What Your Spouse Really Wants for an Anniversary Gift

The Best Anniversary Gift Ideas

We love anniversaries around here because it’s a time to celebrate the day you started on this amazing journey of marriage, and we are ALL about great marriages. We also know how important it is to each of you to make your anniversary special. So, to help you make your next anniversary one that your spouse will love and remember, we sent out a survey and polled our readers (and got some input from the Divas, too!) and discovered what your spouse really wants for their anniversary!

What Men Really Want for Their Anniversary

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When the results came in, we realized there were THREE main things that the majority of guys want for their anniversary, and we’re going to give you all of the details!
Homemade Anniversary Gift Treats
#3. Homemade Gifts
They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and according to our results that just might be the case. Husbands said they’d be thrilled to get a DIY gift from their wives – anything from a thoughtful craft to meaningful artwork, to his favorite snack or treat! If you’re the crafty type, then you’re in luck! Get those creative juices flowing and make something filled with sentimental value for your honey.
One adorable husband gushed about a Homemade Gift his wife gave him for their first anniversary:
She turned our love story into a book and had it bound for me. I treasure it. It’s a keepsake that will get passed down to our children.
In addition to treats that he can eat, lots of our guys told us they’d be happy to receive the 100 Reasons I Love You Book, Accordion Memory Book or Love Letters from their spouse! We also think they’d love these meaningful Gifts for Your Guy!
Romantic Anniversary
#2. Quality Time
Many husbands explained that their love language was quality time. They said they would love to have their wives plan a fun date night or activity where they could enjoy spending time together – with just their spouse. Taking the time to reconnect with your honey is the perfect way to spend your anniversary.
We got a sweet response in our survey about how much Quality Time means to this husband: 
My wife is my best gift! We usually get a hotel room for a weekend away. I love having time with just the two of us.
You know The Dating Divas have you covered with Date Night ideas. We’ve even got lots of Husband-Approved Ideas!
Physical Affection: Anniversary Gift
#1. Physical Affection
Over 70% of our male readers said their top choice for anniversary gifts is actually not a gift you can wrap! That’s a win for the ladies – you don’t even have to go shopping and you can make an amazing ‘gift’ happen at the last minute if you need to! Husbands described their ideal anniversary gift as any kind of physical affection or romance. He’d love for you to plan an intimate night in the bedroom filled with massages and attention that shows you’ve only got eyes for him!
One respondent had a great explanation of why Physical Affection is such a meaningful gift:
I loved the gift [of physical intimacy] because only she could give it to me, and it helped me feel loved and wanted.
Does this sound like your husband, but you’re still not sure what to get him? Most of the men in our survey said they’d absolutely love to get the Intimacy Pack, Game of Love, or a Panty Wreath.
What Women Really Want for Their Anniversary

When the women weighed in on their favorite anniversary gifts, we received some great responses but we narrowed it down to the top THREE! 
Anniversary Gift: Travel
#3. Travel
Just about any lady would love to be surprised with a little getaway with the man of her dreams. It doesn’t have to be a gigantic, financial burden – just a simple weekend trip works for most wives. If money is no object (or maybe you want to splurge one year), then an elaborate vacation is definitely an option, too! Your wife just wants some time with you in a special place. Take her on an adventure!!
The wives in our survey talked about trips from Santo Domingo to Disney World to local hot spots, but the quality time with their spouse was really the part that mattered most as part of the gift of Travel:
We take a weekend away and spend one on one time together and relax and have fun with each other without distractions. It’s wonderful!
While the Divas can’t exactly plan your next anniversary trip for you, we have some ideas that might still fit the bill for a travel-inspired gift your wife is sure to fall in love with like a Staycation KitPassport to LoveDIY States Travel Map, or a Push Pin Travel Map. To help plan your next couple adventure, check out the Gifts of Time and Travel and these Romantic Vacations Ideas
Thoughtful and Meaningful Anniversary Gift
#2. Meaningful Gifts
To show your wife that you really care, one of the most perfect gifts comes from the heart. Take some time to think about what your wife would love and what is special about your relationship. Think: what sets you apart as a couple? For your next anniversary, give your wife a gift that shows you’ve been present in your marriage. According to our responses, she’d love to get something personal and meaningful to cherish for years to come.
Some wives bragged about their sweet husbands giving super thoughtful presents, like this Meaningful Gift:
My husband bought me a brand new, nice leather journal with a love letter inside that explained that this would be OUR love letter journal and he would write me a new love letter every Friday. Best Gift EVER! {And yes, Friday is now my very favorite day of the week!}
If you’re not an innately sentimental kind of spouse, we learned that wives would gush over receiving Love Letters, a Photo BookVideo Slideshows, or Our Story: Wall Art.
Romantic Anniversary Gift
#1. Planned Romance
When we tallied up the results of our survey, the top anniversary gift choice for women was receiving some totally planned out quality time with the love of their lives. It turns out women just want to feel like their husbands have thought ahead… it makes them feel like they’re always on their hubby’s mind. 
This wife spoke for wives everywhere as she explained how nice it was for her husband to have Planned Romance for her:
My husband planned our little anniversary getaway. I’m normally the one who makes all of the reservations and everything and he took over and managed it all.
Give your sweetheart an anniversary gift that she’ll love {almost} as much as she loves you – just take the initiative and plan some time to show her how much you love her with an Anniversary Countdown, the Year of Dates or the Perfect Anniversary or any of these 75 Anniversary Date Ideas. You could also put together a Cuddle Kit, who doesn’t love to snuggle?!
So there you have it! You’re ready to give your spouse what they really want for your next anniversary together. You’ve got plenty of ideas to make your sweetheart happy and to show them how much you love them for many years to come!
We also have a round-up with the best anniversary gifts including our 52 Dates for 2, our 7 days of Sex Challenge, a fun Sexy Truth or Dare, and so much more! Check it out, Here!

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I find a way to be highly creative and highly organized all at the same time. I love discovering a new favorite book, sitting on my back porch in the mornings, mountain views, and random science facts! I married my high school sweetheart after dating for nearly a decade and I love meeting people who know how to make me laugh, like my husband who can crack me up by just looking at me.

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13 Responses to What Your Spouse Really Wants for an Anniversary Gift

  1. Yep I totally agree with #3 for wives… I would LOVE a surprise romantic getaway! Maybe I should forward this on to the hubby for a little hint hint 😉

  2. I smiled when I read #1 from the wife who’s husband completed planned their getaway. My husband has done that for our 37th anniversary coming up in August. Usually we talk about what we would like to do and then I plan and organize everything. Not this time. He has taken total control and I have no clue where we are going and what he has planned.

  3. OMG! I would have never thought of Physical Affection as an actual gift. We just got married in April (Newlyweds!!!!). But this article really helped me to take the pressure off the gift giving, we typically think of for anniversaries. And to focus on spending quality time together which is truly important (especially in today’s connected world).

  4. I am on the hunt for a gift and found your blog, which is really great! I have a gift to share, as I think personalized gifts are the way to go and I am trying to top it. My husband gave me a sketch of my wedding dress and his suit. It is my most treasured gifts. <3