Who here is celebrating a first anniversary soon? If you raised your hand, I have some great gift ideas for you!
Professional Wedding Album
The traditional first anniversary gift is paper and when Justin and I celebrated year one, we figured that a professional photo album was pretty close to paper. It turned out beautifully and our photographer Beth Insalaco did an amazing job with the design. I’m so glad that we have such a nice keepsake from our big day. The pages are thick, the cover is soft leather, and the colors and images are crisp. Definitely worth the splurge! My iPhone photo doesn’t do it justice.
Surprise your sweetie with that honeymoon you didn’t get to take or the long weekend you both need.
A gift certificate for a couples massage sounds like a great, relaxing way to celebrate your anniversary.
There are lots of these custom vow prints available on Etsy, but Jenna Sue Design’s is my favorite. The layout is clean, the script font is the right amount of fancy, and there are lots of color options for both the background and the text. If you wrote your own vows, this is the perfect memento.
If you’re super ahead of the game, write your other half a love letter every day during your first year of marriage. Have them printed on beautiful paper and bound to make the most romantic book ever.
Bring back the fine art of letter writing with a personalized stationery suite, including note cards, a note pad, and maybe even a Mont Blanc pen if you’re feeling extra fancy. I’m absolutely loving the latest foil-stamped collection from Minted, available in all sorts of designs and colors and able to be customized with your sweetie’s name.
Ladies, surprise your hubby with front row concert tickets or backstage passes. Gentlemen, I know most of you might not enjoy sitting through a musical, but I bet your wife would love it. Treat her to a night of dinner and Broadway in the Cultural District.
Photo or Coffee Table Book
Mixbook has made photo books super easy to make and one of images from your first year as husband and wife is a great gift idea. Or find one full of works from your spouse’s favorite artist or images of their favorite city.
Speaking of photos, step in front of the camera again but this time for a boudoir session. Boudoir photography has many forms and it doesn’t have to be overtly sexy! There are many styles out there and you’re bound to find something that fits your comfort zone. Make a for-his-eyes-only photo book with all of the amazing proofs! A special thanks to the Girlfriend Experience Boudoir for this suggestion!
Bust out your scissors, rubber cement, and construction paper. Get crafty and make a card instead of buying one. Write a heartfelt message instead and I guarantee that card will be the most meaningful one you ever give to your sweetie.
What about you? What did you and your spouse gift to each other on your first anniversary? Did you stick with tradition, or did you go rogue? Comment below!