For our first anniversary (which is traditionally the paper anniversary), I took sand from Lake Michigan (where my husband was born) and put it in an old bottle with a stopper top.He loved it and it still sits on his dresser by the bed! My husband took the batteries out of a wall clock, set it to the time we got married, and wrote a poem around the outside of it. I bought a jar and filled it with his favorite candy and wrapped each candy with a piece of paper that had a reason why I love him. On our first year anniversary, my husband gave me a photo album he had worked on the entire year to commemorate our first year together. One year we decided to get creative and set a limit and whatever we did it had to fit in a noodle box. Husband made me a dozen roses out of my favorite candy (stuffed Twizzlers). Wrote out the words of all the little ways he shows me love everyday and framed it… Treat your spouse to a 30-minute massage, followed by an enzyme facial (don’t attempt to do extractions…enzyme facial mask will do the trick and can be purchased anywhere for less than ), manicure and pedicure.My husband made me a Red Vine bouquet and I filled his with Love Notes candy! I went on Shutterfly and put a picture of us at our wedding on a shirt w/ the caption “Married My Best Friend” and our wedding date. In a small box, I placed inside a test pack w/ a positive pregnancy result… A six-pack of diet Coke and a gallon of chocolate ice cream — it was meaningful to the two of us, something no one else would think of giving me….expensive gifts just bought as a gift can’t hold a candle to something simple and inexpensive with loads of personal meaning. I made a poster of the different popular love teams (i.e tarzan & jane, mickey and minnie mouse) and in the middle I put our names in bolder, bigger letters and put it in a romantic frame I personally made. I got dollars worth in dollar bills and printed labels with things we could do and rolled them up. Our anniversary is on Groundhog Day.I went to Build-A-Bear and made my husband a groundhog and included inside the stuffed animal a personal message I recorded while making “Phil”. stamped 3 hearts on the frame (for our third anniversary) displayed it in the bathroom where we see it everyday 10 years later. -Fawn (yep, I just came up with this one so I’d better try it out myself ). JOIN THE 1,000,000 MEMBER CHALLENGE: If you haven’t already done it, what are you waiting for? It takes only a few seconds and, of course, is free.(go to the dollar show, get ice cream, go for a walk to the store to get a candy…) It was fun and we got to spend time together. A puzzle with a picture of your wedding and you can spend time every year putting it together they make them at Walmart or Meijer. My sweet hubby made me a DVD of family pictures from when we dated through our 10th anniversary using some of my favorite music as background. I arranged for the children to be gone & prepared a dinner & greeted him in a piece of lingerie & dinner & dessert was me. A mix cd of songs from our dating and married life that reminded me of him or a special memory we share. It is like memory lane of our marriage and it always shows us how far we have come, let’s enjoy where we have been and look forward to where we are going! For our 25th Anniversary I gave my husband a silver trophy that read To My Greatest Friend and Lover. Ordered a print with all the family’s important dates on it-wedding day, births of our children, etc. I made him a video that told him all the things I love about him and put pictures of us throughout our relationship. QUESTION: Do you have any great anniversary gift ideas for less than ? THE BOOK: Read the book that inspired the powerful TED talk and prompted author of “We’ve been counseling couples and writing marriage books for a long time, and we can say with absolute certainty, there has never been a book quite like The Argument-Free Marriage.She’s an investor in real estate, tech sector and lifestyle brands.When she’s not writing or working, she's happily doting over her husband of twelve years, Keith (and sometimes manages to do all three simultaneously).Try a mix of sweet ("You make me feel like home.") and saucy ("I want you…in me.").Hidden Message Collar Stays, .95, Red Almost every couple has an awesome beachy memory or two—whether you went on a fab tropical vacation together, got engaged by the ocean, or met in a seaside town.
Have you ever been just a couple days away from your wedding anniversary and trying to figure out what meaningful gift you can get…inexpensively? But have no fear, you (and I) never have to go through that again. Feel free to borrow these ideas and make them your own. Then I took a piece of paper and “aged” it with coffee and tea grounds.Yesterday, we posed a simple question to Happy Wives Club members on our Facebook Community page: What is the most creative anniversary gift you (and/or your husband) has ever given for less than ? When it dried, I printed a poem I wrote on it, burned the edges to make it look OLD, rolled it up, tied it with a red ribbon, and put it in the bottle.