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If you plan to follow the traditional path, here are 15 books that make perfect paper first anniversary gifts. Naturally, books are not the only thing that you could select as a gift, there are dozens more non-book ideas out there, but books are a fantastic option and can be tailored perfectly to your spouse. Here are our favourites:
To travel in North America is to face a delicious quandary: over these vast spaces with so many riches, from glittering cities to eccentric small towns and heart-stoppingly beautiful mountains and plains, how to experience as much as possible in limited time? The New York Times has the answer, and has been offering up dream weekends with practical itineraries in its popular weekly “36 Hours” column for over a decade. And since 2011, starting with the publication of 36 Hours: USA & Canada, TASCHEN has been collecting these stories into best-selling books, organized continent by continent.
Even the most adventurous couples can find themselves in a rut from time to time. With 100 fun and creative ways to shake things up, this book will challenge you to get outside of your usual activities. It also includes a place to record your completion dates and questions to help you remember the highlights of each activity!
101 Conversation Starters for Couples (101 Conversations Starters)
Your spouse is a unique person, filled with amazing insights, thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Communication is key to really knowing and fully loving that person.
Bestselling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman has developed this handy tabletop resource to get you and your spouse talking. With 101 probing questions, couples will find their relationship enhanced, their intimacy deepened, and their romance ignited. 101 Conversation Starters for Couples is the perfect companion to the bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages. It also makes an excellent Valentines Day, wedding, and anniversary gift. It helps you and your spouse get the conversation flowing.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition
The world’s bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 New York Times bestseller, 1,000 Places reinvented the idea of travel book as both wish list and practical guide. As Newsweek wrote, it “tells you what’s beautiful, what’s fun, and what’s just unforgettable— everywhere on earth.” And now the best is better. There are 600 full-color photographs. Over 200 entirely new entries, including visits to 28 countries like Lebanon, Croatia, Estonia, and Nicaragua, that were not in the original edition. There is an emphasis on experiences: an entry covers not just Positano or Ravello, but the full 30-mile stretch along the Amalfi Coast.
Every entry from the original edition has been readdressed, rewritten, and made fuller, with more suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to visit, festivals to check out. And throughout, the book is more budget-conscious, starred restaurants and historic hotels such as the Ritz,but also moderately priced gems that don’t compromise on atmosphere or charm.
The world is calling. Time to answer.
The Couples Cookbook
Most cookbooks are written with ingredients for families of 4 to 6 people. However, The Couples Cookbook offers over 140 simple and easy to cook recipes for couples and partners. Ingredients are proportioned for two people to create special and romantic meals. There’s no need to use math to adjust the proportions, as you would with many other cookbooks. Feel free to light some candles when you enjoy these meals, appetizers, desserts, sides and more. Many recipes include suggested wine pairings and many healthy recipes are included.
The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook
Organized by type of aphrodisiac, this playful cookbook covers 19 sensual foods, ranging from traditional favorites like oysters and strawberries to lesser-known but just as potent foods such as pine nuts and asparagus. Including histories of aphrodisiacs, couples’ anecdotes, and tantalizing photography, this 10th-anniversary edition of this beautiful and innovative cookbook features more than 55 new, couple-tested recipes and a completely revised appendix.
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Deb Perelman loves to cook. She isn’t a chef or a restaurant owner—she’s never even waitressed. Cooking in her tiny Manhattan kitchen was, at least at first, for special occasions—and, too often, an unnecessarily daunting venture. Deb found herself overwhelmed by the number of recipes available to her. Have you ever searched for the perfect birthday cake on Google? You’ll get more than three million results. Where do you start? What if you pick a recipe that’s downright bad? Fix that problem with this book!
Sock Monkey Kama Sutra: Tantric Sex Positions for Your Naughty Little Monkey
It’s time to bump fuzzies!
You know what they say, “Monkey see, monkey do.” Well, these sock monkeys have seen the Kama Sutra and boy, are they doing it. This photographic glimpse gives new meaning to monkey business as the crafted creatures try out dozens of real Kama Sutra positions. From the Clinging Creeper to the Spinning Top, these socks are ready to knock boots!
The Remarkable Year
The Remarkable Year helps you prove to yourself that you are moving forward. You’re doing remarkable things, but when you don’t write them down, they get lost in the daily routine of working, grocery shopping, and doing household chores. Fill it out together and have a memory of your first year together as a couple.
Knock Knock What I Love About You Fill-in-the-Blank Journal
This little book contains fill-in-the-blank lines describing some aspect of your affection for your beloved. Just complete each line and voilà: you have a uniquely personal gift your loved one will read again and again. Make it as mushy, racy, or witty as you choose!
52 Uncommon Date Ideas: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together
“Fun, creative, and spiritually engaging—these are no ordinary dates!
Have you ever tried a photography date? A water date? What about a second first date?
52 Uncommon Dates is more than a book. . . it’s an experience! Each date will set the scene for you and walk you through making it happen. Learn how to practically speak each other’s love language, incorporate prayer in ways that are natural and relevant to real life, and finish strong with questions that help keep conversation alive. You can even dig deeper to discover Bible passages that fit the theme of each date.”
The Romantic Coupon Book
A fun, romantic coupon book for anyone in love. Whether you are just dating or have been married for 50 years, this humorous coupon book will give your lover discounts and freebies that will keep you occupied for months! Contains 22 beautifully illustrated coupons.
Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People
With this one-sentence journal, couples can create a three-year time capsule of their relationship in the easiest way possible. Our Q&A a Day provides a question for every day of the year, with enough space for two people to jot down a one- or two-sentence response. The journal offers a variety of questions; some may address the relationship (“Where would you like to travel with your partner?”); others suggest writing something about each other (“What does your partner’s laugh sound like?”); many are simply questions that each person answers individually (“What is your top priority today?”). Over a three-year period, both writers can see how their answers compare, contrast, and change as they create a lasting keepsake of their relationship.
The Quiz Book for Couples
Think you know everything there is to know about your significant other? Put your knowledge to the test with this fun book of questions for every aspect of your relationship. It’s a great way to learn more about your partner while engaging in a little healthy competition!
A Custom Blurb Book
Put together a photo book full of memories and stories, the story of your relationship, a history of your lives, the photos from your honeymoon, or maybe even finish up an album of your wedding photos.
Looking for more anniversary gift ideas? Try one of these: