Well, you've made it through one year of marriage. You never thought you'd ever get there. Now it's time to get an anniversary gift for your spouse. We're going to cover some traditional and some not so traditional gift ideas for a first anniversary. Hopefully, you'll find something here that hits home.

The first anniversary is paper. Everybody knows that. What most people don't realize is that this anniversary may present more gift ideas than any other anniversary in the lot. Why? Think about it. How many things are made of paper? Heck, there's paper itself, though I doubt you'd want to give your spouse a ream of Hammermill watermarked as a gift. The point is, paper is very common and because of this, you can come up with some common and uncommon anniversary gift ideas.

Of course, the first thing most people think of is money. Why not? That way your spouse can go out and get whatever he or she wants. But, just because you're giving your spouse money doesn't mean it has to be in the form of Washingtons and Lincolns. Why not a check? Maybe a money order. You might even go out and get one of those American Express gift certificates that can be used just about anywhere. They're all as good as money and can ultimately be used to get anything. Money is still king but it doesn't have to be in a predictable form.

Of course, you can also go out and get a traditional gift certificate to a store like Fortunoff. If your wife loves jewelry, this may be just the perfect gift. Imagine getting a gift certificate for a generous amount to Fortunoff and being able to get that necklace or bracelet of her dreams. And, if you spring for a large enough one, that diamond ring may not be out of the question either.

Okay, now it's time to start to think a little outside the box. One thing that is made mostly of paper is a book. While not everybody likes to read, especially when most of the news in the world is bad, if your spouse is a fan of a certain author or style of book, this may be a perfect time to get a collection. Maybe the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe. Maybe the complete works of Stephen King. There are plenty of prolific authors to choose from. You might even spring for a magazine subscription or several.

If you really want to think way outside the box, this is for you guys. Write your wife a poem. Have it engraved in old English style writing on old style writing parchment and then have the poem put inside a frame. The poem will be one where you tell her how much you love her. Trust me, this is something that she would never expect in a million years of marriage.

These are just a few ideas. If you really put your mind to it, considering how many things are made out of paper, you can easily come up with an anniversary gift idea that will more than surprise your significant other.