What Can You Give as a First Anniversary Gift?
When it comes to a first anniversary gift, it’s fun to give something that fits with the well known anniversary gift traditions. The first wedding anniversary is such an important milestone for any couple, and well worth celebrating with a special gift! After all, it’s the first time they get to celebrate the anniversary of their special day, and that is well worth marking.
In the case of the first anniversary, the traditional gift is paper. If you’re wondering what to give as a first anniversary gift, here are some paper-themed ideas to inspire you.
1. A journal
A journal is a classic gift that anyone who likes to write and commemorate their life will love.
You can opt for a high quality journal with a beautiful cover and thick, luxurious pages that really take the ink. For the ultimate journal writing luxury, pair it with a gorgeous fountain pen. You can even create a journal kit by pairing two journals (one for each person) with wine, chocolates, and candles for a relaxing night in together.
There are also some lovely themed journals out there. If the couple is romantic at heart, why not get them a couples’ memory journal? They each write a single sentence each day for a year or more to create a snapshot of their life together.
2. A portrait session
Of course, most photographs are digital now – but they are still printed on paper from time to time too, making them an acceptable gift for the first anniversary!
Your friends most likely had a wedding shoot, and maybe even an engagement shoot, so why not treat them to a portrait session to celebrate their first anniversary together? It’s a lovely, relaxed way to mark their first year as a couple, and who knows, it might even become a yearly tradition.
3. A set of books
If your friends happen to be bookworms, a set of books makes for a wonderful first anniversary gift. Whether you shop at your local bookseller or prefer to check out the selection online, you’re sure to find something your friends will love.
Put together a themed book collection that suits their personalities. If they love to read the classics, find some beautifully bound editions of Austen, Bronte, Dickens and the like. If they’re passionate about astronomy, grammar, all things British, or breeding miniature poodles, find some books that fit the theme.
For an extra special present, add some wine and nibbles for a relaxing night of reading.
4. A timeline
A timeline is a wonderfully romantic gift for your friends’ first anniversary. Google “personalized story print” and you’ll find some eye catching options.
You input important milestones in your friends’ lives. For a first anniversary, you might include the date they were both born, the date each of them moved to the place they were living when they met, the first time they met, their first date, the date one of them proposed, their wedding date, and of course their first anniversary.
Pair the timeline with a good quality frame to create an attention-grabbing centerpiece they’ll be proud to display in their home.
5. Tickets to something they love
Tickets are printed on paper – and that makes them an ideal first anniversary gift!
Get your friends tickets to something you know they will both love. You could choose anything from a night at the movies to an opera, ballet or stage show. You might treat them to passes for an exhibition you know they’ll both enjoy, or a season pass for a favorite sports team.
You might even splash out and get them tickets for a trip out of town for a day or a weekend!
6. A framed art print
A framed art print makes for a memorable first anniversary gift that your friends can display in their home for years to come.
If you know they both appreciate a specific artist or both love landscapes or pictures of animals, you’re sure to find something to suit them. But for an extra special touch why not opt for something a little more personalized?
Custom building portraits are popular gifts right now – the recipient gets a beautifully painted replica of their home or any other location. Why not commission a portrait of the place they got married, or where they held their reception?
You can also get custom portraits of the couple themselves, the wedding bouquet, a map of the place they first met, and many other unique options.
7. A puzzle
A puzzle is an unusual paper gift that your friends will not be expecting – but as most puzzles are printed on a card it absolutely counts!
You can buy puzzles on any theme and to suit any skill level. Whether your friends would get more fun out of a straightforward puzzle or a 1000 piece work of art, you are sure to find something to suit.
For an extra special touch, why not order a custom puzzle printed with a meaningful photograph?
The first anniversary is so exciting, and the paper theme gives you lots of room to come up with unique, personal presents that your friends will love.
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