10 Anniversary Date & Gift Ideas


This year, we celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. We love to spoil ourselves and not necessarily with expensive gifts like jewelry and trips, but rather with experiences where we can make memories together. We’ve come up with 10 ideas for you to celebrate who you are and all that you’ve accomplished together. Your wedding anniversary is a huge deal and it should be celebrated, not forgotten!

1. Relive Your Wedding Day

Get dressed up, look through your wedding album, and watch your wedding video. Buy a small cake from a local bakery and have them put “Happy Anniversary” on it. Sip some champagne and slow dance to your song in the living room.

2. Monthly Dates Shipped Directly to You

We have worked with Datebox and Unbox Love in the past and all companies have incredible dates that are shipped directly to your home. You can try a one-time purchase or sign up for a monthly subscription. You know we will continue to push you to go on date nights once a week and these make a great option for those of you with kids who can’t find a sitter.

3. Renew Your Vows

A vow renewal is the perfect way to celebrate your marriage. The reason why this is so important to do is because when you exchanged your vows on your wedding day, you hadn’t lived them out yet. You were promising you would. But once you got married, you have now shown your love by living out your vows, and your love has changed and grown deeper. Renewing your vows is recommitting that you both are still committed to choosing love and choosing each other.

4. Open When… Letters

This takes a little planning but it’s well worth it. Write down some encouraging notes, inside jokes, print out some pictures of you two, and put them in envelopes. Place a label on each envelope and think of times you would want your spouse to open it.

Some ideas for your Open When letters:

  • …when you need to know how much I love you

  • …when it’s your birthday

  • …when you had a bad day at work

  • …when you need a good laugh

5. Couples Spa Day

This is a great idea for the busy couple who runs at a fast pace all day, every day. Get a massage, lay out by the pool, go in the sauna and steam room. Almost all spas have a “no phone” rule where they make you turn it off. This will force you to relax and enjoy each other’s company!

6. Have a Naked Dinner or Dessert

Yes, we are those people who do crazy things like having a naked dinner after our kids go to bed. But in all seriousness, have you ever done it? You can’t say no until you’ve at least tried it! There’s something special about being naked in front of each other and not having sex. You get to enjoy each other’s bodies while eating good food and having a good conversation. If you think dinner might be too much, try dessert instead.

7. Take a Road Trip With No Agenda

Head north or south and take a drive, just the two of you, for the day. Stop when you feel like it, or don’t! Listen to some music and be sure to bring our 40 date night questions list or 50 road trip conversation starters with you for the car ride so you can get to know each other on a deeper level.

8. Go on an Adventure

It’s time to get out of your daily routine and try something new that both of you have never done before. Go skinny dipping, go see a musical, create a new cocktail recipe, take an art class, try a new sex position, go sky diving, try go-kart racing or volunteer together at a local shelter.

9. Have a Dream Night

We often say that couples who dream together stay together because it causes both partners to feel secure that they have a future together. Create a bucket list of all the things you want to do and all of the places you want to travel to. Write your ideas down and post it in your bedroom as a reminder!

10. Last Minute Local Hotels

We love this one. Check the internet for specials on local hotels in your area and plan a one nighter staycation. You don’t have to waste time traveling and there is something special about not having to do any of the chores around your home. Don’t turn on the hotel TV but turn each other on instead. Bring a game, take a walk, order room service, slip down for a night swim and re-spark the romance.

Whether you’ve been married for 2 months or 30 years, don’t forget to celebrate your marriage!

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Surprise your spouse with a copy of our book 365 Connecting Questions – a gift that keeps giving all year long!

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Written by Meygan Caston
Meygan Caston is the co-founder of Marriage365 and lives in sunny Southern California with her husband Casey, their two children and dog Hobie. She loves her family, the beach, writing, spa days and helping couples connect in their marriage. Her life long dream is to live with the Amish for a month, walk the Camino and have lunch with Brené Brown.


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4 thoughts on “10 Anniversary Date & Gift Ideas”

  1. I loved it. I enjoy doing simple but exciting new things like these. Love romance, don’t need expensive gifts. It’s the little things that count the most.

  2. Great ideas! I love the adventure idea. I have one to share that my brother gave his wife for their one year anniversary, which is the paper gift. He gave her a sketch of her wedding dress. It was such a lovely idea. I love personalized gift and this was perfect.

  3. I love all of your stuff! But I do have another thought on renewing our vows. I always thought this was a romantic thing to do but my husband is very against it! We grew up in a very strong church and we understood whAt the bible saids about marriage and the seriousness of this commitment before God and each other. He said he meant his vows when he said them. He hasn’t broken them. And while our love over the last 20 years has grown and deepened it doesn’t change the fact that he meant his promises and he has kept them. In his mind, there’s nothing to “renew” because nothing has been broken. Renewing vows is for people who have broken them and need to renew the commitment. Over some time I have come to see his point and respect it, even agree with it.

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