Frugal Anniversary Gift Ideas That Will Win Her Over

My wedding anniversary is 8/16!  Why does that matter?  Well,  every woman feels loved once her man remembers their anniversary.  Whether it’s their wedding or the day they became official, it is memorable for a woman. If you are about to celebrate your anniversary with your loved one, it is only natural that you will be wondering what you should buy as a present. But if you’re pressed for money and you can’t really afford to buy her a new set of pearls, what else should you give her? What are some great yet affordable anniversary gifts for women? How will you make her feel that you value your special day without spending a lot of money?

While there are still some people who stick to the norm of giving flowers, chocolates and a card, it is not as important as it once was. Many women actually find this concept old fashioned. At the same time, spending money on a dozen roses seems crazy—especially since they die out eventually. So it’s really best that you avoid giving these gifts to your loved one.

The best type of gift to give her is something new and creative. Even though some of these gifts do not cost a lot of money, you can see her beam at the effort you put into it. Often, women find these types of gifts better than receiving flowers, chocolates or candies. They would much rather receive a handwritten card from their man than a bunch of flowers. So if you’re looking for great gifts you can give the lucky woman, here are some options you should consider:

Material Presents

Massage – You can invite your loved one to get a massage with you. Since there are already a number of spas that offer discounts, you can easily find one without spending too much money on the service.

 A Single Stemmed Rose – If you must give her a flower, opt for a single stemmed rose. This says a lot already. A bouquet is too expensive and traditional. Instead, you can give her a single long stemmed rose with a note attached to it.

Date Ideas

Home Cooked Dinner – Especially if you don’t know how to cook, this is a great gift you can give to your wife! You can ask a close friend to teach you some good recipes that you can use. Add some candles and wine and you’ll be all set for the night! The effort of learning to cook is a huge turn on for women, mind you.

 Glow in the Dark Message – Invest in some glow in the dark candles and pretend you completely forgot this special date. Make sure that you act like you really don’t know what the occasion is. The trick here, though, is to ensure that she does not see you writing the message. When she’s at work, you can write down a sweet and touching message on your ceiling just above your bed. After a long day at work, she’ll be happy to read the message you wrote for her—once the lights are out.

A Sweet Bath – If you have a bathtub at home, you can prepare the area by setting some candles to light the mood. Invite her to the tub and give her a massage. This will surely make her happy that you’re with her.

So you see, you don’t need to spend a lot of money for your anniversary. It’s really the thought that counts. Remembering this special day may be enough for your loving wife, girlfriend or partner.  Just in case remembering is not enough though, these creative ideas should do the trick.

So, what kinds of things have you given to your partner on your anniversary? I would like to know.

This post was written by YFS.


Frugal Anniversary Gift Ideas That Will Win Her Over — 22 Comments

  1. My favorite anniversary presents (or, any present, really) are weekend getaways! They might not be the “most” frugal thing to do, but with sites such as LivingSocial Escapes, Travelzoo, etc., you can find really good deals at hotels & bed and breakfasts. Or, get a hotel co-branded credit card and use the points to splurge on a couple nights in a nice hotel. THEN present her a nice card with a thoughtful note inside. 🙂

    Of, if you are into the outdoors, go camping at a nice national park. That’d cost even less than a night at the hotel, plus you get the romance of the starry nights above.

  2. This is so timely for me; my anniversary is in a couple weeks! My husband already got me my present. There’s a special drink syrup that a restaurant I like makes custom for their bar. He knew it’s something I liked, that I always wished I had at home, so he went and bought a batch for me and packaged it with my favorite liquor. I really appreciated it mostly because it meant that he listened to the small things. He was worried that it didn’t cost that much, but seriously, a husband who listens and takes things to heart is priceless!

  3. I’m pretty traditional, so like to stick with the old school themes for each anniversary. I’m also rather practical, so for our first anniversary of paper, I bought my wife a subscription to her favourite magazine. From there I have continued to theme my gifts and my wife has joined in. sometimes we buy something for each other, other times we buy something jointly for the home. It’s a fun little tradition for us now and we both enjoy it.

  4. I don’t know if it’s been for our anniversary, but the best gifts I’ve ever given my husband are 1)Time in a recording studio and b)Personalized guitar picks. I definitely agree with the roses – they’re lovely, but way too overpriced, particularly at Valentine’s Day!

  5. My favorite anniversary was when my husband cooked me steak and shrimp on the grill right after a freak March snow storm. It was so sweet that he went to all the effort when it was so cold outside, and the meal was delicious!

  6. I like the glow and the dark candle idea! Very timely as I’m stumped for valentine’s day gifts and my clock is ticking!!! Now my second question….do I bother getting a gift for my 2 year daughter too?
    -Geoff (aka Car Negotiation Coach)

  7. Great article! I agree that the best gift you can give is the gift of time. Try to find something you can do together on your anniversary. What you do can vary depending on your budget, ranging from a long walk on a favourite trail or beach, to a night at the theatre or a weekend getaway.

  8. I really love the glow in the dark message also. That’s one I have never thought of. I usually get my wife a new Coach bag and flowers running me about 500-600 bucks. However this year is different because I work in manufacturing and suffered an untimely layoff for this occasion. I’m really glad that I stumbled onto this page and its going right in my top favorites. This year I am staying up late trying to get romantically creative writing her a beautiful poem/message telling her how much my love for her has grown over the years. I also found a great deal on a BYOB cooking class we can take together that has a romantic theme for about 70%off on GroupOn. For about 60 bucks!

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