You have the perfect gift, but you want to add a little flare to make it really special. Here are our tips on pulling off the perfect anniversary surprise.

It's coming.

Your anniversary's on its way.

Just a few short months and it'll be here again.

And this is a big one. You know there's no chance you can get away with the standard chocolates, card and flowers formula of anniversaries past.

You're going to have to out-do yourself.

So the challenge is how to create an anniversary surprise that'll blow her away.

Well, it turns out you're in luck! In this article, we'll be looking at six different options for that perfect anniversary surprise this year.

Trust us: there's something in here that's about to save your life!

Let's check them out!

A Truly Unique Date

If you're thinking of taking her out to that restaurant she loves, ask yourself one question: when was the last time you went there?

It's probably more recent than you thought.

People visit their favourite restaurants, bars, and cake shops when they feel like treating themselves. No offense, but going to one on your anniversary is nice, but it's not unique.

You're going to want to think outside of the box.

The upside to this is that you won't always need to spend much money to go somewhere nice and unique. It all depends on what your preferences are.

Some ideas for truly special anniversary surprise dates include:

Geocaching

Geocaching is a worldwide scavenger hunt activity. Players search for hidden containers using clues and GPS coordinates found online. There are thousands of these geocaches in secret locations all around the world. 

What's fun about this is that they're often hidden in plain site and contain lists of names that you can add to, to prove you were there.

A warning: bring a fully charged GPS device, to avoid embarrassing low battery situations.

Breakout room

Escape rooms have become increasingly popular in recent years. 

These venues feature a furnished room, full of enigmatic clues that players need to use to figure out how to "escape" the room in a certain amount of time.

Bring her on an anniversary date she'll love, as you accomplish something together.

Great Barrier Reef

For something a bit more relevant to you as an Australian, you can't ever go wrong with one of the world's foremost natural wonders. Visit the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns and take in the snorkelling, diving, boating, and sun-soaked splendour that have made this one of the country's premier date venues.

The Ol' Switcheroo

This is going to sound terrible, but you may want to mislead your significant other a little this year.

Stay with us on this.

Some of the best anniversary surprise moments come after making your partner think something else is happening.

Already have a great gift for her this year? Why not buy her something she already has or doesn't want, and give that to her first?

On your way to the ballet? Why not get dinner at a hole-in-the-wall sandwich place, beforehand?

It may feel awkward, in the moment, but a little planning really shows that you've thought the date out, and know what makes her happy.

A word of warning, though: you're playing with fire, here. Make sure that whatever misdirect you use, you can recover from it. There's no point in disappointing someone who's going to stay disappointed, once you make your reveal.

Throw her off balance this year. Just don't push it too far.

Make Her Something

The idea of making her something might feel a little childish to some guys.

You're missing out if you don't at least consider it, though.

Some things to consider for a handmade anniversary surprise include:

Geekery

What is she a fanatic over? Take her obsessions and turn them into something fun. Video game characters, DVD covers from her favourite TV show, or passages from her favourite book all make great craft materials.

Your past, as a couple

Try to reference things you've done as a couple in your project. Maps from trips you've taken or beach sand from holidays can all be used to make something special she'll love.

Learn Something

Another great idea for an anniversary surprise is to go back to school for a day.

No, we're being serious! Find local classes in something you're both interested in but haven't ever tried. If you can tailor this to something she specifically wants to learn, you're all set. 

Some ideas for lessons you might be able to check out in your area:

Drums

Cooking

Dancing

Crafts, such as painting and pottery

Send Her on a Wild Goose Chase

Everything's better after you put a little work into it.

A scavenger hunt is a romantic way of putting your partner in the driver's seat of their anniversary surprise experience.

This is another great example of a unique anniversary gift that doesn't have to cost you the earth but is sure to leave an impression.

Leave picture clues, messages in envelopes, or send text messages to lead your partner to a series of locations that are special to you as a couple.

Take her on a tour of spots where you shared your first kiss, your first sunrise, or the place where you met. Leave little trinkets outside the restaurant where you had the worst spaghetti ever, or a polaroid in front of the rock where she stubbed her toe.

Of course, you need to lead her somewhere with all this. One romantic option is to be waiting in a nearby park with a picnic blanket and some of her favourite foods.

Really, though, this part is all up to you, so make it count!

Getaway

As anniversary surprise ideas go, the secret holiday is classic.

Whether you opt for somewhere expensive or a simple stay at the beach, the fact that you planned a trip in secret is what makes this idea really special.

You might think you've got everything taken care of, but secret plotting can be tricky. Here's a checklist of things to have squared away by the time you leave for your anniversary trip:

Accommodation

Trips to and from your destination

Her luggage as well as yours

Any local bookings

Give Her an Anniversary Surprise She'll Love, This Year

Ultimately, the secret to any good anniversary surprise is to tailor it to the person receiving it.

With the ideas in this article, you'll have everything you need to put together an awesome trip, date, class, or getaway experience.

Contact us today and let's help you find the perfect gift to go with your awesome anniversary.

I would love to hear your comments or answer any questions you might have about this post.

Yours sincerely,   


Dr. Carissa Coulston, Clinical Psychologist

BSc(Hons), MPsychol(Clinical), PhD, MAPS