For those of you who thought we wouldn’t last this long, we fooled you! Yesterday, we celebrated our 8th year wedding anniversary. We survived the 7 year itch and everything!
In all seriousness, it’s a miracle considering how polar opposite we are and how much we fought (and still fight). It really is hard to believe that we’ve been married this long.
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Last Updated: October 12, 2022
8 Creative Date Ideas + 8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts
There is no real secret sauce for how we make it work, but I do know one of our strengths in marriage is that we know how to have fun. Since we’re all about collecting experiences over things, we put together some fun and creative date ideas for you to try out. And traditions can be fun, so we also put together some gift ideas as well.
We had a lot of fun putting together this list and hope it will give you a lot of ideas for your anniversary.
8th Anniversary Gift Symbols
Traditional: Bronze or Pottery.
Modern: Lace, Linens, Appliances
Flower: Clematis or Lilac
Color: Tourmalie, Tanzanite, Bronze
8 Creative Date Ideas for Your 8th Anniversary
1. Pottery Class
2. Painting Pottery
We headed up to a small shop called Little Shop of Crafts on the Upper West Side. This was our second time painting pottery, and we’re hoping it comes out better than our first. A few years back, we made something so ugly that sat around our place because we felt bad about throwing away something sentimental. We finally ended up tossing it during one of our moves.
This, of course, made going into the painting pottery experience more stressful than it should have been. Jacob was too scared to wield the brush. We haven’t picked up the final product yet, but I think it came out decent. What do you think?
Pro Tip: Unless you’re great with coming up with great ideas on the spot, it doesn’t hurt to brainstorm or draft your idea beforehand.
3. Ask a Magic 8 Ball Date
This is kind of a choose your own adventure left up to fate. Come up with some ideas and let a Magic 8 Ball tell you if you should go. To make it more fun, take turns coming up with ideas.
4. Bronze Jewelry Workshop
5. Plant a Clematis Vine
6. Play 8 Ball
Head to the pool hall for a few drinks and games. It’s been a while for us but we used to play all the time.
7. Take a Sewing Class
Make something out of lace or linen for your home. Plus, you might learn something useful for later on.
8. Go on a Food Tour of 8 Spots
We like to compare different foods, so if your stomach can handle it try 8 pizza joints, 8 ice cream shops, or 8 cheesecakes. Don’t forget to share what you 8.
Bronze Gift Ideas
Why bronze? Bronze is a metal alloy made of mostly copper and tin mixed with other elements. It symbolizes a strong marriage of two different individuals becoming stronger as one.
We scoured the web for the past 3 days, and I have to say bronze is not an easy item to shop for. Here’s what we came up with.
The one below is a sound wave of “I love you”. This also looks like it could be a great DIY if you have a different phrase you use as a couple or have a quote you love. Pick it up here.
Use a bronze frame to showcase a photo or artwork in your home. Or buy a stock in a company that is meaningful to you both and have it framed, and hopefully watch it grow together.
3. Bronze Jewelry
This one is pretty straight forward. Here are some cute pieces we found mostly from Valerie Morgan Designs who hand makes each one.
We’re all about practical gifts, so search for some Bronze Cutlery that you can add to your collection.
If you’re a book lover, then pick up some bronze bookends to keep all those books neat. We found this vintage camera one that we really liked.
More Bronze Gift Ideas
- Beverage Tub
- Bronze Flowers
- Wind Chimes
- Bronzer – A bit of a stretch, but if your girl needs some makeup, you can get her some bronzer.
Pottery Gift Ideas
We don’t wear rings since we have tattoos instead, but if we did, we would probably get one of these.
We recently got a cat shaped one at Planet X Pottery after visiting the Fly Geyser. We loved all his ceramic works, which you can see here. If you’re looking for something similar, I found this on etsy.
Here’s another useful one and a good excuse to get some new knives for cooking.
You can also get ceramic cookware. Since we move every year, we don’t have a full cookware set, but can’t wait to get one once we’re in one place longer than a year. Check out these.
It’s about time for us to get new measuring cups, and these have on our list for a while. They’re so cute, we may pick them after after our next move.
A physical piggy bank is a fun way to save money for future adventures, dates, or trips. Find one that you love and put in extra change you have when you walk by.
I’ve always loved the idea of having plants in my house. Unfortunately, my black thumb doesn’t give them a long life span, plus the cats eat every green thing that enters our home. I especially love these ceramic planters since they keep the plants out of our cat’s reach.
Lace & Linen Gift Ideas
Lace represents beauty and elegance. It’s delicate and strong and is traditionally given on the 13th anniversary, but made it onto the 8th anniversary list for the modern gifts. Here are a few ideas:
- Lingerie, Robes, Gowns, Dress
- Lace Gloves
- Linen Bedsheets
- Home Goods (like pillows, tableclothes, runners, curtains, shower curtains, wall hangings)
Flower Gift Ideas
There are two different flowers for the 8th year. Clematis is a climber and represents cleverness and intellect. Lilac represents young love, youth, beauty, confidence, and humility.
If you’re not a flower person, you can go with fragrant candles, art prints of these flowers, or perfumes.
Pro Tip: Clematis is toxic to animals. Fortunately the plant is very bitter so they usually don’t consume large amounts.
Our Annual Tradition
Every year, as our anniversary gift to ourselves, we do a photoshoot with a different photographer and with a different theme each year. We’re so excited to be shooting this year in NY.
It’s a good thing we do the photoshoot, because apparently we can’t be bothered to take even a selfie while we’re on our anniversary date. At least there’s this one one we took at home. Who wins on more chins?
Can you think of some more bronze, pottery, lace, or linen gift ideas? How do you celebrate your anniversaries? Also, can you tell we love cats? So sutble, right?
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.