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The best combined birthday and holiday/anniversary gifts

The thing about combined birthday gifts is this: They better be fucking awesome and super-symbolic. Because you're not just saying one thing, you're saying a lot of things at once. So here are my favorite symbolic gifts that'll work for combined birthdays and holidays, or anniversaries, or just general gift-inspiration awesomeness!

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Turn your wedding anniversary into a yearly party

Sometimes your wedding goes wonky, and you're left feeling less-than-stellar about the whole event. Which really sucks, because you put a lot of effort into that damn thing. But Offbeat Bride Christine (of Christine & Derek's misadventurous rainbow hodgepodge of freaks & geeks wedding) has a great idea about how to turn that frown upside-down… every year on your anniversary!

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The Shark Attackiversary: We use a brush with death as an excuse to throw a yearly party

In 2007 that guy I married was attacked by a tiger shark and survived! So every year, on the date of said attack, we throw Aaron a "Shark Attackiversary" party. It's much like a birthday party, except we celebrate the day Aaron didn't die instead of the day he was born. Since then I've really fallen in love with the idea of throwing a party that celebrates a traumatic life experience that you've overcome.

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Throw this party: LumberJack and Jill anniversary party!

We decided there was no better way to honor our parents' 30th anniversary than to surprise them with their own theme party tying together everything they loved. I'd seen the Lumberjack idea used for a wedding shower and immediately knew it was perfect for them, including buffalo plaid bunting, make your own facial hair station, and a tree cake being cut with an ax!