Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Surprise Giveaway: Macy's Gift Card for your Anniversary Ideas


In just 10 days, my husband and I will be celebrating five years of wedded bliss. In honor of this momentous occasion, one lucky HC&B reader can win a $100 Macy's gift card. (My anniversary and you are getting the gift...lucky you!!!)

We already have made plans for celebrating our anniversary, but it is always great to hear your ideas, too. So with a theme of love and wedded bliss, please share with all of us (a)how you have celebrated an anniversary in the past, (b)how you intend to celebrate an anniversary, or (c) a great anniversary gift idea.
Here's how to enter:
  • Post a comment with your anniversary celebration/gift idea (please keep it PG) along with your name and city/state/country.
  • All comments must be received by midnight PST on Friday, September 12 to be eligible. No anonymous comments will be accepted.
  • In order for your entry to be accepted, all information requested above must be included.

The winner will be posted shortly after Friday, September 12. Please keep checking back because the winner will not be contacted.

Good luck!

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Sandy said...

First of all...Happy Anniversary.!!!!
My ideas- make a picnic in the lr ,you can order in or cook but have a romantic picnic in the lr..cheaper and still romantic or do a midnight picnic out in the backyard in a tent. I know silly but our thing is not how much you spend but instead being together. SUre you can have family over, but you married your hubs and its your day, not a party for stress day.

willows00 said...

Wow, what timing - my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary next May. We had always intended to get married in Vegas but then I found out I had a little one on the way so those plans were put to the side. Well, for our 10th anniversary, I am taking him to Vegas (finally!) and I'm going to surprise him with a renewal of vows with an Elvis impersonator! I can't wait to see his face. Congratulations!

agordon10 said...

My husband took me to Santa Monica for three days. We stayed at the Lowe's right off the beach and did nothing but lay out on the beach, walk the pier and relax.

idahomom said...

For our tenth anniversary we left the kids and went to Mexico for a week. The first three days were great, but by day four I was saying we are on this beach where are the kids. So I guess I am saying that a week without the kids is too much.

Mar said...

The best gift I received for our 8th anniversary was a gift cert to a local restraunt, combined with a certificate to the beauty shop, and a free nights babysitting service. It covered my excuses for not going out.

Jenn S. said...

Our last anniversary , we went on a picnic down by the river. It was so nice to spend some time together. Watching the rapids was neat too.

lynn1 said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary.
Every year for 28 years I order a cake about the the size of the top layer of a wedding cake. We used flowers on top of our orignal wedding cake so I found silk flowers in the same colors and use them as a topper.
Every year we have a cake cutting "ceremony" and feed each other the first bite.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your
5th Anniversary. This year we will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and I can tell you that it only gets better with the years. We try to take a cruise on our anniversary because that way we can spend time together without worrying about the cooking or the cleaning of everyday life. On a cruise you are treated like a king and queen and can devote some time to just enjoying each others company and experience new things together.

vboackle said...

congratulions on your anniversary.

naturegirl said...

On our last anniversary, we drove up to the mountains, hiked to a waterfall, and had a picnic lunch in a beautiful, romantic setting.

fluggy said...

Happy anniversary!! :)

For our last anniversary we packed a picnic lunch and headed to a secluded mountain spot spending the day with only nature and ourselves. It was wonderful getting away from everything devoting our time to only each other. We will celebrate our next anniversary the same way. :)

Kelly, Camano Island, Wa. USA

Thank you for the great giveaway!
:)


fluegas5(at)gmail(dot)com

kmbennet said...

congratulations on your 5 year wedding anniversary. Traditional wedding anniversary for 5 years is wood and silver. During the day sit and relax at a park with maybe some wine and cheese, and carve your names into a tree(wood). For dinner go all out and eat a one of those restaraunts you have been dying to go to for years (silver). They say to a mans heart is through his stomach. Whatever you choose, hope you have a great 5 year anniversary.

laura jean 2 said...

My husband and I were married four years ago, surrounded by family and friends, in Jamaica. For our fifth anniversary our guests our suggesting we do a "reuniversary" by inviting all of them to celebrate with us again. I think it would be so much fun to do this so I think I am going to try to make it happen. Happy Anniversary!

Casey H said...

Happy anniversary!! Me and my husband never have any money to celebrate anything, so Ive done little scavenger hunts in the past to make the small gift that Ive given him seem like a much bigger deal! He loves it!
num1twinkie at yahoo dot com

kdkdkd said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband and I always keep it simple, we do a dinner date and some alone time from the kids. However, I have told him that jewelry is ALWAYS a welcome anniversary present for the big ones (10, 25, 50, etc...) Enjoy your day!

Tammy said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband and I have been married for 14 1/2 years. We never do anything special for our anniversary, maybe go out for dinner, but really nothing overly fancy. For our 10th Anniversary though we went on a Disney Cruise (we went to Disney World for our Honeymoon). We loved it!

Tammy, Sioux Falls SD

Heather said...

Congrats on 5 years of marriage! I tend to be more sentimental for occasions like these...for our 5 year anniversary I found some old love letters we wrote to each other and make them into a book. I surprised him with them book and we read them together. Although I think he thought it was kind of sappy, I really treasured looking back at all those mushy things we used to write to eachother, especially after kids.

