So you’ve made it this far. The important thing is that you’re here, which means you didn’t forget your first anniversary, but don’t go and screw up the execution now. You still want to find a gift that truly reflects your feelings, one that will be remembered for years. Are you feeling the pressure yet? Hey, don’t blame us; this is what commitment is all about. You’re going to have to do this every year for a long time, so get used to it. We’re here to hold your hand through this one.
Roses are red, usually. But not chocolate roses. Chocolate roses are brown. But they have strawberries inside them, which are red, so they’re still kind of red. But you know what? They are also delicious and romantic and a perfect gift for a first anniversary.
This nifty first anniversary gift idea can double as a fiftieth anniversary gift as well! Fill it with romantic keepsakes of your first year, then bury it in the backyard. If you can remember where you put it, come back when you are old and gray to dig it back up! What could be more romantic than that?
Wedding Anniversary Flip Flops
Take a trip to the beach and leave a trail of your love in the sand for everyone to read with the custom flip flops. Your names and wedding date will be temporarily stamped into the ground for complete strangers to puzzle over!
Three Nights Wine Box
Celebrate your first anniversary by getting plastered, but do it the classy way! This lovely keepsake box made from Aspen and Baltic birch wood fits three bottles of your choice of wine in separate compartments. Theoretically, you would drink these on three different occasions, but… well. You know how things go.
Your Personalized Love Story
Want to know if your love is real? Here’s what you do: make them a customized book all about your relationship. Personalize the pictures to look like you and your beloved, choose pictures and pages that reflect your lives together. If they don’t run away, your love is real.
Paper Wedding Silhouette Wall Art
Wedding photos are expensive, no doubt, but there’s always a way to spend a little more. We can’t think of a more lovely way to do just that than by getting a custom, hand-cut silhouette of your favorite wedding picture made for your first anniversary.
Custom Printed Love Coupons
Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t figure out what to get your mom so you made a bunch of coupons she would never use? Well, this is that, except these are professionally printed and bound, and it’s not obvious at all that you were out of ideas!
Why just say it yourself when you can get everyone else to say it too? Flatterbox lets you and all your friends and family write nice things about your beloved that are each printed on cards that are packed into a custom box. Let them know it’s not just you who loves them, but everyone else too.
1st Anniversary Paper Rose
The traditional first anniversary gift material is paper, so this paper rose is both beautiful and appropriate. You won’t want to water this one, and be careful because paper cuts are way worse than rose thorn pricks, but this rose will never wilt.
I Love You Bean
The idea here is that you give them a seed some time before the big day, and tell them to plant it. They do, and they keep it watered, and eventually it sprouts. Then the bean pops out, and, if you’ve got the timing right, they notice that it says “I love you,” on the bean on the day of your anniversary. Probably buy a few to practice with first.
Grow Old With Me Sundial
Just as the sun rises and sets with each passing day, so too does your heart beat continuously for the love of your life. Mark the hours, days and years that frame out the eternal bond between you and your partner with this enduring timepiece. Ponder your everlasting connection with a timeless symbol that will anchor your relationship for years to come and add meaning and soul to your outdoor space.
Bronze Couple Sculpture
Bronze casting, like marriage, is an ancient tradition. Now you can combine the two with one of these lovely sculptures depicting couples in love. With proper care, a marriage should last forever. A bronze sculpture should as well, with even less care.
In Home Dinner With Private Chef
Having a gourmet dinner on your first anniversary is always a solid plan, but things can get rather awkward in a crowded restaurant when the happy couple starts playing footsie and getting handsy. No need to “get a room!” if the chef comes to you, however.
Heart Shaped Live Plant
Marimos are little fluffy balls of aquatic moss native to Japan (because of course they are) that you can keep as a pet. They can live a long time if properly cared for – like 100 years – and in rare cases grow in the shape of a heart. The rare first anniversary gift that can outlive a marriage.
3D Anniversary Portrait
Commemorate your wedding sci-fi style with this amazing 3D laser sculpted portrait. Just pick your favorite wedding photo and have these wizards turn it into a crystal encased hologram-style portrait. It’ll be just the thing to put on the bookshelf of your spaceship someday.
