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Since my first anniversary is rapidly approaching, I thought I would share our super cute (and inexpensive) gift idea that we have been working on all year! I thought of this gift while planning the details of our wedding. I’ll admit, I do occasionally have random bursts of brilliance. 😉
The traditional first-anniversary gift has been paper since the Victorian era.
Even though I have never considered myself to be particularly traditional, I thought the idea of a paper gift could be fun especially since my husband is so difficult to shop for. He tends to just buy whatever he wants whenever he wants it. It definitely makes things tricky for me on gift-giving holidays.
But for this anniversary, I’ve got him covered!
I bought both of us a little pocket notebook. On our wedding night, I gave one to my husband (I kept one for myself) with instructions to fill it up with notes throughout our first year of marriage. We will then exchange notebooks on our first anniversary.
I have spent the past year writing love notes, gratitudes, and silly messages to my husband in my little notebook…and presumably he had been doing the same for me. It makes for a very personalized paper gift that we will want to keep for years to come.
My husband was fully on board for this gift idea, mainly because it meant he didn’t have to shop for an anniversary gift, but also because he is a big softie.
I have been trying to do an entry at least once every 2-3 days. Plus, there are special notes for each of the holidays and his birthday, but somedays, there is just a simple “I appreciate the way you did ___ today” note.
I am so excited to read what he has written to me, I can barely wait!