Whether you've been dating for a few years or married for decades, an anniversary is the perfect occasion for a couple to celebrate their love. But however clear the feelings inside of you, the ways in which you want to express them aren't always that obvious.

So in an attempt to give some ideas to everyone who wishes to surprise their partner, we at Bored Panda put together a list of pictures showing those who have already done so.

With this wholesome collection, we wanted to show that it's not the scale of the gesture that matters. Rather, the consideration that goes into planning it. It's all about showing that you care. About your SO and your relationship.

#1

My Husband And I Just Celebrated Our 20th Anniversary. He Wanted To Get Me Traditional Platinum Or China. Platinum Was Too Expensive, So Meet - China

My Husband And I Just Celebrated Our 20th Anniversary. He Wanted To Get Me Traditional Platinum Or China. Platinum Was Too Expensive, So Meet - China

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IlovemydogShilo
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4 months ago

I'd much rather a puppy than any precious metal or stone any day.

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This Gentleman Showed Up With Flowers And In A Tux To Visit His Wife In The Hospital For Their 57th Anniversary

This Gentleman Showed Up With Flowers And In A Tux To Visit His Wife In The Hospital For Their 57th Anniversary

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Mari
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4 months ago

Lovely!

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There's a common misconception that romance has a short life span. But according to one study, it doesn't always fizzle out in long-term relationships and progresses into companionship/friendship-type of feelings. In fact, romantic love can even last a lifetime and lead to happier, healthier relationships.

"Many believe that romantic love is the same as passionate love," said lead researcher Bianca P. Acevedo, PhD, then at Stony Brook University. "It isn't. Romantic love has the intensity, engagement and sexual chemistry that passionate love has, minus the obsessive component. Passionate or obsessive love includes feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. This kind of love helps drive the shorter relationships but not the longer ones."

#3

My Wife's Conservative Religious High School Wouldn't Let Me Take Her To Prom Ten Years Ago Because We're Both Women, So I Threw Her One For Our 5th Anniversary

My Wife's Conservative Religious High School Wouldn't Let Me Take Her To Prom Ten Years Ago Because We're Both Women, So I Threw Her One For Our 5th Anniversary

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River Webb
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4 months ago

oh my, this is beautiful! Good on you for being such an awesome wife!

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#4

In Honor Of The Traditional Gift For The First Wedding Anniversary, I Made My Wife A Bouquet Of Paper Flowers

In Honor Of The Traditional Gift For The First Wedding Anniversary, I Made My Wife A Bouquet Of Paper Flowers

I thought it turned out rather well for a guy with absolutely no crafting ability.

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Nopety
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4 months ago

Impressive

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#5

My Wife And I Decided To Do Something Creative For Our 21st-Anniversary Portrait. "21 Years Of Adventure"

My Wife And I Decided To Do Something Creative For Our 21st-Anniversary Portrait. "21 Years Of Adventure"

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Milady Blue
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4 months ago

"You call THIS archaeology?!?"

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Acevedo, who is a social neuroscientist and specializes in human attachment and co-researcher psychologist Arthur Aron reviewed 25 studies with 6,070 individuals in short- and long-term relationships to see whether romantic love is associated with more satisfaction.

To determine this, they classified the relationships in each of the studies as romantic, passionate (romantic with obsession) or friendship-like love and put them into two categories: long- and short-term.

#6

My Wife And I Accidentally Got Each Other The Same Gift For Our Second Anniversary

My Wife And I Accidentally Got Each Other The Same Gift For Our Second Anniversary

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peace
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4 months ago

fantastic

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#7

Husband Holds Sign For Wife Outside Nursing Home On 67th Anniversary After They Ban Visitors

Husband Holds Sign For Wife Outside Nursing Home On 67th Anniversary After They Ban Visitors

It says: "I've loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary"

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Mari
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4 months ago

So sweet! But sad that they couldn't be together on this special day.

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#8

That's A Thoughtful And Beautiful Anniversary Gift

That's A Thoughtful And Beautiful Anniversary Gift

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APL
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4 months ago

That is f*****g amazing. Where did he get it? Come on, the ONE TIME I actually want the internet to sell me something...

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#9

My Dad Sneaks Out Of The House Every Year At The Same Time For My Parents’ First Date Anniversary

My Dad Sneaks Out Of The House Every Year At The Same Time For My Parents’ First Date Anniversary

He puts on his old high school letter jacket, rings the doorbell, and asks, “Is Kris home?” only to ask her if she’ll go out with him, reenacting that first moment 44 years ago.