Rose Gold Anatomical Heart Pendant
The heart-shaped heart is kinda played out, don’t you think? An anatomically correct heart, though, that’s cool. And one made of rose gold, hung on a necklace is actually sweetly romantic. Any biologically inclined bride will treasure this lovely gift.
Anniversary Photo Book
You have a book of wedding pictures, but it’s that first year of marital bliss that is really worth remembering. Collect all your favorites and have them printed and bound in a lovely little book. So much more fun than looking at stressed out and drunk pictures of yourself, right?
24k Gold Dipped Rose
Here’s a perfectly good rose, picked at the peak of freshness, totally ruined by being dipped into (molten, presumably) 24K gold. I guess people like that sort of thing. Whatever. Wait… this is for me??? Oh my God! Thank you! This is the most beautiful gift I’ve ever received! I LOVE IT!!!
Picnic Backpack With Cooler
A picnic basket is a promise. You can’t just let it sit around collecting dust. No. You’ve gotta fill it with food on a regular basis and take it places. It doesn’t always have to be wine and risotto. Sandwiches and soft drinks are fine, too. But you’ve got to use it.
Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses
This set of lead-free crystal wine glasses are marked in the notes of the major scale. Simply fill each to the demarcated lines and play a love song to your spouse before getting sloshed. Make sure to practice first!
Bigger is not necessarily better and one exquisite bloom proves, hands down, that less really is more. What better way to express your eternal adoration for the love of your life than with this delicate, yet fiery rose, gently tucked into its own little keepsake box. A tender and poetic gesture of unwavering loyalty, this unforgettable present could start a whole new love story.
Giant Gummy Bear
Married couples have a tendency to let themselves go a bit. Why fight it? Help your favorite newlyweds embrace the urge to stop worrying about their waistline with this giant five pound gummy bear! They won’t know why you got it for them, but they’ll definitely eat it.
Where We Met Puzzle
We have been informed that there couples in existence out there who met each other in beautiful, romantic places and not in the dingy back hallway of the local dive bar while waiting to pee. This first anniversary gift would be perfect for them.
The Love Game
This game was designed by an actual scientist who claims that if two people go through all 36 questions together in a single hour they will fall in love. He says the questions are able to kindle the sort of closeness that it takes regular couples years to attain. It’s a perfect way to save your arranged marriage!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re opera aficionados or just enjoy letting your hair down and rocking out, getting two tickets to see one of your favorite bands, orchestras or really anything you both love is a brilliant way to mark your one year anniversary together and see out your first year of married life making more priceless memories.
I Love You / I Know Cufflinks
Whether your lover-for-life is someone who tends to wear their heart on their sleeve or not, we think that they’ll love this affectionate accessory which is perfect for when they’re suited and booted. Some might argue that there is no force on this earth greater than love, but if you think they’re out of this world, the force will be strong with these on.
If you’re looking for a sweet gift for your sweetheart, this is it. If you’re looking for a perfect present for someone who loves chocolate, this is also it. Even if you’re looking for something that will just encourage them to shower more often, this is it.…we’d advise just telling them it’s because they like chocolate, though, don’t let the sweet go sour.
Custom Anniversary Fortune Cookies
You undoubtedly feel like you’re the luckiest person in the world to have married the love of your life (or that they’re the luckiest person in the world to have married you). You can fill these delicate little fortune cookies with words of wisdom, reasons that they make you smile or anything else you can think of. Whatever you choose, with a gift as thoughtful as this, they’ll be counting their lucky stars that they’ve got you.
Custom Made Jewelry
Exchanging wedding rings was symbolic of your never-ending love for each other and while it’s a nice tradition, it’s not really something that captures how unique and special your spouse is to you. Custom made jewelry will do just that and serve as a reminder of how special your first year was for you both through a gift that will last a lifetime.
Personalized Travel Map
This is a beautiful gift to document the journeys that you’ve taken together during your first year of marriage or the journeys you’re planning as you travel through life side-by-side. Whether you’re established explorers or on the verge of venturing on a grand voyage, you can map out your most magical moments together as well as where you’re going to make your future memories.
