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Tips to Create the Perfect First Wedding Anniversary Paper Gift Idea: Love Letters

Updated on October 5, 2014
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First Wedding Anniversary

Love letters, a paper gift for the first wedding anniversary.
Love letters, a paper gift for the first wedding anniversary. | Source

Paper Gifts for Your First Wedding Anniversary

What's white, made of paper, practical and useful?

Toilet Paper!

Imagine your spouse oozing with excitement on your first wedding anniversary as he or she can not wait to unwrap the gift that marks the first year of your marriage together, only to discover he or she received something with no romantic value.Toilet paper! Most likely, when he or she opens the gift to find a roll of toilet paper, it will be thrown right back at you. The positive side is that every time that gift is used, he or she will always think about you, too!

That is good, I suppose, if that is what you intended. If not, then try something else that is still simple, made of paper and is more thoughtful while scoring you higher marks on the romance scale.

We all could use a little romance in our lives. This week, my husband mentioned that I have yet to write about him. I wanted to show him that he is worth writing about and to help me get ideas of what to say about him, I looked back on a gift I gave him on our first wedding anniversary. It was the year where traditionally, you give each other paper gifts. I made him a scrapbook photo album with photos of us together that also included cards we gave each other and ticket stubs from concerts we attended. I added in some sticky notes he previously posted randomly around the house, too, that had sweet messages on them.

I wanted to put in more effort and thought into the gift that first year since we tried to keep our gift-giving small for that first anniversary. I still wanted it to be unforgettable so I went a step further and wrote a love letter to him.

I pulled out that love letter this week and I recalled how I put thought and love into writing it. It was from the heart and much more personal than just giving him toilet paper. I was never going to give him toilet paper, of course, and there are plenty of other paper gift ideas that are meaningful to give your spouse.

A love letter is a sentimental idea for a gift, however; it is romantic and personal which is the perfect type of gift to offer someone on your anniversary. It is something he or she can hold onto in the years to come and look back on to reminisce about your beginnings together or to read when he or she is feeling lonely whenever you are not around.



Paper Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Toilet paper: it is practical and useful but no matter how much you dress it up, it holds no romantic value.  If your spouse appreciates humor, however, this may be perfect especially if it is a large pack of toilet paper!
Toilet paper: it is practical and useful but no matter how much you dress it up, it holds no romantic value. If your spouse appreciates humor, however, this may be perfect especially if it is a large pack of toilet paper! | Source

Love Letters

A love letter to my husband for our first year wedding anniversary.
A love letter to my husband for our first year wedding anniversary. | Source

Tips for Writing a Love Letter

Not everyone finds it easy to write a love letter. I have written my husband several poems and a few love letters and I still get stumped for what to write or how to write it the exact way I want it to sound. Writing a love letter does not have to be complicated.

Here are some tips that may be useful to help you on your way to writing a meaningful love letter:

  • Write from the heart.
  • Be yourself, do not try to sound like someone completely different.
  • Be honest, say how you feel but keep it nice!
  • Be positive, this is not the time to give your partner doubt about your relationship. If that is how you feel, leave that for a totally different type of letter to write!
  • Mention your past and the foundations of your relationship, where it began.
  • Write about a favorite date or experience you had together and why it is special to you.
  • Talk about what you love about your partner and how he or she makes you happy.
  • Do not make the letter too long. If you feel the need to do that, think about splitting the letter into multiple letters to make a collection of love letters to give your partner at different times in your relationship.
  • Tell him or her how much you appreciate his or her presence in your life.
  • Mention how he or she has changed your life for the better.
  • Include a poem by you or by a poet your partner likes or even some lines from Shakespeare if that is something your spouse enjoys.
  • Tell your partner your hopes and plans for your future together.

History of Wedding Anniversary Gifts

  • "The tradition of giving specific anniversary gifts based on the number years a couple has been married dates back to the Middle Ages" (Sheri & Bob Stritof, History of Wedding Anniversary Gift Lists, About.com/Marriage, http://www.marriage.about.com).
  • According to A Wedding Anniversary Guide-History, Themes, Gifts & Etiquette, "Traditionally the theme is paper which is supposed to symbolize the strength obtained from the interlocking fibers."
  • The gifts couples give each other during their first few years of marriage were not expensive items but practical household items to help establish the home. (http://www.streetdirectory.com).
  • "According to Anniversary Ideas, the association of different materials with wedding anniversaries began around 600 years ago in Germanic Europe, when silver and gold were linked to 25 and 50 years of marriage" (Cassandra Pope, Meaning of the Paper Anniversary, www.eHow.com).



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History of Love Letters

In the article, A History of Love Letters by Laura Boyle, she explains that the Bible's Song of Solomon may be the earliest form of love letters followed by the Romans, Cicero and Pliny who wrote letters to their wives. "As a literary form, the love letter probably began in the early Renaissance."


A Love Letter to the Love of My Life

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Write About Where It All Began...

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Talk About Your Hopes, Dreams and Future Together

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More Ideas for Giving the Love Letter as a Gift

Treat the love letter like a true gift. After all, it is something you wrote from the heart. You put thought and effort into making it a romantic, loving gesture.

Here are some ways to add that extra touch to your love letter:

  • Write or type the letter on nice paper or stationary.
  • Add a ribbon to make it look more charming.
  • Consider placing the letter in a photo album or scrapbook where you have pictures of you two as a couple.
  • Frame the letter
  • Have the letter written in calligraphy

Swooning Over Love Letters... or Not

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Love Letters, a Timeless Treasure

Writing love letters for me is enjoyable and offers me a chance to sit for a moment and reminisce about all the moments we have shared as a couple. Writing a love letter requires you to take a walk down memory lane and reading that letter will give your partner the chance to repeat the walk over and over. It is a timeless treasure that he or she can cherish forever.

Whether you have a first wedding anniversary coming up or you just want to do something meaningful for your significant other, writing a love letter will beat out toilet paper any day! Unless, of course, you are potty-training a toddler right now who finds throwing rolls of toilet paper into the toilet bowl more fascinating than sitting on the toilet. In that case, then a large pack of toilet paper may not be such a bad idea! Slip in a sweet love letter in there somewhere!


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    Bernadyn 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Pearl. Enjoy your weekend :)

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    What a sweet gift idea! You always have such clever tricks up your sleeve for keeping romance and fun alive. Very nice and useful article ;) Pearl

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    Bernadyn 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Bill, I've been feeling more romantic lately. LOL :)

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Very nice idea. I can see how this would be greatly appreciated. Well done my friend.