It’s with great joy that I can announce that this month my husband and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Twenty five years – WOW! We’ve actually been together a wee bit longer than that. We dated for eight months before we eloped. As per the state of New York, we’ve been married twenty five years. As per the church, we’ve been married only 24 years. That is because we re-married a year later in the church. We go by the state marriage (25 years).
My husband and I have been going back and forth as to what to gift each other for this wonderful milestone. It’s a lot easier for him to buy me a gift, than the other way around. I cannot figure out what to gift my husband for our anniversary. If it was a regular anniversary, I could gift him a book, gift card or even a gag gift. But this is a special anniversary, warranting a special gift.
I’ve always told my husband that I wanted an diamond anniversary ring for our 25th wedding anniversary. Not a REAL diamond, but a realistic diamond ring. I’d be afraid to wear a real diamond. Sadly, in the past whenever my husband has purchased me a nice ring, something bad always happens to it.
One year my husband gifted me a ring with two intertwined hearts (one in my birthstone, one in his birthstone). My husband’s birthstone fell our of the ring. Because it was shaped like a heart, it was difficult to replace. I wasn’t able to wear the ring anymore.
Another time my husband bought me a family ring featuring my birthstone, his birthstone and one for each of our kids. That ring met an unfortunate fate. It slipped off my finger while I was using the toilet in Walmart. Before I was able to get help to retrieve it, the toilet automatically flushed, and the ring went down the drain.
Needless to say, a real diamond ring would not be good for me. I have no luck with rings.
I have seen Diamonique rings on QVC that look realistic. They seem pretty affordable. I have never seen one in person, so I am not sure how real they look in “real life.” Does anyone have any experience with Diamonique jewelry?
I’m not sure if a necklace would work either. I tend to not have luck with those either. I do have a necklace that my husband gave me with a real (tiny) diamond in it. Not too long ago it got caught on the seatbelt and broke. THANKFULLY my husband had a warranty on it from Zales, and they fixed it for me for free.
Maybe something other than jewelry would be best.
As for my husband, I am totally clueless as to what I can get him. He doesn’t wear jewelry (except his wedding ring). He doesn’t wear watches (he tells time on his phone). He doesn’t need things like cuff links, a wallet or belt. He doesn’t need or want anything, as per my husband.
I cannot celebrate our anniversary without gifting my husband SOMETHING special.
Right now I have two t-shirts that I purchased on Amazon, both have something on the front of them about being a husband. One says “Epic Husband Since 1996” and the other says “Epic Husband Since 1996 – My Wife is a lucky woman.” That I am! I am a very lucky woman.
Aside from that, I purchased a photo frame with text around it in regards to our 25th anniversary, as well as a 25th wedding anniversary ornament for our tree. They are not exactly “epic” (to quote the t-shirts) gifts for my husband.
Over the years, I have thought of many fun things I wanted to do with my husband (in lieu of gifts), such as get re-married on the star at Texas Stadium (he’s a Dallas Cowboys fan), get re-married in the church that I grew up in and have a party for family afterwards (we never had a wedding reception since we eloped), visit Chicago (we both really want to visit Chicago), or go to Disney World for a week (to make up for the honeymoon we never had). Between work, money and trying to find people to care for our cats (including giving three of them medications), it’s been easier said than done when it comes to going away for our anniversary.
A last minute idea was go to to Mystic, Connecticut for a long weekend (Friday through Monday), but I was not able to get off from work on Friday, and I’m not even sure about Monday.
We can’t even go to the comedy club because they pack people in with no social distancing. I’m not going to share a tiny table with strangers and take our masks off to eat and drink. No way!
As of right now, we’re going to a fancy Japanese restaurant for dinner, and staying overnight in a hotel. That’s it. That’s how we’re spending a very special anniversary. Sigh…
Maybe things will turn around. Maybe something will come up that will make our anniversary special after all.
Do YOU have any gift ideas for a man, especially for a 25th wedding anniversary? If so, PLEASE comment and let me know.
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