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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.