My husband and I are celebrating our 2nd anniversary this year and it got me thinking about our current gift giving strategy. We decided to start using our gift giving wisely by buying practically thing that will either enhance our careers or our home, rather than just fun frivolous items. For instance, for my birthday I got Lightroom for editing photos and some furniture for the house I had been wanting. Still fun presents but things that will be helpful as well. This will end of saving you money in the long run as you are buying items that you would have either needed or wanted if they weren't gifted to you.
Here are 5 practical anniversary gift categories for either a husband or wife that will help enhance your quality of life.
1. Professional Wardrobe Pieces
This was one of the categories that I hit for my husband this year. Anything that can help either wife or husband with their professional attire would be a great gift: a briefcase, custom tailored shirts, ties, a new dress for work, etc. They are fun gifts to recieve but also practically- especially for young couples that are trying to establish their professional wardrobe.
I got my husband this wood watch from Jord and it looks fantastic when he is dressed up. It just takes his work outfit up a notch and helps him feel more put together. They have tons of styles and colors, but I think the dark wood with the big open face makes the watch look perfect in a professional setting.
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2. Something to Organize With
Always practical and helpful are some organization pieces. Our first Christmas I got my husband a tie rack, and this year for my birthday I got a storage bench for the front door and a mason jar storage piece (which I will be sharing soon) for the kitchen.
3. An Appliance
Instead of buying two separate gifts at Christmas or an Anniversary, why not buy one large thing together? A new washer and dryer, a new TV, or even something small like a crockpot. For Father's Day we got Dom a new TV because ours was so small you could barely tell what was happening on screen! This kind of gift is perfect if you have a list of things you need for your home and can knock something off during a holiday. My first birthday present from Dom when we were dating was a vacuum!
4. A Piece of Furniture
It is always fun to buy quality pieces of furniture as you build your home together. Use a time of gift giving as a chance to buy something that will enhance you home. We got a recliner for our living room for our anniversary this year, and it made us both so happy! Maybe for Christmas you can get a bedroom suite or a new couch.
5. Something To Enhance Your Work Quality
A new computer, a desk for a home office, or piece of equipment that would improve your quality of work is a fantastic present. Is your husband a traveling businessman? What about a nice suitcase. Is your wife a photographer? How about a new lens for her camera. For my birthday my husband and in-laws bought me lightroom for editing photos which was such a blessing when it comes to working with my photographs.
Remember, gifts like this may see like too large of a purchase for a birthday or anniversary, but try and find things that you will need to buy regardless. It is hard to let a holiday or celebration pass without buying a gift, so rather than spending money on candles, comics, or whatever you think your spouse might find fun, gift them something that they will find practically and en investment in your future.
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.