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15 unique anniversary gifts he'll actually want to keep

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?)...

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day

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 unique gift ideas for your man that — in our humble opinion — totally hit the mark.

More: 9 gifts we're tired of getting every single year

1. Time capsule

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day
Image: Amazon

Time Capsule for Two: A Snapshot Journal for Two People will give you the opportunity to preserve all of your fave special moments as a couple. It's a simple, elegant way to create a snapshot of your life today. (Amazon, $9)

2. Mix tape

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day
Image: MilkTape

"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!" said Laura T. (MilkTape.com, $15)

3. Personalized couples art

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day
Image: Uncommon Goods

If posing for couple photos turns him into Chandler Bing, then why not have an image sewn? This hysterically cute personalized couples 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

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day
Image: MyMMs

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

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

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day
Image: Amazon

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. (Amazon, $12)

7. Radio cooler

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day
Image: Home Wet Bar

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

This year, get him a creative anniversary gift he won't return the next day
Image: Etsy

A map customized with special moments like first dates or first time traveling together is more than romantic — and it's visually appealing. (Etsy, $38)

Up next: A manly adventure


Originally published September 2014. Updated December 2016.

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