Post # 1
Tomorrow is my one year wedding anniversary!!
Before getting married, my DH and I would exchange anniversary gifts every year (usually handmade–a tradition that started when we were poor college students). But 2017 has been so hectic and crazy, between moving to a new house, adopting a puppy, both of us looking for new jobs, and planning a couple of vacations, that our anniversary totally snuck up on me!
Now I’m trying to scramble and figure out what gift I can get him because he is such an amazing supportive husband. My original plan was to make him an origami clock because the first wedding anniversary “gift” should be either paper or a clock so I thought I’d just combine them.
What did you all do gift-wise for your first and consecutive anniversaries? Do you think I should still try to do my original plan or pick something easier? Do you think anniversary gifts are unnecessary?
Tomorrow we have a day planned that includes hiking with our dog and then going out to a super fancy dinner. With my husband about to lose his job in a month and a half, I don’t think either of us could afford to gift each other anything extravagant. But my love language is gifts so I still want to show him I love him with a little something. I’d love any suggestions you may have! Thanks!!
Post # 2
This might not be a helpful answer, but we only do one gift per year on our birthday. No Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, Mother’s/Father’s Day. We spend a significant amount on each other for that one gift and try to make it meaningful. I really look forward to it. And it’s fabulous not having to make more frivolous purchases throughout the year. We do care about those holidays, but we don’t use gifts to show it.
Post # 3
We do and we try to keep in small. We go the traditional way too. For our first I got him a picture of our first dance with a poem that he wrote me written in the background. I made it in Photoshop, had it printed and bought a frame for it. He drew an abstract pic of the two of us and put it in a frame.
I like your clock idea! Very cool!
Post # 4
We do cards with letters to one another and then splurge on a really nice meal. We really don’t need anymore “stuff”, so we make a point to visit really nice restaurants in our area that we wouldn’t go to on a normal date. We go to a new restaurant each year. Experiences are much more enjoyable than getting a gift for us.
Post # 5
I think your idea of an origami clock is awesome. My husband will probably get me jewelry & I’m not sure what I’m going to get him. We take every opportunity to celebrate our love and marriage and do gifts on every significant date for us. This means birthdays Christmas Valentine’s Day date of our engagement and our anniversaries. We want to be ever mindful that our love is precious and something to celebrate.
Post # 6
christinakhar : I usually do something small that goes with the traditional gifts. So for paper I got him tickets to a concert. A couple days ago was fruit so I got him a strawberry cheesecake blizzard cake (his absolute favorite ice cream).
He usually picks up my favorite candy and a bottle of wine for us to split.
How long would it take to make the clock? Could you maybe do an origami heart with a sweet card?
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 29th, 2016
christinakhar : We celebrated our first wedding anniversary this April. We said we weren’t going to spend a ton on gifts because we had our belated honeymoon/first anniversary trip coming up in May, and put money towards that. He still ended up buying me nice gifts, and this was one of mine to him, which he loved 🙂 It has the coordinates of where we fell in love (our hometown), where we got engaged (Montego Bay, Jamaica), and where we got married (NYC).
We didn’t really have a clear dating anniversary of when we became boyfriend and girlfriend… We acknowledge our engagement anniversary but don’t really do anything special for it, and we will be celebrating our anniversary each year. Congratulations!
Post # 8
christinakhar : We exchange smaller (not too expensive gifts) for Christmas & Valentine’s since those occasions are shared by everyone. For anniversary and birthdays, we exchange the bigger gifts since those events/dates are more personal.
Post # 9
We do, but the value varies from year to year. It is either something we know the other wants, or just something sweet and we know the gesture is the important part. Sometimes I just get his favourite treats and bake soe cupcakes and make his favoutite meal, and other years I have gone all out and bought something expensive, like one year I got him a new wedding band. But if you are short on time, I would just do some simple, sweet things that show you thought about him and really value him in your life.
Post # 10
christinakhar : we’ve changed it a little each year, but we typically do cards plus something special together like a massage. We usually also give a little something (like chocolate) with the card.
Post # 11
between birthdays, anniversarys, valenties, christmas, etc., I feel like there’s too much stuff and money spent on things. Lately I’ve tried to steer things more towards experiences. Sky diving, or laser tag or something.
For my birthday this past year I requested he sing me a song. It is not the easiest thing for him to do, because he’s bashful. But it was meaningful – he picked out the song, memorized the words, practiced. Held my hand and sung to me. This was a great present and something I think I will request in lieu of gifts for every birthday. Or maybe we will sing to each other for our anniversary gift every year. IDK.
Just thought I would mention it because it rang all my bells.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2017 - Outside in Paris
We aren’t gift people so probably not.
Post # 13
our first year anniversary is this August and we decided to take a trip to Prague for a week. we have talked about our anniversary gifts and we did agree that instead of gifts to each other, we will take a trip somewhere every year. we already have too much stuff so we’d rather make memories and share experiences 🙂