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GoddessOfChaos
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4 months ago

This is like a high school movie come to life! Amazing!

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The researchers looked at 17 short-term relationship studies, which included 18- to 23-year-old college students who were single, dating or married, with the average relationship lasting less than 4 years.

Then they analyzed 10 long-term relationship studies comprising middle-aged couples who were typically married 10 years or more. Two of the studies included both long- and short-term relationships in which it was possible to distinguish the two.

#10

My Grandparents Got This Picture Framed From Their 60th Anniversary

My Grandparents Got This Picture Framed From Their 60th Anniversary

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Sue Lynn Chan
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4 months ago

I love grandparents 💕💕

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#11

I Proposed To My Girlfriend On Our 5-Year Anniversary With A Stardew Valley Themed Pop-Up Book I Made. She Said Yes

I Proposed To My Girlfriend On Our 5-Year Anniversary With A Stardew Valley Themed Pop-Up Book I Made. She Said Yes

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peace
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4 months ago

just adorable

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#12

20th Wedding Anniversary Gift I Made For My Wife

20th Wedding Anniversary Gift I Made For My Wife

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Mari
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4 months ago

Beautiful!

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#13

10th Anniversary Today, Thought We'd Capture The Romance

10th Anniversary Today, Thought We'd Capture The Romance

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iLoVeGrOoT....
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4 months ago

Indeed very much romance! Phew:)

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Ultimately, the review found that people who reported greater romantic love were more satisfied in both the short- and long-term relationships. (Companion-like love was just moderately associated with satisfaction in both short- and long-term relationships.) But those who reported greater passionate love in their relationships were more satisfied in the short term compared to the long term.

Couples who had more satisfaction in their relationships also reported being happier and having higher self-esteem.

#14

My Parents Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary Today. Some Things Never Change. Then And Now

My Parents Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary Today. Some Things Never Change. Then And Now

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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4 months ago (edited)

They look and looked great! I love your dad’s mustache

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#15

A Guy Asked If I Can Replicate His Wedding Bouquet From Paper So He Can Give It To His Wife At Their First Anniversary

A Guy Asked If I Can Replicate His Wedding Bouquet From Paper So He Can Give It To His Wife At Their First Anniversary

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Judy Reynolds
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4 months ago

Love peonies!!

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#16

My Dad Surprised My Mom For Their 30th Anniversary And Had A Bench Dedicated To Her At The Park Where They Always Walk Together

My Dad Surprised My Mom For Their 30th Anniversary And Had A Bench Dedicated To Her At The Park Where They Always Walk Together

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Laura Mende (Human)
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4 months ago

I know she is crying, but you COULD think she is sort of face palming ("30yrs and I have to endure this sh*t") /s

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#17

Couple Married 61 Years Ago Takes “Up” Inspired Anniversary Photoshoot

Couple Married 61 Years Ago Takes “Up” Inspired Anniversary Photoshoot

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Momogi
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4 months ago

Love it! In the movie they are such a lovely couple ❤

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Anniversaries are great, but feeling that a partner is "there for you" every day makes for a good relationship, Acevedo said, and facilitates feelings of romantic love.

Conversely, "feelings of insecurity are generally associated with lower satisfaction, and in some cases may spark conflict in the relationship. This can manifest into obsessive love," she explained.

#18

My Grandparents Celebrating Their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Beverly Hillbilly's Style

My Grandparents Celebrating Their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Beverly Hillbilly's Style

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Milady Blue
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4 months ago (edited)

"Stop, Jed! Thar's a perfectly good possum right on the double yella line!"

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#19

I Folded 1000 Paper Cranes For My Wife For Our First Wedding Anniversary

I Folded 1000 Paper Cranes For My Wife For Our First Wedding Anniversary

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Redheaded1
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4 months ago

That is quite gorgeous. The container and gradient colors are beautiful together.

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#20

20-Year Wedding Anniversary Proves My Wife And I Share The Same Brain

20-Year Wedding Anniversary Proves My Wife And I Share The Same Brain

We picked out cards for each other from two different Targets on two different days. I love being hitched to my best friend.

