From first dates and “I love yous” to engagements and weddings, there’s a range of occasions that couples celebrate under the anniversary category. But with so many different reasons to commemorate year after year, it can be easy to run out of ideas—especially when your options are limited due to logistics, budget, time, or travel.
For those looking for an experience (and not just anniversary gifts), check out our favorite ideas to mark another memorable year.
Indulge in Cake
For those celebrating a wedding anniversary, enjoy a slice or small version of your wedding cake. Extra points if you’re able to set up a date to help bake or decorate it! But if that’s not an option, plan your own sentimental baking session by trying to whip up the recipe on your own from your kitchen together.
Arrange a Wine Tasting
The beauty of this anniversary idea is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. From an international trip to hitting up a local vineyard (or even setting up shop in your backyard or living room floor), explore your palate with different varietals, cheese, and chocolates for a memorable experience across budgets and distances.
Stroll Down Memory Lane
The beauty of having so many snapshots on our phones is being able to relive our favorite memories over the years. Print out photos from the last year from each of your phones and write down special details. Spend the night putting it together in a photo album you’ll both cherish for years to come.
Hit Up a Drive-In
Bring out your nostalgic side by enjoying an intimate drive-in movie together. And if you don’t have a local spot offering movies under the stars? No problem. You can make your own version at home and even transform your living room into a starry night complete with twinkling lights and hanging photos of you all throughout the years.
Take a Class Together
The couple who learns together—or at least enjoys together—stays together. That means breaking out of your comfort zone and signing up for a class or activity that you can do from the comfort of your own home or out on the town. From cooking, dancing, and painting to ax throwing and rock climbing, the options are endless.
Organize a Double Surprise
Assign each of you the task of planning part of the day’s surprise. Whether you break it up by time and one of you is in charge of morning versus evening or separated by activities versus dining, working together to create joint surprises can become a tradition for anniversaries to come.