Heather
Naperville, IL

Deci said...

A night at an upscale mineral spa resort, room service with gourmet dining and champagne. Don't forget the rose petals for the bed!

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N. said...

Happy Anniversary!
For our last dating anniversary, my fiancee and I picnic-ed at the location of our future wedding reception (a beautiful pavilion in a park), so next year, on our 1 year wedding anniversary, I can definitely see us doing that again.
Plus, we'd love to take an anniversary trips every year, to visit all the great places there are to see in the states: 1st up: Napa Valley!

Nikki in St. Louis, MO USA

susan1215 said...

For my anniversary my husband took me out to a nice dinner and gave me a gift certificate to a local spa

CrazyDaisy said...

For my 5 year anniversary my husband surprised me with an amazing dinner and play.

Cjnedrow said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!!
A nice quite weekend in a remote place in the mountains sounds like a great place for an anniversary!!
cjnedrow@gmail.com

quitecontrary1977 said...

The hubby and I are broke so last year i did the picnic thing....indoors! I got a blowup palm tree and a red and white checkered clot. Sandwhiches and a bottle of low end bubbly rounded off the date. It was sweet! I know how to swep a man off his feet!

kara said...

I made hubby a wallet sized laminated card one year with a bunch of reasons why I love him. He says it's his favorite gift of all time (though he might be pulling my leg there??). Happy Anniversary!

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mverno said...

for our 35th we planted a 100 tulip bulbs

chromiumman said...

we spent the weekend together at a spa

llinda29 said...

On our last anniversary (38)we went out to dinner. On our 40th I would like to go to Vegas and have a mock wedding

krystal said...

Our last anniversary we went to the spa together.

krystal deblasio
port richey
florida
usa

krystal82107@hotmail.com

pcbdolphins said...

two reason why I should win. First you didn't get me anything for my birthday three days ago. Two I unemployed after being laid off work. I need a nice outfit to wear to interviews.

Carrie said...

We always like to do something special even when its not a big one. Last year money was tight so we ordered food in and had a picnic in the family room with the fireplace going and soft music it was really nice and special. This year we are doing it up right for our 10 year we are going away for a beach vacation. Nothing but relaxing and spending time together.

samsakara said...

My husband and I usually go out to Olive Garden and eat there. It's a nice break from the kids for us. It's about the only time we go out to eat together.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Colengal said...

Our first kiss was during one of those great big orange full moons. Since we are both horrible with dates, we decided the full moon was our annaversiry. We celebrate in little ways.. a kiss.. a flower or two.. extra time spent on dinner.

Beverley said...

We enjoy going away together for a long weekend in the mountains.

Erica C. said...

steak, steak, and more steak!

Cynthya said...

My favorite anniversary was when we took a three day trip to NYC. We had a wonderful time visiting museums, shopping and eating a different kind of food at every meal.

teddi said...

I think we would like to go out and eat with our kids.

Emily D said...

I like to take my sweetie for a ride on the ferry. It is cheap but amazing. :)

redsf13 at yahoo dot com

tgoly said...

I think volunteering at an animal shelter, shopping for and chatting with the elderly or making a donation to a charity on behalf of your better half is a good way to look out at - and touch - the world together.....while holding hands.


tgoly@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My husband gave me a framed print of our Wedding song for our anniversary. He is not usually romantic so this was extra special to me.

sweepmom@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

This will be our first anniversary without our child present - he's at college. We will have a nice dinner and perhaps stroll on a mountain path....

gieferj@gmail.com

LisaOvercash said...

My anniversaries have been non-existent lately, but I hope to start creating some new and exciting ones soon. I would love a weekend in a remote mountain cabin... just spending time together.

vibrantfun said...

A weekend trip to a romatic location

kristilb19 said...

Congrats to you and your hubby!!! Vacation! Always a getaway by yourselves is wonderful! Romantic!

kristilb19@yahoo.com

M.A. said...

I think that a nice anniversary gift is a fine set of chimes to remind the couple, every time they hear them ring, that you are thinking of them.

mogrill said...

My husband and I take a bottle of champagne and sit out on the lake and reminisce about our lives together. Congrats!

Lena said...

Happy Anniversary! I always thought that the best first anniversary gift would be to plant a tree! An environmentally friendly way to celebrate the paper anniversary.

Lena said...

Oops! I forgot to give my info:
Lena Gibbs
Jefferson, TX, USA

LIDARKSIDE said...

We don't exchange gifts. There's nothing we could possibly give each other. We have each other, and that's all that matters. My husband goes to a restaurant and orders food to take home that the whole family shares together.

Lauralee said...

I researched the meanings of my husband's first name, middle and last name. I all researched my step-son's full name. I researched my husband's Dad and Mother's full names. I typed the names, their origins and meanings in some beautiful borders. That is what I am giving my husband for our anniversary, so he can put it in his scrapbook. It's his year to pick out where we'll go to dinner, or maybe he'll make me something special at home. We like to snuggle up to a good movie at home, and of course, go to bed early.

Crazycat said...

