Celebrating anniversaries can often come with a lot of pressure, especially when it comes to picking out a gift. What exactly is the right way to show your guy just how much you love him and how much you appreciate your time together without being overly cheesy? Perfecting the balance between thoughtful and functional can be tricky, so we rounded up some of the best anniversary gifts for your boyfriend to help you out.
Treat him to something luxurious and useful, like a leather weekend bag or sporty watch. Or take a more personalized route and gift him a framed map of where you met or a ticket stub diary that memorializes all the events you spent together. You can always combine a little bit of both, too, like opting for a golf ball set he’ll get a ton of practice out of, customized with his initials for a special touch.
Read on for the best anniversary gifts for your boyfriend.
Mark & Graham Personalized Golf Ball Gift Set
Your guy will thank you for these when he’s out swinging on the green. Personalized golf balls will help him identify which ones are his after teeing off, and a matching personalized wooden case will help him store them away safely. It also comes with a dozen tees and pencils each so he can make the most of his day out on the course.
Price at time of publish: $99
KingsleyLeather Minimalist Leather Card Holder
This leather cardholder proves that sometimes, simplicity is best. With a credit card pocket on each side and slot in the middle, it can hold four to six cards and some cash. Handmade and hand-stitched, the cardholder feels like butter and gets an A-plus for its durability. Choose the color of thread you want it stitched with and personalize it with your guy’s initials for a sweet touch.
Price at time of publish: $137
A Year of Dates A Box of Date Night Cards
Date night will never get stale again with a box of fun ideas. It contains a sealed envelope for every week of the year with a different date idea in each, except one empty envelope for a week off. There are also five blank cards for you to write your own ideas. Buy the surprise edition for random fun, or the categorized edition which color codes date ideas for a bit more control.
Price at time of publish: $37 for Surprise Edition
Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit
Bring the brewery home with this IPA Beer Making Kit. It contains everything you need for some fun at-home brewing, from a fermenting jug and ingredient mix to step-by-step instructions that will guide your boyfriend through every step of making a good beer. The best part is that the equipment can be reused at a later date to make more beer.
Price at time of publish: $48
Hamilton Khaki Field Silicone Strap Watch
Both sporty and sleek, this automatic watch is ready for a good time. Swiss-made, it features a textured silicone strap for comfort, buckle closure, and sapphire crystal face. It also has 80 hours of power reserve and a second hand-tipped in red for an edgy punch.
Price at time of publish: $495
Crosley Gig Record Player
The music buff will love a 1960s-inspired record player with Bluetooth technology to play his tunes on. Featuring a faux wood finish, it has a two-speed turntable and two external stereo speakers. If you buy him this now, you can follow up future holiday presents with a favorite record he doesn’t have to grow his music collection.
Uncommon Goods Ticket Stub Diary
Memorialize all the fun experiences you two shared in an adorable diary made for ticket stubs. Simply slide concert tickets, game tickets, and more into plastic sleeves and jot down any thoughts or notes from the event next to them on the lined pages. Get creative! Pull out admission stubs from museums or even airplane tickets from your first trip together.
Price at time of publish: $14
Sunnylife Lucite Poker Set
This colorful poker set will shake up game night with lucite chips and die in a fun palette. It comes in a matching lucite case that snaps close and is easy to carry around. Plus: It’s a subtle way to make sure he’ll be thinking of you while he’s with the guys!
Price at time of publish: $220
Twelve South AirSnap Pro
Snazz up that white AirPod Pro charging case with a fashionable leather cover, available in slate blue, black, and cognac. AirPods will stay safe and sound with a snap closure and S-Clip that fastens the case to a backpack or wrist strap. The design doesn’t hinder the AirPod’s design, keeping the status light visible and the AirPods chargeable.
Price at time of publish: $40
Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book By Simon Wood
For the sneakerhead, this coffee table book is a must. Simon “Woody” Wood explores a century of sneakers, from classics like Nike Air Force 1 to the more obscure like Vision Street Wear. It doesn’t miss any famous collaborations, ad campaigns, or limited editions. There’s as much sneaker knowledge in this book as there are vibrant visuals of kicks.
