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First Wedding Anniversary Gifts

1 year anniversary gifts

Are you looking for first anniversary gifts? Well, look no further! Our selection of first anniversary gift ideas has everything you need to celebrate your first year of marriage. From traditional symbols to more modern themes, we have something for everyone. So take a look at our lists and find the perfect gift for your spouse!

How Do I Celebrate My 1st Wedding Anniversary?

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There are many ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary. You could have a party, go on a holiday, or just spend some time together at home.

How you choose to celebrate your first wedding anniversary will set the tone for many years of marriage. That’s why it’s important to take some time before making any final decisions about what you want to do.

Here are some things to think about:

  • Do you want to celebrate in an intimate way with just the two of you? Or do you want to invite family and friends?
  • What kind of food would be best? Should it be something traditional—like pizza or kebabs—or something more creative?
  • What kind of gift would be appropriate? Should it be paper-related, or should it have some other meaning for either of you?

If you are a party animal nothing is stopping you from having a party, getting your mates round, and watching the wedding video together over a take-away and a few beers. Given Paper is the traditional symbol the ideal food would be Pizza or kebabs in their takeaway wrapper as they are all served in some form of paper.

Resist the urge to give a paper book as the 4th anniversary has a traditional theme of books and if you’ve given it three years earlier then you could limit your choice.

Photographic paper to actually print your wedding photos which could give rise to a whole bout of events as you show your friends and relatives.

First year wedding anniversary presents

Several anniversary gift lists suggest the material or symbol to base a present on. The traditional gift list suggests Paper as the appropriate theme. This is also why it is known as the paper anniversary. There is also a modern gift list and this suggests the modern gift is themed on Clocks for the first anniversary.

Two other useful gift lists exist that are popular are the gemstone gift list and the flower gift list. The gemstone list recommends first anniversary gift ideas are based on Fresh Water Pearls and the appropriate flowers for the first anniversary are Pansies.

None of these gift lists are mandatory to follow, as the pirates say! “these be more guidelines.” They are provided to help you select that perfect anniversary gift and add some interest over the years to help you celebrate your special day. We hope we can help by providing you with the best anniversary gifts available on the internet today.

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

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  • Anniversary Memories Book
  • 1st Anniversary Journal
  • Stationary printed with your initials.
  • Post Cards or Stamps.
  • Calendars
  • Newspaper or Magazine Subscriptions.
  • Origami Paper and instructional books.
  • Paper Mache Boxes.
  • Jigsaw puzzles (of the wedding.)
  • Paperweights and paper-related items such as paper clips, paper cutting dies.
  • Paper Flowers.
  • Framed sheet music (Your Song, First Dance, or something up to date)

Modern First Anniversary Gift Ideas

The one year anniversary gift has a theme of clocks. If you’re opting to buy a clock gift then opt for one to match your lifestyle.

  • Anniversary Clock
  • Mantle commemoration clock.
  • Alexa Clock
  • Picture Clock
  • Personalized Desk Clock
  • Egg Timer
  • Clock/Thermometer/Barometer
  • Time Trials (Motor Racing/Horse/Athletics)

Gemstone First Anniversary Ideas

Fresh Water Pearls are the appropriate gemstone as an anniversary gift.

  • Traditional Pearl Necklace,
  • Freshwater Pearl Cufflinks
  • Freshwater Pearl Bracelet
  • Signature Freshwater Pearl Pendant

First Anniversary Activity Ideas

Many people love to do something together for their 1st Anniversary, so we’ve pulled some ideas together that fit with the traditional theme of paper.

  • Paper Roadmap with a route marked to a romantic getaway.
  • Origami Paper and link to YouTube videos of instructional videos. e.g. Origami Heart
  • Paper tickets to an event be it sport, concert, or theatrical.
  • Fish and Chip supper by the Sea
  • Picnic with Paper table-covering and plates.

First Anniversary Gift ideas to each other

  • Books (Perhaps a personalized Wedding Album with their favorite photos)
  • An Anniversary Journal (great to record for future years)
  • Art Prints
  • Sheet Music (duets are ideal, that you could learn together)
  • Paper Flowers/Jewelry
  • Papier mache figurines
  • Road Atlas to a romantic hideaway

More first wedding anniversary gift ideas

Do you have first anniversary gift ideas? Great! Here are some first anniversary gifts to consider also.

– Paper Anniversary Gift. We have a wide variety of paper anniversary gifts, including cards and photo albums – the perfect way to commemorate your first year together

– Engraved One Year Anniversary Gifts. If you’re looking for first anniversary gifts that will last forever, we’ve got plenty of options for engraving on metal or wood, which is also an excellent way to commemorate this special occasion in life as well as celebrate your love with something beautiful

– A Personalized 1st Anniversary Gift. For first wedding anniversaries where it’s important to give something unique, we offer personalized gifts like custom-made books.