One day, when I have the money, I want to show up at my husbands work in a limo, all dressed up. I want to pick him up, bring him a change of clothes, and bring him away for the night to a beautiful hotel.

This would all be a surprise to him.

Sharon Harmon said...

I am going to make a wall mural to go in our bedroom, made of all the important memories we have shared since the day we met. It will include such things as a bus (we met on a bus), a newspaper ad for the restaurant we first ate at (it was a fancy German one because my husband is German), key words put together from letters in magazines (words that mean something only to my husband and me), it will also have a dried piece of the first flowers he gave me, and it will have pictures of other precious moments in our lives. This will be the second time I have made one of these for him. The first one I made for him on our very first wedding anniversary. This one will be for our 10th anniversary! Thank you for the contest!
txgigggles@yahoo.com

groovyteach said...

Happy Anniversary. This year for our anniversary, I'm having a photo done of my daughter and I wearing...of course...Texas Longhorn gear. It's hubby's passion and I know he'll love it.

Alyce said...

Happy Anniversary! This year for our 11th anniversary we went to the Shakespeare festival in Ashland, Oregon, and watched two plays (without the kids of course). We spent two whole days browsing gift shops in the afternoon, and eating romantic meals, and then in the evenings we went to see the plays. It was wonderful!

Alyce, Independence, Oregon, USA

Liz G. said...

Happy Anniversary!! I'm coming up on my 4th-- and we're excited. Every year we try to go somewhere new and different, because it's more things we can share with our future children. This past year we went to Greece and I think this next year we are going to Egypt. My husband and I really devote a lot of time to planning it out on a tight budget and it's really a full time hobby.

JennyG said...

Happy Anniversary!! Its fun to sit back and watch your wedding video or go through your albumn and guest book. Its amazing the things you have forgotten or what only one of you remembers.

jfg06001[at]yahoo.com

Beeb said...

Happy anniversary to you and your husband! I think anything simple and relaxing, like a weekend away in a beautiful area, is the way to go. Homemade gifts are always meaningful. Try making a gift basket - one fun idea is to buy wine glasses, and set them in a basket with bath salts, lotions, etc. Then get some Ferrero Rocher (or whatever gourmet chocolate you like) and fill the wine glasses with it. Maybe include some other treats, like gourmet coffee or teas. Top it off with a heartfelt card or poem.

Thanks for offering the greta giveaway! My name is Beeb, and I am from Seaside, Oregon, USA. My email is fwuffles AT jaided.com :)

laura said...

Happy anniversary, how fun! I like going with the traditional anniversary gifts. But to celebrate, I like creating experiences - so going to a new restaurant we haven't tried yet and wanted to, a weekend camping, and for our 10 year, I'm planning to have us go on a big trip (maybe invite a few friends)... maybe jamaica, banff, or ??. Have a blast on your anniversary!!
Laura from Puyallup, WA
laurachilton {at} hotmail {dot} com

Jenny said...

Our anniversary is a week before Christmas, and I'm glad. One of the reasons is because we rarely buy each other big anniversary gifts. We just already have so much that time of year! Last year my husband and I made each other Christmas ornaments. I printed a picture of us with our daughter on fabric and sewed him a cute little ornament framed in Christmas fabric. He really got creative though, using a bunch of golf tees and white wall putty to fashion a snowflake, and then using a red pipe cleaner to spell out JWH^2. (Once we got married we had the same initials. I guess JWH^2=SJH, our daughter!) Anyway, the gifts we've made for each other are by far the dearest. The best part of making the ornaments is seeing what he'll come up with!

the_other_alice(at)yahoo.com

Gianna said...

Wedding photos in beautiful picture frames.

Gianna
Cambridge, MN
USA

MMrussianadoption said...

Congrats. We just celebrated our 5th too and we went into NYC to see a Broadway show Wicked and then went to dinner at this amazing restaurant called The Modern (it is part of the Museum of Modern Art). Very expensive, but how often do you treat yourselves? Then we had a nice evening together while the kiddos were in bed.
Essex County, NJ USA
verypissedoff at verizon dot net

silverbele said...

We are creeping up on our 5oth. Lots of happy years ahead

Anonymous said...

creeping up on my 50th-hope I have lots of happy years left

Lindsey@akindredspirit'sthoughts said...

Happy Anniversary!

My husband and I want to go to a bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast (ocean view!) and exchange matching wedding rings. We always wanted them and I have an idea of what I want, something unique. :-)

In the past we haven't done much, maybe a movie and a special dinner.

I think exchanging the matching rings is a great idea. :-)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lindsey
ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

scoomer said...

My husband took me to Victoria, B.C. last year for our 5th Anniversary + it was the most FANTASTIC gift ever!

Port Townsend/WA/United States

heatheranne99@hotmail.com

cathyhall said...

I am only 3 years married and we got married on THe London Eye and for our anniversary (10th) - we plan to go back and renew our vows.

CONGRATULATIONS ON 5 YEARS!! - It may not seem like a long time but it is, there are so many marriages that don't last a year. -enjoy x

David said...

Take the day to yourselves, somtimes, my wife and I don't even get the day off together due to work commitments.

