Tons of websites these days (Shutterfly, Tinyprints, Walgreens, Zazzle, and Snapfish) will allow you to easily create custom photo magnets that make a charming, personalized gift. You can use the black and white option on your phone or an Instagram style photo for any kind of effect you want.
My favorite is the 2×2 magnet option which allows you to select 4 pictures displayed in an artistic way for a very memorable and personalized gift! Try a set with 4 photos representing each member of a family, 4 favorite travel destinations, or 4 of your favorite moments like a photo booth photo strip!
Here’s a cute last minute anniversary gift idea: A date night jar gives you a bunch of ideas for fun things to do when you are looking for an activity any day of the week. The items in the jar could be a secret (in sealed envelopes) or visible if you want to be able to sift through ideas and decide what to do.
Surprise Gifts in the Date Night Jar
Gift card to a nice restaurant (for an anniversary gift, perhaps)
Groupon for a fun class such as cooking, bartending, skydiving, riding a motorcycle
Tickets to a sporting event
Tickets to a concert
Rent a convertible or luxury car for the weekend
Gift card to the movie theater
Visa gift card for a day of shopping
Tickets to a Broadway show
Gift certificate for a spa day
Hotel stay for a weekend getaway
Things to Do At Home
Host a game night
Make homemade pizza or tacos
New TV series marathon – Go on Hulu or Netflix and start watching Season 1 of a TV series
There’s no better way to make an anniversary dinner at home a little more exciting than by introducing some friendly competition. Here are some fun ideas that could also work for last minute date nights or for weekend dinners at home with the kids:
Iron Chef challenge – pick a secret ingredient, and each person has to create a dish from it
Homemade pizza competition
Ethnic food – pick a cuisine, and each person has to create a unique dish
There are so many creative ways you can use time capsules as last minute anniversary gifts!
Start a capsule and add 1 item to it every year (credit: an episode of the Cosby Show)
Create a capsule that you don’t open again for 10 years, or on your 10th or 20th anniversary
Create a capsule of items that your kids can open 10 years from now
Time capsules can be as simple as finding a box you already have and filling it with meaningful items at the last minute. If you want to get fancier, you can buy an inexpensive bullet thermos that looks like a futuristic time capsule! For some reason, its really hard to just buy a tubular container that is meant to be a time capsule, so you have to improvise!
So what do you put in this time capsule?
Wedding photos or memorabilia
Things that remind you of special experiences, like concert tickets, ticket stubs from your travels and vacations, receipts from anniversary meals, etc
Front page of today’s newspaper
A Time Capsule book, a shortcut method of capturing what your life is like today (what your typical day is like, what important decisions you’ve made lately, your hopes and fears, your advice for your future self, your favorite music and food at the moment, who you are spending your time with, what fun trips you’ve done lately)
Does your partner have a bunch of old photos in a box or album somewhere that could be digitized? Even better, does your partner have old family photos that he or she would love to have in digital form? This is a great anniversary gift idea because it’s personal and thoughtful to make the effort to preserve his or her family’s special memories.
You can easily bring old photos to various places like CVS or Costco and have them digitized. Not only will your partner love knowing that they are safely stored forever in digital form; you can also have the best old photos printed onto an album via Costco, Shutterfly, or any other online photo service.
Technology is great for last minute gifts! A photo printed on wood is a charming, personalized anniversary gift idea that takes very little work but looks amazing as a finished product!
There are a ton of services online these days that allow you to upload any photo you have saved, including any photo from Instagram or Facebook, and have it printed on a piece of wood for a great vintage look.
I had a friend’s personal artwork printed on wood, and she loved it.
For an anniversary gift, you could have a wedding photo or family photo enlarged and printed on wood. It’s a gift that will last forever and look fantastic in your home!
You don’t have to go out to a fancy restaurant to have a fun and special dinner. If you need a last minute idea, there are lots of special foods you can make at home that are fun and interactive activities to do together, like fondue or gourmet pizza. If you’re looking for an anniversary gift idea that you can do at home, here are some interactive dinners that will make for a fun evening:
Make your own pizza (thick crust, flat bread, unique toppings)
I love this anniversary gift idea! It’s a homemade Adventure Book from the Pixar movie Up. Create a scrapbook with pictures of your past or future adventures together.
We have so many photos on our iPhones these days that it would take forever to organize all of them into albums. So pick your top 3 favorite photos from each adventure and put them on a single page in this Adventure Book.
Adventures could be fun weekend activities, family reunions, epic European vacations, fun things you’ve gotten to do through your job or places you’ve visited for work, or even big projects you complete together like a backyard garden.