It’s crazy to think that my husband, Cameron, and I have been married for almost one year! (It’s even crazier to think I was in the midst of planning a wedding at this time last year…) Upon doing a little research, I found that the first anniversary gift theme is paper. My initial thought was: Paper?! But don’t worry, it isn’t as daunting as it sounds – it can actually be simple and fun! In fact, I’ll make it even easier: here is a list of six paper anniversary gift ideas.
If your spouse is a creative type, a notebook or sketchbook is a great gift idea. Speaking from experience as a creative, you can never have too many. Moleskine makes great, high-quality notebooks, so be sure to check them out. Throw in some shiny new artist pens along with it and you’ve put together the perfect gift!
- Tickets to an Event
The stars have truly aligned if your anniversary lines up with an event your partner has been dying to go to. Save the stubs and have them framed to commemorate your first anniversary together!
- Photo Album
If you never ordered (or made) an actual printed book of your wedding photos, now is the time! Print is starting to seem obsolete (especially when it comes to photos), but there will always be something special about looking through a printed photo album. Having them in a tangible form is not something you want to miss out on! If you already have a photo album of your wedding, it could be cute to create an album consisting of photos you’ve taken throughout your relationship. My husband and I started dating in high school, so it’s fun to look back at our baby faces!
- A Handwritten Letter
When money is an issue, you can’t go wrong with a sweet and thoughtful handwritten note. We don’t always take the time to let our spouses know how much we appreciate them, but a handwritten letter will do just that. Leave it somewhere they can easily find it, and it will surely brighten their day!
Books are a great gift idea since they cover a wide variety of topics. Cookbooks, fiction, poetry, self-help…there is truly something out there for everyone.
Last but not least is art! There are so many talented artists on Etsy and Society6 that make beautiful prints; the hardest part will be restraining yourself from buying all the pretty things. If you’re looking for a more custom gift, you can find someone to draw up something special for you. I’ve seen people get illustrated portraits of themselves with their pets/children, and they turn out really great!
Hopefully this blog post gave you some ideas if you were stuck on what to get your spouse for your paper anniversary. If you have other suggestions for paper gifts, let me know in the comments – I would love to know!