Then, make and cherish every thing you do that day. Gifts, places even words don't really matter. Just sitting, being, holding hands and smiling says far more.

Enjoy your day - congratualtions. -reading it back sounds a bit silly, but I am a romantic.

davidjnorris@ntlworld.com

barbarabaker said...

First and formost...Happy Anniversary to you!!!

For my husband and I; the perfect anniversary would be to have a friend watch our kids (3) for a few hours so that my husband and I can go and have a quite dinner to ourselves; having time to remenise about our past 15 years together.

Actually being a mommy and daddy for that long (15 years), you tend to forget what it's like to be a husband and wife...although I wouldn't change it for the world, just sometimes I'd love to forget about everything else and just focus a few moments for us to remember what it was that made us fall in love with each other...

Thank you...for the wonderful giveaway dedicated to all the couples out there...

Victoria said...

I'd go to the place you had your first date and re-create the night! Congrats on 10 years!!

utgal2004 at yahoo.com

louiseb130 said...

We've been married 31 years, and for big anniversaries, we like to take trips to interesting destinations such as Egypt, China, or Peru

ihchicky said...

My idea is to go to a couples only resort for a weekend of relaxation and private time together. Happy Anniversary!

Thanks. :)

Sharon said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!
Every year we write love notes and put them around the house...we always did this...and the tradition lives on 18 years later. THANKS

Stacey Moore said...

we just celebrated our 10th anniversary a couple of weeks ago!
we went away for the night! while away we enjoyed some time together at a park where we also went horseback riding! we also did a little shopping and some dinners out with the kiddos!! we missed them terribly while we were away but we enjoyed it and we really needed it!
thanks!
moore.g@insideconnect.net
shepherdsville KY USA

Sara G said...

For our 1st year anniversary we went to an AMAZING bed and breakfast. We haven't done anything as great since (just dinner and such),but we are coming up on our 7th year so maybe we'll have to make a reservation.

the mama hood said...

Last year my husband and I celebrated our anniversary two months later than usual(in Dec.) Our 7th Anniversary is next month and every year we go back home to Utah for Christmas. He arranged for babysitters then took me out on a date. He blindfolded me and took me for a ride to the very place where we met which is an old restaurant. When we got there I removed the blindfold and he immediately gave me a kiss. We took photos and he presented me with a new bracelet. We took photos and enjoyed the moment reminiscing and we also noticed that the old restaurant is currently a Wedding Chapel. We also walked around the downtown area that which was also were he asked me to be his wife. After that we went to a restaurant and had some hot chocolate to warm up and had a wonderful dinner. Very sentimental but simple is always wonderful to me!

Ane
Mesa, AZ USA

miss bliss said...

My mother in law always gives us a gift related to the number of years we have been married

1 paper
2 cotton
3 leather
4 fruit
5 wood, etc...

It's a fun way to celebrate.
Michelle
Parker, CO USA

Roxy said...

Happy Anniversary!

I'm all about the couples' spa day.

hockiemack@hotmail.com

Kristy Blanco said...

It may not be fancy or even traditional but nothing beats a 5-course home-cooked meal with a scrumptious dessert out under the stars!

iluv2blog said...

Steak dinner and a movie.

Lorena said...

Congratulations on your fifth anniversary. My sweet hubby and I just celebrated our fifth about a month ago. We currently live in Idaho, though we are both from Ohio, and there are places here to see and things to do before we move back "home." We planned to go to a Bed and Breakfast for the weekend, but we had family in at the time. Instead, we have postponed our anniversary celebration weekend trip. We will spend a weekend in a new, but not too far away locale, and without our various technological toys. No computers, no phones, no iPods; just us (maybe the mountain bikes), a deck of cards and/or other board games. We'll take a step away from the things that pull us in different directions everyday and spend the whole weekend entertaining each other and being "kids" together.

hazel said...

I don't know if this would appeal to many people other than myself, but I'd get some sushi rolls to go and take an evening walk to the park and eat them together, then go to a movie and eat a ton of popcorn and candy

mitanari@yahoo.com

cpullum said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love giving and getting a giftcard to a nice restaurant!
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Izzie said...

When my boyfriend came over for an anniversary, I had created a little hunt for him to find small gifts. I gave him a piece of paper with the first clue, which led him to the next clue, with a gift and another clue, etc. Everything was a small gift (like from the dollar store), but he said he had a great time finding everything.

Pat Connors said...

It would be used to purchase photo supplies, including frames, to surprise her with new pictures of our kids around the house.

risanjax@metrocast.net

ali said...

Congrats on your 5th!! We just celebrated our 10th in June. We wanted to go on a cruise, but time wouldn't allow it, so we went to our favorite beach and relaxed for a few days together without any other distractions. Even though it was fabulous, my favorite anniversary surprise was coming home to find a candle lit dinner, wine, and a bubble bath waiting for me. It's the little things that count in a marriage and I think that's what connects you and makes it bliss!

wooby3 said...

Happy Anniversary!

For us we like to keep it simple. Get a sitter and go to a nice dinner.

Abby said...

Get a book on how to give a great massage and pamper him that night ;)

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

pintolinda said...

