May is our anniversary month, and this year marks our fourth year married and our ninth year together. We have gone traditional with anniversary gifts for the last three years, and I predict that whenever possible, we will continue that theme.
At first glance, the traditional fourth anniversary gift of fruits and flowers do not lend themselves to the most romantic of keepsakes, but there is still much opportunity for creativity and romance. Here's what I found.
Plan a Botanical Garden Date Night
Plan a date or a picnic at a local botanical garden. Not sure where your closest garden is located? Try this helpful locator.
Do you live near a local vineyard or orchard? Plan a picnic or a wine tasting. Grapes are fruit.
And then there's this.
Cheers to your special day!
Make a pitcher of fruity sangria. We have this set and we use it a lot.
Need a recipe? This is the best in the world! Trust me. If you don't believe me, ask Peggy.
The white one is pretty good too.
Continuing with the wine is fruit idea, how about a monogrammed wine cork holder? Etsy has some cute ideas here.
For dinner, prepare citrus grilled tuna steaks and a special fruit tart, like Peggy's lemon blueberry tart for dessert, or a chocolate fondue with fresh fruit for dipping.
A CSA box, a Fruit of the Month or a Wine of the Month subscription is a fun way to try new products you haven't tried before.
And a new basket will keep that fruit fresh.
How about a fruit infuser bottle (with recipe book) or a fruit inspired cookbook?
New appliances can be fun. How about a juicer, tying together the traditional with the modern gift ideas.
And a book that helps you reboot your wellness plan?
Check your local craft store for a class to create a pretty door wreath or table setting using your favorite dried flowers or dried versions of the flowers you used in your wedding.
Or find a tutorial for a wreath you love, like this one.
Add beauty to the great outdoors.
Plant your favorite flowers around your home or in a container garden.
Maybe you can plant fruit trees; there are some great dwarf varieties available too. Not sure where to start? There are many guides, like this one for growing your favorites.
If you're a traditionalist, there are plenty of options to help you find the perfect gift for your fourth anniversary, and if fruits and flowers aren't your thing, treat yourself to a new appliance, or donate one you no longer use and reduce your clutter. It's a win-win.
In the meantime, we'll be celebrating our own amor para siempre.