The Best Homemade Anniversary Gifts and Ideas

The best anniversary gifts are often homemade and come straight from the heart. While a store-bought gift can do the trick, consider giving your significant other 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 create a timeline of your love story to be framed. Choose an anniversary gift idea from our unique list of the best homemade anniversary gifts below.

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A Handwritten Love Note

Set aside time to write a heartfelt love note to your partner. You can 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 passes. Reference our easy guide on what to write in an anniversary card if you’re looking for more inspiration.

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 love notes so your partner can open a new love note every day of the month or write 52 loves note so your partner can open a new note once a week.

Date Jar

Create a go-to jar 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 20-30 date ideas that can be used throughout the year.

“Open When” Letters

Create a stack of thoughtful “Open When” letters for your partner that they can open whenever they’re in need. 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 (i.e. “Open when you’re feeling sad” or “Open when you need strength”).

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Custom Mug

Create custom his and hers mugs for a cheerful 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 onto a personalized mug to complete your idea.

Love Vouchers

Gift your partner with love vouchers full of promises for the future like 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. You can create and decorate 10-15 love vouchers and add them to an unused key ring so 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 include photos from specific moments in your relationship and write short captions.

Things I Love About You Deck of Cards

Personalize a deck of cards to let your partner know all the things you love about them so they never forget. This is 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 your partner can reminisce on unforgettable moments.

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Photo Book or Scrapbook

Share a book dedicated to your love story by making a custom photo book or a scrapbook that captures your relationship over the years. You can pull photos from social media and your phone library to craft your book. Scrapbooks and photo books can be re-opened over and over, serving as a time capsule for 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. You can buy different textures and materials to complete your wall art piece and make a memorable anniversary gift that represents your years together.

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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 delicious way to show your appreciation. Pair your partner’s favorite treat with a romantic handwritten note to complete your gift.

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. Additionally, if you have children together, you can customize a canvas print using your kid’s artwork as a gift.

It may seem complicated when you’re searching for the right anniversary gift to symbolize your love. However, gifts made from scratch can be the perfect option if your partner prides themselves on creativity and unpredictable gift ideas. Don’t be afraid to do something different this year and show your partner the amount of care and thought you’ve put into making their anniversary gift.

If you’re looking for further inspiration, visit our guide on anniversary gifts by year for more creative ideas.