Jun 25 2024

Last Minute Anniversary Gifts

anniversary gift clipart.

Whether you are a serial procrastinator or just forgot how close your anniversary date was, don’t despair. There are many last minute solutions to your problem, and she’ll never know you forgot.

The easiest last minute solutions are probably flowers and e-cards, but that’s not the only choice you have.


Great Deals on Last Minute Anniversary Gifts

Anniversary Flowers and E-Cards

You can find a large selection of e-cards on the internet. Try 123 Greetings, Blue Mountain, and Regards.com/. If you don’t find a card you like, just type e-cards into your favorite search engine and you will find a larger assortment of options.

My favorite selection of anniversary e-cards can be found on Happy Day Cards.

Flowers are the most romantic and appreciated of any gift. You can order them the day before and have them delivered to the recipient’s home or office. You can order flowers by phone from a local florist or you can order online at FTD or 1-800 Flowers. Don’t forget to include a personal message with the flowers.

You can order plants from these sites as well as flower arrangements. If the recipient has a green thumb and enjoys houseplants that might be a nice option instead of a cut flower arrangement that will be gone in a few days.

Book a Quick Trip or Get-Away

If you want to plan a last minute trip a couple good places to start are Last Minute Travel and Last Minute, where you can check out last minute airfares on multiple airlines. There are also great last minute accommodation sites like Hotel Tonight to assist in your search for last minute hotel accommodations.

Many hotels offer special weekends or one night anniversary specials which include the room and maybe a meal or two and often a gift basket with champagne. The best way to check out these deals is to check on the hotel web pages or call the hotel directly. These anniversary specials are a great option if you just can’t get out of town you can at least get out of the house. If you really want to make it a romantic get-away leave the cell phone at home. If the hotel package you choose doesn’t include a spa visit or a massage ask the hotel if they can arrange one for you.

The other option is a daytrip to a nearby destination. Maybe a park or a gallery or museum combined with a picnic lunch or lunch at a nice restaurant. These require no reservations just a little on line research to check out the hours of operation and you are good to go. You can make up a gift certificate on your computer to give her and no one will ever know this is a last minute gift.

Then there is the old standby dinner at a upscale restaurant followed by a show or concert or sporting event… whatever you will enjoy as a couple. If you need tickets you can find them online at Ticketmaster. If the event is sold out you might be able to find tickets on a marketplace like StubHub or Viagogo. And while normally paying a scalper is seen as poor form, the more you spend the more it shows how much you love them. 😉

outdoor concert, Brekkeparken in Skien, South Norway.

Broadway.com specializes in play tickets. Local sites might have exclusive inventory.

Or for a variation on a theme you could cook dinner at home, add a nice bottle of wine (maybe select some new wineglasses while you are picking up the wine), a fire in the fireplace if the weather permits or light some fragrant candles to set the mood.

Last Second Gift Ideas

There are a number of gift sites that offer next day delivery for a small additional fee. If you have a day you are covered. The website Gifts.com offers a broad selection of items and quick delivery options for last minute gifts.

GiftTree has a section of emergency gift suggestions that will ship the next day.

Another option is emailed gift certificates like those offered by Amazon. Niemen Marcus also offers a virtual gift card which would make anyone a great gift on their website.

A self-care day at a spa is a wonderful gift for your partner. After all, the most special person in your life deserves to be treated like royalty. Both Spafinder and Spa Emergency let you print a gift certificate to spas close to your area. If there isn’t a spa in your area listed on these sites, try calling a few spas near you. I bet you can find one that offers gift certificates you can stop by and pick up.

If you are down to the wire, buy a card (the kind with a great picture on the outside and blank on the inside) and write a romantic poem or message inside. If a card just won’t be enough, go to a fancy stationary store and buy some parchment paper on which to write your poem or message.  Roll the parchment into a small cylinder and tie with a ribbon and stick it in a bottle. Cork the bottle and you have created a very personal and romantic anniversary gift. If you have a little sand and maybe a shell or two, you can put the bottle (with the message inside) in a box with its own beach for an added touch of whimsy.

How about a giving a bottle of his or her favorite liquor or wine as an anniversary gift? Stop by a store on the way home and get two unique wine or drink glasses, pick up some of your favorite carryout and you have a perfect anniversary gift that will definitely set the mood for a romantic evening at home.

“Forgot Your Anniversary” Advice

You do not want to go through this again. You might have gotten away once with a quickie gift, but you know that you can’t make a habit of this. Never let an anniversary sneak up on you again with apps like Google Calendar for Android or Reminders on iOS.


8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Last Minute Anniversary Gifts”

  1. Sara Bledsoeon 07 Oct 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I am an 11 year old girl and i’m looking for homemade anniversary gifts for my parents that i can make while they’re gone but they get back in three hours and i have nothing. HELP!!! 🙁

  2. Sara Bledsoeon 07 Oct 2012 at 4:01 pm


  3. Matton 01 Jun 2015 at 1:45 pm

    There is an anniversary rainbow sundial that I found online, it is designed to sit indoors in a sunny window and make rainbow colors in the room when the sun shines. I was able to buy a gift certificate for it, which they emailed back to me the same day. It was a great last minute gift, and she got to decide where in our home to put it and then she got to have it custom made her way!

  4. Matton 06 Jul 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I got my wife a gift certificate for a special anniversary sundial that I found online, and I was able to get the certificate the same day I ordered it. The little glass sundial sits on the windowsill and makes rainbows in the room when the sun hits it, and it was handmade just for her – since I gave her the gift certificate she was able to have it made the way she wanted for her favorite sunny spot in the house. When they made her sundial they added a custom date line that the time shadow follows on our special day each year – now when we see the shadow approaching that special time line we know that our anniversary is coming up!

  5. Benon 15 Jan 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I gave my wife a sketch of her wedding dress. Had to share, because she was so happy with this.

  6. Steveon 12 Sep 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I got my wife a Dreamlines artist created sketch of her wedding dress and my suit. She loved it and it brought to tears. It really is an amazing piece of art.

  7. Haley Cantoron 09 Nov 2018 at 3:33 am

    My hubs gave me a sketch of my wedding dress and his suit. The detail was stunning. My sister in law was given a wedding dress sketch gift card so she could work with them to create their sketch. It was so great even though my brother waited to the last minute. 🙂 She loved helping to create her own sketch. I love personalized gifts and this was perfect.

  8. Kelsie Manneron 02 Mar 2019 at 8:53 pm

    My husband gave me a sketch of my dress and his suit created by a Dreamlines artist. This was the greatest gift he could have given me. It’s really amazing!

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