Newlywed’s Anniversary Wooden Wine Box
Your first year of marriage will no doubt be busy as you settle into married life together. As wonderful as you both think it is, even if you don’t want to admit it, you could probably do with sitting down and relaxing with a glass of wine, or perhaps even the bottle. It looks like a thoughtful gift for them, but really, it’s a present for both of you. Marriage is about sharing after all, isn’t it?
Heart Shaped Waffle Maker
Breakfast in bed might be old fashioned but it’s one of the most romantic gestures we can think of. Make your other half feel extra special on your first anniversary and give them your heart on a plate. Well, maybe not your heart exactly, but heart shaped waffles that you made with just about as much love as you could squeeze into them.
Marital Bliss Game
Traditionally the first anniversary gift should be something made of paper and we think that this deck of cards is one of the best paper based gifts we’ve come across. The Marital Bliss Game makes the little things a little bit more fun. We bet neither of you thought that you’d be battling to do the dishes but a little competition never hurt anyone, gets the dishes done and besides, there’s always laundry as a consolation prize.
Your relationship is truly unique and there’ll be no other couple in the world that share the same love that you do. We think that commissioning a piece of art to capture that sentiment is one of the most romantic gifts money can buy. Of course, it all depends on what you choose to put on it…
There’s always room for a little nostalgia while swilling back a cold one or savoring another glass of wine. Personalized, hand-engraved couples glasses remind you of when you met that special someone who you’re now metaphysically fused with, for better or for worse. Celebrate the passage of time with every sip.
Get Matching Tattoos
It’s the 21st century and matching surnames aren’t necessarily as big of a deal as they used to be. Matching tattoos are a modern-day, definitive way to show the commitment you have to each other instead. Let them be a token of your togetherness and a demonstration of your dedication to each other.
Personal Love Message Puzzle
If you’re a little bit puzzled when looking for a gift, they’ll know you’ve put your head as well as your heart into finding this one. We think this is the perfect thing to give someone who doesn’t mind a bit of a brainteaser but appreciates a token of your affection every now and again. Once they’ve solved the puzzle and read your romantic writings, they’ll be in no doubt that you love them to pieces.
You should probably know them quite well by now, but if they’re a little indecisive about what they want (or if you should have been paying a little more attention) a shopping spree is an excellent way to make sure that they get a gift that they love almost as much as they love you. And if the idea of shopping doesn’t thrill you, at least you’ll know their favorite shops for next year, even if the knowledge comes at the price of an expensive credit card bill.
We imagine you had some beautiful photographs taken on your wedding day a year ago and it may seem like the perfect way to capture the moment for your first anniversary too but we think, and we think you’ll agree, it’s not the most original idea. Anniversary Bobbleheads are a token trinket that will capture your young love in all its 3D glory. Much more interesting than a photo, nod your head if you agree…
Make Travel Plans
The first year of marriage is only the first part of what will be a long journey through life together and if you and your loved one are intrepid explorers, there’ll be many other journeys along the way. If there’s somewhere they’ve always wanted to go or somewhere that’s on both of your bucket lists, lay down the groundwork and make plans to travel to your dream destinations and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Being in love can make you feel like you’re floating amongst the clouds, on top of the world. What better way to celebrate that feeling than with a hot air balloon ride to watch the sunrise or the sunset together, floating amongst the clouds, on top of the world, quite literally. The perfect end to a perfect first year and a magical beginning to many more to come.
50 Reasons I Love You
There was probably a fair few reasons why you loved them anyway, after all, you did marry them. 365 days on, there’s probably a fair few other things that have made you fall in love with them all over again. Capture and keep them forever with this thoughtful DIY gift. Not only is it brilliant for your first anniversary, it’s a tradition you can keep going for years to come.
5 Star Dinner
We don’t know many people who wouldn’t appreciate being ‘wined and dined’ and we can’t think of a better occasion to treat your beloved to a 5-star dinner than your first anniversary. Not only will they get to appreciate some world-class cuisine, it also means that neither of you have to do the dishes.
Visit The Place You First Met
Your first year of marriage will have been one of the most memorable years of your life and a trip back to where your journey together started will mark just how far you’ve come. This place will hold a lot of meaning for you both, so what better way to pay tribute to the place where you found your soulmate than to make even more memories there.
