I gave my boyfriend a ring on our first anniversary. I am giving him another one on our second anniversary later this month. I don't think there is anything odd about it at all. It's a meaningful gift that he can wear to his office job. I personally prefer to get him geek gifts -- something that fits his personality, not just his finger. The triforce from Zelda is a running theme, in part because it's an elegant expression of his nerdy side, and because he loves the symbolism (power, courage, wisdom).
The first ring I got him was actually one I found through dA -- [link] He loves it, but the material has started to get rough and almost rusty on the inside. Something to do with acid levels in sweat. It's a lovely ring, but it's a little bulky and has some sharper edges on it.
Custom Tungsten is the store I got this most recent one from. They have a page for the ring here. I had it engraved with our initials on the inside. It's a lot more elegant and comfortable to wear, and the material won't have the same problems as the first. No clue what I'm going to do for year 3 though. I don't think I can get much better than that.
There's not a gender problem. It doesn't matter who gives someone something and a lot of couples exchange trinkets and tokens.
I'd be careful of making too huge a deal out of it though. A ring has the cultural implication of staking a claim on someone or anticipation of long commitment and it's possible that he (and others) will see it as more heavyhanded a gesture than intended.
Don't refrain from making the gift... Just try not to be offended if he prefers to wear it on a chain instead of on his ring finger
It's a sweet gesture and the first posters of this thread have already said what I pretty much wanted to say
There's nothing wrong with wearing the same or similar accessories with your loved one. In fact, it might even be helpful for those people who don't have a clue and attempt to hit on you and you don't want them to.
We had a matching set at one point just something simple that he got at a craft fair or something, but mine was too large so I had to wear it on a chain around my neck. I'm pretty sure my niece and/or kitten stole it since I have to take it off to sleep._. Part of the reason I wanted to make them in the first place, thought it would mean more if I did so than to just go out and get another set.
Considering he's not happy about the misplacement of the other o.O My theory is my sister, who is married and lives else where, will find it somewhere in her house. My two year old niece loves taking her aunts things and hiding them