Ah, love. Nothing says love quite like a new shiny, expensive-looking thingamajig you’ve toiled your entire monthly savings to pay for. All for the sake of seeing a glimmer of a smile on your partner’s face.
What’s that? You don’t have the budget or resources to provide such lavish gifts to your significant other? Well, it’s the thought that counts, right? Though, it doesn’t always have to be this way.
Buying the perfect anniversary gift is a testament to how well you know your SO. And this knowledge of your SO doesn’t always necessitate an overly expensive gift, especially if you’re tight on cash.
1. DIYs Always Ends in ILYs
Nothing says love like hard work and effort put in gift form.
We’re talking about do-it-yourself gifts that are not only easy on the wallet but are also sentimental. Off the top of our heads, a simple picture frame with a photo of the both of you would be an excellent anniversary gift for your SO. In a similar vein, photo albums also work well albeit more costly than a picture frame.
However, if you’re looking to prepare something with a little more skill, might we suggest cross-stitching? If you’re willing to pick up the skill, a personal cross stitch gift will do wonders for your relationship. It’s also unique and affordable. And you can make it even more personal by including significant experiences only the two of you know.
Otherwise, a simple homemade coupon or voucher book would also be a cute gift for your anniversary. Coupons could include simple tasks such as “1 free hug” or “doing the dishes” that your SO can claim from you. It’s easy on the wallet, and we’re sure your partner will appreciate the extra effort put in to please them.
2. Take A Short Staycation With Your Partner
Are you too busy with your career and work? Perhaps you’re always on the clock regardless of where you are? Or maybe you just can’t seem to put your phone down to actually be with the person you love.
Sometimes, time is the most valuable gift you could afford your partner. After all, time is money and spending your hard-earned vacation time on your partner is a great gift!
Your vacation doesn’t even have to be an overseas trip that will cost a bomb. Spending a short weekend by the beach is a great way to reignite the spark and bond with your partner. Of course, spending the weekend indoors together is also a great choice. The important thing is to spend time appreciating your partner!
That means setting down your smartphones and tablets and actually being present with your SO. You could even spend the weekend doing #couplegoals such as cooking your meals together, watching a movie, etc. All this for nearly the cost of zero.
3. A Candy Bouquet for Your Sweet Heart
Alright, let’s be frank here, candy can be expensive depending on what kind you buy and where you buy them from. But, if your significant other has a sweet tooth, then this might be the ideal budget anniversary gift.
Find out what your SO likes and try to buy it in a bundle, it’s cheaper this way. Next, you’ll have to assemble the parts to make it look like an actual bouquet. Consider using some red vines to make it look for vibrant. Also, there are tons of DIY candy bouquet videos on YouTube so don’t hesitate to refer to them. Good luck!
But whatever you do, try to make your own candy bouquet instead of just buying a bouquet someone else made. Not only is making your own bouquet cheaper, but it also shows effort on your part, which we are sure your partner will appreciate.
Alternatively, making a drumstick or nugget bouquet would also be a great and hilarious gift for your SO.
There you have it, some affordable anniversary gift ideas that you can give your partner. You’ll notice that most of our suggestions include some form of DIY. After all, your time and effort is the most valuable currency you have to offer.
Do you agree with our list? Let us know if you have any other affordable anniversary gift ideas!