We would have a family gathering (my husband loves family) and then have a special desert and etc. for the two of us later.

DOODLEGIRL said...

Hotel romance package

lorides said...

we went away for the night to high class hotel and both had spa treatments. It was awesome

Hetal said...

WE have anniversary in winter so we go out for expensive dinner night and then movie. Of course, baby sitting expenses are extra:)

herry123_us@live.com

Callina said...

We will definitely take some time to celebrate our second wedding anniversary this year. We'll offer ourselves a short trip in the mountains and some little presents - symbols of our love and care for each other. Maybe a Macy's pair of earrings for me, a new suit for my husband and good books to read for both of us...
Catalina Khalaj
Olalla, WA
USA

Julieh said...

A nighttime hike to the top of one of our Arizona mountains, with a little picnic of wine and cheese, and a blanket, so we can lay out and look at the stars.

andeeram said...

A weekend getaway to a romantic bed & breakfast in San Diego, CA.

Bonnie in FL said...

Keith and I are celebrating our 25th anniversay on the 20th of this month by going to Mrytle Beach for a week Now if those pesky hurricanes will stay away

blday50@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

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pootieposh said...

I'm planning on having one of our favorite wedding photos made into an art print.

jlmk said...

There's a great little bed and breakfast we go to for anniversary celebrations. We get a private cabin with a whirlpool tub and fireplace. In the morning, a knock on the door wakes us up . . . out on the porch we find a picnic basket full of a fresh gourmet breakfast. It's wonderful!

Jamie - Eau Claire WI

The Boy, Sagan said...

our anniversary is in a few short days. 8 years of wedded bliss, two kids, and a huge mortgage to boot. We would use this to go out to dinner - complete with baby sitter! Great Giveawy, thanks!
metropalus at yahoo dot com

Christina said...

My love and I met in a large park near a Botanical Garden many years ago, totally unexpectedly - I was showing my visiting cousin the park and he was being shown the gardens by a girl with whom I'd had high school German classes and with whom he'd gone to college! I remember being impressed with his light blue shirt and the pink carnation he had peeking out of his shirt pocket! For our anniversary we always return to that spot at the edge of the Botanical Gardens and relive the moment we first came to know each other via Kathy, the one who'd "schooled" with both of us! So for your anniversary, go back to your meeting place, if at all possible, and remember the beauty and intensity of that first love!

noreen said...

We spent our 5th anniversary getting an ultra sound of our first child and then I had a craving so we went to Mel's Dinner. For our 10th I made my husband a shutterfly book that cover all of our marrriage and dating
Noreen
WA, usa (sorry I never post my city)

windycindy said...

I hope you have a very Happy Anniversary and many more happy and healthy years together. My husband and I celebrated 22 years of marriage in the spring. A few years ago, my older sister kept our two sons and we stayed in an unusual bed and breakfast only 30 minutes away from our town. You could stay in the large old home, but we choose their renovated very old horse barn to stay in! It was wonderful. It had a hot tub, screened in back porch, with nothing but lovely tree and wildflowers to gaze on. There was a huge family room with comfotable furniture and the bedroom was a huge loft! Very rustic and romantic! Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Adrienne said...

We are approaching 8 in October and I haven't even started thinking about it due to the impending stress that we got married on the day that pheasant hunting season starts (and my husband is a hunter). I try not to think about it too much otherwise I just get worked up. We only can afford to travel on the big ones. We did San Francisco on our 5th. Last year we decided to celebrate with our kids and took them bowling, sometimes it's good to celebrate with them so they know you cherish the union that you have as married friends!

judybrittle said...

I've been married 36 years and we don't celebrate anymore. I want to wish you Happy Anniversary. Thank you for the great contest!
judybrittle(at)aol(dot)com

Ardy22 said...

On our anniversary, we always plan a special getaway to the beach or mountains and relive the honeymoon

bowler420 said...

Happy Anniversary to YOU!
My husband and I have celebrated some anniversaries at ATLANTIC CITY--we feel that marriage is a gamble in itself, so why not go to a place of gambling?!
By the way, on St. Patty's Day 09, we'll celebrate our 35th Anniversary! Our gamble paid off!

thejollies said...

I like giving wine or dining out certificates. This will continue the romantic feelings and get the couple out of the house.

Cindy Jolly
New Palestine, IN USA

retellingstories said...

Congrats! We love to make up gift baskets that reflect the personality of the receiver. We love to add wine, cheese, and personally framed photos of loved ones.

TheAngelForever said...

Happy Anniversary! I know that if I had my choice of a gift I would love a weekend away with my hubby. It would not have to be anyplace too far or fancy, just a different city to get away from everything to explore together.

idahodad7 said...

We are celebrating 14 years and we are going to Canyon Ranch Resort.

The Downs Gang said...

This year since we have a new basketball team in town! i got my husband season tickets to the new oklahoma city thunder

yyeres said...

romantic dinner and a photo book with pics and memories that your shared together

Carolsue said...

My best anniversary getaway was a few years ago. We went to Kona, Hawaii! Loved it! Usually, we just go away for the weekend.
digicat @ sbcglobal.net

Jinxy and Me said...

