We do it all the time. We do it without giving it all that much thought. We do it because it makes US happy. It's not even so much that THE BOY will notice, it just brings us pleasure to make his life have an unexpected joyful moment. YEAH!!!!!
M and my anniversary was Aug 1st. I gave him 3 books about WW2, based on The Pacific. We watched it together. He didn't recognize our anniversary. He even gave me shit about it. He said that I shouldn't expect him to keep track of all the significant dates that I do. I told him that there are only 2 dates I keep track of...our anniversary, and his birthday.
I don't even care about a fucking present. And if he thinks I'm the type of person who gets angry because I don't have a pair of diamond earrings waiting for me....
The present I asked for last year was a letter about how he felt about me. Frankly, I'm tempted to adk for that agsin. Asking what the new expectations are.