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Anniversary Gift Ideas For The First Five Years

Celebrating a wedding anniversary is a special time of year. It can be challenging to think of a gift for your spouse that is original and thoughtful every year. If you want to follow the trend of traditional anniversary gifts that fit a theme year-after-year, then here is a list of ideas for you.

Year One: Paper

Many wedding ceremonies include readings from the Bible or other forms of scripture, so hiring a calligrapher to script the readings from your special day is a beautiful memento to frame and keep in your home. If you wrote your own vows, consider framing those as well. Finally making that wedding photo album counts as a paper gift too.

Year Two: Cotton

Giving and receiving clothes for your wedding anniversary may seem impersonal, but a matching set of monogrammed cotton bathrobes is an adorable gift. Nothing says true love than matching your spouse while snuggling on the couch on a rainy Sunday. There are also several websites that will turn old t-shirts into blankets. A great gift and a great way to declutter a closet.

Year Three: Leather

The possibilities are endless for the year of leather: custom leather belts, leather boots, leather purses or wallets, and so on.  There are almost too many products to consider.

Year Four: Fruit and Flowers

Why not mix the two and purchase a flowering fruit tree to plant together in your backyard. That way you can watch it bloom and grow every year, just like a marriage.

Year Five: Wood

Wood is an easy gift to personalize. A wooden hope chest for her to carry her treasured memories; a hand carved barrel for whiskey distilling for him. A fun idea would be to install a wood-fire oven in the backyard: a gift that every member of the family would enjoy.

Traditional anniversary gifts are a fun way to think outside the box for romantic gifts that celebrate your marriage.…