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.
These DIY holiday succulent planters make a quick and inexpensive Christmas gift for mom (or anyone!) that will last for years. Succulents are an especially unique present with low-maintenance care, and they're perfect for mom, best friends, or co-workers. To create the personalized planter, wrap empty, clean tin cans with 1/4 inch braided red-and-white polypropylene rope. Secure the rope to the can as you wrap using a hot-glue gun. Slightly twist the rope to line up the candy cane-color stripes. Add an adorable Christmas gift tag using a thin piece of twine.
We’re also going to advise that you don’t handle the return at the biggest or necessarily closest location. Crowds get nuts, and if there’s one thing we’ve seen plenty of times, it’s someone in the line ahead of us, battling a manager or concierge member about their policy. It’s lengthy, and they (the store staff) try to be nice about it, but it’s a time-eater. Returning online, nine times out of ten, is going to be more convenient for you.
Now, we get to the most notorious American shopping holiday, heard ‘round the world: Black Friday. This, along with the predecessor of Thanksgiving Day doorbusters, make up one of the greatest and most iconic shopping experiences in America. In recent years, it’s been rolled-up into a three-day extravaganza with our next addition but still offers some killer digital sales. We’re not going to recommend venturing out into the wild, wild world of Black Friday shopping, but sitting online at home is definitely the way to go.
Specific flowers and colors have also come to be associated with each wedding anniversary year. There do not appear to be any consistent sources for these themes, so the table in this section lists all key flowers from a number of reputable sources that stipulate what the flower is for each anniversary. It is possible that any variation in the nominated flower for a particular year may represent the region of the world in which that particular flower came to be endorsed. In addition to the specific flower for each anniversary, the rose, considered the floral king of romance, can be substituted for most anniversaries if so desired.
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.
Do you have something sitting at home that you never use? It might be tempting to wrap it up and give it away to someone else, but that is always a risky move. You don’t want to accidentally give a gift back to the person that originally gave it to you. Or, if the woman you give the gift to eventually finds out, she will surely be disappointed and not feel special.
Choose a pretty Christmas pattern, like poinsettias, and impress your coworkers with a crafty gift that's easy to make in bulk. Roll clay to 1/4-inch thickness on parchment paper and refrigerate for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the clay from refrigerator, keeping it on parchment, and place on an even surface. Press the rim of an ovenproof bowl into clay, and cut around bowl with a crafts knife. Press a rubber stamp into clay to create pattern; if it sticks, lightly oil stamp surface. Lightly oil inside of the bowl used as a circle template. Place clay circle in center of bowl, gently molding it to sides, then place in oven and bake as directed on clay package. Once cool, remove clay bowl from mold and lightly sand edges if necessary. We love this Christmas gift for family and friends, too.
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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...