Some psychologists argue that there is an emotional need to commemorate anniversaries. They bring back important emotions, show us the progress we’ve made, and mark an achievement.
The problem is, coming up with a unique anniversary gift that isn’t cliche, boring, or meaningless is a challenge.
Well, look no further! Here are 10 creative 6 month anniversary gift ideas that are sure to keep you out of the dog house for a long… long time.
1. Something Sentimental
A movie ticket from your first date, the napkin from the dinner when you first said: “I love you.” Any seemingly insignificant item can become a romantic treasure when attached with some degree of sentimentality.
If you’re lucky enough to have anything like this stashed away, pull it out. Heck, check your pants pockets for something if you’re really desperate.
The point is, if you have an item that has some kind of sentimental value or story attached to it, it can be the perfect gift.
All you need to do is find a way of preserving the item and gifting it to your sweetie. This could mean placing an old love-note in a picture frame or making a scrapbook with all the photos of your honeymoon.
Whatever you choose, this gift idea is the stuff romcoms are made of.
2. Give Them the Stars
The moon, the sun, the stars, there’s a reason these celestial bodies are often the subject of romantic poems and songs. They are constant and permanent. They are full of light and the metaphors that you can make with them about your relationship are endless.
So, this anniversary, why not give your sweetheart the stars? …literally.
With an extra bright star gift, you can have an actual star officially named for your loved one. That name becomes a part of the official star registry and from then on will show up on the Atlas of the sky.
Little else communicates the permanency of your love like naming a celestial body in honor of your significant other. Naming a star for them says this relationship has no end in sight.
Each time they look up at the sky they will remember your amazingly romantic gesture and look back fondly on what is sure to be one of the best anniversaries yet.
3. Bury a Time Capsule
Preserve the last 6 months of memories in a fun way. Create a time capsule! Fill your capsule with photos and memorabilia to honor the last 6 months you’ve had together.
Then, find somewhere memorable to bury it. Make the burial a big deal complete with a pact to dig it up together in the future.
You can even go so far as to say you’ll come back after the next 6 months together. The details are up to you. But the idea is sure to charm.
4. Make a Slideshow
If you’re married, you probably had some kind of slightly-cheesy slideshow playing at your reception. Well, time to crack out the photos and Tim McGraw songs once again.
You could either surprise your loved-one with a showing of your original slideshow or create an entirely new one.
Take a walk down memory lane as you are sure to make them laugh, cry, and reminisce on the last 6 months of memories together. After watching the show, gift them the hardcopy so they can watch it again any time they are missing you or just feeling particularly romantic.
5. Make a Coupon Book
Your coupons can consist of offers of time spent doing chores, talking, treating them to a massage… or anything else they may request.
Include offers to take them to their favorite restaurant or watch 2 hours of their favorite binge-show. This gift is great because it can be tailored to your partner’s interests.
It’s also fun because they don’t have to use it all up at once. The coupons can be cashed in at any time for days, months, or even years to come.
6. Reasons “I Love You” Jar
Grab a mason jar, some markers, and some craft paper and start listing the reasons you love your partner. You can list any number of reasons you want. The point is to give them a gift they can go back to again and again.
If words of affirmation are their love language, then this is a gift that they will cherish. It’s slightly easier than trying to express your feelings in a cheesy poem, but still charming enough to make an impact.
7. Personalized Jewelry
Have the date of your anniversary engraved onto a watch, necklace, or bracelet. Give them something they can wear every day to remind them of your anniversary and the love you share.
Jewelry is never a cliche because it is a classic. It’s a timeless anniversary gift idea, with a personalized twist.
8. Re-“Make” Dinner
Recreate your first dinner date.
This could mean returning to the restaurant where you first met or cooking the meal you ate. However you choose to approach it, the gift of a delicious meal can be both romantic and delicious.
9. A Weekend Away
Sometimes the best gift you can give is your time. Find an affordable AirBnB nearby and book a room for 1-2 nights.
Take some time to reconnect while you disconnect from the rest of the world. Give the office, your phone, and social media a rest and enjoy the simple fun of talking with your loved one.
They’ll feel special knowing you value one-on-one time with them.
10. Pickle Ball Paddles
You read that right, get your partner pickleball paddles for your anniversary. This may seem like something you’d give your grandma but consider–this gift shows them you want to start a new hobby, together.
It’s fun to learn a new skill, especially one you can carry into old age together. Pickleball will bring you years of active fun and shared laughs. You’ll be ballin’ together until retirement.
What’s more romantic than that?
6 Month Anniversary Date Ideas
Choosing the perfect 6 month anniversary gift is all about knowing your partner. Tailor it to their own love language and make it meaningful.
Putting time and thought into a gift is far more touching than running to the store for a generic anniversary gift.
Of course, why stop with the gift. Make this 6 month anniversary truly special by pairing the perfect gift with the perfect date. Browse our dating section for more unique and romantic dating ideas.