Anniversaries are so, so special. The days that lead up to the big day always make one anxious and excited. They are a reminder of a couple's beautiful relationship and the precious moments they have spent with one another. Which is why, when an anniversary is just around the corner, it is obvious that we, women, are going to go overboard and shower our boyfriends with wonderful, meaningful gifts. And of course, the element of romance and sentiments need to be reflected with these gifts too. Even though there are hundreds of gift ideas that you can think of and buy, a personalized gift has its own charm. Hence, making a creative gift for your boyfriend could be more than a challenge.
Making homemade gifts may sound simple enough, but it does take a lot of thought and work. You can't just cut out pictures, make a montage, and surprise him with it; this borderlines on cliché. The reason there is so much pressure on a homemade gift is because it shows him that you care, what he means to you, and how important his presence is in your life. And hence, to help you make the right gift, we have put together some personalized gifts. Hopefully you can find something worthwhile from this article or at least leave with an inspiration.
Gifts You Can't Go Wrong With
First of all, before we start listing all the homemade anniversary gifts for boyfriend, you have to decide what the budget is. Depending on that, we can easily understand what your options are. A good way to begin is by asking your friends about what they gave their boyfriends as gifts. This is only to help you brainstorm for your own gift. Don't copy their ideas for your special celebration; just be creative with their ideas and play it forward.
Making candles at home, that too with fragrant essential oils, is just right. Light them all over the bedroom, close to the fireplace, or around the bathtub. Now do you get what I'm trying to say? And, if you want, you can even set the mood before he arrives and have a cozy, romantic night together.
A Jar of Love
Now, the first anniversary idea might sound corny to some of you, but it works. Get red colored craft paper, take a pencil to make 100 squares (big enough to write at least 10 words in each square, and cut them properly. If one craft paper is not enough, take as many as you need. Now, with a silver or gold glitter pen, write down 100 reasons why you love him.
Once you're done, take the scissors again and cut the squares into heart shapes. Place each piece inside a glass jar. It is a wonderful way to express your true feelings for him and he will love it that you took out time to make this gift for him. When he receives the gift, he's going to love you for the beautiful thought. And if you don't have that much time, you can even write him a beautiful poem and place it inside a bottle. It'll be like a message bottle for him.
Romantic Dinner ... Obviously
It's true ladies! The quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach. And if you've never cooked for him, this is going to be one of the best gifts for him. You want a gift that not only is remembered, but also cherished. Guys tend to misplace gifts given to them (unless it has something to do with video games or gadgets).
Cooking his favorite meal is a thoughtful idea which can be used as your 6 months and/or 1 year anniversary present for him. Light a few candles on and around the dinner table or take him on a romantic picnic/dinner in the park. Although you don't have to go overboard with the preparations, you can have a lot of fun with this idea. Whichever you choose, he's sure going to be satisfied.
Another great gift idea is a calendar dedicated to him or the 2 of you. We all know that guys tend to forget major events and dates. Which is why, this is the perfect gift for your man, if he happens to conveniently forget things. You can gift him a personalized calendar with February 14 marked on it.
Even better - gather 13 pictures of him with you and all his friends and use 12 of those as each month's calendar photos. For the 13th one (pick the best one) and let it be the cover of the calendar. You can add small, personalized pictures of yours, his friends, and people he knows, and place them on their birth dates. This way, he won't forget anyone's birthday or your anniversary). Isn't that a neat idea?
A Book of Scrap
Now, scrapbooking may not sound like a totally rugged idea, but it has its own perks. A scrapbook can have entries about major events and achievements in his life so far; dates and moments that highlight his success. Scrapbook is a great homemade gift when you're on a budget. Plus, you are free to include any kind of decoration you like.
A scrapbook will not only be a reminder for him, on all his achievements, but will also inspire him whenever he needs it. Life brings many challenges along the way and small reminders, such as your scrapbook, can turn things around for him.
Something that Smells Nice
How about a basket of fresh, fragrant, lovely homemade bath salts? You guys can use the bath salts in a jacuzzi or bathtub (wink). It's a great way to relax and have some alone time together as well. Or, if not bath salts, how about massage oils made with fragrant essential oils. It's a great way to spice things up a little.
And, this gift isn't just for him; you benefit from it as well. Where is he going to use the bath salts or oils? With you, of course! Then go ahead, get this gift (even if you're buying him something else).
Whether it is a portrait or an abstract art, the emotions in a painting can jump out and express themselves in million ways. Plus, when he hangs it in his room, it will constantly remind him of you.
It may seem true that with most gifts, they will get shelved or placed in a drawer never to be used again. But if he cares for you, which I'm sure he does or else you won't be taking so much trouble in finding ideas for him, he's going to adore it.