Anniversary Gift Ideas – Fantastic First Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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Your first year of marriage is full of new experiences, ranging from amazing to not so good. You’ve finally settled into the married life and are enjoying all the benefits of having a lifelong partner. To celebrate your first anniversary, you’ll want to do something special. Although every wedding anniversary is special, the first anniversary is one of the most momentous because it marks the success of your marriage and sets the foundation for many more years to come. Give your spouse a meaningful and symbolic gift for your first anniversary with these fantastic ideas.

1. The traditional first anniversary gift is paper, so profess your love for your partner with a beautiful journal filled with handwritten love letters. You can list out all the different reasons you love and appreciate him, or you can write heartfelt poems whenever you feel the urge to celebrate your relationship. Feel free to get creative with this gift idea.

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2. Monogrammed stationery is a classic wedding anniversary gift, thanks to its elegance and timelessness. You can either have his initials or his full name engraved or stamped into thick, weighted paper and envelopes. Include a pack of stamps for a nice extra touch.

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3. Does your honey like to write, jot down notes or sketch? An engraved journal, notebook or sketchbook all make great paper anniversary gifts. You can tuck a note from you inside the front cover so that you’ll always be with him.

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4. Pay homage to the traditional paper gift with a poster of a world map to put on your bedroom or living room wall. You can mark all the places you’ve already been to together and plan out all your future travels by mapping them out.

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5. Another fun take on the traditional paper anniversary gift is tickets to an event. Whether it’s a sports game, concert or plane ticket, this is a thoughtful gift that you can easily customize and make as extravagant or as simple as you’d like.

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6. Clocks are the modern take on a first anniversary gift, so if you want to go with a more contemporary anniversary gift you can give him a cuckoo clock, grandfather clock, alarm clock or just a simple clock to go on his desk at work. Every time the clock chimes, he’ll think of you and all the wonderful times you’ve spent together.

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7. A truly special first anniversary present is a nice watch. This is another gift that can be as extravagant or as simple as you’d like; you can purchase a fancy designer watch that will be his number one accessory, or you can buy a fun, inexpensive watch with cartoon characters on it from your favorite show. There’s plenty of room to be creative with this lovely gift idea.

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8. In addition to the traditional paper and modern clock gifts, there are gemstones that go along with the first anniversary too. Gold is precious and pure, symbolizing wealth for the future, while the pearl is the representative gemstone. A beautiful piece of gold jewelry with pearls would make the perfect first anniversary gift for the one who loves jewelry. Necklaces, rings and bracelets are all great ideas, especially if they are made of gold or pearls.

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9. Flowers are a classic wedding anniversary gift, and the first anniversary flower is the carnation. Often overlooked as a simple bloom, carnations can actually be quite beautiful, especially when put together in a large bouquet. Carnations come in a variety of colors so you can even choose his favorite color!

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10. A beautiful wedding album commemorating your special day is the ideal first anniversary gift, if you haven’t already made one. Tell the story of your magical wedding day through your photos and relive all the wonderful memories and emotions of that amazing day.

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11. If none of the above gifts strike your fancy, a wonderful first wedding anniversary present is to plan a romantic date or weekend getaway. Aside from your honeymoon, you may not have had the chance to take a vacation together so even if you only have time for one night, a romantic staycation will be greatly appreciated. Taking the time to relax and just enjoy one another is important for any healthy marriage.

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Giving your spouse a present for your first wedding anniversary is a meaningful part of marriage. How couples choose to celebrate this milestone will vary, so choose a gift that is appropriate for you, your budget and your relationship. Sharing a token of your appreciation for being a wonderful partner this past year will certainly set the tone for future anniversaries together. Be open and honest with your spouse about your expectations on anniversary gifts so that you are both on the same page and will be able to happily celebrate this special day.

Give your partner the perfect anniversary gift this year: a beautiful wedding anniversary album.

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The first wedding anniversary is a meaningful one, providing the foundation for many years to come. Celebrate with these fantastic & thoughtful gift ideas.

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10 Responses

  1. amrithajithin says:

    I want to give a beautiful fantastic special gift for my husband for our first wedding anniversary

  2. Erica Broker says:

    My sister received a Dreamlines sketch of her dress. It was so perfect that my husband gave me one as a wedding gift. My new favorite thing besides him! 🙂

  3. Rebecca B. says:

    Some years back my husband got me an anniversary sundial that sits on the windowsill and makes rainbows in the room when the sun shines. It is a clock that uses the sun to tell time, but it also does something else that is really special. My husband had the guy who handmade it for us add a special date line for our anniversary day that the time shadow follows on our special day each year, and every year so far it has worked perfectly! I think it has got to be one of the best anniversary gifts I ever heard of because it does something special every year for our anniversary, plus the colorful rainbows in our kitchen can really brighten up the day!

  4. Rebecca B. says:

    We have an anniversary sundial that you can find online, it is made of glass and sits on the window sill and was handmade just for us so it would work where we live. It is a clock that tells time by using the sun, but the coolest thing is that it makes really vivid rainbows in our home when the sun shines. We were able to add a date line to our sundial that the time shadow follows on our anniversary day each year and there is even a special mark on that anniversary line to celebrate the actual MOMENT we got married! My husband tells me that the sun and moon and planets all move every day, but they will always align for us on our day together (awww) It really is a great gift though because it also makes brilliant rainbows on the floor when the sun shines, and our toddler loves to play in the colors on the floor. I don’t remember what its called but you can find it online with a search – it has become a real touchstone in our home!

  5. Bonnie C. says:

    An anniversary sundial is a good idea, it is a clock that tells time using the sun. We have one that sits on the window sill and makes rainbows in the room when the sun shines. It was handmade just for us with a special date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary day each year, and there is a mark on that line that the shadow touches at the actual moment of our ceremony. We’ve had it for several years and it works great – I think it is one of the best wedding or anniversary gifts that I have ever heard of!

  6. Grace says:

    Great ideas

  7. Carl says:

    I like the rainbow anniversary sundial idea…it seems like it would be a very appropriate same sex wedding gift too. We have a few of those to go to this year, I think I am going to check it out. Thanks for the good idea.

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    At MyGiftGenie we specialise in offering amazing anniversary gift ideas for men and women, all curated by the specfic yearly theme (i.e. 1st – Paper, 2nd – Cotton, 3rd – Leather etc…). We would love to help you out.