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First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

My husband and I are coming up on our first wedding anniversary this month! When I started looking for gift ideas, I thought it would be fun to give a nod to the traditional first anniversary gift — paper — but it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought to come up with something creative that my husband would actually like. For today’s wedding advice column, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ideas from my own brainstorming of first anniversary gift ideas…

First Anniversary Gift IdeasTickets
Depending on your budget, these could be tickets to see a concert, a play, a sporting event, or even airplane tickets! If you’re ordering online, be sure to select the option to have the actual paper tickets sent to you — they make a prettier gift than the ones you print at home!

Art Prints
The sky is the limit with this one! I absolutely adore the idea of getting your first home together memorialized in a water color, or you could commission an artist to paint custom portraits of your beloved pets. An art print can also be a fun way to commemorate your wedding — think paintings of the bridal bouquet, the lyrics to your first dance song, or even your wedding vows!

You really can’t go wrong with this classic first anniversary gift. Opt for thick cardstock, stately monograms, or fun designs that represent your spouse’s favorite things.

Is your spouse a writer? There are so many options for beautiful journals, from blank, leather bound ones to those with prompts, like writing a sweet thing about your husband or wife every day for a year and then gifting it to them — talk about a tear-jerker!

Go beyond the ordinary with customized calendars featuring photographs of you and your spouse throughout your first year of marriage, or even plan one date night per month for an entire year — circle the days and include the tickets or anything necessary for them!


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