The way into my heart is easy.
1 – laugh at my jokes…even if they are ________(insert corny, awful, or unfunny here).
2 – give me presents.
It’s that easy. It sounds like I am this materialistic person…but the gift doesn’t actually have to cost any money. You could literally pick a blade of grass and tell me that you thought of me when you saw that little sprig of green…and I will melt in your hands. So obviously with my love language being gift-giving, my darlin’ boyfriend knows that he can show me how much he cares by giving me a little anniversary present. So I thought I would do a recap of all three years of anniversary pressies Jeremy has presented (heehee) to me…
The traditional gift for your first anniversary is PAPER. Hello nice to meet you Mr. Boring. It’s pretty obvious a man came up with this one. A girl would have said diamonds. But my boytoy didn’t really stick to the traditional meaning of this anniversary gift. As in, he didn’t buy me a reem of 8×11’s and call it a day. On our first anniversary, he surprised me with paper in the form of airline tickets. That’s right, he flew me to Niagra Falls…
(you can read all about that oldie post here)…and then he gave me my Canon camera. I kinda figure it’s like two gifts that are paper related…one is more direct (the tickets) and the other is a little more creative (cameras take photos which are printed on photo paper….a la Kevin Bacon…TAHDAH!). So maybe that is a stretchin it a bit but regardless, I felt very loved.
Then for the second anniversary, the traditional gift is cotton.
And you probably read all about our trip last year to Dominican Republic. Well, while we were there, this suite and the glorious king-size-bed would have been enough cotton to keep me happy.
But then on top of that…Jeremy purchased me my own spa massage (we had one couples massage too) and a facial. And yes, he took that photo of me right before our ladies with the magic fingers came in. And no, I have no qualms about taking photos in random places. And yes, I was slightly drooling even before the massage started 🙂
What does a massage have to do with cotton? Well, here is a photo that explains how I looked afterward. And if that doesn’t say COTTON = bliss, well, then I don’t know what does.
This year, we took more of a creative approach when it came to our anniversary gifts. You kinda have to be creative when it comes to leather.
Instead of buying something that is made of leather, we decided to get something that is traditionally made of leather…luggage. We had always had mismatched carryalls (plastic bags from Kroger…a duffel bag that was a gift from my work…a open tote we got for our wedding). And for trips we simply borrowed from various family members (like the ones below in a photo from our honeymoon):
So this year, we discussed it prior to our big day…we would look for matching luggage (with rolling wheels that actually roll). I found it at TJMaxx. We loved this Samsonite luggage for multiple reasons. First, it has the swivel wheels which comes in handy now that one person’s hands are full-time occupied with Will. Secondly – it has those little orange stripes (which makes it a little easier to identify in the sea of black airport bags). Third – it has that heavy duty exterior and a 10 year warranty. Even though it isn’t leather, we think of leather luggage when we see it…so it totally counts.
And honestly, I have to hide a smile everytime I see that little Samsonite plaque on the front. I think you know why…
Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson? Oh yeah, it’s right here. Samsonite. I was way off! (name that movie)
So tell me…what has been your favorite anniversary gift that you received? Any luggage people out there? Camera’s? Trips? You know what…it doesn’t have to be an anniversary present…it could be any gift…just tell me all about it. Telling me will be like a gift from you to me. And I will feel loved 🙂