Create Spontaneous New Memories with Polaroid Cameras

A new but classic Polaroid camera could be a great anniversary gift by itself or combined with a planned outdoor adventure. These aren’t just for photo-obsessed teenagers!

Polaroids these days are inexpensive, easy to use, and still a lot of fun! The pictures show up with a retro-look like Instagrams and they get printed out in a few seconds. These cameras are fun toys to carry around with you wherever you go, whether it’s on vacation or just a regular weekend out.

You might want to watch a video online before your first use to make sure your Polaroid pictures turn out as nicely as they should (they will give you tips like avoid too much background light, you don’t need to shake the picture, etc). And no, these are not high quality DSLRs, so the quality is not comparable to a 12 megapixel digital camera. These are for fun! So don’t take them too seriously.

For a perfect anniversary gift, combine this cute camera with a fun day out in the city, at a park, on a hike, on a daytrip somewhere, etc. It’s inexpensive and a lovely bonus to enhance a regular weekend outing.

Photo Credit: Polaroid
Photo Credit: Polaroid

Order Beautiful, High Quality Jewelry Online without Stepping Foot in a Jewelry Store

Women love the sparkle – you can’t go wrong with this option. The good news is that a lot of beautiful jewelry is affordable and easy to find online nowadays (Amazon, Blue Nile) without having to step foot in a crowded mall or a stuffy jewelry store. If you don’t know what to buy (earrings? necklace?), I would start here with the most popular anniversary jewelry that other people have been buying.

Plan Your Future Vacations with a National Geographic Travel Book

A travel book is an easy but meaningful anniversary gift idea to show that you are thinking about your future adventures together. Even if you can’t go on a dream vacation right away, you can start the fun immediately by planning and talking about where you want to go. One of my favorite books for travel ideas is National Geographic’s Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, a beautiful hardcover coffee table book with full-page color photos – and you can order it as a last minute gift!

Give the Gift of Experiences with Motorcycle and Race Car Classes

I came across this on Groupon and thought it would be a perfect gift! If your husband or boyfriend (or wife or girlfriend) has always wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle or take any other kind of adventurous lessons (like shooting or race car driving), a Groupon lesson is a very safe way to give an exciting “experience” gift!  Plus you can buy it online and print out the certificate for an instant, thoughtful anniversary gift!

motorcycle lessons

An Anniversary Time Capsule to Open in 5 or 10 Years


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?

  • Photos
  • 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
  • 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)

Engraved Anniversary Rings to Make You Feel Loved and Appreciated

If you’re looking for a custom piece of jewelry for a last minute anniversary gift idea, how about an engraved anniversary ring?

There are plenty of affordable rings for both men and women that you can easily order with a special engraving on the outside or the inside of the ring. The best part is that you can also get fast shipping on many of these rings in case you need a last minute gift!

What to engrave on your anniversary ring?

  • “10 years” or “20 years” – whatever the anniversary year is
  • Wedding date
  • Your initials
  • Your kids’ initials
  • Nicknames
  • Phrase in another language
  • Phrase from favorite song
  • “Forever” or “Always” or “Best friend”
  • “Happily ever after”
  • Religious quote

Tickets to a football game or surprise trip for your anniversary? Don’t forget to save the stubs

This souvenir ticket box is a great anniversary gift idea and a practical way to save ticket stubs from your favorite sports games or concerts! You could even throw in memories from trips like plane tickets and museum ticket stubs. And best of all, you can do this all at the last minute if you are in a hurry! Go online and print tickets to a future event as the icing on the cake.


Remember Funny Stories On Your Anniversary with a Couple’s Journal

A an easy but thoughtful last-minute gift idea is this Mini Journal for Couples, which guides you through some of your favorite memories together through short questions and short answers.

How did you meet? What were your first impressions of each other? What is the first thing you tell people about your partner? If you could take a dream vacation starting tomorrow, where would you go?

You don’t have to do any work here! Just present it as a gift and fill it out together! This is rated PG so it’s safe for all audiences, including kids and parents. Take a closer look: In Our Words: A Mini Journal for Couples

In Our Words Mini Journal

Monthly Gift Box Subscriptions

Munchpak: Snacks from Around the World

Subscription gift box services are all the rage these days! Who doesn’t like to receive a surprise gift in the mail every month?

If you’re looking for a birthday or anniversary gift idea, there are so many types of gift boxes that you are likely to find one that’s a perfect fit for your recipient.

Do you know someone who would love to receive a monthly gift box containing _________?

  1. Chocolate samples from around the world
  2. Fun and educational crafts  for kids
  3. Samples of luxury beauty products
  4. The latest healthy food and lifestyle products for health nuts
  5. Organic treats for your dog or cat
  6. The most popular new organic food and snacks from around the country
  7. Greeting cards and stationery
  8. Freshly roasted coffee samples from around the country
  9. Wine
  10. Cookies of the month
  11. Nail polish and nail products
  12. Baby toys
  13. Helpful products for pregnant women
  14. New vegan and gluten free food products
  15. Care packages for college students
  16. Handcrafted cured meats
  17. Creative snacks from around the world
  18. Cute products from Japan and Korea
  19. Dessert samplers
  20. Cocktails and cocktail ingredients
  21. Craft beers from around the country
  22. Luxury grooming products for men

I would pick the monthly cookie sampler for myself, but I would order one of the amazing organic snack samplers to be delivered to my office every month too. The luxury beauty products are a great gift idea for women, and the carnivore box is a great gift idea for men.

Check out this list of monthly subscription boxes to find the perfect gift idea for your situation.