You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.
In the 1920s, Emily Post, an American writer, attempted to solve the issue of what gift to give on the occasion of an anniversary by drawing up lists of anniversary themes in a book titled “Etiquette”, published in 1922. However, only some anniversary years were included in the book, the first, fifth, then every fifth year up to the 25th wedding anniversary. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association added additional years to the list, including all years up to 14 years of marriage, and every 5th year up to 50 years of marriage. These are known as traditional themes linked with each marital year. More recently, a contemporary list was created, and today, all the anniversary years from 1 up to 30 have been linked with a theme or material, and then every fifth year up to 75 years of marriage.
You guys have all the fun. You grew up with/raised this guy, and you’re fairly certain you know what he enjoys. You know enough about his job, his hobbies, and his habits to get him something truly spectacular. There’s also a little bit more expectation resting on your shoulders, for all the reasons listed above. It may be a bit upsetting if you miss the mark entirely, and don’t get them something that fits in line with their life. They may negatively take it as, “Wow, I guess they really don’t know me after all.”
In truth, most men are relatively easy to shop for, but we’re so damn picky when someone asks us. Men don’t want to be an inconvenience or cost anyone money, which is why when you ask, “Hey, what do you want for X (birthday, Christmas, you name it),” he’s going to tell you that he doesn’t want anything, or simply shrug (don’t worry, we’re going to cover each holiday in a little bit).
Friends and family will adore these cute Christmas gift ideas, including DIY dishware, Christmas candles, and other holiday home decorations. Whether you're searching for homemade gift ideas for mom or creative DIY Christmas ideas for friends, these unique options will be cherished for holiday celebrations to come. Start one of these handmade Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your gift list.
Just look at the statistics. Currently, about 27 percent of millennial couples are married, compared to 36 percent of Generation Xers, 48 percent of Baby Boomers, and 65 percent of Traditionalists when they were the same age. And even though most millennials haven't walked down the aisle just yet, 86 percent say that you plan on doing so one day. Whenever that is.
In 1985, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) published its initial version of the Gemstone Information Manual. This manual has been adopted within the trade as the gold standard for disclosure of pearls, cultured pearls and natural gemstones. In that manual, the gemstones or precious metals that are associated with each wedding anniversary are listed for every anniversary year from the first to the 25th, and every five years thereafter up until the 60th wedding anniversary. It is interesting to note that there are some inconsistencies between this and other reputable sources as to the exact gemstone for each anniversary. This could simply reflect a difference due to the region of the world in which the list of anniversary gemstones was compiled. As such, the table in this section predominantly lists the gemstones according to the AGTA. Any variations in gemstones for a particular anniversary year as derived from other sources, are listed as alternatives for completeness, and to offer the reader a wider variety of options.
Give her something to compliment her current jewelry collection with this Michele Watch Head. This beautiful watch head is sure to make an impression with your loved one. The stainless steel watch band features a mother of pearl dial surrounded by 120 twinkling diamonds. If you seek the matching strap to house the watch head, consider this one from Nordstrom.
Spending more doesn’t make the gift more valuable; in fact, it can actually spark more of an argument than just ignoring the event, and not getting him a gift at all. If you’re the SO, you might spark a feeling of indebtedness from the gift recipient. Even in our progressive world, there are still issues where men will feel inadequate based on their spouse earning more than them, providing more “value” to the family (however they like to measure it), and so on. Getting a gift that’s expensive or out of an acceptable price range, could send a bad message. Men are simple, and enjoy simple gifts; study what you believe they’ll want, but don’t overthink it and psych yourself out.
This isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:
Instead of searching high and low for the perfect pillow, make this Christmas gift that you know your friend will love! Sketch a geometric design on a square piece of kraft paper to make a template, then trace onto fabric and cut to size. Stitch the shapes together and press the seams open. Cut solid-color fabric to make the back of the pillow covering. Stitch the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out, press, and stuff with a pillow form. Whipstitch the opening closed.
This adorable chalkboard look photo holiday card is spot on with this year’s trends! The chalkboard background looks just like you remember from grade school and sidewalk signs, and the artful fonts dancing across the right side of the postcard shaped personalized card are the perfect mix of Christmas and whimsy. Featuring traditional Christmas time colors of red and green writing, along...