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: Aug 7, 2018
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.
8 Creative Date Ideas + 8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts
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
We originally wanted to try to make our own pottery and have our Ghost moment but didn’t realize that these pottery classes are only available on specific days in New York. Bonus if you make it bronze, although I’m not a huge fan of bronze in general. Due to poor planning, we then opted for the next best thing.
2. Painting Pottery
711 Amsterdam Ave, map
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.
4. Bronze Jewelry Workshop
Go to a jewelry workshop and create some bronze pieces together. Some workshops will even have some options for guys, like cuff links.
If you’re a serious artist you can consider doing a Bronze Casting Workshop. This starts getting a little more serious than spending a couple hours in an afternoon. We found a 5 day workshop in Jersey that teaches you how to cast bronze into a small sculpture.
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.
Pottery Gift Ideas
Pottery like marriage is a lump of clay that is molded and transformed into something beautiful.
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.
Note: Clematis is toxic to animals. Fortunately the plant is very bitter so they usually don’t consume large amounts.
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?