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16 Anniversary gifts he'll actually enjoy

Krissy Brady is a women’s health + lifestyle writer who’s so out of shape, it’s like she has the innards of an 80-year-old. Instead of learning how to crochet, she decided to turn her emotional baggage into a writing career (genius, no?)...

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Buying anniversary gifts for guys has turned into quite the art form: You want it to be thoughtful but not cheesy, romantic but not a threat to his masculinity and charming but not childish. Le sigh. Below are 16 kitschy gift ideas for your man that — in our humble opinion — totally hit the mark.

1. Time Capsule

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

This adorbs Time Capsule will give you the opportunity to preserve all of your fave Kodak moments as a couple. There are sticker tags, patterned papers, insightful questionnaires and more. Why not make it an annual tradition and collect special mementos all year long? (Anthropologie, $75)

2. Mix tape

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

My hubby's a guitar player, so one year I put together a USB Mix Tape with all of our favorite acoustic tracks… with a few I've been hinting at him to learn since our first date. Hey, a girl can dream! – Laura T. (MilkTape.com, $15)

3. Personalized Couple Art

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

If posing for couple photos turns him into Chandler Bing, then why not have an image sewn? This hysterically cute Personalized Couple Art by Mary and Shelly Klein is sure to make him laugh: Select the faces, hairstyles and clothing that best reflect you as a twosome and BAM — you'll finally have an up-to-date portrait. (UncommonGoods.com, $150)

4. Personalized M&M'S

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Why should we be the only ones to receive chocolate? (I mean, it rocks, but still.) Add names, dates, personal messages, even photos to your fave M&M'S chocolates. (MyMMs.com, prices vary)

5. Love notes

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Create a KindNotes Keepsake Jar filled with personal messages, inside jokes, even romantic coupons. No matter how much we depend on technology, nothing will ever beat an old-fashioned love note — they're the ultimate in Brownie Points. (KindNotes.com, prices vary)

6. iPhone Case

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

If your hubby's Instagram is as active as a celebrity's, he'll love this Vintage Camera iPhone Case. It fits an iPhone 5, and is made of a durable plastic that's sure to survive all of his shenanigans. (Brika.com, $45)

7. Radio cooler

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Whether you're enjoying a beach day together or are having your BFFs over, keep your drinks cool while listening to your fave music with this Portable Radio Cooler. Compatible with any smartphone, iPod and MP3 player, it's sure to make a splash. (HomeWetBar.com, $50)

8. Customized map

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

For our anniversary, I gave my boyfriend a Customized Map of our first dates/weekend together in Manhattan. The first year of our relationship was spent long distance, so this was a visual that represented our time together in a unique and visually appealing way. – Darby F. (Etch.cc, $48)

9. A manly adventure

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

If your man's always wanted to race cars, give him the gift of putting the pedal to the metal by purchasing a Race Car Driving Experience through Cloud 9 Living. Choose from stock car racing, racing a Ferrari, dragster racing and more. (Cloud9Living.com, prices vary)

10. Voice Art

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Let's face it: Rare art is kinda pricey. Express how you feel about your beau in a way that's easier on your wallet by transforming your voice into a one-of-a-kind canvas print. Each Voice Art Print comes with a certificate of authenticity and the recording that created the artwork. (VoiceArtGallery.com, prices vary)

11. Personalized love coupons

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Add a little spice to your relationship by creating a custom book of hot and steamy Love Coupons. Create cartoon versions of you and your beau to star on the coupons, choose a cover, and customize the text to your liking (grrr, baby!). (LoveCoups.com, prices vary)

12. Shirt of the Month Club

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

This gift is just as much for you as it is for him: Finally get him to throw out those ratty tees from college and replace them with this Shirt of the Month Club from Busted Tees. Each month, he'll receive a redemption code to use toward new duds. (BustedTees.com, prices vary)

13. Make memories

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Hubby and I always talk about traveling, but never seem to get around to it. For our last anniversary, I bought him The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada and told him to pick out a weekend destination. We had such a great time we're going to attempt to travel to all 150! — Janet K. (Anthropologie.com, $30)

14. Retro candy

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Fact: '90s candy was the best. He'll love this collection of Retro Candy that features Baby Bottle Pops, Nerds, Pop Rocks and more! Mmmm! (Gifts.com, $33)

15. Spin The Bottle

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

Finally, a Spin The Bottle game where you'll always get to kiss who you want to! Best of all, it comes with a flirty, personalized twist: Each card can be customized with your names and actions you'd like the other to perform when the bottle lands on them. Me. Ow. (PersonalizationMall.com, $25)

16. Sex Panther Cologne

Creative anniversary gifts your guy will love

OK, I couldn't resist throwing this hilarious Anchorman throwback into the mix (what guy doesn't quote the movie to this day?). But don't worry: This Sex Panther Cologne isn't made with bits of real panther. It even growls when opened! (vat99.com, $40)

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