what are/were your first anniversary gifts to each other?

posted 2 years ago in Married Life
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

We spent a night in a super nice hotel, had a yummy dinner out, and got anniversary tattoos. Maybe not for everyone, but it was great for us. A friend got her husband football tickets to see their favorite team in a division game. Paper, but also experience.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

We are getting each other plane tickets – we are planning on going to Milan and Lake Como for a romantic weekend (our anniversary is Sep 20th). 🙂

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Since we just bought a house, we decided we would make each other paper gifts.  I made DH a clock that was decorated with a cool pattern from quilled book pages.  He eventually gave me several origami frogs that he made from a machine he was installing.  This year we are keeping up the tradition.  I plan on making him a sun print on canvas.  

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We decided not to do presents and instead spend the money off doing something fun. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

BeeG35:  haha oh crap, my 1st anniversary is coming up this month and I haven’t even thought about it.  We’ve been together for a really long time and don’t really do surprise gifts anymore.  But I was thinking this idea would be really cute, and it would fit in the paper theme.

http://www.papervinenz.com/2012/01/52-reasons-i-love-you-cards-tutorial.html

I also want to take a yearly anniversary photo and have a wall of frames in our house of every year’s photo.  So last year would be a wedding photo, and this year it’ll be us plus our two kitties   : )

Also, we’re doing a big weeklong-backpacking trip with about 8 friends and it happens to overlap with our anniversary, so spending time together in the wiilderness is an awesome accidental gift to each other.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Paper could be anything from plane tickets for some trip you’ve booked, to concert/game/conference tickets, gift certificates for life experiences, a framed poster that he would love, etc.

For our first anniversary, we spent a few nights in NYC and I got him tickets to see one of his favorite comedians perform. In the past, I’ve also arranged for a dream car experience (driving a luxury car around a closed track), gotten him concert tickets to his favorite band in a nearby city and also found a vintage poster that he loved and had it professionally framed. I pride myself in being a good, creative gift giver.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Originally we planned on going on a cruise, but then we found out we were expecting. We decided to do a weekend trip locally instead on taking a whole week off although we haven’t planned it yet.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I’m not married, but one couple I know had an artist do a beatiful black and white pencil sketch of the outdoor pavillion where they got married. It’s framed in their living room and is really beautiful.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did paper (sort of) – I gave him one of those “All About Us” books that you fill out together. We’ve had fun filling out different sections all year. He gave me a card he got during our honeymoon without telling me and a small Moissanite.

(His dad got his mom a small stone each year in their wedding colors and they were eventually set into earrings, then a bracelet, now a necklace – DH wants to the do the same thing, but not with our wedding colors.)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m creating a year of dates. I’ll put two dates (one at home, one out and about) into an envelope for each month.  Then he gets to open an envelope each month and choose either to stay home or go out (without knowing what each date is!).  I’m sure we’ll end up going on all of the dates eventually, but I thought it would be fun for him to have options!  Once he’s chosen an option, he’ll open the option’s envelope and find that the date has already been planned and that I’ve already saved money for it.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We decided that we wouldn’t give each other anniversary gifts long before we got married, instead we would try to do something different/fun together. This year I’m pregnant, so that definitely limit us, but we’re planning a small trip to a PYO-raspberry farm. Then I’ll make him pay – I love baking, he loves eating, everyone is happy! 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We went on vacation but normally we don’t buy each other gifts. Not our thing.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We were planning a vacation but we had just had a baby so that didn’t happen. He got me diamond earrings, I didn’t get him anything lol. I thought we had agreed on no gifts lol. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

DH and I took our honeymoon on our first anniversary so we were in Paris (our wedding was on Bastille Day so it was awesome!!). So he got me an anniversary photo shoot around the city of Paris, and I got him a photo book of boudoir images. So both of our gifts were photo-related!

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