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Eight Anniversary Ideas for a Truly Special Celebration

by Kate Sauble

Sure, a tasty dinner out at a swanky, fancy restaurant and maybe an evening dancing to a live band is a good way to celebrate and observe an anniversary, but that’s not the only way, and something that only comes around once a year deserves to be celebrated differently than by doing the same kind of “date night” activity that can be done on any weekend.

So why not think of an unusual, unique, untried, or unexpected anniversary idea?

Along that line, here are 8 meaningful approaches to anniversary celebrations and observations:

1. Get chilly with it.

Depending on your ages and health levels, how about a downhill ski resort weekend in the winter?

2. Or get outside somewhere else.

Not a fan of the cold? What about a hiking/kayaking/whitewater rafting outdoor getaway in the summer? Adrenaline will get her heart racing for you all over again!

3. Be kids again.

Not necessarily a great outdoors enthusiast? Well, a weekend getaway to an amusement park would combine adventure in a much more metropolitan manner. While you’re at it, think of something special at the particular theme park you choose, such as “Happy Anniversary Shelly!” prearranged to be found on a certain sign or by one of the park’s characters/staff.

4. Reach new heights.

If neither of you has a fear of heights, and aren’t too squeamish about soaring above the horizon, how about surprising her with a day-long balloon trip complete with a picnic meal, or a gondola ride?

5. Start a theme!

Be creative. Plan your getaways and observances to be synchronized with a theme, such as one year by land (train trip), the next by sea (cruise), and the following by air (balloon), and so forth. She’ll be yearning to hit the next milestone just to go on vacation!

6. Couples who race together…

Speaking of land, if you’re both fitness-conscious, how about entering a cycling event, road race, marathon or local walk. Training together will bring new togetherness and challenges as a couple, while keeping you both in shape!

7. Little surprises. 

If that’s a bit more adventure or exertion than you or your spouse crave, there are always a bunch of ways to make something tame a bit more special, such as starting a new tradition: It could be as simple as hiding several little – or one big – gift(s) around the house, borrowing from the Easter egg tradition, and making your loved one find it. These could be self-created poems dedicated to your mate or their favorite candies, or even as jaw-dropping as keys to a new car.

8. Traditional gifts.

And don’t forget the time-honored traditional anniversary gifts. The first one is paper, the second cotton, third is leather, fourth silk, fifth wood…. 10th is tin, 15th crystal… 20th china, 25th silver, and so on… find a gift that you could keep in your family room for all to see the milestones you have met, from where you started until present anniversary. By the way, it’s never too late to do this!

There are many ways to observer a wedding anniversary, from the simple to the complex and from the sublime to the ridiculous. It really is limited only by your imaginations and/or comfort levels — and budget, to some extent. The point is, do something meaningful to make your spouse fall in love with you every year again on that day you agreed to tie the knot!

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