Me and my boyfriend just go away together every year around the time we got together. I'd much rather do something nice together than spend ages trying to think of some gift that he probably doesn't want or need!
I'm a bit of a soft git too!
I try to make things rather than buy things for anniversaries. Photo albums, scrap/sketch books etc. Illustrated books of poems, stuff like that.
It's my fiance's birthday in a few weeks, trouble is I went big with the whole event last year and have given myself a pain in the arse this year! I know I won't top it, so I have to make it different.