When thinking about getting an anniversary gift for the one you married, you are probably stuck when it comes to thinking of something good. If you think about birthdays, holidays, and other occasions when you may buy something, you may have very well run out of ideas. You can think of anniversary presents as things that are not the usual, and things you might not buy any other time of the year. That makes it a little easier to decide what to get and if you have made the right choice.
Because you are celebrating your marriage, you can think along those lines. There are lists of both traditional and modern anniversary gift ideas, but you don't have to use those guidelines if you don't want to. Granted, that might make things easier for you, but not all couples care about those lists. They prefer to get something that might mean something, and not have to go by tradition. It can be hard to find a great gift made with paper for the first anniversary gift anyway, unless you can afford plane or concert tickets.
When thinking about an anniversary gift, think about what your spouse likes the most. If you exchange gifts, you should both be thinking about what makes your spouse happy, as that is the basis of a good relationship. Hobbies, pastimes, and other things related make great and personal gifts. If you don't exchange, but rather find a way to celebrate as your anniversary gift to each other, do something out of the ordinary. If you always go to the same restaurant, pick one you have been meaning to try, or go out of town for a new experience.
Some couples decide they don't want to give each other what might be an expensive anniversary gift, but instead, find ways to improve the life they are sharing. They may put money into a home improvement project, or take money each year at that time to put into savings. Whatever it is that you both think is a benefit to your
future together, and the future of any children you may have, can make a great gift that will give far beyond the day of your anniversary. It might not seem very romantic, but investing in the future can be lifesaving later on. Besides, you can still get your favorite meal and share it at home together. Get a babysitter, if needed, and spend the night together.