Paper is the traditional material for first anniversary gifts. Why? Well, because someone said so a long time ago. Who? Some clever person was probably trying to save a few bucks on an anniversary gift. Although paper doesn’t sound like a very exciting or elegant material to commemorate your first year together, there are actually lots of creative paper anniversary gifts you can choose from that add a modern twist to a time honored tradition.
There is something undeniably touching about having an artist recreate your image by hand using the old-time tools of long-gone artistic masters. After all, any old fool can press a shutter button and spit out a photo of your homely mug. It really means something that another person was willing to stare at that photo for hours while they painstakingly recreated your form by hand, imbuing it with all the personality and living charisma of your aura. Celebrate this anniversary the old fashioned way with this thoughtful gift.
A wedding/anniversary scrapbook is a great way to remember all of the events, people, unexplainable happenings, unfortunate utterances, and more that may otherwise have slipped through the cracks of the old memory banks. But making a scrapbook to commemorate your wedding and all that has come since then doesn’t have to be all about you. Why not make one that’s all about the people around you — the family, friends, and acquaintances that have reached out over the months or years to let you know how much you mean to them or make you feel special. Or just gave you cool stuff you’d like to remember. A friends and family scrapbook is just the thing to make you both feel all warm and fuzzy on your anniversary.
If you’ve ever wanted to put your mutual knowledge and understanding to the test, here’s your chance. The Quiz Book for Couples is not just a way to learn some new things about your partner (and teach them a few things about yourself), it’s a chance to prove once and for all that you pay more attention than than they do. And that your emotional intelligence is higher. That you’re more intuitive. That you’re pretty much the one carrying this relationship. Yeah, there’s some competitiveness here.
In truth, we’ve all got a jar of romantic memories in our brains, though they’re not always the most reliable (just ask anyone who’s ever forgotten an anniversary). So it’s always better to make sure you’ve got the hard copy. And in a digital world, real life gifts like this can feel even more special and thoughtful. There’s no limit to what you can scribble down on your memory tickets, so when the jar fills up and you go digging through this thing, expect a few surprises.
Most of the time, we don’t exactly chronicle our relationships. We let the day-to-day fluctuations in our feelings, beliefs, and attitudes recede into the hazy distance of memory. Sometimes this works just fine, because if you need ammo for an argument you can just make things up, and sometimes the other person believes you, and then you win. Sort of. But not really. This journal provides daily questions for both partners to fill out over the course of three years, ranging from simple and straightforward to deeply introspective. A great way to look back and see how your thoughts and feelings have actually changed.
No matter how much you love each other, you know that sometimes you need a little outside help to keep things running smoothly. The Activity Book for Couples is basically a book of prompts designed to get you and your partner to talk about things you’ve probably never even considered, and have a good laugh while doing it. If your idea of “together time” has turned into watching three hours of Netflix on the same couch, this might be just the thing for you.
Cooking for date night is a whole different ballgame. You can’t just bust out your regular frozen pizza, microwaved tofu burgers, or spaghetti and hot dogs. That’s a one-way ticket to Singlesville. But to do it right, it’s critical to have the right guidance. The delicious recipes in the Date Night Cookbook will make you a kitchen master, and the high-quality photography will ensure you know what it should look like when you’re done. This is the cookbook for people who don’t just want to avoid culinary disaster, but really knock date night dinners out of the park.
Work your way through the alphabet describing your love and admiration with 26 prompts, one for each letter. If you’re looking for a way to express your feelings in a heartfelt, personalized gift but need a little push in the right direction, this book is a godsend. The prompts may be prewritten, but this book is sure to be filled with your own personality by the time you complete it.
These personalized wedding posters done up in a classic art style are unique, eye catching, and full of charm. A wedding is a one of a kind event, so why commemorate it the same way everyone else does? Hark to the past and celebrate the present at the same time.
This is a beautiful gift to document the journeys that you’ve taken together or the journeys you’re planning as you travel through life side-by-side. Whether you’re established explorers or on the verge of venturing on a grand voyage, you can map out your most magical moments together as well as where you’re going to make your future memories.
You know that your romantic history is of epic significance. If only you had the hardware to prove it. Now you can immortalize your love story in the form of a big, fat, campy adventure romance novel. The world always has a gross shortage of heroes, and if somebody has to fill the void, it might as well be you. Here is your chance to fill it with style and sexiness. Enter yourself in the great pantheon of timeless erotic literature, where you’ve always known you belong.
