10 Traditional First Anniversary Gifts

Wow, it’s been nearly one year since you took one of the largest life altering steps of your existence and said “I Do”. The good news is that you have made it all the way through the first year of matrimony and love each other more than ever. The bad news is that now you have to locate a 1st wedding anniversary gift that will express your feelings of commitment and love.

For my 1st wedding anniversary I chose to follow the “Traditional Anniversary Gift List” which is a directory of wedding anniversaries and the symbolic materials for each anniversary one through fifteen and every five years from there on. The “list” was comprised of a variety of anniversary customs and was approved by the late Mrs. Emily Post which was recognized as “the last word” in etiquette.

According to the traditional anniversary gift list’ “paper” is the first anniversary gift. So now after deciding to be a true romantic and attempt to follow tradition, I am confronted with trying to locate a gift of paper that will demonstrate commitment, romance and love. I have to confess that I was a little overwhelmed at first, but after a little deliberation and some assistance from Google I had compiled a good list of paper gifts.

Message in a Bottle, this can be an extremely romantic and stirring gift item. Just imagine the expression on their face while they unwrap the box or better yet when they discover the bottle that you hid someplace they will find it. Then upon removing the stopper and reading the note they realize it was written for them.

Handmade paper roses, this may well be the ideal present for a first anniversary. You’ll get the wow aspect of roses and the romance of following tradition with paper.

Customized Poetry, this is an exceptional gift idea as you get romance with the poetry and tradition since its printed on paper. If you’re not much of a poet don’t worry, you can easily find fill-in-the-blanks type poetry online for free and there are also writers who specialize in writing poetry for customers.

Their favorite photos framed, a fine do it yourself gift can be a solitary photo or a collage.

Art print/poster, this item can be as economical as a poster from the local chain store or as costly as a numbered and signed art print. Classic movie posters are nice gifts for movie buffs.

Romantic love letter. Great gift on its own, and as an addition for other gifts. If you’re not good at expressing feelings and writing them down don’t worry, there are plenty of free love letters online that you can reword and make your own.

Paper tickets to a movie, show or sporting event, this gift idea can be as inexpensive as local movie tickets or as exclusive as tickets to a sold out Broadway show.

Love Coupons, an entertaining gift that you can create yourself rather easily. Just search “love coupons” and you’ll locate plenty of free printable love coupons, the majority have fill in the blanks forms for names and values. You can make the coupon exchangeable for something like a dinner out or massage or anything you want.

Greatest _____ Awards, you can create a Greatest Spouse, Friend, Lover or anything you want award. There are loads of free printable awards certificates on the internet, all you have to do is fill in the blanks and print then roll into a scroll or frame and you have a considerate gift of paper.

A name meaning print with the couple’s first names. Framed or scrolled, name prints make very good gifts showing the origin and meaning of their first names.

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