Post # 1
My boyfriend and I wil be celebrating our 6 year anniversary of dating this week. For many reasons, I am nearly 100% positive he will be proposing on the day we celebrate.
I have been procrastinating finding him a gift, and I want to make this years extra special because this will be a big milestone for us.
Problem is, my budget is really low. Were talking 100-150 range. Were currently saving to move and a big extravagant gift isn’t in the cards right now.
I’d ideally like to give him something he can use for years to come, but the ideas I’ve come up with don’t seem fitting (watch, cuff links, nice flask…)
His interests don’t really give me any great (anniversary) gift ideas.
I’m stuck! Any ideas?
Post # 3
I got my SO a nice watch from Fossil a few years back in that price range. Any special books or things you like to do together?
Post # 4
I think I would either go traditional with a watch with something engraved, or go super crafty creative. You could get a photo album/scrap book and a gift card to 2 or 3 things he enjoys doing. Tuck the gift cards into little envelopes and glue into the album. Then as you use the cards, take pictures and put them in. (I did a gift like this for DH when we planned a trip to NY. I got him tickets to a ball game, but put together a whole scrapbook that we later filled with pictures) You could “reload” the album with gift cards periodically for birthdays and holidays.
Post # 5
@sunitagt: I’m re-considering a watch, but I’m hesitant because I gave him one a few years back as a birthday gift and he accidentally cracked the face and never wore it again. Come to think of it, a replacement watch does make sense. I just feel like he was never that excited about the watch I had given him in the first place.
He likes fancy scotch and whiskey, I was considering getting a nice 75-100 bottle and a flask to go with it…is that strange for anniversary though? I’d like him to have a special reminder of this day, and once the scotch was gone, that’d be it.
Problem is, he’s a practical kind of guy but I’d really like to get him something that will hold sentimental value.
Post # 6
@nikkialys: Wow, that is such a clever idea! If I am understanding it right, the gift evolves into a keepsake as the gift cards get used? That is seriously awesome, I just wonder how long it would take to make. I only have 2 days and I’m not too crafty.
Post # 7
Thats the idea- its something he’ll keep with the pictures forever, and like I said you can always add a new set of gift cards down the road. You don’t have to be super crafty. Look at walmart or a craft store for an album with at least 2 picture pockets/page. Slide the gift card and a note about how you are looking forward to doing ______ with him in one pocket. Leave the other empty for now- you’ll add a picture to it after you use the gift card. If you want to jazz it up, you can pick up a few packs of scrapbook stickers (also available at walmart and craft store) and add a couple to each page. They have all sorts of themes available- dinner, movies, sports etc, so you should be able to find stickers that match the gift cards.
I also like your bottle of liquor idea, especially if he enjoys it. You could get him a nice bottle and save it for anniversaries. So the two of you only enjoy it each year on that day. Which would make it last a lot longer.
Post # 8
@sandandsurf: What about a weekend away at a B&B (groupon, livingsocial ALWAYS has deals on 2 day trips it seems), or a couples massage (then you get a special treat too!!!)
EDIT– on second thought, he cant use these girft for years to come….
Post # 9
@sandandsurf: If you get the flask to go with the bottle, then he’ll definitely have something to keep and remember the occasion by!
I was having a similar conundrum for our 5-year anniversary, but luckily my SO’s favorite musician of all time is coming to our city, and I was able to get excellent tickets within my budget. I think there’s a lot to be said by going the “experience” route (like a PP suggested – a B&B, etc.), as you’ll both definitely remember it. (I think there’ve been studies about these things, and they suggest that you rate experiences as being more satisfying longer than you do physical gifts!)
Post # 10
do the scotch! I got my hubs an amazing bottle of scotch for our wedding present (um, a $500 bottle). For our 1 year, seeing as how budget wise I couldnt repeat that, I went with a more affordable bottle (an assortment actually). My hubs is practical, he doesn’t do or care about sentimentality or something for “years to come.”
Here’s a link to great 10 scotchs – i got year 15 from several of them, and non were over $100 – http://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/photos/2010/11/10-best-single-malt-scotches-0?photo=4&fb_source=message#node-1001335112
as an alternative to a flask, you can do a set of great scotch glasses (if you don’t have any at home) –
Post # 11
Can you get the bottle of scotch personalized? Like what Mrs. Coyote did for her dad? That way he could keep the bottle and maybe display it in an office after its gone?
Post # 12
Is he in to sports? If so..tickets to a game..autographed photo/jersey/ball etc?
Post # 13
What about cuff links?? He can use those on your wedding day!
Post # 14
(my iPad wont let me actually reply to multiple people in one post)
He’s not really into sports unfortunately, or I’d get him memorabilia or tickets….
Ill look into the personalized scotch bottle, which sounds perfect, but I only have a little over a day.
I think my my hang up is that I have a pretty good idea of what I think he’ll be getting me, and I somehow want to do something on the same scale (which I realize is unnecessary and impossible given my budget…)
Kind of leaning towards scotch, a flask, and something else small and sentimental (not sure what) but more likely a watch.
Anyone know where I can get engraving done in a day? I know they have those mall kiosks…I suppose I could give the watch un-engraved and have it engraved as a random surprise in the next few weeks…
Sorry for my indecisiveness, I just want to make sure I’m satisfied with whatever route I decide to go. I have tomorrow morning and afternoon to shop so hopefully I can make a decision a decision soon…
Thanks to everyone who has chimed in so far!
Post # 15
Maybe a pocket watch? My fiance doesn’t like watches much, either. Men are so hard to shop for.