The First Five Years
Hubs and I are about to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. And, with that comes gifts. We’ve gotten pretty creative, yet stayed within the confines of traditional anniversary gifts, over the years.
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If you’ve purchased traditional anniversary gifts for your significant other, some family members, or friends, you’ve probably started by hunting down this useful chart:
And, while it’s a great resource, it leaves a lot of wiggle room to really pinpoint that perfect gift. That’s where creativity comes in. Here are my suggestions:
Year One: Paper
The first year of a marriage usually involves getting used to each other’s nuances. And, it may even be a time of financial struggle if you spent a lot on the wedding. (Want to skip that hefty price tag? Learn how in this post.) Which makes paper a practical, easy, and inexpensive gift to give.
For our first anniversary, Hubs got me a framed canvas. He was a little looser with the ‘paper’ suggestion.
I, on the other hand, got him tickets to his favorite amusement park (at the time, we hadn’t been to Disney yet). It was paper and resulted in a fun-filled day date away. Something we definitely needed.
Other paper suggestions include:
- Tickets: concert, movie, sporting event, amusement park
- Printed, memorable photos or a handmade scrapbook
- A list or notes of the reasons you love the other
- Gift certificates: a couples massage, a bed and breakfast stay
- Money (If you’re gifting to another couple. This is not a gift for your spouse.)
Year Two: Cotton
Our second year, we decided to combine our gift and purchase new bedding for ourselves from IKEA.
Other cotton suggestions include:
- Silly t-shirts
- A quilt, hand-embroidered with your wedding date
- His and her towels or bathrobes
- New pillows to go with that bedding
- A keepsake locket that holds a swatch of her wedding dress
Year Three: Leather
Our third year, Hubs got me a leather-bound journal and wrote a poem inside. I got him a handmade, leather wallet with our last name stamped into the leather.
Other leather suggestions include:
- Jewelry for her (leather earrings are all the rage)
- Keychains stamped with your wedding date
- Briefcase or purse
- Planner with special dates and monthly date nights filled in
Year Four: Fruits/Flowers
For our fourth year, I’m giving Hubs a cherry tree. He had one at his childhood home and talks about it to this day. Unfortunately, since we’re still apartment dwellers, he’s actually getting a gift certificate for a cherry tree, that he can cash in when we finally buy a house.
I really couldn’t tell you what he’s getting me because our anniversary isn’t for a few more days. He keeps teasing that it will be an edible arrangement because that’s both fruit and flowers. All I have to say is “it better not be.”
And the only reason I told you his present is because I already spilled the beans to him. Whoops!
Other fruit and flower suggestions include:
- Large foliage for your landscape: hydrangeas, shrubbery, trees
- Gardening items paired with berry bushes
- Picnic of charcuterie and wine paired with fruit
- Trip to go apple/berry/vegetable picking
- A bouquet replicated to look like her wedding flowers
Year Five: Wood
Well, dang it, I’m getting him a tree this year. Looks like I’ll have to come up with something a little more creative next year, like:
- A keepsake box for treasures
- Trip to the woods for camping
- The makings of an awesome fire pit in your backyard
- Hand-carved wooden art
- Framed photo of your wedding day
Whatever you get, or gift, for your anniversary, remember that it’s really just about one day. The day you became spouses.
Relive those memories while you’re at it. Listen to your song, eat the same meal. Heck, bake a wedding cake – I replicate ours every year – which is easy because it was only a 6″, two-tier cake.
Either way, enjoy each other’s company and Happy Anniversary!
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