Need cheap 1st anniversary gift ideas? These ideas are cheap, easy, & thoughtful! They also follow the classic 1st anniversary theme: paper! Click through for more!

Cheap (But Effective) Gift Ideas for Your 1st Anniversary

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Today is a special day for me: mine & my husband’s 1st wedding anniversary! Peep that couple from a year ago!

Ah, sweet JoP memories! Deciding to take the plunge & just do it was the best decision we could have made. And here we are a year later with one less beard & one extra family member! We may do a “wedding” wedding sometime in the next year or so, but I treasure the intimate little ceremony we had!

Now, to the matter at hand: cheap 1st anniversary gifts! I chose to do these particular gifts because a.) they follow the traditional anniversary theme, paper, and b.) they’re cost-effective. Parenting ain’t cheap, y’all!

“365 Days of Love Notes” Jar

Need cheap 1st anniversary gift ideas? These ideas are cheap, easy, & thoughtful! They also follow the classic 1st anniversary theme: paper! Click through for more!
Front of the Jar

All this took a jar from Hobby Lobby, too many pieces of paper, & time!

I will not lie; this project took a while. While it certainly isn’t a difficult gift to make, it takes a good bit of time to complete. I worked on this particular gift for about a month, writing the notes as I could between housework & taking care of E.K. I got a lot of it done while nursing, actually!

You can find other ideas on how to spend your time while nursing here!

But the end result was so worth it! I am in love with how it turned out & he loved it too! He really is a sap deep down beneath the manly man exterior! (Don’t tell him I told)

Need cheap 1st anniversary gift ideas? These ideas are cheap, easy, & thoughtful! They also follow the classic 1st anniversary theme: paper! Click through for more!

I chose 4 themes for the notes: “Reasons I Love You”, “Do You Remember When”, “Let’s Do This Together”, & an all-encompassing “Encouragement, Quotes, Lyrics, etc.”

I included things such as Bible verses about love, one-liners, & bucket list items.

Need cheap 1st anniversary gift ideas? These ideas are cheap, easy, & thoughtful! They also follow the classic 1st anniversary theme: paper! Click through for more!

Box of Memories

Need cheap 1st anniversary gift ideas? These ideas are cheap, easy, & thoughtful! They also follow the classic 1st anniversary theme: paper! Click through for more!

This little gift takes less time to do, but still has a lot of sentiment & really is the perfect 1st-anniversary gift!

Need cheap 1st anniversary gift ideas? These ideas are cheap, easy, & thoughtful! They also follow the classic 1st anniversary theme: paper! Click through for more!

I typed up a few of my favorite memories of our first year as a married couple & tucked them into this adorable box from Hobby Lobby!

This doesn’t have to be limited to memories! It can be date ideas, affirmations, or even a game of truth or dare (just print truth & dare options on each paper & take turns blindly choosing)!

More Ideas for 1st Anniversary Gifts

These are just a few other ideas I considered & you may prefer these:

  • Starmap of our wedding day
  • Photo album of our year together
  • Couples coupon book (he actually did this for me!)
  • Study Bible (I recommend this one)
  • “Open When…” letters

I hope I was able to get your mind moving with gift ideas! What was your favorite gift you’ve received? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Cheap (But Effective) Gift Ideas for Your 1st Anniversary”

  1. Love these ideas! Every year I make an album of our year and at the end I include a “thank you” list of little things I keep track of that he does throughout the year. It’s a tradition now and something we can both look back on! Now I want to do them for Knox too! 😊

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