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Anniversary Gifts for Girlfriend

Deepa Kartha
Most men get confused when they have to buy gifts for their girlfriends, especially if the occasion is as special as an anniversary! Though this task may seem to be difficult, the truth is that this is not a herculean task. With a little bit of thinking, you can come up with the perfect gift for your girlfriend.
Choosing gifts for women is considered to be the most difficult task by men. However, there is no need to lose your sleep over it. Remember, she is your partner and not an alien. And, in all the time that the two of you have shared together, there would be at least some thing(s) that you are certain of that she likes, right?
If only it was that easy! You know she likes pets but what if you get her one and she goes, "Do you know how much effort it takes to keep a pet?" Or, if you know she likes Hugh Jackman and (no, you don't get him, duh!) you get his Wolverine poster for her, only to hear her taunting you for not even trying to get a body like him!
No, you don't want all that drama, do you? Don't worry, we're going to give you the safest gift ideas, which will bring all smiles and happiness, both to her and you. The following section consists of those anniversary gifts that you can never ever go wrong with.

Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

A common mistake that most men make, is when they wait till the last moment to shop for a gift for their beloved girlfriend. Usually, this happens because they do not remember their anniversary date!
That being said, if you want to ensure that she doesn't get disappointed by the gift you get her, it will be better to start thinking a few months, or at least a few weeks in advance. This will give you the much-needed time to think about her likes and dislikes and look for a gift that matches her interests as well as needs.
However, for your convenience, the following suggestions also contain some options that can save you from getting punished at the very last minute.

Get Her Stylish Clothes or Jewelry

You will rarely―very rarely find a woman who is satisfied with the number of clothes in her wardrobe! Most members of the fairer sex would not hesitate to buy clothes even if they do not have an inch of extra space in their closet to accommodate them.
If your girl is the same, then a beautiful cocktail dress or an evening gown will be a good idea. Even better, ask her to wear it to the candlelight dinner you have planned for her later in the evening.
If you are clueless about what you should pick for her, taking the help of a female friend (probably her best friend) will make your work easier. Apart from clothes, jewelry is also something that all women are fond of.
Though it is said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, if you do not have the budget of getting her a diamond pendant or ring, there are loads of other options that you can choose from. A simple chain with a heart pendant having an 'I Love You' message engraved on it, can be one of the most thoughtful and heartfelt gifts she could receive from you.

Make a Relationship Scrapbook

If you are hard on cash or want to do something very (emotionally) valuable for her, then a relationship scrapbook will be the best bet. To make the scrapbook, you will need photographs of you and your girlfriend, as well as things that you have collected during the course of your relationship.
These could include anything from the tickets of your first movie together to love letters to greeting cards to chocolate wrappers, flowers, and the like.
You can create a relationship scrapbook like a story, beginning from incidences when you first saw her, to the time you mustered the courage to ask her out. Arrange the elements associated with those instances, simultaneously writing down your innermost memories with them.
You can also add some random, unknown, undecided thoughts in the book. Decorate the scrapbook with a ribbon, probably cover it up with a wrapping paper of her favorite color, and gift it to her on your anniversary.

Replay Your First Date

One die-hard romantic idea would be to replay your entire first-date experience all over again. Now, try this only if your first date was a good one. Think about the place where you met, the restaurant where you had dinner, the special things you did for her, etc.
Once you have made a list of these things, start making plans to recreate the same experience again.
Visit the restaurant where you had your first date and book the same table where you sat on that day. Also, take her to all the places that you had visited on your first few dates and relive those special moments with your beloved once again.

Take Her for Some Adventure Sports

Yes, there is a general notion that girls avert their eyes when it comes to adventure sports. But, that isn't because they aren't adventurous, it's only because they feel scared and somewhat hesitant. But, if they do find someone who can assure them the safety and confidence they seek, they would love to welcome some adventure their way!
Take your girlfriend to a place where you can take part in a variety of adventure sports including scuba diving, paragliding, skydiving, etc. To make these moments special as well as memorable, take part in these sports together, and ensure you get loads and loads of pictures of these moments.

Write Her a Song or Poem

Not all lovers can be Shakespeare, and they needn't be! When we suggest you to write a poem or a song for her, you needn't think of ballads and archaic vocabulary. Even the simplest words can efficaciously bring forth thou love for her, in the most beautiful manner possible.
If you have a flair for writing, or if you have been admired for your knack for coming up with the perfect words at the perfect moment, then you must definitely write something sweet for her.
Imagine the twinkle in her eyes, and the smile on her lips when she reads an original poem/song written by the one she loves. You can also take it to the next level by reading out the poem to her, or singing the song that you wrote.

Theme-based Anniversary Gifts

Did you know that every anniversary is associated with an element?
Like the first anniversary is linked with paper, second with cotton, third with leather, and so on. Although this rule is applicable to married couples, if you want, or should we say that if you two are thinking on the lines of marriage, then it would be a sweet thought to decide your gift based on this theme. What say?
One of the most special thing you can do to make this event all the more memorable for your girlfriend would be to gift her a beautiful engagement ring and propose to her.
If you are ready to take your relationship to the next level, and are sure that she is the woman with whom you want to spend the rest of your life, popping 'the' question on this anniversary would be the most wonderful gift ever. Think about it.