For those who are more creative, listen closely to the following DIY gifts. Gifts you have created yourself will certainly impress him, and even make him fall in love all over again.
“Open When…” Cards
Nine out of ten times, DIY gifts are the best gifts. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like putting your heart and soul into a gift for him. “Open When…” cards are the perfect example of that. Usually, you give these in sets of 10-12 cards. Label each envelope with “Open when you’re feeling sad”, “Open when you’re hungry”, “Open when you need a laugh”, etc. Each card is extremely personalized, but for inspiration refer to Pinterest. These are extremely meaningful and even better for long-distance relationships. Ship them in the mail without telling him and he’ll receive an amazing surprise.
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Themed Gift Basket
You can never go wrong with a themed basket. Make it thoughtful by making it as specific to your man as possible. Does he like to fish? Stuff the box with gummy worms, a Mystery Tackle Box, a personalized fishing hook, fishing apparel, such as a Patagonia shirt, etc. These don’t always have to be expensive. Fill a basket with popcorn, candy, and other movie-snacks and enjoy a movie night together! There are endless options for this cute and creative gift.
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“First…” Shadow Box
I’m in love with this idea, and will definitely be making this for my boyfriend in the future. You really can’t get more thoughtful than the “First…” shadow box. You pick your favorite or most important ‘firsts’. Examples of these can include your first kiss, first ‘I love you’, ‘First date’, etc. The whole point is to put the map location of where each happened right under them. Besides ‘firsts’, you can also do important places, like where you met, your favorite spot to go together, etc. Not only is this a great idea, but it allows you to spoil him with multiple anniversary gifts. This gift is guaranteed to make his heart melt.
Of all the anniversary gifts I’ve given, this is by far my favorite. First, you need to order a sanded and primed cooler. This is the easiest option, as they come ready-to-paint, instead of needing to sand and prime a cooler yourself. You will also need to purchase acrylic paints, Mod Podge, sealer, as well as Sharpies, pencils, brushes, etc. Remember to personalize the cooler to things your boyfriend loves. Ideas include his favorite sports team, a team he plays for, his favorite band, the school he attends, etc. This will be perfect for him to bring to any beach day, BBQ, or any outdoor event. Below is the cooler I created for my boyfriend last year.
Maybe you’re not the creative type, and that’s okay. There are plenty of thoughtful anniversary gifts that can be easily ordered online.
Wallet Insert Card
Men always carry their wallets with them and now you can be there too. With a wallet insert card, you can write him a short love message that he can keep in his pocket 24/7. What makes this even more personal is that you can even send a picture of something you have handwritten and they will engrave it in the steel card. A different option is to just type your message into the sellers ‘message’ box and pick a font and they’ll take care of it for you. These make an adorable addition to any man’s wallet!
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