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Anniversary Gifts That Are Really Meaningful

An article that will surely make your anniversary special. Here are some of the tips that guide you in choosing your anniversary gifts.

Our 30th wedding anniversary is coming up in a few months and, until a few days ago, I was in a panic. My track record for finding anniversary gifts for my wife has been very poor over the years. We’ve even been known to agree to “forget” a few anniversaries just because of the pressure of finding anniversary gifts for one another.

For our 30th wedding anniversary we are actually planning a party at home with our children and grandchildren and some close friends and family. We’ll no doubt receive some nice anniversary gifts from them, but I would really like to come up with a spectacular gift for my wife that will be both romantic and meaningful.

Before we started having children we used to go away for a weekend to a nice hotel (same hotel every year) to celebrate our anniversary.  It took about five years before my wife finally confessed that she didn’t really like the hotel or the location at that time of year and felt it was a waste of money.

After the kids came along celebrations of anniversaries became sketchy. If we planned a dinner out in a nice restaurant invariably one of kids got sick or the babysitter cancelled.  I fell into the habit of buying anniversary gifts of jewelery (that my wife rarely wore) or clothing (that she usually exchanged after a polite interval).

Finally we came to an unspoken agreement that she would  shop for and choose anniversary gifts herself and, being a practical and frugal sort, she usually ended up buying something useful for the house. One year it was a vacuum cleaner!  Not very romantic, I must admit.

This year I want to come up with an idea for an anniversary gift to outshine all anniversary gifts ever for our 30th. I want it to be personal, romantic, and unique, and I want it to somehow show her how much I love her and appreciate what a great partner she has been to me over the 30 years we’ve been married.

After shopping all the usual stores I couldn’t find anything special enough, much less unique.  Finally, I searched the Internet.  I checked all the usual gift sites suggesting anniversary gifts without being inspired and then suddenly hit upon the perfect suggestion in an online art gallery photo to painting website:  an original oil painting to be created from a photograph that I would supply.

I had several other mediums to choose from (watercolor, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, etc.) and many sizes and frame possibilities. I choose a 20”x 40” oil painting, 2 figures, gallery wrap (because I know my wife will want to frame it herself). I sent our favorite photograph of the two of us taken last summer at the cottage.

I’m sure it will come out great and will be a wonderful surprise, and I have no doubt it will be the best out of all anniversary gifts she ever received.

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