It is so hard to believe Scofield and I are celebrating five years of marriage this weekend. I remember feeling like our wedding day was never going to come, and now I’ve blinked and we’ve been married 5 years!
I feel like we’re at the point where we’ve had enough anniversaries that I’ve really gotten a handle for what gifts he loves to receive, and what gives I also love to receive ;). These 5 years have also taught me that I am extremely high maintenance when it comes to birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, pregnancies, etc (whoops). Summer is a pretty popular season for wedding anniversaries, so I thought it would be a good time to share with you guys some of our favorite gift ideas! Some of these have been great gifts that we have given each other, and others are wishful thinking ;). If you have any other suggestions, please share! I’d love to hear those as well!!
Pest Control // So romantic, right!? But really… isn’t it the least romantic things that become the most romantic things the longer you are married ;). I don’t know about your yard, but we get so so many fire ant hills in our yard in the summer. I know it bothers Scofield as much as it bothers me, so instead of begging him to constantly make sure our yard is ant free, I love the idea of hiring Terminix to take care of it for us. It’s a gift both parties can benefit from :)
Cut the grass // It speaks mounds of love to me when I come home and the house is clean. Why not speak his language and “clean the yard” so to speak, when he’s away? What a special surprise to knock that off his list for the weekend … and bonus points: plan something special for the two of you to do in place of the time he would have been cutting the grass.
Dinner for two // This one would probably typically be under a girl’s list, but Scofield is the talker in our family and the quality time junkie. He loves deep conversation over dinner like I like a quiet massage. Ha.
Ask him his perfect date, then plan it // Can you tell quality time is my husband’s love language? I do love focusing more on experiences and sentimental gifts at our anniversary versus materialistic items, and this is a great way to give just that.
Cooking class // I use to love cooking, but Scofield is much better at it than I am, which is why this is listed under ‘for him.’ But this could also be a perfect gift ‘for her’ too. Sub out the regular date night restaurant for a dinner you learn about and prepare yourself. Love how this one spices things up.
A massage // Obviously!! This is 100% hands down my love language. I am a physical touch junkie, and there is not much that makes me happier than a fabulous massage. Bonus points: make it a whole spa day experience.
Flowers // So simple, yet they mean so much. As cliche as it is, you can never go wrong with flowers!
Weekend getaway // Did I mention I was a little high maintenance? ;) But really, I am a firm believer in the importance of getting away with your spouse. Scofield and I have a goal of taking a trip 4x/year, whether it’s a night away or a week away. We definitely try to make one of these trips around our anniversary, and when he takes the initiative to plan and make it happen, it means so much.
Handwritten note // Once again, such a simple thing, yet it means the world. We have a drawer of letters we wrote to each other when we were dating long distance, and now that we’re married and around each other all the time, it’s something we can forget to do. An anniversary is a great opportunity to bring that pen and paper back out and remind your spouse all the reasons you love and appreciate them.
House projects // With my personality, my mind is constantly running through a list of what I need to get done (as are most women, I am sure!). Honestly, I would be perfectly happen with having some of those items taken off my mental list. What a gift! Whether that is pest control with Terminix for that sneaky mouse you can’t seem to get rid of (not that that happened to us or anything…), or finally putting the finishing touches on the kitchen tiling project, this one will not go unnoticed. Seriously…for mother’s day I asked that we finally put grout in our kitchen (three years after tiling!!!). And the kitchen is nowgrouted and I am happy as a clam.
Perfume // I love the idea of having your spouse pick out your scent. After all, you’re wearing it for them, just as much as you are for yourself. If Scofield loves it, then I will too. Better yet, go pick it out together and make a date of it!
There you have it! My take on the perfect anniversary gifts. I hope this was helpful, and if you have any other gifts that have been a hit over the years, please share!
*photos by jessi nichols photography for our anniversary two years ago.
This post is in partnership with Terminix Services, Inc. but all thoughts and opinions are my own.