Did you know that each wedding anniversary has a gift assigned to it? I don’t know how it was decided and there isn’t even one definitive list, but I adopted one of the lists a few years ago. Our 18th wedding anniversary was coming up so I figured I’d buy something that matched the 18th year. It was “appliances.”
Now my wife has actually asked for a Swiffer before on her birthday. One of her spiritual gifts is cleaning and I think she finds great joy in it, so I wasn’t too worried about her being offended by me buying her an appliance of some sort. The problem was that I didn’t know of an appliance that she actually needed or wanted. After a little searching, I came upon the perfect gift . . . not just for her, but for our family. I got a sno cone maker! Now before you gather the pitchforks and a mob, it wasn’t the ONLY thing I got her. It was just one thing that matched the theme.
The next year was the Jade Anniversary. I searched Amazon and there was nothing she would like. I googled idea and came back with the same result. So creativity kicked in. I found out there is a place where you can find jade in northern California, but with all the things happening around our life that year, a trip wasn’t in the cards. So instead, we went to Jade Restaurant in Austin. For what it’s worth, it was a fantastic restaurant.
This was our 20th anniversary and it was the China Anniversary. We don’t use china in our house. It’s odd to unwrap a Taco Bell burrito and place it on such a fancy dish. Taking a trip to China wasn’t going to happen either, so I used Trip Advisor to find the highest rated Chinese restaurant in Austin that was not in the $$$$ category. So for our 20th anniversary we went to Wu Chow for dinner. If you ever plan on going, make sure you make a reservation. I had the foresight to do that, but the people in front of us at 6:15pm on a Tuesday night had an hour and a half wait. I also ordered some envelopes that are traditional gift giving envelopes in the Chinese culture and I put her presents in those. It is our twentieth so we’re also taking a trip to Boston next month, but we had to do something before that.
If you want to start adding creativity to anniversaries, here is the list I use. The 21st anniversary is “fire” so make sure you check back in a year for now. I’m going to burn something down!!!!