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One Year Anniversary Gift Ideas

Updated on August 23, 2012
One year anniversary gift ideas
One year anniversary gift ideas

Gift Ideas for a One Year Anniversary

By the time couples reach their one year wedding anniversary, they will have grown in love and unity, and therefore, a special acknowledgement of their journey together.

Choosing a special gift to celebrate their commitment to each other on their 1st wedding anniversary will further cement their vows. Whether a couple has chosen to honor the traditional wedding anniversary gift ideas or take on a new, modern twist of the those age old notions, the gift will be remembered for years to come. For those couples struggling to think of the perfect one year wedding anniversary gift, here are a few ideas.

Paper - The Traditional one anniversary gift

Paper can be a difficult gift to start with, and it can be frustrating trying to find something that reflects your love for your spouse while holding to the tradition of paper. It can be even more difficult to make that gift truly romantic, but it is not entirely impossible.


Tickets for an exciting event, Broadway show, rock concert, sporting event or even airline tickets to a surprise island paradise holiday are all modern twists on the traditional paper gift. If there is something your spouse has always wanted to see, or experience, this is the opportunity to make that a reality. Combine an evening out with a romantic candle light dinner to add that perfect touch. What would be more fun for a one year anniversary gift than a great night on the town building new memories?

Personalized newspapers

Personalized newspapers are a wonderful modern keepsake that are available for special occasions. Shop online for a company that will provide examples of their previous work then pick a design that you like. Put in some of the special photographs from your first year of marriage and they will write unique headlines and stories about you as a couple.

Stock certificates

Stock certificates are certainly a break from the norm. A stock certificate in your spouse’s favorite company is a good option. Tie the stock into something your spouse loves, like Starbucks or Disney. You may be surprised to learn that many stock certificates are nice enough to frame, so it is truly a great paper gift that stays true to the one year anniversary tradition of paper.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates can be seen to be a bit of a cop out, but they fulfill the requirement of a paper-related gift. If this is the preferred route, make sure it gift vouchers is for something very special – such as a day of beauty treatments or a stay at a luxurious spa. The fact that you choose a gift certificate that represents the interests of your spouse will certainly be met with appreciation. If you really show that the gift certificate is thoughtful, your choice will be remembered.

A One Year Anniversary Picture

A 1st anniversary picture can capture a story that will provide a lasting memory. Book a session with a local photographer, or better yet, commission a local artist. In keeping with the paper theme, a pencil portrait would appropriate and more budget friendly than a study in oils.

Clocks : The Modern Day 1st Wedding Anniversary Gift

Another modern twist that may be favored by a couple is clocks. One can be quite creative with this choice and tailor make a gift that will reflect both the spouse receiving the gift along with their tastes.

A watch

A wristwatch can be the ultimate acknowledgement of that special 1st year together as a married couple. If you can afford to, you can really make a splash by finding that timeless piece, that has been on your spouse’s wish list for some time. A classic watch can be become an heirloom as well as a functional time keeping piece. For something extra special, have the watch engraved with the date of your wedding, or with your spouse’s initials.

Grandfather clock

A Grandfather clock is a sophisticated gift idea for a one year wedding anniversary, that can also become a family heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation. Taking a regal space in the living room, a Grandfather clock will be a dramatic addition to a newlywed’s home and a constant reminder of their love and commitment to each other as a married couple.

Lily of the Valley – The 1st wedding anniversary flower

The delicate nostalgic perennial of the Lily of the Valley, has one of the most charismatic and evocative fragrances in the flower family. Reminiscent of the fresh signs of spring, the Lily of the Valley flower is the perfect flower to give in a posy or voluptuous bouquet for a 1st wedding anniversary. The dainty blossoms and redolent fragrance will fill your home or office with its romantic and lingering scent, while providing an attractive addition to any setting.

No matter whether the one year anniversary is spent in the lap of luxury, with each spouse splurging on extravagant gifts, or in front of a roaring fire at home with a nice bottle of bubbly, it is the special moments in a marriage that count, not what you spent.


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      Tolko 3 years ago

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      Kelly 3 years ago

      Great ideas...I am always seeking new anniversary ideas. I am having a hard time to top my husband's gift. My husband gave me a sketch of my wedding dress and bouquet. Amazing detail. The artist is English and lives in the South of France. He found them

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      sethpowers 5 years ago from Virginia

      Not sure I agree with all of these, but it's a good list to begin brainstorming.

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      T. R. Brown 5 years ago from Nashville, TN


      I have just the thing for you. I wrote a Hub on 2nd anniversary gift ideas.

      I think you might find a few good ideas in there.

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      Evans4life 5 years ago

      Thank you! My 2nd anniversary is coming up- what's the tradition? Any suggestions?

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      T. R. Brown 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thanks very much lovedoctor926! Your right, the pic is certainly one you can't go wrong with. Thanks for reading.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      These are all very good ideas for a one year anniversary gift. My favorite would have to be a one year anniversary picture as a symbol of your love and commitment for one another.