(Closed) Advice needed for upcoming dating anniversary…

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
3420 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

I go with Watch, with the engraved date of your first kiss or some other significate date. It is all about how you talk it up. Enjoy your trip and we will all be crossing our fingers for you!

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We don’t exchange gifts for our dating anniversary.  We usually go out for a really nice dinner or book a B&B for the weekend and that is our gift to each other.

I would ask him up front if he plans on doing a gift exchange on vacation so you’re on the same page.

In regards to the watch or another expensive gift, if you get him something like that and he doens’t propose are you going to be upset that you bought him an awesome gift and he didn’t?  I would definitely clarify with him and even set a budget.  If he’s going to propose, it’s not going to be contingent on a gift.

Post # 5
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Q – 1 I think that if you’ve done gifts in the last 7 years, you shouldn’t be breadking tradition… get a gift.

Q – 2 If you think a watch is good for this event, then get you SO a watch.


Tradition is just that, and not made to be broken because it’ll feel weird. LOL

Post # 6
124 posts
Blushing bee

Hmmm. That is quite the pickle.  Honestly, I don’t think you need to exchange gifts.  My SO and I have been together for 8 years, we stopped doing major gifts around year 6.  If you want to have something to exchange there, I think you’d be safe to do something homemade, small and cute (yay pinterest!).

Also, it’s such a hassle to bring gifts places.  If I were you and I still didn’t feel comfortable going sans gift, I’d buy the watch, leave it at home (wrapped up and everything) and surprise him with it when you get back.   If you decide you don’t want to give it to him, then you can save it for later or take it back. 

Or you could buy him something there?


And Hawaii!!!  That’s so amazing!!! Perfect proposal paradise! 


Post # 7
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you should speak with your SO about gifts.  If it’s become your tradition to give gifts on a “dating anniversary” then you don’t want to let him down if he’s expecting a gift; but on the other hand, you both are spending a bunch of money on the trip and you don’t want any “stuff” so you have every reason to drop the gift. It’s just a bit awkward to drop it without knowing where his head is— those gifts may mean a lot to him (either his recieving a gift, or his going out to pick something out for you) and you don’t want to take that away from him.

A simple “honey, i Know we always give gifts on our “dating anniversary” but I was thinking that the house is getting a little full already. Maybe we could treat eachother to a couples’ massage instead?”  ought to get the conversation started.

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