Do you ever get a sense of fear and apprehension when an anniversary looms close? Of course, it is never because you are worried about spending time with your most beloved one. Never that! What truly puts a frown on your face is the gift you will be giving your significant other. While you can be sure that your better half will love you no matter what you give them, you still have to give them something. It is a terribly material world that we live in nowadays, and you just want to prepare something special, right?
Well, your gift does not have to be expensive or valuable; you do not even have to go out and buy it! When it comes to gifts, most of the time, it’s the thought that counts the most. There are many things you can easily make that will perfectly elucidate your love and commitment. Of course, you would have to go out and get some materials for these items.
Below is a list of anniversary gifts you can make to impress your loved one on your special day.
Why should you waste money on flowers that can never last? Paper flowers are easy to make and can look pretty much like the real thing. The best part is that they will never wilt, just like your unending love, hopefully!
There are many species of flowers that you can make: roses, carnations, peonies, orchids, and more!
The detail of the flowers can be entirely up to you. There are many tutorials you can find online to create the perfect bouquet of flowers just for your beau. You can choose the colors as well. There is no need to obey the laws of nature if you are crafting your own flowers.
The materials for the flowers can be easily sourced as well. To make paper flowers, you can use normal paper, tissue or crepe paper, or even coffee filters or cupcake liners. If you want a more elegant or unique look to your flowers, you can always use gold or silver colored paper. If your guy/gal is a bibliophile, try using pages from a magazine (never a book!) or a print-out of a page from a favored story or book.
A DIY Photo Album
With the advent of phone cameras, taking beautiful photographs can be as easy as 1, 2, snap! You can choose some particularly meaningful ones and print them out. At the same time, you can go down memory lane and relive all the wonderful experiences you have gone through with your partner. Hold on to that fuzzy feeling, because you are going to need it while you make the album.
What is so great about making your own photo album, or if you are being less ambitious, a photo book, is that you can add notes into them. There is no end to what you can write. Perhaps how you felt when the picture was taken, the significance of that moment to you or to the both of you, or maybe even just that you wish you can relive that instance in your lives. You could even show off your wordsmithing skills by penning your own poetry!
There is no end to how you can decorate a photo album. You can use stamps, modern calligraphy, multiple kinds of prints and paper, or pressed flowers. You can add in small tokens that remind you of favorite memories: movie ticket stubs and the like.
To create your own personal photo album, you could use cardboard for a more solid book, or cardstock for a simpler version to display. At the same time, there is an infinite variety of styles you can use for this project, depending on your own creativity. Pinterest is a great platform for ideas you can use.
A piece of advice: do get acid-free paper to prevent your photos from yellowing.
Here’s the easiest and simplest one in the list. Find a nice box, perhaps around the size of a jewelry box, and fill it with all the reasons you love your partner. Alternatively, you can make your own box, or decorate a simple one yourself.
The main idea here is to fill the box with all the great things about your beloved. You can add in sweet memories and milestones as well. Write down anything and everything positive about your relationship together. You could even add in the bad stuff and how you have overcome them.
You can spend as much time with decorating as you want. Plain paper works too, though colored paper may look nicer. This is an easy last-minute gift that will potentially bring tears to the eye. Trust me, I would know. I cried making one of these.
I hope all these ideas help make your special day a greater one. Happy Anniversary!