What’s a perfect first anniversary gift?

When it comes to picking out a gift, it’s always important to think about what the recipient will love the most. If your partner loves spending time in the kitchen, why not get them the newest cooking book? Or if your spouse is a bit of a homebody, give them some luxury bath products to show just how much they mean to you.

As long as you put some time into thinking about what your partner truly wants, you can find the perfect gift that will show them how special they are on their special occasion.

When is my first anniversary?

Now there are no silly questions here, and this is far from silly as it’s far from cut and dry!

Traditionally the day you wed, legally, is selected when you would celebrate your first anniversary. This is a calendar year after your wedding date when you swapped wedding vows in a formal legally binding ceremony.

Nowadays with the decline of traditional marriage, many couples are choosing to commemorate another day. The most common of these being, in no particular order:

  • First date,
  • Commitment Ceremony,
  • First swipe right!
  • First meaningful kiss,
  • When you first moved in together or
  • First night spent together.

Certain religions have two ceremonies, one religion and one civil/legal typically it is the first of these two ceremonies you would celebrate your year anniversary on.

What are 1 year anniversary ideas for my husband

Why are men so difficult to buy for! To be honest they’re not really, especially if you choose to follow the yearly tradition of using the themes to base a gift on. So for the one year anniversary gift, we’ve come up with the suggestions below:

  • Tickets to a sports event or favorite band.
  • Golf Club Membership or 
  • Gift voucher for the local garage/car service.
  • An interesting first edition book with special meaning.
  • A secret codebook is an amazing first anniversary gift idea for men who like to solve mysteries.
  • Newspaper or magazine subscription
  • paper related items such as paperweights
  • Origami Instructions and Paper.

Why is Paper the first anniversary gift?

The reason paper was chosen to represent the traditional first anniversary gift seems to have been lost in the mists of time. There are many reasons offered and the one we like the most is that like fine-quality paper, marriage is delicate. The use of Paper perfectly symbolizes the delicate relationship of the first year of marriage as you find your way together in life.

Do you give gifts for the 1 year dating anniversary?

Typically, no, although that does not mean to say you would not celebrate the event. Couples often mark major events in their life and if meeting the person you are currently dating classes as such then there is no written rule to say you can’t. It would also depend on how both of you feel about such commemorations. A discussion should be held to set expectations from both partners on the way forward.

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Very early planning your 1st Anniversary

Anniversaries are important and should be well planned, so planning for your 1st anniversary is no exception. While it’s not a milestone like 5th or 10th anniversaries, it is still important enough to remember with a gift from you. That’s why you should start planning for the 1st marriage anniversary far in advance before the day itself arrives.

If you think you have a lot on your plate at the wedding, just wait until you’re married.

Okay, we’re kidding (sort of). However, it’s true that as you’re planning your wedding, there are some great things you can do during the run-up to the wedding day and immediately after to help make anniversaries more memorable—and maintain a healthy relationship with your partner.

Remembering simple things and jotting them down either on paper, in a blog or in your wedding planner will really help, believe us. After a year of what will be an extremely busy one likely to be full of change and acclimatisation to becoming one-half of a ‘couple’ there will be some details that you wished you had remembered for your 1st anniversary.

You know what we don’t think about enough? The details.

We’ve been married for 24 years, and we still forget to write down the most important things. Like what our first dance song was, or whether we had a DJ or a band. We also have no idea who officiated our wedding. We had three different people in charge of different parts of the ceremony!

So, as an aide memoire for other couples getting married—and because we’re weirdly nostalgic for our own wedding—we’ve put together a list below of some of the things people forget as an aide memoire. Use it as a list to store the details against.

  • First Song Danced to as a married couple.
  • Last song Danced to at the Wedding Celebration.
  • The Menu for the Wedding Breakfast meal.
  • What Champagne you toasted with.
  • What wine was served.
  • The Band or DJs Name.
  • The Official’s name (or their formal title.)
  • All your Guests.
  • The color theme for the wedding.

The Fundamental ones to remember

Someone pointed out that the list above had some glaring omissions on it, to be honest this is true! These are the fundamental ones that anyone should remember when planning for your 1st Wedding anniversary :

  • Who you married!
  • The date you Wed.
  • The time you Wed.
  • Where you Wed.
  • If you had a honeymoon, where it was
  • If you didn’t have a honeymoon, why not.

Is there something you wish you could remember from the actual wedding day? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list as a useful reminder for other couples.

Writing this 24 years on from the original wedding I can say the item I struggle with the most is the actual guest list. We found the photos taken at the time (and a magnifying glass) a great source for some of the info. For example, the wine and champagne.