Why mess with tradition? If you're not sure what gift to give your spouse for your first anniversary as married people, then pick up something made of paper. Yes, it can be hard to come up with ideas for gifts of this sort that are still romantic. But it’s not impossible. Here some suggestions that will make your spouse swoon.
Bouquet of Paper Flowers
Giving your spouse a bouquet of flowers always makes a big impression. A bouquet of flowers that you either purchase or, better yet, make yourself is an even bigger showstopper. Paper flowers are quite delicate and take a long time to make. Your spouse will know you put in a lot of effort. The best part: Unlike real flowers, paper bouquets never die.
This one is a bit tricky. Some spouses might be offended or feel as though you didn’t put any thought into the anniversary gift. Still, money is made of paper, so it fits the bill. Plus, with money, your spouse could indulge in something he or she really wants. Read your spouse well and determine if this is the right gift for him or her.
A movie rental subscription or a gift certificate to a favorite store or spa gives your spouse the chance to pick whatever his or her heart desires. It can also become a great excuse to have a movie night, go shopping together, or get a couple’s massage. It could lend itself to creating a great date night, which is like giving two gifts in one.
Although handmade coupon books for things such as hugs and kisses, massages, or chores around the house sometimes seem corny, they are a practical and often well-received gift. If you’re willing to put in a coupon for washing the dishes for a week, I’m sure your spouse who usually does the dishes won’t complain.
Let light into your life with a paper lantern. You can either get a few to hang around your backyard or dining room when you're celebrating or invest in the kind of lamp that allows you to hang one or more paper lanterns for everyday use in your home. It's perfect if your home is already modern and fresh.
A map can be a fun gift for both of you. If you like to travel, you can hoist it on your wall and use push pins or other markers to indicate the places you've been and the places you'd like to go together. The bonus is that, depending on where you put it, the map can be really great art for your house. And the note you attach to the gift can read, "I'd like to give you the world, baby!"
Who doesn't need more storage? A hat box is made of thick, durable paper. Your spouse can use it to store hats, but he or she can also use it for all sorts of other things. Make-up, baseball cards, accessories, and money could all be hidden inside it.
Paper is often a tool for artists. You can find paintings on paper or you can create something with your own two hands, such as a collage featuring photos or memories of the two of you. If you are not at all artistic, you can rely on digital effects on your computer photo software or the magic of online photo print shops, such as snapfish or Shutterfly. You could also just blow up and print an amazing photo of the two of you to hang in your home.