Perhaps you’re still paying off your wedding while you are searching for a first-anniversary gift—that doesn’t mean you should skip the occasion. Your marriage is in its infancy, and the groundwork you both lay now will help solidify a happy and successful commitment. Putting some extra thought and symbolism into a first anniversary gift isn’t a bad idea. Traditionally, the first year is marked with paper. Modern gift lists mark the milestone with clocks.
Traditional Gift Symbolism: Paper
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In "Sex and the City," Mr. Big couldn’t find the words to express his love for Carrie, so he used famous love letters instead. If writing doesn’t come naturally and makes you uneasy, consider finding a verse or letter that speaks to your relationship and have it framed.
If you do write your feelings and they're too personal to put on display, consider hanging in a place where only your loved one would see it every day, like the back of a closet door or in the master bedroom.
If you wrote your vows, now would be an ideal time to get those framed and display in a prominent place in the home. Even a framed marriage certificate will work. Just make sure the frame’s glass offers UV protection.
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While fresh flowers won’t last long, paper flowers can. If you’re artsy and creative, consider making a bouquet of paper flowers. Even better if you’re able to fashion them into your spouse’s favorite type of flower.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Pearl is the alternate gemstone for this anniversary, in part because of its fragile yet luminous nature. A pearl can take years to form, adding thin layers until it transforms into something beautiful. Pearls can just as easily be worn away, and the nacre coating can detach without proper care. Take care of this pearl jewelry in the same way you should care for your marriage.
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It’s easy to let all your pictures live on the computer and your phones, but there’s something romantic about looking back at old photos as a couple. Since this anniversary is so close to the actual wedding, perhaps now is a good opportunity to finalize all your wedding photos. On the first anniversary, it’s a nice time to celebrate and remember the wedding itself along with your budding relationship.
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You could get your spouse a pocket watch, a cuckoo clock, a wall clock, or even an alarm clock. But if you want to be entirely practical, gift a modern smartwatch if you think your spouse would use it. Pair the gift with a card about the magic of time to make it just a little bit more romantic.