I think going away for a quiet weekend to a B&B is nice. It is a great way to reconnect and make time for just the two of you.

mom2bears said...

My husband and I celebrate our anniversary by having a nice quiet romantic dinner together. However, for our 10th, we are planning a week long trip to St. John (only 2 more years to wait and save!!) aewalls425@hotmail.com

dhunt said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary.

Krista said...

I would love to be able to go back to England where we honeymooned... we stayed in the Landmark Trust buildings, so quaint and special!

Krista, Santa Cruz, Ca, USA

Laura said...

congratulations on your 5 year wedding anniversary! We just celebrated our 9th. would love to have been able to go back to the Arkansas mountains where we honeymooned with our german shepherd mix pup (who went with us on our honeymoon), lol.

trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

fidofido said...

My friend just started following a gluten free diet. I am slowly accumulating a large gift basket of gluten free products for her for Christmas. Since they are hard to come by out here, I thought this was a unique present.

Tiffany said...

Dinner and flowers is SO over. I've stopped giving material gifts and opted for giving "experiences" instead -- for our anniversary, I try to fulfill a dream of his/ours that is something we can participate in together and have fun as a couple.

bonbell1001 said...

Congrats on your anniversary

Julie Vineyard said...

Thank you for the contest!

Ashley said...

We celebrated our 8th anniversary last week with a bottle of champagne, a nice dinner out, and a child-free night. Unfortunately, we wound up with our son for the night, but we had a good celebration nonetheless. Have a happy anniversary!

mar said...

We took a walk on the beach at sunset and renewed our vows to each other under the moonlight.

pancak said...

This year marks our 15th anniversary. Hubby has not been wearing his wedding ring, as his finger size has grown and it leaves terrible marks when he forces it on and off. We'd get it resized but there's an intricate pattern on it that I doubt can be made to look good. So I'm planning to buy him a new ring; not sure yet how I'll surprise him with it.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on you 5 year anniversary. This year will be our 20th!!! We usually leave the kids (teenagers at home) and just keep it simple by enjoying a nice dinner with a bottle of wine.

nicki72182 said...

Happy Aniversary!! We will be celebrating our 8th anniversary this year with a nice dinner out probably. But for our 10th, we are going to a B&B in VA that I've been wanting to go to for awhile. I can't wait :)

Teresa said...

I think a small shadow box with a special picture and some little trinkets that represent things that are special to the couple is a great, and original gift! Thanks, and happy anniversary!

tracylynn1973 said...

i think dinner at home & a couple bottles of wine is just perfect

LisaFriedman said...

My husband and I spent our first anniversary stuck at JFK, after American Airlines cancelled our flight to St. Maarten because they didn't have a plane. Really. I don't recommend that, although now (a few months later) we laugh about it. We were able to re-book on Delta the next day, and our travel agent got us a day pass to the Ritz in San Juan, which I do recommend. A night in any luxe hotel, where you can order room service and don't have to hang up your towels or make the bed in the morning, is a great anniversary gift!

Suzanne said...

Dinner out and a sentimental concert that might bring back those happy memories of when we were young.

philstacy said...

Tour the superfund sites before they are gone.

ky2here said...

I know it sounds cheesy but we do volunteer work and it seems right. And of course a great meal.

dvice said...

Quiet dinner out and time to chat

dolls123 said...

Scavenger hunt leading to the present
luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

Meredith said...

I don't know if this would work for anyone else but I'm making sort of a cartoon of my husband's favorite Chihuahua with acrylic paint,gel pens and gluing some stuff on there too. for our 20th anniversary. Believe it or not,he'll love it!

Deb Piper said...

My husband & I love to go to our favorite Bed & Breakfast in Eureka Springs, AR, "The Evening Shade" The secluded cottage has an inroom hottub, fireplace, backporch swing overlooking woods. On occassion we see deer in the woods. Breakfast is delivered to our room each morning. We love being pampered! There'so much to do for entertainment that is free or little cost.

Lori said...

Happy anniversary. Our first date was at an aquarium, so we hope to go to another aquarium for our anniversary.

theladyswimmer@yahoo.com

GALENA said...

happy day to all. me i'd like to spend it alone just the two of us. eat out or order food to go spend time thanking GOD an spending quite time together. no one gets enought of that for life/family etc...usualy consumes all ones time

theflyingacc said...

HAPPY ANIVERSARY TO ALL OF YOU! THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME SMILE, AND BLESS YOU ALL!

BEING MARRIED FOR 29 YEARS NEXT MONTH, THERE IS NOT MUCH WE HAVE NOT DONE, ALL THE FLASHY THINGS ARE "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT" >>SO THIS YEAR WE ARE PLANNING A DAY OF DRIVING AROUND IN OUR CONVERTABLE, TASTING AND SEEING ALL THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN SITES IN THE COOL FALL AIR. IN THE EVENING WE WILL BE PLEASURED WITH OUR FAMILY AND ALL THE JOY WE SHARE. LIFE IS GOOD...

Cindy said...

We have four children and one on the way. We have never had a chance yet to go away for our anniversary (12yrs this year). Some day, we hope to go back and stay in the same cabin that we honeymooned at and enjoy ourselves as much as we did back then. Some day!

kaylee8 said...

