Jan 09 2010

First Anniversary Gifts

1st Anniversary Symbols

Traditional: Paper
Modern: Clock
Flower: Pansy
Gemstone: Fresh water pearls

First Anniversary

History of Anniversary Gift Categories

It was 1922 when Emily Post published the first known list of traditional anniversary gifts categories.  Post’s 1922 list included gifts for first, fifth, tenth, fifteenth, twentieth, twenty-fifth and fiftieth anniversaries. In 1957, Emily Post expanded her anniversary gift category list to include yearly gift categories for every anniversary from the first anniversary to the fifteenth anniversary and gifts for every fifth anniversary celebrated after the fifteenth anniversary. Being a very practical person Post’s anniversary gift categories were such that you could find inexpensive gifts that fit the early year’s category types and practical gifts that fit many of the later year’s categories.

First Anniversary

The first anniversary is one of the most celebrated of all anniversaries and is celebrated by both dating and married couples. It is probably also one of the most romantic anniversaries. After only one year the honeymoon is not over yet and romantic feelings for each other are still strong.

Paper Gift Suggestions

Paper is the traditional gift category for the first anniversary. Now that is an easy category to find unique and inexpensive gifts for the partner with whom you are celebrating your first anniversary. A personalized love poem or note is a great paper gift, especially if it is printed and framed. The website www.firstanniversarygift.com offers a great printing and framing service. Not a poet, how about framing a drawing or photograph of the two of you enjoying a special time together.

An invitation especially if you make it yourself, to dinner and a concert, play or tickets to a favorite sports team game is an all paper gift with a personal touch and shows you thought of all the details. You can order the tickets on www.ticketmaster.com.

A hand written love letter left on a pillow or served on a tray with breakfast-in-bed is unbelievably sexy and what a way to say I love you! If you are really brave send the letter in the mail. The letter can be written on notebook page or high grade stationary it really doesn’t matter it is the words you put on the paper that will win your partners heart.

If your spouse is the intellectual type a well selected book of poetry that rings true of your relationship or a romance novel or book about a special place you have been or are planning to go together will make the first anniversary memorable for years and years.

An amazing first anniversary gift is a scrapbook that documents your entire first year together. You can include photos, programs, ticket stubs, dried flowers, and anything else that memorializes a special day or event in your relationship. To do this right you have to plan ahead and save up all those little souvenirs. This gift shows beyond a doubt that you consider the relationship vitally important and you are in love every day. A scrapbook will be a cherished gift forever, it shows you are not taking the relationship for granted and you think of your spouse with very deep feelings. If you are looking for scrapbook materials try www.michaels.com/scrapbooking or visit a Michaels store in your area.

The front page of a newspaper from the town and date when you were married or where you first met is a simple but great gift to commemorate that very special date. If you did not save one many newspapers will sell you the paper from a particular date.

Give your spouse a bouquet of paper flowers, what an impression that will make if you actually make the flowers yourself. Paper flowers take a long time to make and show thought and they never die and hopefully that will be the same with your love. This is a very thoughtful first anniversary gift. There are instructions for making paper flowers on www.home.howstuffworks.com/paper-flowers.htm.

Paper as the traditional first anniversary gift gives you many directions to go with original ideas to make that anniversary date special. The best part is most of the paper gifts are affordable and easily personalized.

Clock Gift Suggestions

The clock is the modern gift category for the first anniversary. This category offers many choices of style and price. Clocks or watches can be a simple functional gift that shows you care and there are many inexpensive options. If you have a large budget the sky is the limit, from gold to jewels, you can purchase a never to be forgotten first anniversary gift.  A website which features unique anniversary clocks as well as more traditional clock selections is www.lawsonwatch.com.

Pansy Gift Suggestions

If the time of the season is right a huge planter or basket of live pansies is fantastic as a first anniversary gift. Pansies come in a rainbow of colors, maybe your spouse’s favorite color. If the season is not right silk pansies are available and they look real, very real! There is a cool Forsythia, Yellow and Orange Berries, Tall Grass Blades and Pansies silk flower arrangement on


Freshwater Pearls Gift Suggestions

If your partner loves to wear jewelry you can always go for freshwater pearls. A pair of earrings or a pearl necklace would be just the thing for the woman in your life. Take a look at the unique hand knitted freshwater pearl vintage bib necklace on http://www.cnepearls.com for example. To find a freshwater pearl tie tack or cufflinks for that special guy try www.thepearlgift.com/pearlsformen. Jewelry is always a memorable anniversary gift.

Celebration Ideas

First anniversaries tend to be romantic and personal. While later anniversaries might be celebrated with big parties and lots of friends the celebration of first anniversaries are more appropriately a romantic dinner for two, at home or at a favorite restaurant. If you chose to cook a dinner at home make sure you pick up a favorite bottle of wine and a nice arrangement of flowers for the table. Or maybe a weekend getaway at a hotel or resort would be appreciated. Reserve the room with the hot tub for an extra added touch. Is your special someone the athletic type how about a ski trip or a trip to your favorite park lodge with bicycles or hiking gear.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “First Anniversary Gifts”

  1. J. Tallmanon 04 Mar 2010 at 8:33 pm

    A creative alternative to the modern anniversary clock is to give a sundial as a first anniversary gift. The Spectra sundial is a glass rainbow sundial that can be personalized with a date line to celebrate the occasion – then each year the time shadow will ride the anniversary date line on that day.

  2. ryanon 21 Jul 2010 at 12:27 am

    Every anniversary in a couple’s life is a symbolic marker of commitment, adventure and love. Finding an anniversary gift for a wife can be a fairly easy process because as long as a husband is aware of his wife’s interests, he has a wide selection of gifts he can choose from.

  3. steveon 28 Feb 2011 at 6:16 pm

    There is also a traditional vs modern gift guide at gifts.com which I found useful when trying to find something for my wife http://www.gifts.com/anniversary/anniversary-gift-guide.html

  4. dgon 11 Mar 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I’d like to suggest a fantastic idea for anniversaries… a photo collage. Aside from all of the fantastic memories that can be resurrected and come back to life, like you mentioned the 1st anniversary is PAPER! They have created hundreds for every milestone, especially 25th & 50th anniversaries. http://procollage.com/occasion/anniversary-collage.php
    Thank you for your time and consideration.

  5. Terion 25 Mar 2011 at 4:11 am

    I sure hope Ryan isn’t saying the sundial idea is only good for a woman’s anniversary present because I’m planning to do this for my husband.

  6. Tonyon 02 Apr 2011 at 11:30 am

    For my first anniversary I had two of the wedding photos converted to oil paintings. My wife absolutely loved them; a recommended perfect gift. Beautiful work you have done here.

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