For today's NoBooksBlog, I'm totally s̶t̶e̶a̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ being inspired by Ingrained Inc's list of traditional anniversary gifts. Lauren is a phenomenal designer maker, working mainly with leather, glass & wood, to create beautiful and functional gifts, for pretty much any occasion. She's also an affa fine quine!
We recently had a chat about online stuff, and I saw this great idea, which I've shamelessly adapted for NoBooksWereHarmed.co.uk!
Let's start with the 1st Wedding Anniversary. It's pretty widely known that it would traditionally be marked with the exchange of a paper based gift - therefore, every single piece of art from here will tick that box - you've just gotta decide what you like best! But from there on, I'm sure I can offer 'something' to suit almost every anniversary...
2nd Wedding Anniversary: Cotton
My first stumbling block. Cotton used to be commonplace in the bindings and coverings of books, but rarely seen now; paper made from cotton can be found in some antique books, but despite having 4500+ books, many of them very vintage, I couldn't promise there's cotton in any in particular. Great start Jo, this seemed like such a good idea...
3rd Wedding Anniversary: Leather
Very few books are actually bound in leather anymore. But I always have a huge number of beautiful faux leather books in house!
4th Wedding Anniversary: Fruit & Flowers
That I can help with! Apple, anyone? Or flowers?
5th Wedding Anniversary: Wood
Lucky you, you can choose from ANYTHING in the NoBooksWereHarmed.co.uk catalogue - paper/wood/paper/book! How about the couple's initials?
6th Wedding Anniversary: Iron or Candy
Well. If you pile enough books on top of your clothes, they might iron them out? Or, you could choose a number 6, or perhaps a lucky horse - horeshoes were traditionally made from iron, although I think they're often steel now?
7th Wedding Anniversary: Wool or Copper
Meh. Another tough one - although I've just realised there used to be a sheep on here, and it's vanished. I must go look at old photos!
8th Wedding Anniversary: Bronze
Possibly my favourite colour! If it's your eighth anniversary, drop me a line and I'll do my best to use a bronzey/browny book for your order - can't make any promises, but am usually able to oblige!
9th Wedding Anniversary: Pottery
Depending what comes to mind when you hear the word 'pot', I can offer you a teapot pouring tea (booky tea, not tea tea), or a pot head, which isn't exactly a houseplant...but there's something for everyone in here!
10th Wedding Anniversary: Tin
Imma cop out with a number ten haha
For Silver/Pearl/Ruby/Gold Anniversaries, please drop me a line. Whether it's names, dates, initials, hearts - when I know the occasion a gift is for, I'll often have 'just the right book' to hand, and it's always a real honour to help you choose a completely unique gift for the happy couple.