The best gifts are homemade and come straight from the heart. A store-bought gift can do the trick, but consider giving your significant other something more special for your anniversary. Try a custom gift this year to show your love. Homemade anniversary gifts can be gratifying to make and give, whether you write a set of love notes for your partner or you create a timeline of your love story to be framed. Choose an anniversary gift idea from our unique list of the best homemade gifts below, or get creative and make your own! 🙂 Comment any ideas YOU came up with.

A Handwritten Love Note

Put aside time to write a heartfelt love note to your partner. You can simply write a handwritten love note with a blank custom greeting card that includes a photo of you two or write your words on materials such as wood or canvas to give your note a different feel. Consider framing your love note so your partner can hang it and cherish it long after your anniversary is notes.png

Love Letter Jar

Remind your partner how much you love them with a jar full of sweet and romantic love notes. You can write 31 short notes so your partner can open a new love note every day of the month or write 52 love notes so your partner can open a new note once a week.

Date Jar

Create a go-to-jar that’s full of date ideas for you and your significant other. If you have trouble making plans, choosing where to go, or you’re looking for more adventure, this is a fun and unpredictable idea. You can come up with 20 date ideas that can be used throughout the year, or more!

“Open When” Letters

Create a stack of thoughtful “Open When” letters for your partner that they are able to open whenever they need to. These letters can help boost confidence whenever you’re partner may be going through something or simply needs a reminder of how much they’re loved. Some examples of topics would be, “Open when you’re feeling sad,” or “Open when you need strength.”

Custom Mug

Create custom his and her mugs for a happy gift that can be used for morning coffee or tea. You can use a sharpie to add romantic anniversary quotes, phrases and designs to your mugs, or upload an original design or quote into a personalized mug to complete your idea.his her mugs

Love Vouchers

Give your partner gifts with love vouchers full of beautiful promises for the future such as offering breakfast in bed or a massage. This is a fun and playful way to give him or her a gift other than purchasing a product, which actually means more to someone. One idea for this would be to create and decorate 10-15 love vouchers and add them to an unused key ring so that your partner can easily flip through them.

Timeline of Love

Create a short timeline of your relationship up until your anniversary and frame it for your partner. This is a crafty homemade gift that provides reflection on how far you’ve come and how far you’ll go. 🙂 You can also include photos from a moment in your relationship and write cute short captions.

“Things I Love About You” Deck of Cards

Personalize a deck of cards to let your partner know all the things that you love about them, so they never forget or wonder. This is such a heartfelt and warm gift that creatively shows all the reasons you fell in love. Each card should include a different trait or quality that you love about your partner. You can also add specific memories and photos to some of the cards so you can reminisce on unforgettable moments. 🙂deck

Photo Book or Scrapbook

Share a book dedicated to your love story by making a custom photo book on Shutterfly or a scrapbook on your own that captures your relationship over the years. An idea is to pull photos from your phone library or possibly your social media profile to craft your book. Photo books and scrapbooks can be re-opened over and over, serving as a time capsule for all of your love moments.

DIY Photo Projects

If you have plenty of photos that feature your significant other, your family and friends, or your children, print your photos and make a custom wall art piece by hand for your loved one. This comes from your heart and own hard working skills, so it is more meaningful then purchasing something from the store or online. You can buy different textures and materials to complete your wall art piece and make a memorable anniversary gift that represents your years together.

Homemade Treats

If your partner has a favorite treat or type of dessert, take the time to make it for them as a gift. Homemade treats can be a fun and a delicious way to show your appreciation. Pair your partner’s favorite treat with a romantic handwritten note to complete your gift.brownies.jpg

Custom Painting

If you love arts and crafts, consider painting a portrait of you and your loved one as a gift. This is a gift that can hang in your home and last for a long time! Your loved one will be more than happy to hang an original piece of artwork on their wall. Also, if you have children together then you may customize a canvas print using your children’s artwork as a gift, too.

It may seem difficult when you’re trying to purchase the perfect anniversary gift to symbolize your love. Gifts from scratch can be the perfect option if your partner prides themselves on creativity and unpredictable gift ideas. Don’t be scared to do something different this year to show your partner the amount of care and thought you’ve put into making their anniversary gift.


P.S. Share some creative gift ideas that you have come up with!


-Lauren L.




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