Jul 17 2024

First Anniversary Gifts

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

Great Deals on First Anniversary Gifts

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.

Consider these categories as general guidelines. Many couples try to go a bit off script to find themed gifts associated with a great experience they shared. Don’t forget to look on eBay for vintage goods aligned with a personal interest like comic books or Disney memorabilia.

Celebrating Your 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 PoetryGifts.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 Ticketmaster, ticket broker sites, or on niche venue-specific sites.

Love letter with pink rose.
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 Michaels.com 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.

Paper flowers
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 HowStuffWorks. If you are not handy with craft work the folks at JustPaperRoses do excellent work.

Lovepop makes creative 3D pop-up cards that stand out as memorable keepsakes.

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 Lawson Watch & Clock. Younger fitness-oriented people may want to have a look at the Apple Watch.

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 Save on Crafts.

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 CNE Pearls for example. To find a freshwater pearl tie tack or cufflinks for that special guy try ThePearlGift. Jewelry is always a memorable anniversary gift.

Celebration Ideas

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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.


19 responses so far

19 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.

  7. Kimon 16 Sep 2011 at 10:17 pm

    My wedding photographer gave a great idea. Since paper is a first wedding anniversary symbol. If you wanna do something different and classically sexy for your husband ladies- there are some photographers that do boudoir photography. My wedding photographer says she makes hers like a little black book to make uber discreet. And since it’s professional, they have skin softening techniques and touchup. Just a sweet and spicy idea for the boys!!!

  8. Doogieon 18 Dec 2011 at 1:25 pm

    If you’re first year was anything like mine, it was the hardest year of your life. That also explains why I waited till the last few hours before the day was up to buy a gift and a card. Every year her birthday would sneak up on me and now our frst anniversary as well. If you know your partner well no matter what the symbolic year it is don’t get them what you know they won’t like or won’t use. The trick to all gift giving is the rule of three. Either three gifts or three cards. If you choose cards, buy one funny, one serious, and one blank you write your own personal message. If gifts make them all go together and be something that updates and old item in need of replacement. I settled on a Tory Burch purse, wallet, and key chain with a hook so she’ll stop loosing her keys and money all over the place, they threw in a free credit card holder which ended up being the icing on the cake. WINNER!!! She loved it, crisis was averted and my marriage will continue for another year.

  9. arianmasumon 28 Dec 2011 at 5:58 pm

    it’s awesome.i love all of it .

  10. roberton 04 Feb 2012 at 6:33 pm

    l got my wife a car 2012 chev. have clock in lol

  11. Bambion 05 Mar 2012 at 5:23 pm

    My 1st Anniversary is coming up this June. We’ve been through more in our 1st year of marriage than most go through in 50 years. I’m going to make a bound memory book w/uploaded pictures & tell our story from my perspective. Starting from the day we met to our anniversary. I’m also going to have two of our wedding pictures reprinted on canvas. We store our photo’s on Shutterfly & they do all these amazing things & since the 1st Anniversary is Paper. I hope he will love!

  12. Anuon 04 Nov 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I got my husband one of the rainbow sundials for our anniversary and it was a big hit – he really liked it. We had them put a date line for our special day and this year the shadow touched the line perfectly on our anniversary, just as they said it would. It was a great suggestion, thank you for posting it – now after seeing ours, my girlfriend is thinking of getting one for her parents in India!

  13. Anuon 18 Dec 2012 at 12:39 pm

    My girlfriend got one of those rainbow sundials for her husband and it was a big hit. He loves it and now their child plays on the floor with the rainbows it makes. I think it was a great idea.

  14. invitationson 19 Apr 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Sending a simple “I thank you dad” message in a very bottle could make an
    impact. An adult, even during recovery, may suppress unresolved and often-unrecognized trauma from childhood experiences and its energetic residue is very toxic.
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    sit hidden like a surprise.

  15. Cherylon 03 Jul 2014 at 10:14 pm

    My husband got me a gift certificate for an anniversary sundial and I loved it, especially since it sits in the window in our apartment and makes rainbows in the room when the sun shines – no garden needed!

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  17. ericaon 06 Jan 2016 at 3:51 am

    I have such a perfect anniversary gift. A Dreamlines wedding dress sketch and suit sketch. I have a sketch my husband gave me. Literally brought tears on.

  18. danielon 17 Oct 2016 at 6:43 am

    I purchased my wife a gold dipped Eternity Rose for our anniversary last year. Very romantic as its a natural rose in a beautiful leather case all gold coated. Brought her to tears. It now sits in our display cabinet and she still comments about it. Best gift I ever didn’t waste money on.

  19. Saeeron 03 Jan 2018 at 8:43 am

    Watches can also be a great gift idea specially on anniversaries. If budget is no object vintage hand-crafted Patek Philippe mechanical watches can be gifted for men and women. 🙂

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