Feb 27 2010
The lists of symbols and gifts for wedding anniversaries is often written and talked about. Wedding anniversaries are measured in years. Dating anniversaries tend to be celebrated in months rather than years.
There does not appear to be a similar universally accepted gift guide or suggested list for dating anniversaries. Some gift stores and websites have created their own lists of suggestions but nothing as widely recognized as the wedding anniversary symbol list first created by Emily Post in 1922.
However if you have a good thing going, it is important to let your partner in the relationship know that you appreciate them. Anniversaries, dating or otherwise were invented for this reason. An anniversary should be a day when you conveniently forget about the rest of the world, and focus on each other. Some of the most appreciated anniversary gifts revolve around time the couple can spend together enjoying some activity or event together.
Gift Ideas for the First Month Dating Anniversary
The first month is a big deal and most women if not the men will expect some sort of recognition of the conclusion of one month of dating. You may want to clarify exactly how you are going to measure your dating anniversaries. Since there is no “official date” that a dating relationship begins some couples celebrate their anniversary on the based on the day they first met and others on the date of their first date.
The first month anniversary gift should be romantic, thoughtful and not over the top. After all it is only one month and if you go overboard on the one month anniversary what are you going to do for the first year anniversary?
I would suggest something like a dinner out at your favorite spot or maybe dinner and tickets to a show, concert or sporting event you will both enjoy. You can check out what is happening in your area and purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.ocm. The other option would be something sweet like a teddy bear or other plush animal or maybe that most reliable of all gifts – flowers. Flowers are romantic and sweet and if sent to the office flowers create the added advantage of allowing your significant other to bask in the envy of their co-workers. You can order flower arrangements or live plants to be sent on your anniversary date with a personal message from you on www.ftd.com.
Do you celebrate a second and third month anniversary? It all depends on the expectations of the couple. I would have a conversation however so you don’t have one of the partners expecting a gift or recognition event on a monthly basis and being disappointed when it doesn’t happen. If you can’t get this detail worked out in a mutually agreeable manner you probably won’t have to worry about celebrating many monthly anniversaries anyway.
Gift Ideas for the First Year Dating Anniversary
By the time you reach the one year dating anniversary you are into a “serious relationship” and should probably put a tad more thought into your anniversary gift for your partner.
Your first anniversary gift is an opportunity to memorialize when you met or your first date with a gift that tells your significant other just how important they are in your life. There are no rules and the first anniversary gift should reflect your personality and the character of the relationship….romantic, serious, cocky, crazy.
Some of the best first anniversary gifts are handmade. Pressed flowers from the park where you walked after your first dinner date or a poster from the movie you went to on your first date. Or there are several websites that offer personalized gifts. One that would be particularly romantic is a heart shaped jig saw puzzle featuring a picture of the two of you. You can order the puzzle on www.findgift.com/Occasions/Dating-Anniversary/for-Boyfriend/. This same site offers the “Lovopoly” game which would make an interesting anniversary gift.
If you are looking for a memorable anniversary gift for him consider the choices of engraved gifts on www.onepassionplace.com. They have a really unique pocket watch with a locket like compartment in which to keep a photo. The watch can also be engraved with a personal message. If your significant other is not the pocket watch type “One Passion Place” also offers a wrist watch with a photo compartment which they will also engrave for you.
Another great first anniversary gift is the personalized print called Memory Lane and offered on www.yourmemorylane.com/?refH=goog&t=uags2. This picture of a street with three, five or eight buildings is personalized with details you provide personal to your significant events and locations.
Trip and Get Away Ideas for Dating Anniversaries
If you and your partner are lucky enough to be able to take a few days off work plan a long weekend or small trip to celebrate you anniversary. You can plan a trip to nearby city where you can take in the sights, enjoy the fine restaurants and maybe the shopping opportunities or a show or concert. If you are looking for a more exotic anniversary get away maybe a trip to an island or a mountain lodge or a cabin on a lake in the woods. Most island destinations will include a great beach and good restaurant and entertainment opportunities. The mountain lodge may be a little more remote although there are some great mountain lodge restaurants the entertainment may be the two of you, a bottle of wine and a great fire. Cabins in the woods tend to require by their very nature that you bring the food and prepare the meals. What a great way to close out the rest of the world and let you focus on each other. If you can make a pact to leave your blackberries and cell phones at home this may be a relationship worth working on.
If you can’t get out of town many five star hotels offer anniversary packages that come with complimentary baskets of fruit and champagne. If the package does not include a visit to the hotel or nearby masseuse make sure you ask the hotel to arrange a massage for your partner.
Dating Anniversary Gift and Trip Advice
The most important aspect of any anniversary is to do something special to recognize your partner and celebrate your relationship and the joy you have found. An anniversary gift or trip should be something that brings happiness to your partner and creates new memories to be shared on your future anniversaries