Although our 2nd wedding anniversary was September 30th, we are not technically celebrating it until later this month… so we have yet to exchange presents.
On the 30th we spent a fall-filled day at the corn maze and pumpkin patch. It was a ton of fun, I will fill you in with the details later—promise! But that’s not the real celebration.
When we got married we decided to alternate years of planning our anniversary. Our first anniversary Zack planned a weekend at the beach. We had a lot of fun and spent one romantic evening on the beach with the sunset and a bottle of wine opening our letters that we sealed in our wedding box.
Well, this year is my year to plan and I’ve got some big surprises in store. ;) That’s all I will say about that.
Anyways—for our first anniversary I decided that I wanted to stick with the traditional wedding gift theme. Since the traditional first anniversary gift is paper, I wanted to get him something paper, but put my own creative twist on it.
Every day of our honeymoon, Zack and I sat on our little lanai and drank our coffee and played cards. It was a little morning ritual that we really enjoyed. Since then we occasionally like to play a card game together—especially on our own little deck at home when it’s sunny. I knew that playing cards would be a great paper gift that he would really enjoy! I went to Make Playing Cards to create my own personalized set. There are a ton of amazing ways to customize your deck, and it’s super affordable!
I included a variety of photos from our life past and present. It’s so fun to play with these cards and remember where you were during each picture!
In addition to the pictures, I wrote the lyrics to our first dance song on the tops of the cards. Just a little extra sentimental touch. It’s almost impossible to play a card game now without getting the song stuck in your head. We like to sing the line as we play the card—it puts an interesting twist on the game. :)
The second gift I gave him was this photo to hang in our home. The tree contains lyrics from our first dance song. I just covered a paper in the lyrics and cut the tree out of it. Then I hung the hearts from the tree.
He loved both presents a lot, and I loved sticking to the traditional gifts.
Here are some more clever paper gift ideas that I found on Etsy and loved!
-three- This Jar of Hearts by Rychei is something I will keep in mind for a future gift! You write on the slips reasons why you love your spouse and then fold them into little hearts to put in the bottle!
-four- This Love of my Life Journal by JournalingJane is a great idea when you want to be creative… for all you writers out there I think this would be perfect to fill the pages with cute little notes, poems, pictures and doodles dedicated to your husband.
I will be sure to share with you what I thought up for our second anniversary soon!
Do you give the traditional wedding gifts? What did you give/get for your first anniversary?