Time flies when you’re having fun, so it's no surprise that you and your S.O. are about to celebrate another 12 months together. If it feels like you're always going out to the same restaurants, it probably doesn’t seem very special to celebrate with dinner, so to help save you from another year of borderline boring anniversary plans, we've rounded up some of the best things to do on your anniversary that are a bit more under-the-radar.
From sexy salsa lessons to spontaneous road trips and dreamy merry-go-round rides, we've got you covered with fun date ideas that are sure to liven up your annual celebration. Now, all that's left to do is pop a bottle of bubbly and raise your glasses to another wonderful year together. Cheers!
Keep reading for 34 of our favorite anniversary ideas to try this year.
Ballroom dance the night away with a private lesson. What better way to heat things up? Plus you'll be learning a valuable skill for any time you need to hit the dance floor.
Have a Cook-Off at Home
For an economical option, one person cooks dinner, and the other’s on dessert duty. Whoever’s recipe turns out best doesn’t have to do the dishes.
Plan to Make Each Other Homemade Gifts
That means no expensive jewelry or pricey material things. Give something from the heart like a photo album of memories or an original poem.
Host a Party
An anniversary is a perfect excuse to gather up loved ones for a cocktail party or dinner party hosted by the happy couple. Invite your family and friends to celebrate your love together.
Attend a Local Mixology Class
You can learn to whip up little-known cocktails with the help of a professional. Try a new spirit or stick to one of your favorites. How’s that for a party trick?
Rent Out a Karaoke Bar
Whether you rent out a private room at a karaoke bar or bring your friends and family, woo your partner with your singing skills (or lack thereof). This is the perfect idea for a couple who loves to perform.
Head to a Rooftop Bar or Restaurant
Celebrate your love with great food and a spectacular view. What could be more romantic than that? You may have to spend a little more money for the scenery, but what's an anniversary if not an excuse to splurge?
Spend the Evening Reminiscing
Look through old photos, videos, and love letters to remember how you started out and take stock of how far you've come. This is also a great opportunity for you to write a love note to each other, expressing your feelings.
Splurge on a Hotel
Book a room at the chicest hotel in town for a mini staycation. Don’t forget the bubbly, rose petals, and all that good stuff. You can even let the hotel know you'll be celebrating ahead of time, and maybe you'll score some free champagne.
Rewind and Re-Create Your First Date
Whether it’s been six months or six years, there’s no better way to remember the good old days. Head to the same place you had your first date, and enjoy reliving the memories.
Your anniversary calls for an adventure. If you live in the mountains, embark on a hike. If you're close to the beach, hit the sand for a day of sun.
Keep It Simple
Busy days mean you need to slow down and appreciate the little things. If your day falls during the week, enjoy breakfast in bed before rushing off to work or leave a sweet note by your partner's bedside.
Pick a romantic piece of art to re-create at a paint and sip class (don’t forget to BYOB)— then hang the masterpiece as a remembrance. Even if you're not artsy, this is a fun way to try something new together.
Take a Cooking Class
Sign up for a cooking class to take your culinary skills to the next level and learn something new together. Whether you both love to cook or one of you tends to handle dinner more than the other, enjoy learning a few new skills together.
Order your favorite takeout, grab a bottle of wine, and share good conversation with one another right at home. Low pressure, but still a great time.
Make it really special by getting dressed up as if you were headed out to a hot new restaurant.
Share Your Feelings
Take a week to write mini toasts to each other, then share them on your special day. It means a lot when you take time to think about why you love some one, then share it with them.
Dine Al Fresco
Pack a picnic of all your favorite foods as a couple, and enjoy them at the park or beach. If it’s raining, the living room floor will totally work too.
Relax at a Spa Together
Book a few couples treatments at a nearby retreat and enjoy some rejuvenating downtime with one another.
For an outdoorsy couple, what could be more romantic than a night spent in the wilderness in a cozy tent beneath the stars. It's the perfect excuse to unplug and reconnect.
Find a drive-in movie theater and catch a flick—is there anything cuter than cozying up in your car?
Plan a Vacation
Book flights to your favorite beach destination (be sure to turn on your out-of-office message). Even if you can't travel right now, having something to look forward to will help the celebrations continue all year long.
Set Sail on a Sunset Boat Ride
If you're lucky enough to live by the beach or a lake, this makes for a seriously romantic evening. Be sure to pack some snacks for the trip.
Enjoy an At-Home Spa Day
Skip the spa and give each other relaxing massages. It's a fun, intimate activity that you'll both love.
Hit the Road
Head out on a spontaneous road trip and see where the drive takes you. You can start with a plan in mind or just start driving and see where you end up.
Attend a Concert
Catch your favorite type of live music—jazz, rock, classical, or whatever makes your heart skip a beat. Bonus points if you see the band who plays "your song."
Take Some Pictures
Hire a professional to your photos. Pick a meaningful location to snap a few shots of you and your love. You can look back on the final prints year after year.
Draw a Bath
Spend the evening soaking together. Set the mood by lighting candles, playing soft music, and popping a bottle of bubbly.
Go for a couples bike ride around town, stopping at all your favorite spots along the way for coffee, ice cream, you name it.
Head to an Amusement Park
Find an old-fashioned merry-go-round and take a romantic ride. Sometimes you just need to let loose and enjoy yourselves.
Head to a Wine Tasting
Head to a vineyard or even a local wine shop for a bit of wine tasting. Go big and plan a trip to Napa or Sonoma or keep it simple and stay local. Either way, the romantic beverage will have you and your S.O. feeling the love.
Renew Your Vows
If you're celebrating a wedding anniversary, why not make this year truly special and recommit your devotion to one another with a ceremony? Keep it small or invite all of your friends and family.
Have a Laugh
Hit up a comedy club—the couple that laughs together stays together. If you'd rather stay in, watch all of the best comedy specials you can find on Netflix.
Have Someone to Pick an Activity for You
Join DateBox to get a fun date idea delivered straight to your door (ideas include a couples scavenger hunt and sushi-making).
Go skydiving or bungee jumping together. It's a great way to cross something off of your bucket list and take a leap of faith.