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Anniversary Gifts for Boyfriend

As the months roll into years for your relationship, it’s important to celebrate each milestone!

When you are trying to pick up something for the man in your life, though, it is very easy to get stuck – but this list of the top ten anniversary gift ideas for your boyfriend will help you pick out something great during your shopping expedition. (Just keep in mind, it is supposed to be great in his eyes, not yours.)

Gift Ideas for Boyfriend for Anniversary


You might not be keen on giving him an excuse to pay close attention to something else instead of you, but this is the ideal gift for a bookworm boyfriend. 

Do a little reconnaissance to figure out who his favorite authors are or what genres he enjoys, then head online or to your nearest bookseller to search for new treasures for his collection.

Want to make it an activity you can enjoy together?  Select a book on relationships to help the two of you improve your connection over the next year.

New Clothes

If your boyfriend is like most guys, he will wear a shirt or pair of pants until it falls apart at the seams.  Yes, this is an opportunity for you to dress him as you would like, but you have to find a careful balance between the sharp-looking attire of the fashion conscious and your guy’s personal taste.  What does he wear to work?  What does put on to go out on the weekends?  Use your answers as guidelines for your final choice.

You are well within your rights as girlfriend to polish up his image some, but don’t push too far or your carefully-selected item will be worn once or twice before being shoved to the back of his closet.

Seats at a Game or Concert

It doesn’t matter who you are dating or what your man is into, every boyfriend has a team or musical act that captures his heart almost as much as you do.  Why not give him the chance to enjoy both at the same time?  Getting him tickets to the next match-up between his favorite franchise and a big rival is perfect, as is making sure he is close to the stage when the band he adores rolls through town again.  The fact you will be there by his side (unless you would rather send him with his best friend) is a big bonus.

Recreate a Date

By its very nature, an anniversary is the perfect time to reminisce about how much things have changed – and this is one of the best anniversary gift ideas for a boyfriend that is the sentimental type.  Do your best to recall your first date or, if it wasn’t all that special, one that you still think about to this day.  Where did you go?  What did you eat?  How did it end?  See if you can pull together all the details and surprise him with a trip down memory lane.

Let Him Make Beer (or Wine)

Who doesn’t love a tasty beverage alongside a good meal?  It might seem funny to you, but many guys spend time wondering what it would be like to brew their own beer or produce homemade wine.  Somewhere in a man’s DNA, the concept of tinkering with something, anything is built in.  And, with the growth of the worldwide web, there are a plethora of resources available to help him get it right (or close to it) the first time – just realize you are going to be a guinea pig for the taste tests.

Gear for His Hobbies

Everyone needs something to take their mind off the stresses of everyday life.  Maybe your boyfriend fancies himself an amateur carpenter or part-time triathlete, for example.  That’s great!  Support his interests by picking up an item that will help him engage in his hobby better – perhaps a new hammer or saw for his next project – and he will be over the moon when he opens it. 

Things that have a practical use may not seem all that fun, but anniversary gift ideas for your boyfriend are best when he can see himself using them over and over again.  Your fitness buff will flip for a GPS-enabled heart rate monitor to track his workouts with – and he will think of you every time he puts it on.

Give Him a Thrill

Are you dating an adrenaline junkie?  Sure, telling someone to take a flying leap is generally a bad thing, but when you are in a relationship with a thrill seeker, he will love you for it.  More than any of the other ten anniversary gift ideas on this list, this one shows how well you know your man.  If he enjoys rock climbing, see if you can schedule a trip to Yosemite so he can tackle Half Dome.  Has he always wanted to skydive?  Connect him with a local company – just hope he doesn’t make you go with him!

Make Him Disconnect

Let’s be honest, the modern relationship is assaulted on all sides by pressures at work and distractions from technology creeping into every aspect of our lives.  Having so much going on makes us all crave time away from busyness, even if we don’t admit it. 

Take away his phone and hide his laptop for the evening (or longer, if you can get away with it), then spend a few hours pampering him as much as possible.  Pour him a drink.  Give him a massage.  Let him complain about his boss (but only for a little bit).  Once he allows himself to slow down, after an hour or so, he will be left wondering why he didn’t think of doing this on his own and focus squarely on you.

Write Out Your Thoughts

Today’s society, governed by 140-character snippets of information delivered at lightning speed, seems to have lost the desire to compose something that requires more than a half-second’s thought.  If you sit down and draft a letter for your boyfriend filled with all your feelings for him, you will have given him a priceless anniversary gift – a peek inside your own heart. 
We often spend our time coming up with ideas that require a fair amount of money, but sometimes it is really the thought(s) that count.  Tell him why you love him.  Describe what you admire.  Let him know how much he has made your life better.  He’ll cherish the gift for the rest of his life.

Gift Cards

Coming down to the wire and still stuck?  Pick up a gift card to his favorite store!  It is simple and guarantees he will get what he wants without having to worry about what you think.  Don’t listen to those who say it is impersonal – the vast amount of shopping done online nowadays makes this an ideal solution in a pinch.

If you are still a little apprehensive, keep this in mind: men generally aren’t concerned with the emotional weight of a gift.  (This is why he looked at you funny when you got him a framed photo from your first trip to the beach together.)  What he wants most is the knowledge he won’t be wasting your money, so let him spend it as he wishes!