Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone had any creative ideas for a first anniversary gift? Ours is approaching, and I’m surprisingly finding myself void of ideas… I think it would be fun to stick within the traditional gift of paper, but I am certainly open to anything else.
My husband is moving away 2 weeks after our anniversary and we are looking at 2-3 years of a long-distance marriage, so anything like concert tickets, sporting event tickets, etc., are not an option. We will likely only see each other once a month max, and that will be based on his call schedule/my lab schedule, which we won’t know until after he moves. I would hate to spend money on tickets and then find out he can’t make it down that weekend!
Because we each work 80+ hours/week, we’ve fallen out of touch with hobbies we used to have — lately, he just relaxes with watching TV or playing video games, but I can’t bring myself to buy him another Playstation game for our anniversary, so if anyone has any cute or creative ideas, I would love to hear them! He already has loads of pictures and his own version of our wedding album to take with him, so preferably nothing involving more pictures — he won’t have enough wall space!
Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
watch? other man bling? merry maids to come clean for him ? (that’s what I’m doing for my mom for mother’s day)
Post # 4
Sticking with paper:
What about a box of letters? He could take them all with him and open/read them when he needs a pick me up. Like a letter a week for the next year or something like that?
What about a calender- you can put important dates on it, maybe a countdown till you’ll get to spend time together?
What about a subscription to the local paper to be delivered to his new location so he can keep up with current events back home?
What about a magazine subscription?
What about a coupon book for activities you can do together when you’re visiting? You could investigate stuff to do in his new location and stuff he likes to do near you, also maybe romantic coupons (ie backrub, etc). Then when you get together he can redeem them for activities.
Post # 5
Wow, I might save this for our one year, there’s some great ideas here!
Post # 6
the box of letters is amazing. AMAZING. I think it’s something that could work even for couples that live together. not to be mushy but if i can’t be goofy here…..;) – my husband of 27 days texts me every morning even though we commute together, to wish me a good day and tell me he loves me. I am really thinking of taking this idea!
Post # 7
Keeping with the paper theme,
Framed artwork or wedding picture for his place.
Post # 8
again playing on the paper idea and the long distance relationship… what about a journal.
You could find a really nice quality journal that he could take with him. Then he could have the journal and write when he gets the chance, and then every few weeks or once a month, he’d send it to you and you would have the journal for a month, so you could read what he had written and also write back. Then you could take turns writing in the book while he’s away and at the end of the 2 years you would have an amazing keepsake that would basically be filled with letters to one another that you will be able to look back on for the rest of your lives.