The first year of marriage is special for every married couple. The wedding itself may have been years in the preparation and the first anniversary a long-awaited goal. Because of this, the first anniversary is usually celebrated by the couple on their own.
The traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary is paper, symbolic of having started your lives together officially a year ago, starting on a ‘clean sheet’. Paper is also quite fragile, representing the fact that your relationship has not yet stood the test of time. Whilst a simple material, you can create some thoughtful and unique DIY gifts for your beloved that celebrates your union.
Tickets to events
Create your own ticket as a gift that can be transferred to real admission for the two of you to go out to the movie, theatre or opera as a special date night. Be creative as you wish with your own ticket design, to include mention of a taxi to ferry you to and from your home and any other peripheral gift that will make the evening out even more special.
Tickets do not just have to be for the movies, this is just the first of our paper anniversary gift ideas . You might create your own gift token that shows that you have bought real tickets to watch your favourite band, singer or sports team or perhaps train or plane tickets to a favourite destination.
If you have not yet got round to framing your best wedding photograph now is the time to create a copy and put it in a frame that best suits your home décor. If you have a number of photos from the past year, from your wedding day, honeymoon and onwards, go online and put together a book that you can print out of a memento of the first year of your life together in marriage. You could make this a new tradition and do this each year, using the best photos you have each taken.
If you are artistic in any way, with a pen or with paints, create a piece of artwork that reflects the love you hold for each other. You might pen a simple drawing of your bridal gown or a cartoon of your faces that you can frame. If you write well, copy your wedding vows so that they can be displayed for you to see each day.
Life can be so busy and focus on work, career, study, finances and more can lead us to make. less effort in our relationship than we should. Now is the time to write a love letter to tell your beloved what they mean to you and why you are grateful and appreciative to have them in your life.
Take a small box and inside enclose a list of promises. This can be a promise to take on their chores for the day. A promise of a back massage or a pedicure; to cook their favourite meal; to go out and buy their favourite candy or a promise to an evening alone with the lads/girls. Make tokens that show you understand what is special for them.
If your DIY skills are really not very good, make an origami box, which does not require any scissors or glue, and inside that box, put a gift that you have bought from a store. This does not have to be paper-related, your box will cover that symbolism. You can put a pair of earrings, or some favourite chocolates inside.