A second honeymoon trip would be the ideal celebration!

Kate said...

Without knowing you well enough to offer a specific suggestion... I think my advice is simply to think of something that will help you "remember" and bring back the day. It could be anything - a bottle of the wine served at your wedding, a recreation of the meal served... some activity or event that puts the focus on the two of you strikes me as the perfect way to celebrate. Enjoy!!

nancy said...

We always celebrate by splurging on a good bottle of champagne

Anonymous said...

30 years this December. We've pretty much done it all...so I think we'll just have a nice dinner, some wine and listen to a few of our favorite CDs. Quiet and comfortable!

Marlo said...

On our anniversary we had grandma & grandma take the kids and we stayed a fancy hotel in the city - ALL ALONE!

ssmina said...

vow renewal or recreate honeymoon.

dhunt said...

Our last anniversary , we went on a picnic down by the river.

yadgirl said...

Go dancing

dani said...

Happy Anniversary!!
My sister's fav, was fo her 5th they went to vegas and renewed their vow(with Elvis of course.)

Jenny said...

My husband and I were married on October 13th -- which happened to be a Friday. We celebrate our "real" anniversary on that date. But every time there's a Friday the 13th we have a mini-anniversary too!

myanamink@gmail.com

Jennai said...

We just celebrated our second anniversary. We went to Ensenada, Mexico.
HobartsMama @ aol.com

Erin said...

For our five year anniversary my husband and I were short on cash and with a new baby were short on time. So, we each picked out a nicely decorated box and filled with with written memories of our last five years together. We then exchanged the boxes and now each have a wonderful keepsake of some of our favorite moments, stories, or quirks about the other person.

Stacy said...

Our third anniversary is October 1st, we probably wont do much. Drop the kid off with the g-parents and grab sushi and maybe a movie.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

kjc02 said...

We usually get a babysitter, go out to eat, and sometimes get a hotel room with a pool just to get away and swim.

Rebecca said...
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Rebecca said...

I like the idea of writing out a letter to my husband stating all the reasons I fell in love with him and framing it for him to keep, I am sure that would be in addition to a "normal" present, but I hope it would mean the most.

Rebecca C Tulsa/OK/USA/Earth

legacyofbrutalitysa{AT}gmail.com

Helen said...

I gave my husband the gift of time. A watch he had his eyes on and a gift certificate where he could have one day to spend it how ever he wanted, it was his time.

Candes said...

We like to get a major electronic purchase for the home and call it a joint gift.

rgbchic said...

My gift idea is a surprise trip to vegas. And hopefully winning something while there.

klainejm at yahoo dot com

Dumaurier said...

AS luck would have it my husband is always away on military duty on our anniversary. Out of the 6 years we've been married we've had two anniversaries together. So he's had to get creative, my favorite "gift" from him was a video message he created for me. It meant so much even though he was so far.

Leigh said...

Happy Anniversary! Congrats to you and your husband!

My husband and I, back in the halcyon pre-kid days, got married on mother's day weekend. OOPS! Who even thinks about such things? Anyway, last year was our 1st trip without kids in 8 years! Our idea was to go to the town we went to on our honeymoon, a place we frequent on family trips, and just go WITHOUT an itinerary. We stayed at hotels that would scare you off in mommy-mode, and they ended up being hidden treasures! 6 miles of private beach...free mulled wine at bedtime...We learned the lesson of just going where the journey takes you, and enjoying it together :) I hope you guys can just enjoy being together on your special day.

I'm Leigh in Walla Walla, Wa, USA :) (I can't believe how many WA/OR girls there on here!)

intime said...

We ceelbrate with a pizza- my favorite

Melissa said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary. My husband and I will be married for 21 years this fall and we are doing something alittle diffrent. Our twins will completely finished with school within the next 5 years so we are planning the next phase of our marriage on our anniversary. We are going out to lunch and to a log cabin show and seminar. We have always wanted a cabin in the mountains so we are going to use our special day to start laying the groundwork for this.

Anonymous said...

On our 25th, I had lost the stone out of my engagement ring, and hadnt worn my rings for a couple years. My kids had their Dad replace it for me.

edeliz said...

Congrats to you! My 18th anniversary is coming up Oct 5th, and we will probably celebrate by having a special dinner that I DON'T have to cook.

harleymanhawk said...

Just being w/ my Katrina is a gift!

KLM39 said...

Gift Certificates for dinner at a nice restaurant.

Jennifer R said...

Going out to dinner, drinking champagne and a romantic evening at home are always a nice way to celebrate (of course you have to get someone to take the kids OUT of the house first!). See? I kept it PG!!

Jennifer R
Pleasant Hill, CA

klp1965 said...

renewing your vows would be an awesome thing to do on your anniversary.maybe sharing with family or new friends or your children since the original marriage that werent able to be there the first time around :)
happy anniversary :)

Rebecca said...
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superJrB316 said...

OK this is easy. Do a scavenger hunt! Make it so that he knows exactly what you write on certain clues around the house. Last one should lead to you in a certain room in the house that is locked with a key!

Anonymous said...

