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When an Anniversary Gift Goes Wrong

When an Anniversary Gift Goes Wrong - Yogurt Maker

When an Anniversary Gift Goes Wrong - Yogurt Maker


If you are buying for an anniversary present for your favorite couple, its best to spend a little time thinking about what type of present could properly communication your sentiments. Look at the personalized gifts that would fit your friends’ lifestyle.

You’ll want to avoid getting the wrong gift because you don’t want to risk the backlash or cold shoulder or, worse yet, the blank stare and lack of comprehension on your friends’ faces when they just don’t get you at all.  When you give the right gifts to celebrate a couple’s big day, you cannot go wrong.

So take a deep breath and close your eyes. Now picture your friends.  Think about how long they’ve been married, what they like to do in their leisure time, and even consider what each person enjoys as a hobby.  Reassure yourself…and exhale.  You will be rewarded for thinking it through when your gifts are well received.  The alternative? You could end up giving them something that is absolutely wrong or terribly inappropriate or just not something they like.

At the other end of the spectrum is the tired, old and boring gift.  You know, those old standards that everyone receives year after year. Your friends who are about to celebrate their anniversary have probably received too many bottles of cheap wine and fondue pots to count.

There are many ways that an anniversary gift can go wrong.  Let’s look at a few different types of presents and see what happens to them.

His and Her Haircuts

Try to stay far away from gift cards offered by alternative, modern hair styling salons and be safe by giving gifts with a personal touch. Why? Well, for instance, a couple in the baby boom generation recently retired from the corporate rat race will have little use for the hairstyles worn so well by younger men and women.

Granted, rock and roll is equally revered by those in disparate generations. However, chances are that the short and spiky look for him and the uber-messy layers look for her would just not produce the desired effect. The couple, wondering what on earth possessed you to give them this particular present, would pass the gift cards down the line to their kids or grandkids.

Nice Picture Frame, Wrong Photo Choice

Okay, so you’ve decided on a picture frame for the perfect couple you have known since college days in the late 1980s.  Wow. Time does fly.  But you don’t want to stop there.  You have a picture of each that you’ve held onto, and you can’t wait to put the photos in the frame.  The problem is, the picture of her looks like she could have been the understudy for Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl.”  When you take a good look at his picture, some small area of your unconscious mind admits that he could easily have been mistaken for a younger Lyle Lovett circa 1992.

After they open your gift and see the dated photos, your friends will thank you politely before closing the hinged frame and stashing it in the junk drawer next to the couch.  If you are going to give photo frames, let your friends choose the pictures.

Watch Out for Small Appliances

If you know that your friends like to cook, it may be tempting to give the couple a small appliance.  Tread lightly here and be wary.  You may enjoy making yogurt, but you can’t be certain a yogurt maker would be the best gift.  One or both of your friends may be lactose intolerant.  How could you know they have replaced all dairy with soy products in the last two years?  Whatever you do, don’t go for the slider burger maker.  Diets change often and your gift may end up in long-term storage next to their bread maker and fondue pot.

If you want to give anniversary gifts that will not go wrong, choose among the many gifts that can carry a heart-felt message.  A gift that communicates your true sentiment will be proudly displayed for years to come.

The Best Wedding Anniversary Gift for a Photographer

Choosing the best, most memorable wedding gift anniversary is quite a challenge, especially when attending large weddings where hundreds of gifts will be given to the wedding couple. If the wedding couple, or just the bride or groom, happens to be a photographer, think about giving a wedding gift that relates to such an interest. This article will touch on the best wedding anniversary gift for a photographer.

As many photographers and friends of photographers know, equipment (camera, lenses, editing equipment, etc.) is paramount and treated like a child. Photographers have select equipment that they use often, and are diehard fans for the brands they buy. Canon photographers love Canon, Nikon shooters love Nikon; this is the reality. And, for this reason, you should not buy a photographer equipment, rather a gift that allows them to enjoy their photos.

I propose buying photographers personalized picture frames as a wedding anniversary gift. Personalized picture frames allow the photographer to showcase his or her work in a way that’s unique, personalized, and thoughtful. If you know a photographer loves to shoot images of the beach, give them a personalized picture frame that relates to such.

I hope this article has been helpful and good luck with your wedding gift selection.


What are the Best 25th Wedding Anniversary Gifts?

If you’re like thousands of people around the world, you are searching for a 25th wedding anniversary present but don’t know where to start. Don’t feel overwhelmed and bummed out, there’s a solution to everything.

Step one is to grab a piece of paper and make notes about the 25th anniversary couple. What are their likes, dislikes, hobbies, profession, what does their home look like, etc. All of these notes, when consolidated on a piece of paper, paint a clear picture as to the gifts which will be enjoyed most.

Step two is to make a list of 25th wedding anniversary gifts that the couple will enjoy then start prioritizing the list. By tossing out ideas and narrowing them down you will end up with a better present in the end. Trust me.

Step three is to purchase the gift itself, which can be a pain. My suggestion is to buy a gift online and either have it sent directly to you for wrapping, or find a gift website that offers gift wrapping and have the present sent directly to the anniversary couple.

Step four is to see the couple’s face (if you live close) when they open your gift. This is always the best part.

I hope this article has been helpful and good luck with your gift hunt!


50th Anniversary Gifts – How To Make The Day Special

Unlike some occasions that may seem small and not important, celebrating a 50th anniversary is a major ordeal. Fifty years of being together through ups and downs is quite the thing to celebrate and this article will provide ideas on ways to celebrate the once in a lifetime event.

First of all, the day should include absolutely no work or stress — the couple deserves a day alone together. If your friend or family member is having their 50th anniversary you should do everything you can to make sure they have a good day. This can include having breakfast delivered, sending flowers in the morning, or anything else the couple may like. Small things like this are sometimes the best presents one can receive.

Secondly, regarding presents, I suggest buying something that is more meaningful than flashy and expensive. A couple that is celebrating 50 years of being married has probably received almost every anniversary gift possible over the years. For this reason, think more about the meaning of the gift, what it stands for, and what it will mean in the future. Things like personalized picture frames, engraved pens, matching silver keychains and other unique presents will be greatly appreciated. Trust me.

If the anniversary couple loves food, think about giving them a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant or even calling into the restaurant and scheduling a reservation on you. I have done this before and it went over very well.

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoy!


Why Buy Anniversary Presents Online?

Anniversaries are meant to be special events and when selecting an anniversary present it should be just as special. Nowadays departments stores throughout the world are flooded with the same goods, most of which are seen on shelves time and time again. One way to ensure you are giving your husband, wife, family member or friend a unique gift is to buy online.

For one, shopping for anniversary presents online allows you to research products and see how popular they are as well as reviews, photos, etc. all from the comfort of your own home. And, more importantly, you will be able to find gifts from around the world that nobody else has.

Secondly, there are some websites (e.g. that offer personalized anniversary gifts, which ensure that nobody in the world has the same present. The last thing you want to do is give a friend or family member an anniversary gift and have them receive the same gift from someone else. Not good.

I hope this article has been helpful and good luck selecting an anniversary gift!


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