Price at time of publish: $60
Forever Wedding Crafts Personalized Puzzle
Have a favorite pic of the two of you? Instead of framing it, get it made into a puzzle instead! Just make sure it’s a horizontal photo because this puzzle comes in a rectangular format. You even have the option to customize it further by adding the date of your anniversary and text of your own.
Price at time of publish: $25 for 10.75 x 11.95 Inches Cardboard
David Donhue Brass Cuff Link & Stud Set
Chic and edgy, these David Donahue cufflinks will look sharp against any shirt. Iridescent mother-of-pearl or onyx adorns a brass plate in a round design. We love their versatility—they’re fancy enough to dress up a more casual look but subtle enough to tone down a more spiffy ensemble.
Price at time of publish: $86
Himistry Naturals Restoring Shave System
Give your guy the gift he didn’t know he needed. This shaving set comes with skincare to make his morning shaves that much more enjoyable. Inside, he’ll find a rosemary and tea shave gel, toner, and a hyaluronic and retinol serum to leave skin looking radiant.
Uncommon Goods Baseball Stadium Blueprints
A detailed blueprint will bring your boyfriend’s favorite baseball stadium to life, complete with design specs and a brief history of major events at the stadium. Framed and printed on archival paper with an antique finish, the blueprint has a polished, vintage look that he’ll want to hang.
Price at time of publish: $85 for Unframed
Hyper Tough Cordless Drill and Home Tool Set Project Kit
A new tool kit is just what the handyman in your life needs. This one has all the basics and then some, complete with an everyday drill and 10 drill bits, adjustable wrench, hammer, and LED work light. It all comes in a storage bag so the 70-plus tool pieces won’t get lost, making everything easy to tuck away.
Clayton & Crume Rocks Glass
These whiskey tumblers will surely be a statement piece for the bar cart, both boasting handsome waterproof leather wraps that can be personalized with a monogram. Featuring brass rivets for a stronghold, they easily come off for washing. Each glass holds 12 ounces of liquor.
Price at time of publish: $95
Made Leather Co. Aviator “Weekender Bag”
Your boyfriend will be ready to pack come your next romantic weekend getaway with this luxurious leather bag, complete with a stylish buckle and double handles. Available in cognac and noir, it features an adjustable strap, zippered storage on each end, and a cloth interior. It’s handmade to meet most airplane carry-on requirements
Price at time of publish: $385
Infinity Orb Magnetic Levitating Speaker
This levitating speaker is even cooler than upon first look. The Infinity Orb levitates in the air half an inch above a base that illuminates with different colored LED lights. The speakers play music for up to eight hours at 70% volume and connect with Bluetooth-enabled devices within 32 feet.
Price at time of publish: $90
For something sweet and thoughtful, the Forever Wedding Crafts Personalized Puzzle is sure to make his heart swoon. But if you know he'd appreciate a more practical gift, the Khaki Field Silicone Strap Watch or Aviator Weekender Bag will win his heart.
What are some creative anniversary gift ideas?
Instead of shopping for the perfect anniversary gift, you can always create one. Cook him his favorite dinner, plan a sweet picnic in the park, or take him beer tasting. Get super creative and create a fun scavenger hunt throughout your town or city that will take him down memory lane with a clue at places that have meant the most to both of you.
Do I need to follow an anniversary gift theme if we aren't married?
Not at all! Traditional anniversary gift themes are typically for married couples, so we suggest saving the themes for your marriage. That said if your boyfriend is your life partner and you don’t plan to make things legally official, feel free to shop according to the theme. But regardless of whether you’re married or not married, you never have to follow anniversary gift themes if tradition isn’t your style.
Why trust Brides?
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over six years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She believes men are very hard to shop for and hopes this gift guide was helpful for those who feel the same.