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.
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.
If you frequent sporting events, concerts, or other events, a ticket stub album could be a great anniversary gift idea that is much less work than a full blown scrapbook. You could order the album at the last minute for quick delivery, fill it partially with tickets, and put surprise tickets to a future event on the last page.
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!
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!
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)
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
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.
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
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 _________?
Chocolate samples from around the world
Fun and educational crafts for kids
Samples of luxury beauty products
The latest healthy food and lifestyle products for health nuts
Organic treats for your dog or cat
The most popular new organic food and snacks from around the country
Greeting cards and stationery
Freshly roasted coffee samples from around the country
Cookies of the month
Nail polish and nail products
Helpful products for pregnant women
New vegan and gluten free food products
Care packages for college students
Handcrafted cured meats
Creative snacks from around the world
Cute products from Japan and Korea
Cocktails and cocktail ingredients
Craft beers from around the country
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.