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peace
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4 months ago

more than sweet

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#21

My Great Grandparents Are Celebrating Their 75th Wedding Anniversary This Weekend

My Great Grandparents Are Celebrating Their 75th Wedding Anniversary This Weekend

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Mari
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4 months ago

Wonderful!

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Hopefully, this study helps people manage their expectations of what they want in long-term relationships. According to the authors, companionship love, which is what many couples see as the natural progression of a successful relationship, may just be an unnecessary compromise.

#22

My Boyfriend And I Met At The Dog Park, So It Was Really Their 2-Year Anniversary Last Weekend

My Boyfriend And I Met At The Dog Park, So It Was Really Their 2-Year Anniversary Last Weekend

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River Webb
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4 months ago

why is there no spaghetti? Disappointing.

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#23

This Anniversary Gift

This Anniversary Gift

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MagicalUnicorn
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4 months ago

that's damn sweet

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#24

My 35-Year Wedding Anniversary Gift To My Wife

My 35-Year Wedding Anniversary Gift To My Wife

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Joe Chelena
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4 months ago

Wow. A gift that will keep on giving.

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#25

Made Our 1-Year Wedding Anniversary Picture

Made Our 1-Year Wedding Anniversary Picture

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Sue Lynn Chan
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4 months ago

Love it!🤣🤣

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"Couples should strive for love with all the trimmings," Acevedo added. "And couples who’ve been together a long time and wish to get back their romantic edge should know it is an attainable goal that, like most good things in life, requires energy and devotion."

#26

60th Wedding Anniversary During Quarantine. She Wore Her Wedding Dress. He Wore A Tux, Kind Of

60th Wedding Anniversary During Quarantine. She Wore Her Wedding Dress. He Wore A Tux, Kind Of

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Miss Frankfurter
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4 months ago

Adapt, adapt, adapt.

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#27

Made Stain Glass Window For Me And Wife’s 4th-Year Anniversary

Made Stain Glass Window For Me And Wife’s 4th-Year Anniversary

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Nopety
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4 months ago

Wow! Brilliant

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#28

Anniversary Gift From My GF Who Games With Me. We All Make Sacrifices To Have This

Anniversary Gift From My GF Who Games With Me. We All Make Sacrifices To Have This

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Nopety
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4 months ago

Brilliant

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#29

This Year’s Anniversary Card From Me To My Partner

This Year’s Anniversary Card From Me To My Partner

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

Brilliant! Hahaha! I use this verse every year for my wife's valentine card - different ending of course. I am so tempted to plagiarise this. I won't. But, boy, am I tempted!

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As with most things in life, if you put in the effort, the results will follow. Of course, I'm not saying that commemorating the start of your relationship is meaningless. Nothing that makes you or your partner happy is. But that's just 1 of the 365 days in a year.

#30

I Made This Comic For My So To Celebrate Our 6-Year Anniversary Which Is Today

I Made This Comic For My So To Celebrate Our 6-Year Anniversary Which Is Today

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Miss Frankfurter
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4 months ago

This is so sweet.

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#31

Every Year For Our Anniversary, My Husband Makes Me A Ring From The Traditional Material For That Year

Every Year For Our Anniversary, My Husband Makes Me A Ring From The Traditional Material For That Year

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Auntriarch
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4 months ago

Charming

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#32

My Girlfriend's Grandparents Got Married At The Ages Of 15 & 17. After The Wedding, They Went To White Castle. This Was The Cake For The 60th-Anniversary Party

My Girlfriend's Grandparents Got Married At The Ages Of 15 & 17. After The Wedding, They Went To White Castle. This Was The Cake For The 60th-Anniversary Party

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

Wow. That's so young. They didn't mess around.

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#33

My Girlfriend And I Celebrated Our 1-Year Anniversary. We Met On Tinder, So Naturally, I Had Our First Conversation Printed On A Blanket

My Girlfriend And I Celebrated Our 1-Year Anniversary. We Met On Tinder, So Naturally, I Had Our First Conversation Printed On A Blanket

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Sue User
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4 months ago

21 century version of a movie montage where the newly introduced couple talk all night on phone. My fingers would be sore

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#34

For Our Anniversary, I Gave My Girlfriend A Silver Necklace Made After My "I Love You" Waveform Recording

For Our Anniversary, I Gave My Girlfriend A Silver Necklace Made After My "I Love You" Waveform Recording

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The lesbian knitting panda
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4 months ago

Neat

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#35

My Parents’ 40th Wedding Anniversary, Wearing The Same Dress, Suit And Flowers As They Did 40 Years Ago

My Parents’ 40th Wedding Anniversary, Wearing The Same Dress, Suit And Flowers As They Did 40 Years Ago

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Jo Morris
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4 months ago

All that's missing is his sideburns.

