Paper First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

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Paper is the traditional anniversary gift to mark a couple's 1st year of marriage. Whether that year was smooth or rocky, you may want to commemorate it with something special that relates to the theme.

Selecting a gift that symbolizes how long you've been married can start an annual tradition of celebrating your anniversary that lasts into the golden years. These paper gifts can be a worthy representation of your love when your 1st anniversary rolls around.

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    Get out a fine piece of paper (email won't do!) and put down your loving thoughts in this 1st anniversary gift, which is sure to be treasured for a lifetime. Not sure how to get started? Click on the link above to learn how to write a love letter. Seal it with a kiss and perhaps add a beautiful love stamp (although make your best effort to deliver it in person).

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    At a loss for words? Give a book as your paper 1st anniversary gift. If there's a particular genre your spouse loves -- thriller, romance, non-fiction, memoir or biography -- it is sure to be appreciated. And don't forget to inscribe a loving message inside. A book of love poems that you can read aloud is a gift that you can enjoy long after your first anniversary.

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    Can't get away for your 1st anniversary? Postpone the trip by giving a paper gift certificate to a hotel, restaurant, or spa that can be used in the future. Many gift cards are digital now, so you buy one online and print out a copy. Be sure to present it in a handsome envelope (and don't forget the card, signed with love).

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    Boarding Passes

    Many couples believe that there's no better gift than one of travel. As your paper 1st anniversary gift, surprise your spouse with a pair of airline tickets or boarding passes to a destination you've always wanted to visit together.

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    Your first year of marriage may have been a financially difficult one. If that's the case, create a book of love coupons as your paper anniversary gift. Click on the link to find ideas for love coupons. There's also a blank template to customize.

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    Give a paper anniversary gift that'll be fun year 'round. These board games especially for grownups are both fun and sexy for two to play.

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    Where in the world will your love lead? Select a paper anniversary gift of a map that shows where you would love to go together -- or one that serves as a reminiscence of where you spent your honeymoon. Circle the places you want to go, or ones that hold a special memory. A colorful map in a handsome frame also makes attractive wall decoration.

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    If you haven't done anything special with your wedding and honeymoon pictures, create a custom calendar of shots from your first year together. It's a paper anniversary gift that you can enjoy every month of the year.
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    Make your first anniversary a special date night with a paper gift of tickets to a concert, show, or sporting event that both of you can enjoy.
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    As a new couple, you may still be feathering your nest on your first anniversary, buying furnishings that reflect your taste as well as your budget. Is there an artist or photographer who both of you like? Buy a work on paper to commemorate this very special time in your life, have it framed, and hang it in a place of honor in the home you share.

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    A Tree

    Paper is, of course, made from trees. And a tree planted to mark your first year of marriage, when tended and watered, has the potential to grow strong and endure. The symbolism is obvious!  If you don't have a place to plant, consider joining the Arbor Day Foundation and plan for the day when seeds you select can be planted and flourish.

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    While it's certainly not the most romantic present, especially at the first anniversary when traditions are formed, gifts of cash are rarely refused. The size and color are perfect, and it sends the message to your partner that you respect his or her judgment to select an item that pleases. To underscore that you care, place it inside a card and accompany it with a bouquet.