Wedding anniversary gifts. Traditionally, the first year gift is supposed to be made of paper, which at first I though sounded a little boring, but then realized it could be kinda fabulous. After initially scratching my head over what to get DIY Dan, I came up with a shortlist of fun ideas.
Tickets. A pair of tickets to an upcoming concert, theatre, sports game, retro movie theatre, or to whatever floats your boat is always a great gift. Not only is a treat, but you get to go and enjoy it with your sweetie. It’s a gift for both of you (aren’t those the best kind?)!
Vouchers/coupons. This can be one of those sweet handmade gifts. Put together a booklet of “coupons” for your partner to redeem throughout the year. These might be for things like “dishes pass for the night”, “a massage”, “choice of movie”, etc. I found this cute printable version from “Mommy by day/Crafter by night“.
Book/notebook/journal. Maybe there is a vintage or first edition book that your partner would love, or a special handmade journal. It’s nice to use this opportunity to get something really special that will be treasured by your significant other.
Magazine subscription. Got a hubby or wife who loves to read magazines? I know I love my subscriptions to shelter mags and it’s like you get a gift every month throughout the year (I get Style at Home, Canadian House & Home, and House Beautiful – all fabulous!).
Printed wedding vows. This would be a sweet DIY artwork idea. Print out your wedding vows in a cool font so it looks like funky typography and frame it. Sentimental and something to hang on the walls in your pad. If you’re not into DIY’ing this, there are folks on etsy who will do it for you (like CirclePrints)
Wedding photobook. I did a wedding photobook and have started to do a “family yearbook” every year and I love, love, love them. It’s such a nice way to capture the big day and makes a great coffee table book. I used Blurb and would totally recommend them – great quality and easy to use.
Artwork. There are so many great places to get affordable artwork out there from places like etsy, 20×200, and even from flash sale sites like One King’s Lane and HomeSav. Try to get something meaningful to you both, and I bet you’ll crack a smile when you pass by it on the walls in your pad. A nice little reminder of your first wedding anniversary.
Well, that was my short-list! I’ll be back tomorrow with the full recap of what we did on our anniversary, and what we got for each other. I’ll give you a hint – I went with two things on the list above, and DIY Dan got something every gal would love (smart fella).
You guys have any other great paper present ideas to share? Or any other fun wedding anniversary gifts you’ve given or received? I’d love to hear about them!