44 Best Anniversary Gift Ideas for Husbands or Wives

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What Your Husband Really Wants For Your Anniversary

What husbands really want for your anniversary: homemade gifts, quality time with you, and physical attention and intimacy. Is it as simple as that? Maybe not! Check out the gift suggestions below!

What wives really want for your anniversary: a chance to travel somewhere, meaningful gifts from the heart, and anything romantic. You KNOW we have ideas for all of those types of gifts below!

Coming up with ideas for anniversary gifts for husbands (or wives!) can be tricky. After all, you want the type of gift to be both thoughtful and unique, right? Well, look no further! We’ve come up with a list of the PERFECT types of anniversary gifts for husbands and wives that they ACTUALLY want. We even polled our readers to determine the most sought after gift types for each spouse, so you know you’re sure to find something great.

Types of Anniversary Gifts for Husbands

Our polls showed that there are three go-to ideas when it comes to gifts husbands want for their anniversary. (The wives ideas are covered next!)

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Couple exchanging anniversary gifts

Homemade Gift Types

According to our results, most husbands said they’d be thrilled to get a DIY gift from their wife – anything from a thoughtful piece of artwork or their favorite snack or treat! If you’re the crafty type, take a moment to get those creative juices flowing and make your husband something filled with sentimental value. This is an especially sweet idea for first anniversaries or if you want to stick to a budget.

Here are a few of our all time favorite DIY anniversary gift ideas for husbands!

1 . Accordian Memory Book

2 . Reasons Why I Love You Jar

3 . The ABC’s of Us Book

4 . All About You Basket

5 . Adventure Marriage Journal

6 . Candy Gram Poster

7 . DIY Love Coupons

Quality Time Gift Ideas

Another highly desired gift category for husbands is that of quality time (and it’s easier to pull off than you might think!) Consider planning a fun date night or activity and really try to reconnect. You could even go all out and book a hotel room for a weekend getaway!

Here are a few of our all time favorite quality time-related anniversary ideas!

8 . Spa Date Night

9 . Romantic Scavenger Hunt

10 . Year of Sporty Dates

11 . Day of Spoiling

12 . Fondue Date Night

13 . Date Night in a Box

14 . Year of Movie Dates

Physical Affection Gift Ideas

Over 70% of our male readers said their top choice for husband anniversary gifts is any kind of physical affection. In other words, something you don’t even need to wrap! So go ahead and plan a sexy rendezvous in the bedroom for your hubby! Kick things up a notch by adding a massage, bedroom game, or a sexy bedroom box to show your sweetie you’ve only got eyes for them.

Our favorite physical touch-centered anniversary ideas:

15 . Sexy Subscription

16 . Sexy Room Service

17 . Sexy Massage

18 . Naked Night

19 . Love Shack Date

20 . Sweetheart Bedroom Party

21 . 7 Days of Sex Challenge

22 . Cuddle Kit for Two

Anniversary Gifts for Husbands to Give to Their Wives

Aka what women actually WANT for their anniversary! When the women weighed in on their favorite anniversary presents, we received some great responses. We’ve narrowed it down to the top THREE! These three gift ideas are the best anniversary gifts for your wife no matter what her current interests or hobbies are. Plus, they never go out of style, so definitely take note!

Anniversary gift idea for a husband or wife that they actually want | The Dating Divas
Man holding gift for wife.

Travel Anniversary Gifts for Wives

Any lady would love to be surprised by a romantic getaway with the man of her dreams. If money is no object, an elaborate vacation is definitely an option, but a simple weekend trip will also have her feeling the love! You could even plan a special night at home or a super sweet staycation on the couch. All that’s important is that you make time with your sweetie in a special place.

Our preferred travel-related anniversary suggestions for wives:

23 . Staycation Kit

24 . Passport to Love

25 . DIY States Travel Map

26 . Gifts of Time & Travel

27 . Romantic Vacations Ideas

28 . Travel Themed Progressive Dinner

29 . Year of Around the World Dates

Meaningful Anniversary Gifts for Wives

As always, the most perfect gifts come straight from the heart. So take some time to think about what your wife would love and what is special about your relationship. Ask yourself what sets you apart as a couple, and give your wife a gift that shows you’ve been present in your marriage. She’ll absolutely LOVE getting something personal and meaningful to cherish for years to come!

The best and most thoughtful gift ideas for wives:

30 . Monthly Love Letters

31 . Photo Book

32 . 5 Senses Gift

33 . I Love Us Book

34 . Personalized Love Prints

35 . Romantic Wall Art

36 . Open When Dates

37. Keepster Messages Book (Use code DIVALUV25 for 25% off!)

Romantic Anniversary Gifts for Husbands to Give to Wives

According to our research, the topmost requested anniversary gift for women is quality time with the love of their life! Women love knowing their husband has thought ahead, so take the initiative and plan a way to show her just how much you love her. Make it as simple or as elaborate as you like – all that matters is that the two of you get some sweet time to reconnect.

Check out these quality time-related anniversary gift ideas for wives:

38 . 7 Days of Spoiling

39 . 365 Day Love Calendar

40 . Anniversary Countdown

41 . I Love Us Book

42 . 52 Dates for Two

43 . Date Night Bucket Lists

44 . Year of Date Nights

There you have it! You’re ready to give the perfect gift to your husband or wife for your anniversary this year! Show them how much you love them for many years to come! For even MORE anniversary inspiration, check out the links below:

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  1. Thanks for this! It’s affirming for me, men and women want different things to feel loved….and it’s NOT necessarily a bunch of Amazon linked items😉 (which is what most blogs about this topic are)
    This is a creative list with a variety of price points that allow couple to find something that speaks to their spouses love language.
    (Only thing is I wish there were less pop ups)

  2. I love how many of these ideas include spending time with one another and making fun memories. Thanks for this great list!

  3. We have an anniversary sundial that sits on our window sill indoors and it makes big bright rainbows move across the room when the sun shines. It was made just for us, for the window in our family room, and it is personalized with our names and a special date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary day each year. There is a mark on that line that the time shadow touches at the time we were married, and we drink a toast each year when it happens. I think it’s a great idea because it does something special every year on our anniversary. I don’t remember what it’s called exactly but you can find it with a search. Ours works great and the rainbows on sunny days are amazing, and I think of him every time I see them!

  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

  5. Such a great article! My anniversary is coming up in 2 weeks. I had some ideas in mind but it helped me a lot to narrow them down ! Thanks 🙂

  6. 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).

    1. Right?! Sometimes it’s just the simplest things! So glad we could help you think outside the box and CONGRATS!!

  7. 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.

    1. Awww, Cindy! What a sweet guy you’ve got! Happy Anniversary! I’m sure it’ll be one to remember!!

  8. 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 😉