Major milestone anniversaries are important and they deserve to be celebrated. The first time you exchange ‘I love yous’, your first kiss, the first time you spent the night together; these are all little moments that are worth celebrating, even though it may not appear like it at first.

When you are courting or being courted, every relationship milestone counts. Not only does commemorating these events cement your bond but it is also very vital for the flow of your relationship. 

No matter how you decide to celebrate, whether that means throwing a huge party or posting your relationship status on social media, both parties in a relationship need to feel seen and appreciated. As such, doing something small to celebrate smaller milestone is still something that should not be overlooked. 

It shows your spouse that you care and it creates a fun ritual that you can both look forward to. Time flies when you are having the time of your life. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating a bigger milestone- and that’s when you really need to turn things up.

After a couple of years together and after the kids and the pets come along, you might not be able to celebrate these milestones like you used to in the early days of your relationship. And it’s alright because every mature relationship experiences a less than memorable anniversary.

Perhaps one partner forgot your special day for whatever reason or a busy work life, family issues and those adorable kids got in the way. Whatever the reason may be, the anniversary came and passed without a lot of fanfare and neither of you seemed affected by it.

However, for the health of your relationship, it is important to make major milestone anniversaries feel special. You should look forward to anniversaries. It is a chance to relive wonderful memories, be grateful to your partner, as well as show your affection for each other while strengthening your bond.  

So if you want to shop for your anniversary, it is important to keep these things in mind. To jump start your search and help you find the perfect gift for your special someone, here are tips to help you shop for your major milestone anniversary:

Consider renewing your wedding vows

Whether you are celebrating 3 years or your 30th anniversary, there is nothing wrong with relieving the day you said ‘I do’. Wedding renewals are great for any couple that feels the need to reconnect with their partner in a significant way. 

Perhaps your relationship has endured various challenges and you and your partner have come out on the other side stronger than ever. Or perhaps you could only afford a small wedding and never got the chance to celebrate with all your family and friends. Whatever the reason, a vow renewal ceremony can help a couple reaffirm their love and commitment to each other.

Get creative with your gift giving

We all know how it goes, first anniversary gifts is paper (anything but divorce papers), the second is cotton, the 3rd leather, the 10th is tin or aluminum, the 50th anniversary is gold and so on and so forth. If you are a traditionalist, there is absolutely nothing wrong with sticking with the classics.

However, finding the perfect anniversary present to celebrate a milestone anniversary is challenging enough. Picking one that also aligns with the traditional gift can feel almost impossible. If you are finding it hard to find the ideal traditional anniversary gift, consider getting a little creative.

No one knows your spouse quite like you do. As such, the possibilities are limitless. Just remember to buy a gift that suits your spouse’s hobbies, personality and interests if you want to achieve the ‘wow’ effect that you have been longing for.

Create a photo book of your memories together

Sometimes it’s the smallest gifts that make the biggest impact.  Therefore, if you do not have a lot of money to spare, creating something as simple as a photo book of your memories together is something that is worth cherishing for years to come.

Making a photo book may sound complicated, but it is more straightforward than you think; you don’t even need design skills to do it yourself.  There are plenty of services that allow individuals to create photo books via different software. All you need is all the pictures that you want to include in your book and boom! Your book will be ready in a matter of seconds.

Give to a worthy cause

The whole point of anniversaries is to connect with your spouse so that you can remember all the things that matter to you. There is no better way to celebrate a milestone anniversary than doing something to give back to the community.

If there is a charity or worthy cause that you are both passionate about, consider making your anniversary a day of giving back. Perhaps you each have a favorite charity or volunteer organization. Whatever the case may be, make time to support each other’s causes so that you can learn what drives your spouse.

The great thing about giving back is that it can be done by everyone and it doesn’t even have to involve money. There are plenty of things that you can donate from your time to sharing talent. Give any old things that are no longer valuable to you such as old clothes, electronics or furniture or anything else that you can spare. These items may not necessarily be valuable to you, but someone else in need will find a way to put them to good use.

Final Thoughts

It often feels as though anniversaries come as quickly as they go. So much so that it can be hard to make the following anniversary as meaningful as the last. The good news is that your plans don’t need to be lavish in order for them to be memorable. 

Regardless of how many years you’ve been together or what anniversary you are celebrating as a couple, the ideas listed above should inspire you to make the most of your special day together.


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