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#36

I Painted Me And My Boyfriend As A Ghibli Couple For Our Anniversary

I Painted Me And My Boyfriend As A Ghibli Couple For Our Anniversary

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Carol Emory
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4 months ago

Fantastic!!

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#37

My Grandparents Just Celebrated Their 75th Wedding Anniversary

My Grandparents Just Celebrated Their 75th Wedding Anniversary

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Mari
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4 months ago

75 years and still happy together. Beautiful!

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#38

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

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IlovemydogShilo
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4 months ago

This is hilarious 😂

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#39

For My Anniversary My Wife Got Me A Watch I Really Wanted, It Was Not Until Later That I Realized That She Got It Engraved

For My Anniversary My Wife Got Me A Watch I Really Wanted, It Was Not Until Later That I Realized That She Got It Engraved

If a lifetime of rickrolls doesn't say I love you, I don't know what does.

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Aroace tiger (she/they/he)
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4 months ago

Never gonna let you down

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#40

Came Home From A Long Day Of Work In The Heat And My Wife Had An Indoor Picnic Ready For Our Anniversary

Came Home From A Long Day Of Work In The Heat And My Wife Had An Indoor Picnic Ready For Our Anniversary

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Mari
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4 months ago

This gives me ideas!

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#41

14-Year Wedding Anniversary. Can't Go Out To Celebrate. This Happens

14-Year Wedding Anniversary. Can't Go Out To Celebrate. This Happens

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Rylee Evergreen
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4 months ago

the contemplative toilet paper roll held aloft..... beautiful lol

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#42

My Husband Made Me A “Paper Clock” For Our One-Year Anniversary With Every Hour Representing One Month Of Marriage

My Husband Made Me A “Paper Clock” For Our One-Year Anniversary With Every Hour Representing One Month Of Marriage

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Poultry Geist
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4 months ago

So cute and creative !!

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#43

My Husband Hates Sappy Greeting Cards. This Is What I Got For Our Last Anniversary

My Husband Hates Sappy Greeting Cards. This Is What I Got For Our Last Anniversary

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Sapphire Dragon
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4 months ago

Perfect

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#44

Our Anniversary Weekend Room At A Bed & Breakfast In Bethlehem PA

Our Anniversary Weekend Room At A Bed & Breakfast In Bethlehem PA

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Legen ( wait for it ) dary
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4 months ago

Wow. So beautiful.

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#45

Girlfriend Made Me Coupons For Our Anniversary

Girlfriend Made Me Coupons For Our Anniversary

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MagicalUnicorn
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4 months ago

''you win an argument" is most valuable one, treasure it !

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#46

It's My Parents’ 21st Anniversary Today. They Managed To Buy The Exact Same Card From Different Stores

It's My Parents’ 21st Anniversary Today. They Managed To Buy The Exact Same Card From Different Stores

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Jo Morris
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4 months ago

Yes, done this! Love it.

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#47

My Mom And Dad Recently Celebrated Their 25th Wedding Anniversary And Decided To Re-Create One Of Their Wedding Photos

My Mom And Dad Recently Celebrated Their 25th Wedding Anniversary And Decided To Re-Create One Of Their Wedding Photos

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Trigga
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4 months ago

Cool AF

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#48

Got My Anniversary Gift From My Fiancé And I Think She Beat Me This Year

Got My Anniversary Gift From My Fiancé And I Think She Beat Me This Year

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Kye
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4 months ago

Ok... I need to know how she found this, I want one for my husband!!!

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#49

A Guy Asked If I Can Recreate His Wedding Bouquet From Paper So He Can Gift His Wife On Their Anniversary

A Guy Asked If I Can Recreate His Wedding Bouquet From Paper So He Can Gift His Wife On Their Anniversary

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Nopety
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4 months ago

Amazing!

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#50

To Celebrate Our Anniversary I Drew This Fallout Themed Piece For My Boyfriend

To Celebrate Our Anniversary I Drew This Fallout Themed Piece For My Boyfriend

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TmKhr
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4 months ago

That is awesome, you got some talent!

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