10 Unique Anniversary Gifts
…that both of you can enjoy.
Personalized Whiskey Barrel
If you both love whiskey, this small oak barrel has your names on it—in more ways than one. The free personalization option adds your monikers, a year, and a city to the cask, which custom-ages spirits of your choice. Turn the barrel and test the contents every week. When they’ve reached your ideal oakiness, it’s time to—what else?—roll out the barrel.
To buy: $85 for a 2L barrel, uncommongoods.com
New York Art Print
Put your relationship on the map—literally—with this print of your favorite city. Maybe it’s the place where you met, spent a memorable vacation, where you live—or even where you want to live. Choose illustrations of cities like New York (shown), London, Paris, or Rome painted by Anna Bond of the popular Rifle Paper Co.
To buy: $35, papersource.com
Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker
Great music, like good things, comes in small packages—at least where these colorful, compact, and portable speakers are concerned. They’re compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices (voice prompts help you pair them) and available in black, white, red, green, and blue. A neoprene carrying case is included.
To buy: $130, amazon.com.
Picnic Time Piccadilly Picnic Basket for Two
Forget Coleman Coolers: This English-style willow basket is a throwback to simpler days when picnics were, well, a little more complex. It features plates, wine glasses, flatware, and a corkscrew—everything that you need for a romantic outing. (Except your love…and maybe a blanket or two.)
To buy: $60, jcpenney.com
Waterford Crystal Filled Candles
The traditional 15th anniversary gift gets a new twist with these fragrant candles, each set in a different Waterford crystal container. (Diamond cuts versus optic ovals, for instance.) Scents like champagne, lavender cedar, citrus basil, and mint jasmine are lovely while they last, but you can use the holders to display flowers for the next 15 years—and more.
To buy: $75, waterford.com
Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine
Instead of leaving the house for a Venti Latte—or a Coffee Coolatta, for that matter—brew your own espresso in seconds from Nespresso capsules. (And call it whatever you want.) The machine will be ready to brew a minute after turning on and has an automatic turn-off feature. Available in red, black, or gray, it’s a stylish kitchen-counter upgrade.
To buy: $110, amazon.com
Mason Jar Herb Garden Kit
At once useful, rustic, and lovely, this kit turns four “lowly” Mason jars into windowsill herb gardens. Use the four half-pint jars, organic potting soil, pea pebbles, and seeds to grow basil, cilantro, parsley, and clover. But as far as making the pesto goes? You’re on your own.
To buy: $33, amazon.com
Wüsthof Entertaining Cheese & Knife Set
No, this isn’t your grandmother’s cheese knife. Made with high-carbon steel marked with holes to prevent sticking, it will subdue the most aggressive block of aged cheddar while going easy on the Brie. An equally sturdy cheese plane, a corkscrew/bottle opener, and bamboo serving board complete the set.
To buy: $80, williams-sonoma.com
Blade Wine Trio
Here’s where the rubber meets the Rhône: A corkscrew, an aerating decanting pourer, and a freshness-preserving vacuum pump—each covered with rubber for ergonomic ease of use—merge sophisticated style with pure functionality. Beautiful, sure, but in the end? It’s the toast to your anniversary that counts.
To buy: For a similar product: $90; williams-sonoma.com.
Family 3 in 1 Game Set
A far cry from those old cardboard Hasbro boards that were worn to shreds in suburban rec rooms (Scrabble, anyone?), this is as much a stylish centerpiece as a game set. But the game is on! (Actually, there are four: backgammon, checkers, chess, and dominoes.) For no extra charge, have your family name or anniversary date inscribed on the box.
To buy: For a similar product: $99; markandgraham.com.