were together is also great as it will help share your family history with one another.
6. Netflix and Chill
You probably do this a lot on a regular day, but intentional Netflix-ing can be a great anniversary idea, nonetheless. It’s perfect for winding down together and can also be really nostalgic if you two watched a lot of movies together during your early days. Just try to plan movie options ahead of time as its easy to just scroll infinitely and never get to the actual movie.
7. Write Your Love Story
For the hopeless romantics out there, nothing could be a better anniversary gift than a hard copy of your love story! Why not turn this gift into a date night activity while you’re at it by collaborating on it? It builds intimacy, revives old memories, and can be a lot of fun. LoveBook Online is one of the best ways to do this (and is one of the cutest) but you can also create your own version on paper if you’re artsy. Either way, it’s a very romantic and sweet gesture.
If You’re Wanting to Go Out
For the extroverts out there, your anniversary is an ideal time to get out and about and do something fun. Here are a few ideas for fun activities and gifts that you might not have thought of, though.
1. Have a Picnic
Spring, summer, and fall all typically mean opportunities for nice weather. If your anniversary falls in these seasons, then a picnic is definitely called for! Gather up your loved one, some food, a comfy blanket, and you’ve got a lighthearted but intimate date idea that will bring nothing but smiles.
2. Revisit Your First Date Spot
A walk down memory lane is always appreciated on an anniversary. Embrace that by taking your significant other back to where it all started, whether it was at a specific park, restaurant, or somewhere else entirely. They’ll love that you remembered, and they’ll love that they can create even more memories with you in such a special place. Still, don’t forget to bring their anniversary gift along! For those with a special man in their life, a wooden watch would work perfectly paired with this date. It’s a poignant reminder that time may pass but your love constantly remains.
3. Take a Class Together
Like with painting together, taking a couples’ class will help create new experiences that you can treasure for years to come. There are classes for just about everything out there from cooking to drawing to creating music and more, so do your research and pick what suits both of your best. The important part is that you’re getting to do it together.
4. Visit an Amusement Park
Time can jade us a little or make us take important things for granted. On your anniversary, rebel against this and let your inner child come out by visiting the amusement park. Let the responsibilities melt off of you for a bit and just enjoy each other’s company. Play games, go on rides, and eat too much funnel cake. Even if it feels silly at first, it will quickly become one of your favorite couples’ activities.
5. Go for a Long Stroll
One of the best ways to celebrate the years together is just by spending quiet time with each other. An easy way to do this for your anniversary is by going for a nice, long stroll in the park or around your neighborhood. It’s easy, it’s relaxed, but it also builds a surprising amount of intimacy.
6. Go Wine Tasting
If you and your partner enjoy more structured activities, a wine tasting could be a great anniversary gift idea! It combines plenty of quality time together with learning new things for a potent, novel experience that you’ll be thinking about for a long time to come. Not a fan of wine? You could opt for a whiskey tasting or even a cheese tasting if you’d rather avoid alcohol altogether.
7. Plan a Romantic Getaway
Ever the ultimate anniversary gift for those who want to get out of the house, a romantic getaway should be at the top of your list if you have the time and money! After all, nothing allows you to focus on each other quite like a trip planned just for two. Whether you’re exploring somewhere close to home or somewhere far more exotic, just live it up to the fullest. Explore new places, try new cuisines, and learn about new cultures together for an experience that will make you closer than ever.