22 Best Ideas: One-Year Anniversary Gifts for Him and Her
A first anniversary is the perfect time to celebrate your new love together, reflect on your relationship, fantasize about the future, and give each other gifts as a token of appreciation.
Traditionally first-year anniversary gifts are paper gifts, but this includes lots of possibilities: consider how many things can be made out of paper, including books, event tickets, coupons, and posters.
Experience gifts are also great things to give each other: nights out, dinners, hikes, boat rides, horse rides, tours. Hand your significant other a nicely wrapped or sealed paper certificate, coupon, or brochure describing your experience gift!
The traditional material for a first anniversary gift is paper. Here are some creative, fun, and original paper gifts.
1. A Do-It-Yourself Anniversary Card
To be honest I'm not the creative type myself ... my style is to think of creative things to buy! But if you have any talent for working with your hands, seriously consider a DIY anniversary card. It's a very romantic gesture if you can pull it off; even if it looks like a kindergarten work, your spouse will get a bang out of it. If you can't draw, you can cut words and pictures out of magazines and add some paper hearts and glitter. Get an early start on your masterpiece, so you can always take the easy way out in the unlikely event that your project is an utter failure.
2. A Notebook
The obvious: if your loved one is a writer or artist, they can never have enough paper. Get a writer a pretty blank book, either full-sized or small enough to fit in a pocket. Get an artist lots of the best paper for the medium they use.
3. A Scrapbook
Get your partner a pretty book holding pictures and souvenirs from your favorite places.
4. An Appointment Calendar
If your loved one needs a way to keep track of what's happening next, get him or her a portable calendar. Some appointment calendars are works of art themselves, or at least are decorated with works of art.
5. A Subscription to a Newspaper or Magazine
If you feel like you'll be together another year, why not enliven your home with something to discuss over breakfast?
6. The Book of Us
The Book of Us, by Kate and David Marshall, is filled with 150 questions couples can answer about their lives, beliefs, and experiences. It's very popular and a fun and romantic book to go through together so you can learn about each other.
7. A Poster Commemorating Your Marriage
Zazzle, for example, has dozens of designs for marriage certificates you can order and personalize with names and photos. Framed nicely, they look great on the wall, in the office or at home. Or you can order a print of the famous New Testament passage about love ("Love is patient, love is kind...") with your own wedding date and anniversary date, and have it matted and framed.
8. Photos of Places
If you've been together a year, there's a place somewhere that means a lot to both of you. Get a picture of it framed—it doesn't have to be a perfect photo—so you both can look at it often.
9. Recycled Paper Bracelet
Fair-trade jewelry made by Brasilian craftsmen Francis Oliveira. Normally ships directly from Brazil within 10 days. This is a fair trade product by NOVICA in association with National Geographic. The bracelet reflects both the Brazilian culture and tradition.
10. Love Coupons
Love coupons are ideal if you want to spice things up in a fun way. There is a wide variety of them available. Even better, look at the commercial offerings for ideas, then write your own! You can probably make a pretty good guess as to the perfect sexual experience gift for your partner. And if you get stuck in your writing project, you can certainly ask him or her for help.
11. Boudoir Photo Shoot
A very exciting and sexy gift is a Boudoir Photo shoot. Actually you give the results of the shoot, not the boudoir photo shoot itself. A very sweet and intimate gift that you will most likely love yourself, years down the road. And it’s a paper gift, very much on theme.
12. A Piece Of Original Artwork
Most people don't think of an original piece of art when looking for an anniversary gift, but there are many works by young and aspiring artists that are quite affordable. Getting a really beautiful piece for under $500 is not hard. You can even get an artist friend to draw or paint a picture of one of you. This will be a beautiful, non-cheesy reminder of your anniversary right there on your living room wall. Make sure you like it too, because you may be looking at it for a long time to come.
How about a paper crane? Or a bunch of them?
14. Event Tickets
If your partner loves the theater, salsa dancing, action movies, minor league baseball, or ice hockey, and you haven’t really learned to love that kind of thing yourself yet, buy a pair of tickets to an upcoming event and go with him or her.
Or why not make or get a paper "gift certificate" for an experience? Take a day off to spend together; whether it’s doing something thrilling or just relaxing, it will be a memory to cherish.
15. Romantic Gondola Ride
For some people, this is just too over the top. Others will love it. Gondola rides are available on a surprisingly large number of quiet waterways in the U.S. Check it out in your area. This is something the two of you might enjoy together and who knows, maybe a gondola ride would convince your loved one that a trip to Italy is a good idea after all!
16. Bike Tour of Eating and Drinking Establishments
In New York, for example, Cloud Nine Living offers the Brew, View & Chocolate Bike Tour—a fun outing where the two of you and can both get to enjoy some of your favorite things. He finally gets all the chocolate he has been craving and she can enjoy a few special brews from the local breweries. Can an anniversary be spent any better?
17. Chocolat Indulgence Tour
The Chocolat Indulgence Tour is a two-hour walking tour in certain U.S. cites. Along the way walkers get to sample, for example, decadent chocolate truffles, caramels, Tom Douglas's famous coconut cream pie, gourmet popcorn, Colombian drinking chocolate, and even chocolate cocktails. If your loved one is a chocolate lover, these are two hours in heaven they won't forgot for many years to come. You will score a LOT of points with this one.
18. Spa Day for Two
There is no more relaxing way to spend your first anniversary than on a Spa Day for Two. This is the ultimate way to spend a quality day together, away from your normal, crazy lives. You can decide together how to finish up the day.
19. Private Wine Tour
Find out if a private wine tour is available in your region. It's a sweet but very laid-back outing; you not only get to taste great wines, but you learn a lot about the wine and food of your local area.
20. Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Taking a hot-air balloon ride is the perfect romantic thing to do together on your anniversary. It's also incredibly exciting. The balloon slowly gliding over the place where you live lets you see it from a new, refreshing perspective.
21. Personal Chef Dinner
A dinner cooked by a specially hired chef can be a very special anniversary experience. It's the best of two worlds: great cuisine and a romantic dinner without having to leave the house. It feels incredibly special and intimate, yet there is someone to take care of you, and the food is probably better than it would be if you went out.
22. Romantic Cruise
If your city has a harbor, a romantic cruise for dinner or lunch is a popular anniversary outing for couples. This can be arranged as an intimate two-person event or a memorable party with friends.