It's always great to celebrate your anniversary,and women especially find it wonderful when their man remembers.
But coming up with good anniversary date ideas can be a bit challenging, especially if you're completely stumped on what to do to make them smile.
It doesn't have to be hard, though - it actually be a lot of fun. Making it a memorable night, in fact, should be one of your top priorities when it comes to your anniversary!
Back to Beginnings
Think back - when was the first time that you saw her/him? Was it at a club, a party, the mall, or even just on the street? What was your very first date?
Recreate it! The first date is something very special, especially if you've been together a while, so remaking it is something they'll adore. It can be a bit complicated, though.
Try to get everything just right, down to the table you sat at - call in advance for reservations, and make sure you can reserve that table specifically.
They'll love it, and it will make them feel not only special, but really cared about (don't tell them at first, wait for them to realise you are recreating the first date and then drop it into conversation if they are being slow!).
Take your partner out to a romantic dinner for two - try to make it the best restaurant you can find, with a secluded table and a nice bottle of wine. This is really important, because if they don't enjoy it, the rest of the night will indeed be ruined.
After dinner, take them for a walk around a park, or on a back trail, and let them 'find' messages along the way, left by you earlier in the day. These can be short notes telling them how much the last year/two years/five years have meant to you, and how they've changed your life, or it can talk about the wonderful past you've had, and the future you will have together.
You could also take a photo of you two when you first started dating, glue it to a piece of cardboard, and cut it into puzzle pieces. Leave a piece, along with your note, at each stop - let them keep the picture puzzle when the night is over.
Tell her/him a few weeks in advance that they need to take Friday off of work, on the week before your anniversary (If your anniversary falls on a weekend, it's perfect), but don't tell them why - just claim it's a surprise, and not to make any plans for the weekend, either.
Book a flight to somewhere new that your partner has always wanted to go to. This can be somewhere like Florida, or somewhere much more extravagant, like Japan - it depends on what you want to spend (you can to a posh hotel locally if you are strapped for cash). Make sure to plan at least a month and a half in advanced, though, and try to get your tickets online, where you'll save a bundle.
Plan out your long weekend together - from the time you get off the plane, to the time you step on it again. Of course, leave some room for 'in case' time, but make sure you have a list of activities you can do together.
Not only will they love being somewhere new, but the thought alone is enough to make them feel great for the whole time.
Anniversaries can be a lot of fun, and finding good anniversary date ideas doesn't have to be a chore. If you can't think of one that they'll love, sit down and talk to them about it - they might have something great in mind to do.