Social distancing practices don’t have to detract from your anniversary plans. You’ll probably have to modify your celebration, but who said it would be changed for the worse? Here are some ways easy ways to honor your love for your partner without jeopardizing anyone’s health.

Plan a Special Anniversary Date

In some cities and countries, restaurants and shops are open for business, while others remain closed for an extended period of time. Even if you can’t enjoy a dinner date at your favorite restaurant, there are many ways for you and your significant other to celebrate your anniversary.

Here are a few ideas for celebrations, casual and formal, that are safe regardless of your area’s guidelines around Covid-19.

Keep it simple:

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Cook dinner together

Spend some quality time with your spouse or significant other making a meal together in the kitchen. Cook a dish you both like or challenge yourself with a new recipe. Even if you’ve never cooked a meal in your life, you’re bound to make some good memories and have some funny stories to tell (and you can always order pizza!).

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Go for a long drive or walk

There’s nothing like a peaceful drive or walk with someone you love. Take your time making it to your favorite spot in the neighborhood or a beautiful destination a little farther away. Enjoy a long uninterrupted conversation, plan a special anniversary playlist to share, or quietly take in your surroundings together. You can even bring food and have a picnic if the weather’s nice. Bonus points if you go at sunrise or sunset!

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Give back to your community

Take some time to reflect on what’s meaningful to you as a couple and spend your day investing in whatever that may be. Collect supplies for a local food bank or shelter, donate to a non-profit, or find a volunteering event to participate in.

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Do a home-improvement project

Investing in your shared space is symbolic of an investment in your relationship. If you and your partner are the practical type, take some time to add something to your apartment or home. Get some pictures framed and put up, repaint a wall, or pick a bigger renovation project — any task big or small counts!

Make it fancy:

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Order takeout for a fancy night in

If this year’s anniversary is a particularly special one or if you and your partner like to celebrate more formally, order takeout from your favorite high-end restaurant. To replicate a romantic restaurant setting, decorate your dining area, no matter how big or small it is. Put down a tablecloth, get out the place mats you never use, light some candles, and serve the food on your best dishes. You might even enjoy yourself better without all the hassle of dining out!

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Plan a trip for the future

You may not be able to travel right now, but you still can dream big. Plan a trip for a future milestone anniversary or brainstorm a list of all the places you’d like to visit with your significant other. What better way to celebrate your love for each other than to plan future adventures?

Give a Meaningful Gift

For some couples, a celebration is more than enough to share with each other on their anniversary. Other couples exchange gifts each year or on milestone anniversaries.

Gifts come in many forms and there is no one set of rules for anniversary gifts. You know your partner best — pick something that aligns with their values, beliefs, and interests. And remember: Small gift, big smile!

There are quite a few traditional gift ideas that are tricky to mess up. Make sure you personalize them in one way or another to add meaning since these gifts are commonly given on anniversaries.

  • Jewelry
  • Framed photos
  • Photo albums
  • Experiences (e.g. sky diving, ski trip, etc.)
  • Gift baskets
  • Chocolate
  • Flowers, of course!

Some couples choose gifts based on the number of years they’ve been married. Here’s an overview of the traditional material for gifts for milestone anniversaries:

  • 1 Year: Paper or gold
  • 5 Years: Wood or sapphire
  • 10 Years: Aluminum/tin or diamond
  • 15 Years: Crystal or ruby
  • 20 Years: China or emerald
  • 25 Years: Silver
  • 30 Years: Pearl
  • 35 Years: Coral or emerald
  • 50 Years: Gold
  • 60 Years: Diamond

For a full list of gifts for each anniversary year and what they mean, click here.

Looking for a more unique anniversary gift?

If you’re celebrating a major milestone in your relationship or if you and your partner always go all-out on anniversary gifts, consider making a montage of messages from friends and family. HipHip.app provides a simple, high quality video-making service so that you can celebrate milestones in an accessible and delightful way. It’s any easy three-step process:

  1. Create a virtual collaborative card on HipHip.app
  2. Friends and family contribute text, photo, and video messages from any device, anytime
  3. All contributions will are seamlessly compiled into a video montage and digital flipbook.

A video montage also makes for a perfect gift to a couple whose anniversary you’re celebrating. Ask their friends and family how they’ve been inspired by the couple’s love for each other and let HipHip do the rest of the work — waterworks guaranteed!

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