Did you know that every anniversary year has a name and a specific gift? So on each anniversary, the couple is supposed to exchange gifts based on a certain material.
Let's turn to trusty Wikipedia for an explanation:
The names of each anniversary provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other. These gifts vary in different countries, but some years have well-established connections now common to most nations: 5th - Wood, 10th - Tin, 15th - Crystal, 20th - China, 25th - Silver, 30th - Pearl, 40th - Ruby, 50th - Gold, 60th - Diamond. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbors with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life.
Guess what the traditional gift is for the first wedding anniversary: PAPER!
Now, I know what you’re thinking – paper? What kind of anniversary gift would I give that involves paper?
Well … there’s stationary, a stack of index cards, printer paper … OR ...
A boudoir album! Which is totally printed on PAPER!
By far the best PAPER anniversary gift that we can think of!
What are you giving for an anniversary gift this year? Let us know about it in the comments!
xoxo Angela & the Bedhead Team