You’ve done so many amazing things together that you might be hard pressed for an novel idea on the next date night. Don’t panic, we’ve found the perfect solution with this gift. 52 new ideas that are sure to keep things interesting. The best part? They’ll love it so much they won’t even realize that you may have bought it with yourself in mind. We won’t tell if you won’t…
Extend the celebration of your love for weeks, months even, with these personalized devotion vouchers. Your soul mate will revel in the chance to squeeze as much attention out of you as they possibly can—they might even try to double or triple their bounty if the rules allow for it—and you can earn extended reward points for being such a generous partner. Send your sweetheart on a shopping spree through the romance department where expiration dates never apply!
It’s time to make some f@*!ng art! After all, you don’t just want a bunch of creative works by total strangers populating your walls. This kit redefines the idea of visceral art…or you could say it takes a new approach to building a body of work…or that it’s a labor of love… But one thing we know for sure is that no matter how much of an art lover you are, you’ve never had this much fun painting.
Your anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to stop fighting for a whole day and express your love anew (unless one of you forgets, and then it’s World War III). But as sweet as anniversaries are, they only take up one three-hundred-sixty-fifth of your time together. Imagine if you could extend that for a whole month. Well, now you can. This romantic jar contains 31 love-soaked messages, so the good feelings just keep on coming. Choose from ready-made sets with messages already included, blank cards that you can fill in yourself, or Kindnotes will custom print your personalized set and jar.
We like to say that every new experience is another chapter in our own book of life. Some of those you may want to rip out and burn, but others you’ll be sorry if you don’t properly record. We’re sincerely hoping all of your anniversaries fall in the second category. And since we’re confident they will, we’d like to point you in the direction of this gorgeous journal that will some day be a cherished heirloom. Go ahead, fill it up with love.
You know what you love about them, but be honest - without a few prompts you would have a hard time remembering on the spot. Thanks to the geniuses behind this fill-in-the-blank devotional book, you can say everything you want without having to be Shakespeare. In all honesty, half of the work is done for you, but you still get to do the important half as well as take all the credit. It’s sort of like Mad Libs, but with love instead of ridicule.
Want to know if your love is real? Here’s what you do: make them a customized book all about your relationship. Personalize the pictures to look like you and your beloved, choose pictures and pages that reflect your lives together. If they don’t run away, your love is real.
You have a book of wedding pictures, but it’s that first year of marital bliss that is really worth remembering. Collect all your favorites and have them printed and bound in a lovely little book. So much more fun than looking at stressed out and drunk pictures of yourself, right?
We have been informed that there couples in existence out there who met each other in beautiful, romantic places and not in the dingy back hallway of the local dive bar while waiting to pee. This first anniversary gift would be perfect for them.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re opera aficionados or just enjoy letting your hair down and rocking out, getting two tickets to see one of your favorite bands, orchestras or really anything you both love is a brilliant way to mark your one year anniversary together and see out your first year of married life making more priceless memories.
Traditionally the first anniversary gift should be something made of paper and we think that this deck of cards is one of the best paper based gifts we’ve come across. The Marital Bliss Game makes the little things a little bit more fun. We bet neither of you thought that you’d be battling to do the dishes but a little competition never hurt anyone, gets the dishes done and besides, there’s always laundry as a consolation prize.
If you’re a little bit puzzled when looking for a gift, they’ll know you’ve put your head as well as your heart into finding this one. We think this is the perfect thing to give someone who doesn’t mind a bit of a brainteaser but appreciates a token of your affection every now and again. Once they’ve solved the puzzle and read your romantic writings, they’ll be in no doubt that you love them to pieces.
It probably felt like the stars aligned on the day you finally found ‘the one’ and this gift will help you to remember that moment forever. Even if you were too busy gazing into each other’s eyes to look up at the night sky, the beautiful image will always remind you of that beautiful day…even if it was raining.
You will have made so many memories during the first year of your marriage and this personalized frame will help you remember them all. You can choose which photos to include together or just choose the ones you want to include within your own name, which is a great idea unless one of you has a much longer name than the other, in which case we encourage a celeb-style blended moniker. Think, ‘Brangelina’ or, ‘Bennifer’.
This game is hours of fun that we expect will end up holding some sentimental value to you after the first time you play it. Your first anniversary is the perfect time to reflect on your journey through married life so far but the Rememory Game is also the perfect game to play for many anniversaries to come too.