Okay, so we admit that not all women are super-duper DIY masters either. So here’s one that’s totally girly but not quite to craftsy. All you need is a spare shoe box, craft paper and fabric, a collection of envelopes, and your own ideas. This anniversary gift is for the first one and many years to come.
1. For our first anniversary (which is traditionally the paper anniversary), I took sand from Lake Michigan (where my husband was born) and put it in an old bottle with a stopper top. Then I took a piece of paper and “aged” it with coffee and tea grounds. When it dried, I printed a poem I wrote on it, burned the edges to make it look OLD, rolled it up, tied it with a red ribbon, and put it in the bottle. He loved it and it still sits on his dresser by the bed! -Carla
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Think of what your guests may need during their stay. Maps and city guidebooks are a great idea! Not only are they helpful tools, but they also show your guests that you put thought into making their stay more comfortable. If you have a tighter budget, visit your local visitor information center and get local maps and area brochures.
Say it all at once. Say it over and over and over again. Or do both at the same time—plus flowers. This first anniversary gift takes the three words all wives want to hear, combines them with the gift all wives want to get, and puts them in one special bouquet to mark that one special day.
Chocolate, cookies and cakes, oh my! Anniversary treats don’t get any better than this! From romantic hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, to luxurious truffles, savory snacks, deluxe wine gifts and even special gourmet gifts for guys, check out our many fabulous and fresh anniversary gifts for him today!
You are my everything. That’s what this one boils down to. When your spouse is the one who keeps you sane, comforts you, counsels, you, holds you, makes you laugh, makes you feel safe and taken care of no matter what, then they’re your anchor. They’re your everything—this first anniversary, say it all with this print.
Your first year together was filled with highs and lows, ups and downs, challenges and amazing moments you’ll never forget. Chances are—if you’re living in the 21st century—that many of these memories are digitized. On Instagram, that is. This tutorial shows you how to take all those wonderful images from your first year together and put them in a cute paper first anniversary album.
Get Creative: Surprise your out-of-town guests by having the welcome bags waiting for them in their rooms. It’ll be the first thing they see when they walk through the door and is sure to instantly make them feel right at home.
Don’t let your guests regret that last glass of champagne. Create a special hangover kit, complete with a bottle of water, Advil, Alka-Seltzer and Emergen-C (even Bloody Mary mix helps) to help them combat any morning-after ailments that might keep them from enjoying the rest of the wedding festivities. Your friends and family will thank you—trust us.
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I ordered these for my Mother in Law for Mothers Day. She is so hard to buy for so when I came across this Nut basket, I knew she would love it as both her and my Father-In-Law love any kind of nut. She finally opened the box(Which is packaged nicely) and shared some with me. My favorite was the almonds, but my Mom did too so she only allowed me two of them:-). The sugared Pecans were out of this world which I have never tried before! The Cashews were my Dad’s favorite. I usually buy them from a gourmet place in town but he preferred these to them. Who doesn’t love Pistachios, and these were fantastic, and I liked that the shell was easy to crack because my Mom and Dad in law are both 84 years old. The Almonds were delicious and oh so fresh, actually all … full review
Relive your honeymoon night when you give her this smooth, sexy robe as a first anniversary gift. She may be expecting something paper, but we say be bold and daring: give her something slinky and satin. Keep the romance alive and let her know you’re still as passionate as the day you met.
Get Creative: A bad hangover isn’t the only “emergency” your guests might encounter. Add in some Band-Aids, stain remover or a mini sewing kit to help guests deal with whatever disaster might come their way.
The first wedding anniversary is all about the big “O”—got you! “O” as in “One” you naughty rascal. This DIY delivers step-by-step for making the paper anniversary special by creating a big, fancy, decorated cardboard “ONE”. It will remind you that you aren’t newlyweds anymore, and you have your whole life ahead.
You also have to keep in mind borders & custom regulations when bringing products into the country where you’re getting married. Read more on traveling with favors and how to avoid run-ins with Immigration and Customs patrol.
