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Special Anniversary Gift Ideas for Friends

Aug 15, 2008

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Special anniversary gift ideas for your favorite couple are ones they can enjoy together. A present that offers an evening, a memory, or a moment they'll treasure in tandem is the perfect way to show how much you care for them both.  For the ideal friends, the ideal gift is shared.

The only rule you need to remember is that their gift should delight them both.

The perfect present could be sentimental, amusing, nostalgic, or even practical.  The only rule you need to remember is that their gift should delight them both.  This may be  a challenge when dealing with a diverse pair of personalities, but not when you shift focus.

Turn your attention away from the characters and towards the couple.  Which anniversary are they celebrating?  Where is their relationship now and where is it going?  Newlyweds, family builders, and golden years couples each have unique dreams and desires. 

Younger couples, for instance, are often still in the throws of honeymoon passion by the time the first anniversary rolls around.  Catering to the magic of their budding relationship will be quite different than recognizing the beauty of a more mature love in full blossom.  Likewise, when a marriage blooms into a family, the best anniversary gift ideas are in tune with that magnificent unfolding.

The ideal gift for friends who fight to find their rhythm is one that reminds them to let their hearts dance.

For newlyweds, exchanging vows is a beautiful moment in their new lives, but becoming man and wife can bring stress and complications that linger years after the wedding reception.  Couples often struggle with the merging of homes, careers, and interests well beyond the first anniversary.  The ideal gift for friends who fight to find their rhythm is one that reminds them to let their hearts dance.

Helping the determined duo reconnect is as simple as giving them reason to celebrate.  A night on the town with entertainment and fine dining make popular anniversary gift ideas for couples with a lot on their plate.  There's a reason for that. 

Gift certificates offer busy couples the opportunity to celebrate at their own convenience.  When the time is right for both of them, your gift certificate will treat them to an elegant evening with the one they love.  Just make sure your gift certificate is generous enough to pay for the entire experience.  Otherwise, it might go unused.

Decorative ornaments with elegant expressions of love are tributes to a great undertaking.

The early years are also the perfect time for giving enchanting heirlooms that will be cherished for years to come.  These keepsakes don't have to be romantic.  They just have to be sentimental.  Decorative ornaments with elegant expressions of love are tributes to a great undertaking.

Heartwarming home decor is a sweet anniversary gift idea for any couple, but friends with children often have more pressing needs.  In the battle to juggle demands of family life with intimate escapes, romance is often the first casualty.  If passion has taken a backseat to practicality, the ideal gift is a combination of both.

For the family oriented couple, baby sitting services are a wonderful anniversary gift idea.

For the family oriented couple, baby sitting services are a wonderful anniversary gift idea.  Childcare can be an expensive barrier to intimacy.  Finding trustworthy care-givers presents another obstacle to mothers and fathers.  As a close friend of the family, you are in a unique position to help. 

A gift of home-made baby sitting vouchers, entitling the anniversary couple to a few nights of your services, is a great way to help them rekindle their neglected flame.  It's of tremendous value to parents, saving them money and worry.  It's also a present that fits into any gift-giver's budget.

Their long and productive marriage has a vibrant history to celebrate.

When the kids have grown, and it's just the two of them again, anniversary gift ideas shift from practical to pleasantly retrospective.  Their long and productive marriage has a vibrant history to celebrate.  Honor their accomplishments with a tribute to yesterday.

Family photos are a great resource when crafting a nostalgic present.  If you have access to pictures of their past, select those that bring a smile to your face.  Should you find a memory treasure chest, select several you like the best and create a collage.  Choose an elegant collage frame and insert your favorite photos before wrapping.  Pictures that hold a particularly dear place in your heart can be matted individually in matching frames and presented as a set.

An enchanting vintage home accent is a beloved piece of home decor.

Another sentimental anniversary gift idea is to go vintage.  Fond familiar images from yesteryear take us back in time.  An enchanting vintage home accent is a beloved piece of home decor.  Nostalgic items come in cute, cozy, fun and functional. 

Reproduction memorabilia comes to suit all tastes and budgets. Inexpensive retro coffee mugs, key chains, and home accents make sweet reminders of beloved times gone by.  Themes vary from antique farm equipment to long forgotten advertisements.  Whether your friends appreciate old cartoons or classic records, your nostalgic gift will take them for a happy stroll down memory lane.

Your heartfelt creation is an ideal gift your friends will truly love.

The ultimate sentimental souvenir, for couples of any age, is one you can make yourself at very little cost.  Put your creativity to work decorating and framing an original invitation to their wedding.  Have fun designing a lovely shadowbox with delicate accents like lace or dried flowers.  When complete, select a tasteful frame for your artwork.  Your heartfelt creation is an ideal gift your friends will truly love.

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