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Paper Anniversary Gifts

Updated on January 19, 2015
Happy Anniversary!
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Great ideas for Paper Anniversary Gifts for your own first wedding anniversary, or for your friends' one year anniversary. Discover how to make your own romantic paper anniversary gifts, or select from a range of traditional anniversary gifts for all budgets.

If you're reading this, chances are that you've been married for nearly a year now and your honeymoon is long forgotten. Your first wedding anniversary is fast approaching and it's time to start a brand new tradition - the anniversary celebration.

Many couples like to select a gift that reflects their anniversary year. The traditional anniversary gift for the first anniversary is paper. Many young couples struggle to find appropriate anniversary gifts made from paper, but with a little thought, and some help from me, you'll soon discover a whole host of different gift ideas.


The Office: Uses of Paper

When asked to think of uses for paper, the Dunder Mifflin employees (Jim, Dwight, Kevin and friends) came up with:

  • Ransom notes
  • Anonymous threats
  • Paper Airplanes
  • Love Letters
  • Books

Gifts Made From Paper

The first thing most people think of when talking about paper is writing paper. In a recent episode of NBC's award-winning comedy, The Office, the employees of Dunder Mifflin were asked to come up with uses of paper. Their suggestions were typically hilarious but they did hit on one very romantic idea: Love Letters.

Remember when you were dating and you wrote love letters all of the time?

How many have you written since your wedding day?


Love Letters from the Heart

Pen a new love letter to your partner describing how much you’ve enjoyed your first year of married life.

Or, dig up some of your old love letters that you sent to, or received from, your spouse and put them into a photo album.

Add your favourite photos from your courtship or wedding and you’ll have the perfect romantic gift.

If you want to take this one step further, put your love letter in a bottle and create your very own message in a bottle.


Card and Board Games

Traditional favourite games for two include backgammon, cribbage and chess. But you can spice things up a little with these great games:

Sexopoly: a new adult board game of strategy, luck, intimacy & fun!

An Enchanting Evening - a Game of Romance: Share a 'secret wish' with your partner!

The discovery Game: for a married couple: Advertised as a 'Date in a Box', this game is highly rated by all who play it!


Romantic Books

There are literally thousands of great books that you could give to your partner on your one year anniversary.

Here are some of my favourite romantic novels:

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger



Classic Paper Roses are perfect for paper anniversary gifts
Classic Paper Roses are perfect for paper anniversary gifts | Source

The Perfect Paper Anniversary Gift

Flowers are always a big hit on an anniversary, so what can be better than flowers that never fade!

Check out these classic "paper roses" from JustPaperRoses and discover a range of other romantic and fun paper gifts to celebrate your first wedding anniversary!

And, better still, they have roses made from the traditional anniversary 'material' for each anniversary. So you can start a tradition with paper roses on your first anniversary, and follow it with cotton roses on your second anniversary, leather on your third and so on. How romantic is that?


Other Great Ideas for Paper Gifts

Coupons: Make coupons for free housework for a week, kisses, dish washing, etc. Or how about giving a coupon for movie night and then watching your wedding video!

Framed Marriage Certificate: Make a good copy of your marriage certificate and frame it. Look for a ‘wedding anniversary’ themed frame, or get a sliver-plated frame and have it engraved with a personal, romantic message.

Photographs: Enlarge and frame photos of your favourite memories, romantic getaways and good times.

Jigsaw Puzzles: Find a picture that you both like or, better still, get a custom puzzle made from one of your own wedding or honeymoon photos.

25th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii
25th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii | Source

Posters: Choose from favourite topics such as fine art, animals, movies or have one of your own photos made into a poster!

Paintings: Splash out and start a collection of favourite artists. Before you know it, you will have built a significant collection of art.

Banknotes: Most people don’t like to give money as a gift but consider framing a bill from your honeymoon destination, or other memorable romantic getaway.

Sheet music: If either of you are musicians, then sheet music for any song that has special meaning in your life would make a thoughtful and romantic gift.

Magazine Subscriptions: Favourite hobby or pastime – hunting, fishing, cars, dress making, cooking, running, cycling, interior design, the list is limitless.

Stock certificates: Investments in companies that might be meaningful to your partner.

Gift certificates: Unlimited opportunities to find gift certificates for life experiences that you can share, including spa days, golf, getaways, dinner at a local restaurant and much more.

Paper Tickets:

  • Movies / theatre / concert: Everyone loves a night out, especially if it gives you both a chance to see that new show that everyone is talking about.
  • Lottery tickets: Buy an annual subscription for yourselves to the lottery and live with the dream of becoming a millionaire each and every week of the year!
  • Sports events: Score some tickets to your favourite sports team: football, basketball, hockey, golf, soccer - the list is endless. Support your local teams or combine with travel to an away game and enjoy a romantic getaway.
  • Flights for romantic getaways (maybe this is what The Office team were referring to when they said 'Paper Airplanes')!

Paper Anniversary Gifts

If you’re still looking for more ideas, then take a look at these One Year Anniversary Gifts which includes some great ideas for the Modern Anniversary Gift for one year which is Clocks: lots to choose from including anniversary clocks, grandfather clocks, wrist watches and more.

I hope you found this article on Paper Anniversary Gifts useful. You might also be interested in Wedding Anniversary Gifts Ideas showing both the traditional and modern anniversary gift guides.

Thanks for visiting and Happy First Anniversary!

Geoff

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