3. Something to carry always: Money can't buy love, but it does buy awesome anniversary gifts. If you opt to get your sweetheart something tangible, buy something valuable just for him or her. Even better, make it something that travels with them. Yep, I'm talking about jewelry, a nice watch, a bag or a wallet. This item should be nice enough that your partner probably wouldn't buy it or for him or herself, but not so fancy or fussy that it can't be worn or used regularly. Also: Buying this gift is a bit like taking the SATs. You'll do better if you study.
The Worst Anniversary Gifts
1. Something that's actually for yourself: The point of a gift is to delight and celebrate your partner. If you're more excited about a gift than he or she is, that may be a sign that it's actually for you. Uncomfortable lingerie that rides up, pushes together, and gets banished to the back of an underwear drawer is not for your special lady. To be fair, women are just as guilty of giving selfish gifts. One of my friends once bought her boyfriend a griddle, because she liked it when he made her pancakes.
2. Something related to self-improvement: If your partner's expressed the desire to join a gym, eat healthier, or work through some lingering childhood trauma, it's good to be supportive. But anniversary day is all about how much you love the one you're with, not how much healthier or happier or better-adjusted they could be. Don't surprise your boo with a treadmill unless you're ready to burn serious calories defending yourself.
3. A gift card: Nothing says, "I don't know the person I've been sleeping with for five years," like getting your partner a gift card to spend any way he or she wants to. No card denomination can save you, so don't even try it. There's no plastic anniversary.
What's the best and/or worst anniversary gift you've received?
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