Thursday, December 12, 2013

Non-cheesy first anniversary present?


I get that buying a present for your spouse is deeply personal and you can't really give someone advice, blah blah blah. But I am looking for inspiration for a non-cheesy first anniversary present for my husband.

I like the idea of following the traditional gifts -- paper for year one, but the best ideas on the internet are 1) buy tickets to a sporting event so your man will remember you totz get him, 2) make a dumb craft project with maps of places you have lived, or 3) write a love letter every day of your first year of marriage (too late, and where would you hide 365 love letters in a studio apartment anyway?).

There must be something better. Thoughts?

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Is he a word person? A visual person? A food person?

What is his very favorite object?

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He is a serious word person. Mostly history but also comic books (he got some unlimited online subscription and is now working his way chronologically through esoteric old series). Loves food, especially barbecue. 

Favorite object would probably be a tie between his grandfather's Danish rocking chair and our spherical ice cube molds.

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So basically he's awesome. And (irrelevant here) a whiskey drinker.

I say find a first edition of a book he loves. Does anyone know where to shop for such a thing?



Pink Package by Maira Kalman

20 comments:

  1. http://www.strandbooks.com/

    you're welcome. my husband and i are huge book lovers and whenever we can't find a book locally that the other wants, we just shop online at our favorite bookstore in the country.

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    1. The rare books section of that place is insane!

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  2. might be nice to print and frame your vows if you wrote those together - or, if you would rather not have them on display, secret a copy behind a wedding photo. i took forever to get any wedding photos printed, and that "paper" occasion was a good excuse.

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  3. If he is into archival things you can go to the New Yorker online store, search by date and get prints of cartoons and covers from the day he was born. You can have them mounted, framed etc. Some of them are kind of boring but sometimes you can luck out with something really really great.

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  4. AbeBooks.com is a clearinghouse for a lot of rare and vintage booksellers. You can do a special search for first editions, too. Highly recommended; it's been the source of gifts for my SO for the last year and a half.

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    1. Yup, was just going to recommend AbeBooks. We just had our first anniversary, and my husband ordered a signed first-edition of "Oryx and Crake" from them.

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  5. powell's has a nice subscription plan of their picks with some little gifts, if you think he would like to be surprised by whatever they put together throughout the year. pricey though.
    http://www.powells.com/indiespensable/

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    1. My boyfriend got me a short-term Indiespensable subscription a couple of years ago, and those packages were so, so great to open.

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  6. First edition sounds awesome

    Maybe helpful maybe not?... Because my husband and I are poor planners and generally unromantic, we didn't get each other presents for our anniversary and just planned to spent the day together (convertible drive in Yellowstone). While out and about we looked for something that was paper (traditional gift + remind us of how we spent the day) and bought it together. Do you have a date idea in mind and could you buy each other something while on said date?

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  7. I don't know where you live but Half Priced Books typically has a great first edition/rare/old books section for great prices. I also like @stef 's suggestion of planning a day together and then buying something together on that day... I think experiences are the best gifts! I'd prob take him on a killer date to a great restaurant and do something fun with the menu or have them print a special menu for you?

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  8. Rolling papers for a blunt.

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  9. As a comic book reader - depending on your budget: a lithograph from my favorite artist would be a home run. A rare book would be great too!

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  11. Buy him original comic book art from one of his favorite comics --- it ain't cheap, but yeah, he'll like it: http://www.albertmoy.com/

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  12. I think written presents are great if they're authentic, not cheesy. My fiancé once wrote me a poem about my breasts, and it was seriously the best gift ever.

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    1. Most romantic thing ever.

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  13. OP here -- thanks for all of the suggestions, I am planning to spend this snowy weekend scouring the New Yorker archives. Also selfishly now I just want to print this out and hope that I get a first edition of Oryx and Crake and poem about my breasts.

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  14. I always think a print (as in, for the wall) is a nice first anniversary gift. Books are good too, and there's definite mileage in the comic book ideas.

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  15. Isn't someone going to suggest what shoes to wear with the gorg red dress in the post pic? I mean, really.

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