Recently my daughter Chloe and I took a class on glass fusing. This was my bought-on-Groupon Christmas present to her and she chose to take me as her plus one. The class is through Washington Artworks. Funny, knowledgeable teachers make this a really enjoyable evening class.
Sitting next to us was a young couple. At one point they revealed that this was their 3rd anniversary and that this was her "gift of glass".
"Really? You follow the traditional anniversary gifts from the back of the Hallmark Card calendar/planner?"
"Yes...whatever that is?!..."she went on to explain that there is a Traditional and a Modern selection for every year. This year her husband had gifted her a leather purse and she had planned this night out including the glass fusion class. "He's more artistic than I am, but we get a fun evening out!" What a GREAT IDEA!
Okay, I saw the rest of their fun dinner out...he was still eating his subway when they arrived... No doubt they have tight schedules. I loved the idea so I pressed. What did they do for their first year? Their second? Yes, they had attended a scrapbooking class to document their first year of marriage memories. Paper! What a fantastic idea!!
Now I love my crafts...but I think this idea really has wheels! What about planned events/classes/adventures for each anniversary based upon the traditional/modern gift themes. (I'm sure no one else ever considered this!) lol This takes the pressure off the "What would she want?" dilemma and on to "How clever can I be with this theme?" So I thought about the options...
First year, paper: a love letter, poem, print, coupons, art print
Second year, cotton: clothing! , Egyptian cotton sheets (and a night in them)
Third year we've discussed
Fourth year is my favorite....flowers! Flower arranging lesson, Picnic in a Garden, Bonsai class
As the recipient of years of "I just didn't know what to get you" and "where do you want to go to dinner, you decide" and of giving my guy the latest tool that just maybe he doesn't already have..... the most important thing REALLY is to be remembered. Nevertheless!