May 29, 2014

A Creative 3rd Anniversary Gift

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Jared and I decided we'd try to give our anniversary gifts each year based on what the 'traditional' item is supposed to be. You can find the full list of gifts by year here, if you are interested. Year three is leather, which I thought was a bit tricky. Jared had gotten a new wallet for Christmas, didn't need new shoes or a belt... and sorry, but a big, fancy leather gift like a duffel bag wasn't in our budget! We keep anniversary gifts simple because we'd rather spend money doing something fun together to celebrate, rather than buying elaborate gifts. Luckily, I thought of a cute way to give him a gift that incorporated leather and that he'd use.
We love to travel and hope to do plentyyy more of it in our lifetime, so I found a brown leather luggage tag via Etsy that I was able to have imprinted with his initials. It's classic and something he didn't have already, so I snatched it up and was so excited when it came in. For a relatively inexpensive item, it is really nice quality!
personalized luggage tag
I wanted to add a creative touch to the gift though, so I brainstormed a way to tie in travel a little more. I've mentioned countless times on this blog that Jared and I are so guilty of always eating at the same restaurants, going on the same dates and just not getting out enough in our own city. So in addition to his luggage tag for our "real" travel, I made him a one-of-a-kind passport for some "local" adventures.
3rd anniversary gift, passport
There are dozens and dozens of things we've talked about doing but haven't, so now we have no excuse. I printed out passport pages with different places to visit, eat at, explore and left a place for us to stamp and date them once we actually complete our adventures. I was going to make a cover out of cardstock, but then remembered I had my old passport with my maiden name that is no longer valid! I glued all my pages to the actual passport and added a few fun, personal touches as well. Obviously we needed an updated passport photo together...

3rd anniversary gift
I think doing the traditional gift item helps us be more creative with our gift-giving. It would be too easy for me to just go out and buy Jared a few things I know he'd love... I like having a theme to work with because it makes for a more fun gift-giving experience.

51 comments:

  1. I LOVE the way the luggage tag worked out! So darn sweet!!!! You're so creative, Mrs.!!!! ;)

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  2. The local passport is GENIUS.

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  3. Oh my gosh. You are too good friend. That is amazing and I know it is something both he and you will enjoy putting to good use. Why are you so creative?! hehe I hope that you had an amazing time celebrating such a special bond. Happy Friday eve!

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  4. This is SO cute and SO creative!!!

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  5. Aww, that's cute! I've taken the strategy of following the traditional gifts so far, just for the fun of it, and yeah, leather I was the least creative with. However, the wallet he was using was the one I'd given him for our engagement....so at 3 years married, it was the perfect time for a new wallet!

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  6. what a great idea. so creative and fun. i'll have to remember this for our 17th anniversary in september.

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  7. I love the "local passport' idea! You'll have so much fun with that gift.

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    1. Thanks, Liza! I know, I'm excited to start stamping/checking things off now! :)

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  8. Screw Pinterest, you've got all the creativity right here! Such a cute idea, Erin!!

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  9. This is great! My husband and I just had our first anniversary and did paper gifts, it definitely requires creativity :)
    Congrats on 3 years, hope we get updates on all the fun passport activities you have planned!

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  10. Ahh, such a good idea... you are SO creative and I bet he just loved it!

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  11. Such creative ideas, so cute!

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  12. So creative! Such an awesome idea! I love it!!! =D

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  13. This is such a great idea! I am going to have to Remember this!

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  14. Love it! Leather would be hard, I hope next years is easier!

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  15. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!! Such a creative idea! You did an awesome job ;)

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  16. The luggage tag is a great idea but the passport is genius!

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  17. I LOVE THIS...such sweet and thoughtful gifts!

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  18. Im obsessed with giving the traditional gifts! We have followed it from the get-go. We'll celebrate our 3rd anni in Oct!

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  19. Oh my goodness, this is just the cutest idea ever, Erin!!! I absolutely love it. You will have to post when you do the things in Cincinnati..some of them are on our list as well!

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  20. Such an awesome idea and gift! Love it!

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  21. Oh my goodness! Such an awesome 3rd yr gift idea! I may have to borrow this idea, my husband and I are celebrating 3 yrs in July and this seems SO perfect! Cheers to 3 yrs of marriage and many more to come!

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  22. I love these gifts so much! And I love the whole concept of giving small gifts and focusing more on experiencing things - Adam and I try to do the same thing. I'd rather spend money on something we're going to do that's going to make memories than on something that will most likely sit on a shelf or in a closet!

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  23. That is SO awesome! I LOVE the passport idea! My hubby & I seem to get stuck in a rut & go to the same places all the time. This would be something really cool for us to try! Good job, girlie!

    What did you get?

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  24. OMG!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE CUTEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!!

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  25. That luggage tag is perfect looking!! You are so creative!! :)

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  26. Stop it. This is the most adorable thing ever!! I love it.

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  27. Super cute and you know I love a good creative, traditional gift!

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  28. You are so freakin' creative! Well done, lady... that's the perfect anniversary gift.

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  29. Ooooh go you! That passport is so fun!

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  30. What a great idea! Totally perfect.

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  31. This is so perfect. Now I want to know all the places you put in the passport! It looks like you have some great ideas!!

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  32. Love this idea and it is now pinned!

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  33. happy anniversary first of all! second, i love the gifts and how you were able to incorporate the leather and still keep the whole thing travel themed! you are so creative!!

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  34. You're so creative!! I love that passport idea for local things! Peter and I are the same way haha.

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  35. Adorable idea! Our leather anni is in July, yeah.....if Mexico has leather theme, then it works ;)

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  36. I love both of those things. Very creative and so cute

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  37. I love this idea!!! I may just steal it from you:)

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  38. That passport idea is an AWESOME idea! Happy anniversary!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! It was fun coming up with all the different things to include-- I feel like I could have added 50 more! :)

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  39. SO creative!! Love it!! Such a super fun idea! And good to know that you can keep your old passport once you change your name. Was thinking about that the other day and was curious what would happen to the old one!

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  40. It turned out so great! I'm so glad he loved it!!! Yayyyy to Cincinnati adventures. Let me know when you hit up the Rootbeer Stand. We live dangerously close to it! :)

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  41. I totally agree, I like working with the themes to be creative and cute! Awesome job! My next up anniversary is three so this is perfect for ideas ;-)

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  42. Are you kidding me? Erin!! This is the sweetest gift ever! You're so creative! I want to do the passport idea for Eric! I think I'll be doing it for Father's Day because I have no other ideas so far. Maybe I can make it full of little family outing ideas?

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  43. great idea!!! Im sure he loved it!!!

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  44. OH MY GOSH!! This is so sweet and creative! I cannot get over how amazing this is! I bet her LOVED it A. because it is amazing and 2. it had to take so much time and love! You are the best!

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  45. It's really nice to see a gift guide where you're actually properly talking about the things you've picked out! :

    important gift

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