Say I Love You Pillowcases
The first year of your marriage may have been an absolute dream and you can rest assured that all the years to come will be too as long as you follow the golden rule to never go to sleep on an argument. Luckily, if times are tough (or if someone forgot to put the toilet seat down, gentlemen?), these pillowcases will serve to remind you to tell each other, ‘I love you’.
Personalized Wedding Date Art
These personalized wedding posters done up in a classic art style are unique, eye catching, and full of charm. A wedding is a one of a kind event, so why commemorate it the same way everyone else does? Hark to the past and celebrate the present at the same time.
TableTopics For Couples
If you’re ever stuck for conversation over dinner, maybe after a long day at work, make it a thing of the past with TableTopics that will provide you both with thought-provoking topics designed to prompt long conversations about everything and anything imaginable. Some of the questions serve as a fantastic tool to reminisce over memories made during your first year as a married couple, too.
Experiences Are The Best Gifts
Your first year of marriage will have been an experience within itself for the good, the not so good and probably the downright mundane things you will have gone through together. Top it off with something extraordinary that they’ll never forget and something that will reflect how exciting your first year together has been.
Recreation Of The Night Sky The Day You Met
It probably felt like the stars aligned on the day you finally found ‘the one’ and this gift will help you to remember that moment forever. Even if you were too busy gazing into each other’s eyes to look up at the night sky, the beautiful image will always remind you of that beautiful day…even if it was raining.
Date Night Bucket List
Things may feel exciting now, but once you’ve been together a while, you’ll probably want to inject a little creativity into your date nights. This is a great way to do that, albeit with parameters that you set yourself by filling out your own date night activities, instead of leaving it up to someone you’ve never met and whose mental state you can’t realistically vet. You’re in this for the long haul – don’t let date night become another boring ritual.
Personalized Whiskey Barrel
Your one year anniversary is a cause for celebration and what better way to get into the celebratory party spirit than with their very own personalized whiskey barrel. Some things really do get better with age and while marriage can sometimes be one of them, whiskey is always. If they don’t appreciate it now, wait until your five-year anniversary when they’ll be pouring themselves some seriously luxurious liquor.
Giant Microbes Heart Warming Box
It’s not uncommon to hear people say that they love the very bones of their husband or wife but we think you can do even better than that and show them you love them right down to the last cell. These cute little plush toys are perfect for any budding biologist or anyone who really doesn’t mind explaining to any guests why there’s a cuddly sperm cell sitting on their bed!
You’ve managed to waltz your way through your first year of marital bliss so make sure you’re keeping to the right rhythm as you foxtrot into your future together. Whether you’re practicing a smooth samba or a sexy salsa, dancing lessons are a fantastic way to make sure you’re in perfect sync and you don’t miss a beat.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
There’s not many anniversary gifts that scream, ‘I love you’ more than chocolate covered strawberries. They’re an old classic, one of the ultimate recipes for romance and they make a particularly perfect present for anyone with a sweet tooth (who deserves to be spoiled but who also wants to stay healthy on the inside, just like these delicious little delicacies themselves).
Sweethearts Photo Collage Frame
You will have made so many memories during the first year of your marriage and this personalized frame will help you remember them all. You can choose which photos to include together or just choose the ones you want to include within your own name, which is a great idea unless one of you has a much longer name than the other, in which case we encourage a celeb-style blended moniker. Think, ‘Brangelina’ or, ‘Bennifer’.
Trip To Amusement Park
The first year of marriage is said to be the hardest but if it wasn’t enough of a rollercoaster for their liking, make up for it with a trip to an amusement park for your first anniversary. If you’re struggling to find a present to take their breath away, we’re pretty sure this is it.
A single red rose is a token gesture when you’re trying to win someone’s heart. Now you have that as well as their hand in marriage, it’s time to upgrade your flower game and we think this does the job. This crystal rose is not only beautiful, it will last all the way until your next anniversary, and the one after that and hopefully the one after that, so you never have to buy flowers again.
