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 soon going to celebrate your anniversary with your boyfriend then, here are some gift ideas.
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.
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.
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 we 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!