This is the perfect time of the year for an anniversary. Slipping away to a hidden cabin in the mountains and spending a several days sounds like a great way to celebrate an anniversary.

Re
Helena, AL 35080

Garett and Maquel Christopher said...

I am on my second marriage. I have 3 kids from my first and my husband and i were unable to take a honeymoon. For our 6 month anniversary, we are going to NYC next week! How do I hope to celeabrate a future anniversary? The announcement of a baby on the way!

tarahsrecipes said...

Congrats on 5 years! We're getting married next year and I can't wait! Since we're so tight on money lately I like to celebrate by doing something special for him - like make his favorite meal and all the sides plus dessert and then surprise him. Or "kidnap" him and take him to the local nature center for a long hike and a picnic.

Tarah
Clarkston, MI USA
tarah716[at]ymail.com

Tamara said...

Happy Anniversary! May you and your husband be blessed with another 100 happy years together. Our anniversary will be in December and plan on a nice dinner out somewhere with the whole family to celebrate together.

Tamara said...

Darn forgot the Pensacola, Florida USA

Peggy said...

Happy Anniversary and many more! We enjoy spending time together,going to dinner or just cooking something out of the garden.We celebrate everyday,stay good to each other,we don't travel much but then we don't have too.
Preston, Ct. 06365
matternu@aol.com

MassFoodie said...

We celebrated our anniversary by behaving like honeymooners. We spent the night at the former Meridien Hotel in Boston acting like kids, and eating from the Saturday chocolate buffet & fountain. Then we ventured around Boston (our city of work and home) went sightseeing with a tourist's eye. It was fun.

rangrace said...

A beach extravaganza just alone quiet and romantic!

smitchathome said...

Congrats on 5 great years!
In the future my husband and I hope to renew our vows, just the two of us, in a tropical romantic place. But this year was very special in a simple way. We spent the evening on the front porch holding hands and watching our grandson play with his friends.

Heather said...

Let's see... Five year gifts are either wood or silverware. Myself? Black thumb...so a live tree wouldn't be the best idea for me. Perhaps planting a love tree would be okay for you two? If not, maybe a cute little fire built on the beach on a balmy night would be a great romantic event, and then toast marshmallows on new Spinmallows (that could be your fancy new 'silverware').

Sandra said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Something I'm hoping to do for a future anniversary is plan a trip to Rome. My husband loves history, and he's never been, and it's such a fantastic and romantic city!

Thank you for the chance to win. If I'm lucky enough to be picked, you can reach me at chara at mailpanda dot com.

Anonymous said...

A Bed and Breakfast and Bicycling, which we both love to do!

Ed Nemmers Skokie, Illinois
United States

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

LBSGONE said...

A good steak dinner and some cuddling.
cheryl francisco
antioch CA USA

cherylfrancisco@hotmail.com

penguin28 said...

On our 5th Anniversary my husband took me back to the Shannendoa Mountains where he proposed. It's nice to do something to remind you of the fun and fancy free times.

Renee Turner
Lutherville, MD USA
penguinchick@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

His and Her spa treatments :)

froggypartyof2@aol.com

- Marybeth I. said...

Why don't you celebrate over 2 days? One day he picks and the next day you pick. The key is you each pick something else you think the other would LOVE. This would be a great way to honor your marriage and give each other something that is really meaningful.

Congrats on your anniversary!

Raleigh, NC , US - marybeth

Anonymous said...

We had no money for Our 20th Anniversary so I knew My neighbor had a really nice small table for a deck so I borrowed that and but a nice sheet on it,,I fixed two steaks, potatoes baked, and a nice salad and Our neighbors where gone for the night and Our Child was a sleep and We used the Neighbors hottub with their okey,,, ask neighbors and Friends for help They have been there alsolll...steaks where in the freezer so all I had to get is potatoes and lettuce CHEAP He loved it

TINKMH said...

Happy Anniversay! My hubby and I just celebrated 28 years of marriage on Sept. 6! He is still my best friend! We made great dinner reservations and then he surprised me with a hot air balloon ride, a little scary, but breathtaking!!!

purango said...

A trip to a spa for two or a hotair ballon ride. purango

purango said...

a trip to a spa for two or a hotair ballon ride. Veronica Garrett Jefferson, Georgia USA garrettsambo@aol.com

masonsgranny59 said...

Happy anniversary!! :)

calgirl said...

We have given season tickets to the local theatre or tickets to a show with dinner gift certificate.

Brenda S. said...

Happy anniversary!

For my 26 year anniversary my husband surprised me with an amazing dinner.

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

We just celebrated our 3-year Wedding Anniversary this week! :)
We had a nice lunch, went bowling and laughed so hard we cried, took the dog for a walk together, got ice cream, had a sunset picnic in the park, and then lit sparklers when it turned dark (we had them leftover from 4th of July). Basically, we celebrate by spending the day together and doing things that remind us how much we like to just hangout and spend time together.

Augusta, GA (USA)

Bakersdozen said...

Something unusual is fun for the anniversary to make it memorable. One thing we have enjoyed on our anniversary was going to a dinner theatre.

donna444444 said...

A good anniversary gift would be a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant.

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