According to tradition, gifts for your first wedding anniversary should be made from paper.
If you’re getting ready to celebrate this wonderful milestone with your sweetie, and you want to embrace this fun tradition with some paper-themed gifts, here are some clever and fun ideas that may be ideal for your spouse:
1. Beautiful Photo Wall Art
This past year has flown by, and chances are you haven’t had the time yet to put all your favorite wedding, honeymoon, and other fun photos in frames. Surprise your honey on your first anniversary by taking some of the best photos of the two of you — and yes, your cute pets, too — and creating a gorgeous collage that you can hang on the wall.
For example, Minted.com offers a variety of photo gifts that would be ideal for your first anniversary. Make sure to check out the Heart Snapshot Mix photo art option that allows you to create and personalize 30 photos into a heart shape.
2. Origami Money Hearts
If you and your sweetie are saving up for something big together like your first home or a vacation, consider giving him or her some paper money with a romantic twist. For instance, you can make origami hearts out of money by using whichever denomination of bills you wish and attaching a string to each one.
With a small piece of tape, you’ll be able to hang them around the house or put them into a colorful paper gift bag. Of course, you could also include a letter professing your love to your husband or wife and tell him or her how these money hearts are bringing you one step closer to your dream home or vacation.
3. Tickets to a Concert
While most if not all concerts have been postponed due to COVID-19, several have been rescheduled for later this fall and into next year. Check out sites like StubHub.com to see if there are any upcoming shows in the area and that your spouse would love to see in-person.
If that’s the case, print out tickets that you can roll up and tie with ribbon and present it to your honey on your anniversary. Even if the show is several months away, it will be a wonderful event you can look forward to together.
4. A Meaningful Book
Maybe your husband is a huge fan of Chef Gordon Ramsay and loves to prepare delicious dishes for both of you to enjoy. Or, perhaps your wife is a lifelong fan of Nancy Drew books. If either is true, an autographed cookbook or vintage mystery novel would be a meaningful and highly appreciated paper gift.
For instance, browse the websites of any book retailers for signed copies of Gordon Ramsay cookbooks at a price that won’t break the bank. You can also check eBay or local used bookstores for old, original copies of Nancy Drew books or whatever else you know would thrill your sweetie.
Have a Memorable and Happy Anniversary
It’s probably hard to believe that a year has gone by since you said “I do” to the love of your life. Regardless, you definitely deserve to celebrate your first 365 days together with a heartfelt gift. Surprising your sweetie with any of these gift ideas are all great options that will allow the two of you to honor your first year together in a meaningful way.