Dating Anniversary Gifts

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The Wedding Anniversary Table is well known, but what about couples who are dating? It's common for couples to exchange gifts on the monthly and yearly anniversaries of when they first met, or when they had their first date.

Surprisingly, our research has found no similar resource or guide for dating anniversaries [1]. Because of this, the Giftypedia decided to create a Dating Anniversary Table in the spirit of the traditional wedding anniversary table. Our gift experts researched the topic and came up with the table below to help couples find the perfect gift and to recommend ways to celebrate a dating anniversary.[2]

In addition to the dating anniversary table, the guys should be sure to check out our What Not to Buy Your Girlfriend guide to improve their chances of eventually making it to the traditional wedding anniversary table someday. Along these lines, be sure to consult our I'm Sorry Table if you forgot your anniversary or were late in remembering it.

Anniversary Gift / Celebration Suggestions Gifty Tips
1 month Candy & sweets, baked goods, dinner at their favorite restaurant, plush animal, t-shirt or cap related to an interest of theirs. Light and humorous is the key for this anniversary. Sentimentality should be used in a fun nature as you don't want to become too personal at this stage in your relationship.
3 months CD, DVD, book, concert tickets or magazine subscription that is geared to their interests. Your relationship is beginning to get more serious, so these gift ideas should show that you listen; i.e. favorite author, musical group, hobbies, etc.
6 months A trendy watch or thoughtful jewelry (keep it simple, nothing too expensive or sentimental), dinner at upscale restaurant, or a fancy home cooked meal. Handbag, dresser valet, perfume, cologne, or a fragrance gift set that suits their taste is also a good choice (Tip for the men: avoid experimenting when giving fragrances, stick to what she likes). These gift ideas should express that you are observant and "in the know" of their likes and dislikes.
1 year Experience gift, amusement park tickets, or something fun to go do. On the sentimental side, a framed collage of memorabilia from 1st date, make a scrapbook of your first year together, or turn a photo of you together into art. Something exciting that matches the vigor and passion of your relationship with an emphasis on doing something fun together. Or, something that reflects on your first year together.
2 year Personalized items, fine jewelry, and gifts that express more intimate expressions. Being together for awhile, your gift should show you've developed a deeper bond/chemistry with each other.
3 year Travel, intimate apparel or game. Something new to spice it up. A Personalized Coupon Book is a fun way to give them mini-invitations for romance, or as a reminder to do things that break the routine.
4 year Start a new hobby together or something different from what you normally do day to day. Something really nice that shows an investment in that person or a definite commitment.
5 year Engagement ring. Don't you think it's about time? After 5 years together, if you haven't decided this is the person for you, then it's probably time to move on.

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