It’s that time of year again – your anniversary – and you might be stressed about giving gifts if you’re stuck to a tight budget! Financial worry is a pretty common tension point for many marriages, so you aren’t alone! Of course we know it’s the thought that counts, but sometimes you still want to get a gift that doesn’t appear cheap, right? Today we are sharing 9 budget anniversary gifts that don’t appear cheap so you can stay on track with your budget and also feel proud of the gift you’re giving!
1. A cross stitched wedding sampler.
If you have skill in cross stitch, this is a great idea! It is personal, unique, and something that won’t cost much to make. Make it unique by including things like your favorite sports teams or colors, a shape of the state you were married in, or something else that makes sense to both of you and maybe no one else!
2. A marriage clock!
Take the batteries out of a decorative clock and set it to the time you got married. You could write a poem around it or frame it in a shadow box with some other things that are important to your marriage. Aside from the cost of the clock, this is an inexpensive and thoughtful gift which is why it made our list of budget anniversary gifts!
3. A candy bouquet.
Candy is relatively inexpensive and if your significant other has a sweet tooth, out of all these budget anniversary gifts, this one might be the most appreciated! Consider using red vines to make it look creative!
4. Photo album.
Photo albums are relatively cheap to put together but the sentimental value is priceless! Whether you put together a digital photo album or a physical one with printed pictures, these memories are sure to bring a smile to your partner’s face.
5. Video with messages to your loved one.
This is one of the best budget anniversary gifts for those special milestones like “10 years”, “20 years”, and so on. Film a video message from close friends and family to celebrate your loved one and surprise them. They’ll certainly feel special and loved after that!
6. Plant a tree together!
This is great for those who love to be outdoors and celebrate nature. Plant a small tree in your yard and watch it grow throughout the years as your love does!
7. A Jar full of love notes!
This is one of the more simple budget anniversary gifts on the list – but definitely not the least thoughtful! Fill a jar full of love notes and sweet messages for your partner to read all year long. You can even fold them up and include things like “for when you’re sad”, “for when you’re going through a tough time”, etc. to make them for certain occasions and pick me ups!
8. A hand painted picture
Get in touch with your artsy side and hand paint a picture on canvas of a quote that means something special to you or really get creative and paint a landscape of a special place you share.
9. Chocolate lover’s bundle!
If your partner loves chocolate, consider making a chocolate lover’s bundle. Include all sorts of varieties of chocolate candies, hot chocolate mixes, and bundle it up in a cute chocolate emergency basket!
I love these budget anniversary gifts because they still say “I love you!” without emptying your pocket book! Also check out, “How to Have a Date Night Totally Free” for more budget friendly ideas!
What is your favorite anniversary gift you’ve ever received?
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