On July 31, Trae and I will celebrate five years of marriage. I can hardly believe we are at five years. I can honestly say this year has been our best year so far and I cannot wait to see what year six has in store for us. I do have one problem, however, with the anniversary being so close: I haven’t finished shopping for Trae’s anniversary gift. I have a hard time shopping for Trae when it comes to our wedding anniversary. Heck, I have trouble buying presents for him at any gift giving occasion, which is why he gets cool Legos. My husband still loves Legos, but honestly, I just don’t think plastic blocks that form the shape of a Star Wars tie fighter say “Happy Anniversary honey.” So I have defaulted to the traditional wedding anniversary gifts list. This year’s traditional gift is wood, and to be honest, I struggled with coming up with something to give him more so this year than any other year, so here is a list of five awesome wooden anniversary gifts so you won’t struggle with gift ideas like I did!
1. Beer tap handle
Trae brews beer, and currently, he doesn’t have a keg system. I have, however, promised him a joint Christmas/ birthday present of a keg system since we just got a super old dorm fridge for free that would be perfect to turn into a mini kegerator. I know I am putting the cart before the horse per say, but I couldn’t help myself when I found this awesome beer tap handle on Themailmandidit shop on Etsy. The shop owner Paul has been wonderful to work with, letting me pick my own stain color as well as trying to get to me in time for our anniversary. I can’t wait to give this beer tap to Trae.
2. Wooden ring or cufflinks
Throughout college and graduate school, my parents had the same tailgate spot at Clemson: a field where an old dorm building used to be. My parents would always get there early and park under some of the few trees at the edge of the field. My friends and I loved that spot so much that when we graduated we opted to have a joint tailgate graduation party instead of the tradition go-out-to eat with family and friends party. Well, that spot is no longer there. The trees are gone and a new building is going up. I am not going to lie: I cried when I saw the spot torn up, no grass or trees. A good friend of ours who still lives in Clemson grabbed part of a tree trunk and some branches for us. I know Trae never tailgated at that spot, but Clemson is a special place for us and I love the idea of turning the branches into a ring or cufflinks. A lot of times, you can find Etsy shops that will use your own wood or try the local art gallery. If you are crafty, you can make your own custom wooden cufflinks. Cuffllink backs are super cheap online. If the venue you got married at has trees, walk around the property after a storm and snag a branch, then DIY your honey a sweet gift.
3. Wooden cigar box with memories inside
I love the smell of cigar stores. I also love the unique shape and designs of cigar boxes. They also have a lingering sweet tobacco smell. And they are cheap. Most cigar stores will sell cigar boxes for five dollars or less. Buy a cigar box and then on slips of papers write down all the best memories you can think of from your five years of marriage. I love this idea because I tend to travel a good bit to conferences and when I am gone, he can read a memory when he starts to miss me. I can also add memories as the years go by.
4. Personalized wine box
When we got married, we only had wine and beer. The wine was also a very specific brand: Orvieto Classico, an Italian wine from a small Italian village. We both studied aboard there, just not at the same time. We saved five bottles from the wedding and this year we will drink our last bottle of wedding wine. I really like the idea of having a wine box to hold the wine since we are going to a small waterfront town to celebrate our anniversary. I can finally pull out the awesome picnic basket I scored for five bucks at a thrift store and put together a sweet waterfront picnic complete with our last bottle of wine in a nice box. I can either order a plan wine box and decorate it myself or order one from Personal Creations. Their wine box is on sale right now for $19.99, and I can still order it in time for the 31st. I also like the idea of making is generic and not 5 year specific so we can use it in the future.
5. Tree at your favorite botanical garden
This gift is the priciest on the list. And to be honest, it is my dream gift for Trae, but it doesn’t fit my budget. So far all of the gifts I have list have been reasonably priced. But if you have the money, this gift would be fantastic. Clemson has a wonderful botanical garden, and we loved walking through them when we lived there. Many universities have similar gardens, and these gardens always need donations to help with the upkeep. At Clemson for $500 dollars, you can purchase a tree to be planted. A plaque will then be placed next to the tree after it has been planted with the honoree’s name and a brief note. How cool would it be to walk along the garden path and see “Happy 5th Anniversary Trae” each time we visited? I love this idea and really wish I could afford to do it. I think he would love the idea that even if he doesn’t live there anymore, he would in some way still have roots in Clemson, the place he considers home. To find out if a garden you enjoy has a similar program just go the garden’s website and click on the “Gifts and Endowments” tab.