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Make Love Last

Keeping The Love Alive:
Unique Gift Ideas To Keep Your Relationship Fresh

If you’ve ever felt confused about what to give your significant other for their birthday or your anniversary, you’re not alone. According to psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser, many couples face this dilemma, and she believes there are three reasons why gift giving goes wrong—fear of failure, overthinking, and simply not knowing what the other person wants. Kaiser told the Chicago Tribune that if there’s one thing that people should remember, it’s that giving is supposed to be about the receiver and not about you, so to keep the love alive, one must listen and pay attention to one’s partner in order to give the perfect present.

If you’re still running out of ideas, consider some of these unique gifts which are sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face. Moreover, these gifts may even bring you closer and keep your relationship fresh.

A day dedicated to a new experience

Was there always something that your partner wanted to try but he or she never got to do it? Why not give the gift of a new experience? It’s even better if you do it together so you can bond over it right after. Whether it’s a day of skydiving, wall climbing, learning the tango, target shooting, or signing up for flying trapeze lessons, experts say that doing something new and different—and doing it together—can boost happiness in a relationship. This is especially true if you’ve been together or been married for many years. Trying something new together can keep your relationship fresh and exciting, even if you’ve been a couple for a long time.

A sweet gift on a random day

You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to give your loved one a gift. Sometimes, even the most random Tuesday can be the perfect day to remind your partner that he or she is loved. A bunch of her favorite flowers or a box of his favorite candy, accompanied by a sweet note, is sometimes all it takes to bring a smile to your significant other’s face. If your partner likes music or has a favorite song, how about a singing telegram? It’s an unexpected gift that will express your love. Have the gift delivered to your loved one’s place of work—not only will you wow your partner with your thoughtfulness and spontaneity, but you’ll also brighten up their day.

Falling in love is the easy part, but sustaining that love and keeping it alive and burning will take some effort. By giving your partner thoughtful and unique gifts, you can keep your relationship fresh and be reminded of why you fell in love in the first place. Doing so also ensures that both of you feel joy as a couple, which is the secret to a lasting and fulfilling relationship.

This is a guest post written by Lucy Wyndham