Exchanging gifts is a part and parcel of almost every relationship. Though we all deny that we're not that shallow and that we don't really mind whether we get gifts from our significant other or not, at some level, we do expect tiny material gifts that make us happy. Another important part in a relationship is anniversaries. Again, though we deny meticulously remembering dates and events and incidents, it is true that we do tend to keep in mind something as important as an anniversary in our relationship. If you're going to be celebrating your anniversary with your boyfriend sometime soon and need some ideas on what gifts you can give him, then all you have to do is scroll down.
Since you're his girlfriend (and we're assuming you're quite a typical girlfriend, as most women are), you're sure to be the kind who saves stuff from previous meetings. Movie ticket stubs, tissue papers from your first date, a parking ticket, receipt for a romantic dinner that you had, gift wrapping paper that he used to wrap one of your gifts in, and many more. Little knickknacks that you've preserved over time. The seemingly inconsequential things that have played an important part in your evolution as a couple. Get a fancy box and neatly arrange all these items in it, in a number of compartments that is equal to the number of years you have been together. Place a note with each item, explaining what it is. Wrap the box beautifully. When he opens it and goes through each gift, he's sure to be touched with this gift.
Design a Website
Designing a website is not very difficult if you know the right people and the right way to do it. What you can do is, gather a lot of pictures of the two of you. Ones that you have clicked during the course of your relationship. Using these pictures, write the story of how both of you met and how you came to be the couple that you are today. The good times and the bad, the hilarious incidents and the embarrassing ones. Document everything and either design the site yourself or ask a professional web designer to do it for you. Then on your anniversary, just send him an email or an IM with the link to this site. He'll be pleasantly surprised!
Something from his Past
If you've been with your boyfriend long enough to be really comfortable with his parents, then this is one of the cutest ideas. Contact his parents and ask them about his childhood. Ask them if there was something he always wanted, but for some reason couldn't get it or do it. It could be something as small as a toy or a special edition comic book or something like going bungee jumping or riding a snow mobile. Whatever it is, on your anniversary, arrange to have that particular thing delivered to him, with a note saying that you knew he always wanted it. If it's an activity, then take him to the venue, without telling him about it and surprise him when you reach there. He'll go back to being the child he was, which will be fun to watch.
What you have to do is, get some silverware, plates, and champagne flutes engraved with your names and the date from when you are together. Plan a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant and ask them to use the silverware, the plates and the champagne flutes that you have got the engraving done on. Begin with the champagne and then proceed with the dinner. Make it a point to place them in such a way that the engraving is visible. He'll love it. When you are done with the meal, ask the restaurant to clean and gift wrap the stuff and give it to him as a memento of the lovely evening that the two of you had together.
Advertise your Love
If you want to try something really crazy, and I mean scream-out-your-love-as-loud-as-you-can-crazy, then you can consider this idea. Contact the ads section of the newspaper that your boyfriend subscribes to. Draft a well worded classified (read anniversary message) and ask the newspaper people to place the ad (in a slightly bigger font than the others) in the center of their usual classifieds section on the day of your anniversary. If your boyfriend does not see it himself, at least someone he knows will and contact him about it. If even that does not happen, then you can just tell him that you read an 'interesting job opening that could suit his profile' and prompt him to turn to the classifieds section. Surprise!
Remembering the little details and the seemingly unimportant things go a long way in helping to find the perfect gift for your partner. So take that as your golden rule, pay more attention to the things he says and pick up hints from them. You never know, you might stumble upon a great idea, right in the middle of a conversation. Happy anniversary!