Fun Gift Ideas for Anniversaries or Engagiversaries

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Wedding Wednesday all! Taking a break from the typical wedding recap posts to share a fun gift idea post. As I mentioned on Monday, over the weekend Rick and I celebrated our 1 year Engagiversary. Yes you can call me crazy, but I like to celebrate all big milestones...from the day we met, to the day we got engaged, to our official anniversary. We aren't planning on going all out on celebrating these milestones, but I do think it's important to at least recognize and do something special. I mean these dates are a big deal right??

Since we are trying to save up for Christmas, and then our trip to Puerto Rico in January, we just did something small for our Engagiversary this year. We explored Alum Creek where we got engaged, then enjoyed a nice home cooked meal and some caramel apple sangria's (after we went to the grocery story to pick up the ingredients for said dinner...so romantic right!)

As far as gifts go, there are many ways that you can celebrate an Engagiversary, or an Anniversary, that can run from simple DIY's to amazing personalized gifts. I wanted to share a few of my favorite ideas, many that I have first hand experience with and highly recommend.

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For our Engagiversary, I had this fun personalized card made from Treat, which is a division of Shutterfly. I am a sucker for photo gifts since I love photography so much, so when I came across this card I knew I just had to make one with our "Were engaged!" photo on it. I love how it turned out and will probably end up framing this and hanging up on our gallery wall (if I ever get around to working on it!).

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I also love this cute easel art, also from Treat, which showcases one of our favorite photos from our engagement shoot. I love how well the colors printed, and it's really glossy and has a nice easel back.

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Another fun project that I'm working on, but haven't completed yet is an Engagement photo book. I love this template from Shutterfly. It has prepopulated sections that help to tell your love story. It also allows for blank pages so you can design your own page. When I get it completed, I'll have to share the final book.

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Another fun photo gift is this DIY Engagement Announcement Frame. Someone did this for our friend Jackie and Nate for their engagement party, and I recreated a version for us. I did this in PowerPoint because it was a little easier for me to layout all of the text.

I took our engagement photo and dropped it in the center, and then copied and pasted in all of the comments from our Facebook announcement. I also included the number of "likes" and "wishes"/comments under the date. It's just a fun way to remember all of the great comments we received with that post. I just printed it in color and put into a frame. It's bubbling up a little, so I need to reprint on a higher quality paper, but it's still a really cute gift idea for your significant other, or a friend who just got engaged.

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I found this idea on Pinterest and think it's a really cute idea, especially if you have lived in multiple cities/states during your courtship.


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Another cute DIY idea is this Favorite Song Frame. You just cut out shapes from the lyrics of a special song and then place in a frame with a cute background fabric like this burlap. You could use either a favorite song that reminds you both of your relationship, a song that was on the radio during your first road trip, or the first time you said I love you. Or of course it could be your first dance song at your wedding. Lots of possibilities.

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Etsy has some great ideas as well, and I just love this "Important Dates" picture. I tried to make a version in PPT similar to this, but I just love the chalkboard style, so I may have to eventually order this for our gallery wall.

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Here is another idea that I have ordered through Etsy that I love, the Burlap Family Monogram sign. I ordered this without the frame and then purchased this frame from Walmart. I have it on a shelf in our entry way and just love how it turned out.

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For all of the men out there looking for a gift for the ladies in your life, I love this Personalized Skinny Bar necklace. I had mine personalized with our wedding date in Roman Numerals and had them add the little heart at the end. I love how dainty it is, and how it reminds me of the best day of my life. You can have this personalized in so many ways, a special date, or your initials, or really whatever you would like.

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Another great gift for the ladies is this True Love initial ring. This ring comes in silver, gold and rose gold and you can get a single initial or two initials with an ampersand. I would love one with "R & J."

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Ladies, for the men in your life, how about a Man Basket. I love the idea of taking the container from their favorite beer or beverage and filling it up with a bunch of fun goodies. You can also include a note to let them know the beer is waiting on them in the fridge, which will make them even more excited.

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Or how about a "Date Night" basket. Fill it up with popcorn and some of your favorite candies, and include a fun movie. This would be perfect if you are looking to do something low-key or if you have kiddos at home and want to do something special after they go to bed.

Just a few fun ideas to celebrate your Engagiversary or really any special event.

So what gift ideas am I missing? What have you gifted your significant other for an Anniversary?

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7 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore that print you made with the Facebook comments!! So creative!!

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  2. These are great ideas. I absolutely LOVE the skinny bar necklace. How amazing! I need that in my life. I also love the burlap H. We need that too. I see a Christmas wishlist brewing!

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  3. Cute ideas! I know a lot about this, my husband and I were engaged for FIVE YEARS! We didn't get any gifts for each other though. Just went out for a nice dinner and talked about that night. :)
    Beardy Heart Beauty

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  4. Great post! I am saving this for later, thank you!

    And you reminded me that I need to do a Treat post!! I forgot they reached out to me, whoops! Your stuff is soooo cute!

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  5. These are such amazing ideas!!! I am obsessed with that rose gold bar necklace!

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  6. I love the burlap sign!! Looks pretty easy too!

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  7. Ahh!! Girlfriend, I LOVEEEE that engagement book - SOO making one of those. I have all of my wedding photos in an album but no engagement photos, so this will be a perfect addition!

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