According to relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein, LCSW, the first year of marriage is truly the hardest. This is true even for couples who lived together before tying the knot. While this may be disheartening to hear for newlyweds, it’s encouraging for couples who made it through the first 365 days and are coming up on their third year together, such as you and your spouse. If making it past that first year is a cause for merriment, having spent three happy years together is truly a cause for celebration — and high-quality gifts.
If you struggle to find the perfect three-year anniversary gift that tells your wife just how much you love and appreciate her, don’t panic. Use this gift-giving guide to find the perfect leather gift your spouse will truly love, appreciate, and use.
Leather Purse or Handbag
Every woman wants a leather purse, but most are too frugal to splurge on one for themselves. Give your wife a gift she’s always yearned for this anniversary by finding a leather purse or handbag that suits her.
The great thing about leather is that it can be customized for every occasion and personality. From understated brown satchels to shoulder bags adorned with colorful etchings to small patchwork handbags, there’s an item for everyone and in every price range.
If jewelry is the way to your wife’s heart, consider commissioning two matching leather bracelets. From small and dainty leather cuffs to large, utility-style bracelets, you can, again, find something your spouse is sure to love. Consider having the bracelets customized with each of your initials and the date of your wedding.
Like leather purses, leather gloves are one accessory that most women want but refuse to buy for themselves. Surprise your love with beautiful and sophisticated leather gloves in her favorite color. Whether you buy her gloves in black, blue, red, white or brown, there’s just something about leather gloves that automatically up the wearer’s classiness.
To show your wife you truly care about her comfort, shop for fur-lined leather gloves. Fur accessories, like leather accessories, are warm, chic, and stunning. Surprising her with gloves that are made of both materials is sure to earn you kudos.
A Leather-Bound Notebook
If your spouse is an avid writer, there’s no better way to her heart than to present her with a beautiful leather-bound notebook into which she can scribble all her thoughts and ideas. Even if she’s not a writer, you can have fun with this gift by turning the notebook into your couple’s “bucket list,” or into an “adventure book” in which you record all past vacations and dream up future ones. Whatever you choose to do, use the first page to write a love note to your spouse to really get her heart aflutter.
Leather items can be costly. If you and your spouse, like many newlyweds, are on a tight budget, go small with dainty leather earrings. Though leather isn’t your typical earring material, there are hundreds of creative artists out there who have used the material to make stunning and unique pieces that draw the eye in the best possible way. From simple teardrop earrings to enchanting feather designs to ornate hoops, leather earrings come in a variety of shapes and styles, and almost always at affordable prices.
If your spouse carries her tablet around just as often as or more often than her cell phone, consider gifting her something pretty to house it in. A leather tablet case is a practical yet thoughtful gift that your spouse can get a lot of use out of. Customize the cover so that, every time she looks at it, she thinks of you and your shared love.
Leather is a beautiful, high-quality material, so it’s hard to go wrong with this anniversary. However, the abundance of options can work against you, so feel free to borrow from this list to make shopping a little easier.