How to make an anniversary extra special

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Anniversary celebrations have been on our mind a lot here at Heyland & Whittle over the past few months, as 2018 marks our 15th anniversary. But we're sure we're not the only ones celebrating, especially at this time of year, as summer is the busiest season for weddings.

Anniversaries are a lovely occasion; they're a chance to celebrate another year together loving and supporting each other through good and bad, and we think you should always make the effort to mark the milestone in some way, no matter how small.

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Cards, flowers, chocolate and an evening out are all failsafe ways to mark an anniversary, but if you want to make the occasion extra special, here are a few ideas:

Swap the flowers for a longer-lasting alternative

You might know that you can never go wrong with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for an anniversary gift, but it's not exactly the most creative and unusual idea. Flowers sadly inevitably die after just a few days in bloom, leaving behind an unsightly mess as the only lasting reminder of your romantic efforts.

However, floral-scented home fragrance products, such as our beautiful Reed Diffusers, will fill your home with the aroma of fresh flowers for much longer than a bouquet, serving as a longer-lasting reminder of your gift. From sweet Cherry Blossom to intoxicating Lily & Ylang Ylang and rich Amber & Oakmoss, there's a floral fragrance to suit every taste in our collection.

Swap the restaurant for home-cooked romance

Booking a table at a restaurant is a lovely gesture, but having to get dressed up to go out and then sit in a crowded, noisy venue doesn't necessarily make for the most relaxing anniversary date night. So, instead, why not let your other half have a night off and treat them to a home-cooked meal? You could even try your hand at cooking up their go-to restaurant favourite.

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Think about all three courses, and how you can incorporate their favourite ingredients - they're sure to really appreciate all of the effort you've gone to. Remember, the way to many people's hearts is through good food.

Fill your home with the aroma of fresh flowers for much longer than a bouquet

You'll be able to hear each other speak better and enjoy a greater intimacy if you eat at home rather than in a restaurant. You don't need to worry about cooking smells lingering the next day either; burn our Chef's Friend Candle in a Tin while you eat to add even more romance to your evening's ambience, and mask food aromas with our lemongrass and lime blend.

Treat your other half to a well-deserved pamper

Sometimes, lavish celebrations aren't necessary; it can be enough to know that someone cares about us and wants us to unwind and relax. And what better way to show that than by gifting your partner a Heyland & Whittle hamper packed with pampering goodies?

Our large hamper is filled with an array of health and beauty, and home fragrance products for the ultimate pampering session. If you ask nicely, you might even find that there's room for you in that beautifully scented bath too…

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If you want to make your pampering gift a little more personal, pick and choose products from our different ranges to create the perfect night-in kit for your loved one. Make sure you include one of our handmade Soap Bars, one of our gorgeous sea salt and bamboo Body Scrubs, and one of our scentsational Candles to make their long soak extra relaxing. From sweet florals to refreshing citrus scents and more musky, woody, masculine fragrances, there's something for everyone at Heyland & Whittle.

Gather the ones you love together

An anniversary is also an opportunity to reflect on how far you've come since your wedding day, so getting all of your loved ones, including the children and pets together to create new memories is a lovely way to mark the occasion.

Surrounding yourself with love is a brilliant way to celebrate your journey together so far, whether you go for a lively family picnic or an invigorating walk in the country - just make sure you've got our Whiff Away Room Spray handy for your return so your romantic evening isn't accompanied by the stench of muddy dog!

We truly can't think of a better way to celebrate such a special occasion than spending time with those that you love, and marvelling at the family you've created - whether its members have two legs or four!

Whether you're celebrating 15 months or 15 years together, make your anniversary extra special with a little help from Heyland & Whittle. Shop our collection here