Edible favors are always a hit at both traditional hometown weddings and destination weddings. But what I especially love about this idea is that you can put your treats in some fun packaging that will really make an impression. There are so many cute travel and beach themed candy packages, that the hard part will be narrowing down your choices. Here are some of my favorites.
Wedding bags are probably the most popular destination wedding gifts for guests, and with good reason. Not only are beach bags a practical gift that your guests will put to good use during the trip (and future travel), but you can also fill them up with some fun destination wedding favors. Zazzle has a ton of cheap wedding welcome bags, like the ones pictured below which are priced at less than $10 each. What I love is how easy it is for you to personalize their existing designs with your wedding details.
For the man who loves to travel, consider giving him a travel destination map that he can use to mark the places he’s traveled and think about his journey with you whenever he sees it. A canvas photo collage will remind him that your relationship is his forever destination. Both of these anniversary ideas for him are perfect 1st anniversary gifts since they follow the traditional anniversary present for the first year of marriage: paper.
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Since a 50th anniversary is associated with the metal gold, one of the traditional gifts you can consider is a photo frame in gold. Take the help of some of the family members in getting their wedding photograph and to make it really special for the couple. Now, wouldn’t they be overjoyed on receiving such a pleasant surprise!
For the couples who have made it to 50 years of love and commitment, the traditional gift is gold. 50th anniversary gifts using this theme don’t necessarily have to be jewelry. Consider giving him coins from the year you invested yourselves in each other or a picture frame that shows the two of you smiling through your golden years. This could also be a lovely anniversary gifts for her, as well!
With beautiful canvas art, gourmet treats, and ephemera from the years you spent together, our selection will help you pick the perfect anniversary gift for him. Whether you are celebrating your first year or your fiftieth, we have personalized gifts that will make him smile and remind him of just how much he has been loved throughout the years.
3. For those of us who are still learning to cook The Newlywed Cookbook ($34.99). Or if you’ve got the cooking thing on lock, fancy hardcover versions of your favorite books anyone? Or maybe fancy cocktails?
The possibilities are endless. To get started, think about the newlywed couple and their beach wedding. What kind of people are they? Do they like a certain kind of music? What brings them joy? Is their wedding a formal or informal affair? Is the reception a sit-down dinner under a canopy overlooking the beach, or is it a luau? Are the gifts you are considering a warm representation of your wishes for the couple?
Help your guests enjoy their downtime by cluing them in on the area’s must-sees and dos. Pop a guidebook or map into each bag, along with the latest issue of a local magazine. Highlight hot spots, top sites to check out and activities they shouldn’t miss. If your guests aren’t joining you for every meal, recommend a few good restaurants too.
Is she a fruit lover, a snacker, a lover of all things savory or a chocoholic? Wherever your wife falls on the food spectrum, you’ll find gift baskets for anniversary sure to delight her. From chocolate cravings and meat, cheese, and snacks crates to boxes filled with fresh fruit, gourmet cheese, and crunchy nuts, Gifts.com has the best selection of wedding anniversary gift baskets for her.
Chose a container. You can always go with a traditional basket, but you can also be creative! Are you having a wedding on the beach? You can get pails instead of baskets, or even beach totes. Paper gift bags are always practical and less costly. A unique idea is to dress them up with personalized labels and beautiful ribbon.
Presentation is key. A basic canvas tote is a great way to hold all your items and is perfect for a wedding where guests will be sightseeing (think: beach day or city adventure). Bonus: Guests can use the bag later to tote groceries or gym essentials. If you decide to go with a custom design, steer clear of names or monograms. If you’re just desperate to personalize the bag, call out your location, choose a motif that’s in line with your wedding style or stamp a generic phrase, like “Plan to Get a Tan,” on the bag. You want to design something your guests will use after the wedding. Whatever you choose, make sure it holds everything guests will need, plus a few fun surprises.