Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas
The idea of giving a gift to mark a wedding anniversary has been traced by various sources to Ancient Rome or medieval Germany, but it's hard to come up with actual instances of anniversary presents exchanged by married couples from either society that far back. By the 18th century, however, the evidence of gift-giving in German culture is more solid. Husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth.
As the silver and gold traditions spread, celebrants — and shopkeepers — looked for ways to mark earlier anniversaries too. By 1859, The (Old) Farmer's Almanac wrote "one month from marriage makes a sugar wedding; one year makes a paper wedding" then wood at five, tin for ten, silver for 25, golden at 50, and diamond at 75. Some people say that it is in fact the 60th anniversary that have diamonds associated. This is as a result of Queen Victoria celebrating her sixtieth year on the throne, called the 'Diamond Jubilee'.
It wasn't until the 20th century that an exhaustive yearly list was invented. The logic of presenting gifts was that stability deserves a reward and more the stability the greater should be the reward. Overtime this list has been subject to change with regional differences as well as modern variants on the traditional gifts, including crockery, clocks, appliances etc.
The tradition of giving paper on your first year together comes from the idea your first year of marriage is like a blank sheet, and it is also relatively fragile. We've rounded up some of the best paper gift ideas that will be perfect to celebrate your first year of marriage.
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