Love Birds Wall Art
As you come to the end of your first year together and the next one begins, it’s worth reminding yourselves the important lesson that we all should learn from our feathered friends, that real love birds stay with their true love for life. We can’t think of a better way to capture that thought than with this beautiful personalized print which is a fabulous addition for when they’re feathering the nest.
Personalized Wood Block Print
While you may have carved each other’s initials into trees when you were dating, we’re sure that after a year of being married, you’ve both left your mark on one another (hopefully in a good way). This wood block print will capture this flawlessly and give you a beautiful bespoke keepsake to remind you of your first year spent together as a married couple.
It’s easy to see why old romantic gestures are getting less and less common now in the digital age of social media, it’s quicker to text than it is to phone and more convenient to email than to write. We think that makes a love letter all the more special. We bet there’s not an emoji to capture how delighted they’ll be to receive such a loving and thoughtful gift.
Hershey’s Kiss Music Box
Your better half won’t be able to get this endearing tune out of her head for the rest of her life … and why should she? A permanent reminder of your touching gesture of devotion at the one-year turning point, this darling find is like a warm embrace sealed with a tender kiss on continuous play. Show her you’ll cherish her forever!
Intersection of Love Outdoor Sign
Marriage is sometimes described as a long journey that you take with each other through life and while you both have each other to guide you, sometimes you could do with a little assistance. This outdoor sign is a beautiful and unique gift, designed to give you a little direction through the highs and lows and the fasts and slows of married life.
Wood Wine Holders
After what is bound to have been a whirlwind year, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to spend your first anniversary relaxing together and soaking in everything that has happened over the last 365 days. These wood wine holders are the ideal companion for cozy evenings spent at home with a bottle of your favorite red, white or rosé and their beautiful craftsmanship means they make an elegant ornamental gift too.
If you’ve given or received countless bunches of flowers, you’ll know as well as anyone else that they don’t last a particularly long time. So, here’s a good idea instead. An edible arrangement allows you to send a beautiful bouquet that tastes as good as it looks and while flowers tend to be a one-off, the seeds from the fruit can be planted and the future produce can remind you always of how special your first anniversary truly was.
This game is hours of fun that we expect will end up holding some sentimental value to you after the first time you play it. Your first anniversary is the perfect time to reflect on your journey through married life so far but the Rememory Game is also the perfect game to play for many anniversaries to come too.
Fill-in Love Letter
Work your way through the alphabet describing your love and admiration with 26 prompts, one for each letter. If you’re looking for a way to express your feelings in a heartfelt, personalized gift but need a little push in the right direction, this book is a godsend. The prompts may be prewritten, but this book is sure to be filled with your own personality by the time you complete it.
Hilton Hotel Gift Card
It’s our theory that married couples don’t really tire of each other, they just tire of seeing each other in the same place for years at a time. A brief change of scenery can do wonders, but the cost of travel can be so prohibitive. Help take the financial worry out of a romance-reigniting vacation with a Hilton gift card.
AirBNB Gift Card
Married couple decides to go on vacation for their first anniversary, finds quaint lodging belonging to complete stranger for a price that seems too good to be true. In the movies, they get hacked to pieces. So here’s one way you can be happy that real life never ends up like the movies. In real life, they just have a great time and never stay in a hotel again.
Southwest Airlines Gift Card
You’ll never run out of reasons to want to get away. How about this: the people around you are driving you crazy and you want to be alone with the person you promised to spend the rest of your life with somewhere far away where nobody else knows you. Guess what? Your partner feels that way too. Give them a gift card for airfare and let them pick the perfect destination to celebrate your 1st anniversary.
Gift Card For Any Hotel
A vacation is an ideal way to celebrate your first anniversary. You could stay with Uncle Phil and Aunt Lisa on their pig farm in South Carolina because it is “only a couple of hours from Myrtle Beach.” Some people mean well but need a little guidance. Fortify your new marriage by nudging your spouse toward proper lodging with a gift card from hotels.com.
Giant Teddy Bear
Everyone needs a confidant, someone they can vent all their frustrations to and share all of their secrets with. Here’s a great listener who never repeats anything behind your back, is soft and adorable, and will never try to steal your spouse no matter how close they get. Pretty much the best friend imaginable.