According to tradition, the first year anniversary gift should be paper, whereas its modern counterpart is the clock. Thankfully, there are more ways than one to utilize the custom. From wall clocks for your beau’s new office to a framed love letter, let’s take a peek at different first year anniversary gift ideas!
Before we dive into the presents, let’s learn a little bit about where these customs actually stem from.
Paper is a symbol of those in the still fine, beginning stages of marriage. Still on a high from being newlyweds, these couples may have no even encountered many of the true highs and lows that come with this type of commitment just yet.
And a paper gift represents both the strength and delicacy of a fresh marriage. As long as you provide care to your paper, it’ll last forever. If your neglectful, your paper will rip apart.
Modern Gift: Clock
The clock is a gift idea that’s become a more modern gift tradition. Although, it too, represents the beginning stages of marriage. Just think about time flew during that first year together. That’s what makes a clock such a good bit of symbolism!
Spend the time cultivating your marriage and taking care of it, rather than wasting away the minutes. It’s a beautiful reminder.
Of course, a love letter with your very own words would be the most special of all. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the best handwriting though so you can get it customized with some beautiful calligraphy and give as a keepsake!
Take all of your best memories and photos from Year 1 and turn it into an entire album of memories. Personalize, add memories and quips and have fun creating it from scratch with the software at Shutterfly.
If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, but just as fun, think about gifting an adult coloring book. A relaxing evening wrapped up with some crayons, markers and colored pencils seems to be calling!
Here’s another gift that hits both points; paper and clock. And with this one, you can create a date of it! Come together and spend an afternoon making your own paper clock from scratch with some help from this kit.
If you feel like splurging just a bit, why not invest in a gorgeous oak wall clock (or a standing one if you have the space)? This is a great idea if you plan on buying one item together for your anniversary instead of surprising each other with separates.
Take the song you walked down the aisle to, or maybe your first dance, and turn it into art for your art! Thanks to creative minds out there, they can take the sheet music and put it right on a canvas ready to be hung.