First Anniversary Gifts?

posted 9 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If the couple plans to stay in their home for awhile, I LOVE the idea of a return address embosser. SO cool. I want one, badly, and think it would make a great gift in this situation- kind of a twist on the "paper" thing. They can be a little pricier though, so it may not be exactly the "small" extra you were thinking of. 

Hm…another thing is you could get them notecards with their monogram. Kind of traditional, I suspect.

Good post! I’ll be thinking!

Post # 4
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’d encourage looking at Uncommon Goods to see if there is anything that fits you as a couple. I got my husband the 12 Reasons Why I Love you book for our wedding day, which he loved, but the website has a wide variety of books, journals, and cards that would be great 1st Anniversary gifts or inspiration.

Post # 5
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

How about a book created (sort of like a wedding book on kodak or snapfish) showcasing the first year of married life?  That would be wonderful.  From the time the wedding was over until now?  Fill it with pics from the honeymoon, first home, all kinds  of firsts basically..

Since it’s a paper anniversary, maybe a gift certificate to barnes n noble so he can buy his favorite books? Or a paper gift certificate to an outdoors store/sporting goods or to somewhere he loves to shop?  Tell them you want a paper gift certificate rather than the card type! 

Post # 6
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

What about tickets to something?  The ticket is the paper. Perhaps a game, concert, or play. 

Post # 7
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

I had a photographer take some cool pictures of the wine bar where we first met and where mr. bee proposed. 

Post # 8
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

A friend of my husband’s made us a scrapbook of our wedding as part of our gift. I built on that and gave him 2 pages to add to it of our first year together!

He was creative too…he got me the anniversary Willow Tree figurine. He said that wood is made of paper, so that’s why he got that for me. Cute and small…we didn’t want to go too overboard since we also went out to a fabulous dinner!

Post # 9
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I (selfishly) wanted to bump this up because my first anniversary is coming up and I need help! The traditional gift, as some have mentioned, is paper. The contemporary gift is clocks. I know you are all soooo creative. Please help me come up with something better (and more romantic) than what I’ve got so far…a paper clock. 

Post # 10
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I can’t afford to do boudoir pics right now so I’m kind of hoping to do them as an anniversary present at some point, is that something you have considered? I think its a cool idea to do them post-wedding because sure, it’s easy to be hot as the wedding approaches, but it’s even better to remind your husband that you’re still just as hot as you were then, after the wedding is over!!


Post # 12
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I love these ideas. I didnt know the modern version was a clock. Darn my husband’s fancy tastes! The watch he wants is far from cheap.  Hmm… liking the book idea.

Post # 13
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

My sister-in-law said wooden things can count as "paper", so I thought a cute thing to get would be one of those signs that has your family name, and then says "established: 2009" or whatever year you were married. I also think prints or art is a fun idea, especially since a lot of the times in the first year of marriage you are settling into a home together.

Post # 14
3 posts
  • Wedding: March 2008

My husband got me personalized fancy notecards and envelopes and took me back to our wedding night hotel. Perfection.

Post # 15
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I heard about this cool website that recreates the sky (horizon, moon, stars, etc.) from the location you were married on the night you were married (or whatever other occasion you choose). It’s It looks really neat and I totally wanted to get this for my husband for our first anniversary, but even at a reasonable $50 our budget is too tight right now 🙁 But I think it’s a cool, traditional yet modern take on the paper gift!


Post # 16
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like the idea about the website showing the recreation of the sky on your anniversary…my husband did something a little like that for me on our first anniversary. He got me a gift certificate (paper) for an anniversary sundial (clock) that he found online that sits on our windowsill and makes rainbows in the room when the sun shines. We waited until we found our dream home and then we had them make our sundial to match our house, and had them add a special date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary every year. How cool is that! When our time of the year approaches, the shadow gets closer and closer until it touches the date line – and he hasn’t forgotten our anniversary any year since either 🙂 

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