What Should You Give As The First Wedding Anniversary Gift

First wedding anniversary gift ideas to surprise your partner

By Sophia R
What Should You Give As The First Wedding Anniversary Gift

Having a year of marriage may seem easy, but those 12 months are full of challenges. They are 365 days of adaptation in which you might still be in the stage of furnishing your new house, defining your new lifestyle, and getting accustomed to each other.

The first anniversary of marriage is known as the "paper wedding", so it would be great if the gift was made of this material. There are options from the most traditional, such as a letter, to more elaborate ones, such as dedicating a book with personal love poems.

To celebrate this beautiful stage, we bring you these gifts ideas with which you can surprise your partner on this special day. Keep reading to find out which are these!

Traditional First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For Wife That Will Amaze Her

It is always a very beautiful gesture to stick to tradition when it comes to wedding anniversary gifts. After all, women tend to like tradition a lot. Why not follow those ideas for this first wedding anniversary gift for her? Check them out:

1. Love letter

The love letter is a life long gift idea for the first anniversary. I mean, what women doesn’t love a deep love letter from their husband? It has proven to work for centuries! No matter how you do it, express your feelings for her and it will be the perfect gift for this time. It can be the main gift or a perfect accompaniment for another. 

2. Photo album

I am sure you have many photographs that you have not printed from before the wedding or from that great day. Make an album in which you put the photographs in chronological order. Choose those in which she looks wonderful in that cocktail dress you love so much, those in which she looks happy with you, or from some special moment that you remember with her. It will be fun to see how you have evolved as a couple, and she will surely appreciate that walk down memory lane, too.

3. Poetry

Select 12 poems or songs, one for each month of your marriage, that you will like to dedicate your wife and put them all together in a nice way. It could be a book or an album. If you have the talent to write, do the poems yourself. Let all your feelings flow in that poetic way she is going to love so much. If not, you can be inspired by authors like Pablo Neruda, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, or Edgar Allan Poe. Those words, songs, and fragments of books will surely make her fall in love with you all over again. Hold up, you can even use some intimate ones, now is the time!

Modern First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For Wife

On the contrary, if you are not a traditional couple at all, or if your wife doesn’t really believe or follow any tradition, there are many other modern first wedding anniversary gift ideas for her. After all, the world has evolved a lot, so who says one must stick to tradition and customs? No one! Check these ideas out if this is your case:

4. Jewelry

A jewel is a unique piece that has the power of being a symbol, an emotion, a bond between two people. Just as you did with that special engagement ring you gave her, choose which jewel will represent that first year of marriage. Gold and pearls are the perfect materials for first year wedding anniversary jewelry. It will surely be a piece she will always cherish.

5. Customize items


These types of details in which the property of each is identified with signs of "Mr" and "Mrs" never fail. How about cups for coffee, pajamas, cushions, or thermos? You can also choose any other thing that is complementary, such as rings with half the heart in each, chains or bracelets.

6. Concert tickets

If you are lucky enough to have a concert of that band she loves so much in your city at the time of your anniversary, don’t even hesitate to get her those tickets as your anniversary gift. To make it even more special, get her the best seat your budget can afford. She will cherish this memory forever, and your anniversary will be the most fun of all!

Traditional First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For Husband That He Will Cherish

7. Watch or clock

A traditional gift that your husband will absolutely love watches; It may be an old clock, the latest watch in the store, or an alarm clock. Why? Because the sound of ticking symbolizes the good times in your marriage, recording strong memories since you exchanged your vows, and all the time there is to come. Also, what men don’t love watches? It’s like shoes for women.

8. Agenda

If your husband is one of the busy kind, a cute notebook is a great gift for your first wedding anniversary. It will come in handy whenever he needs to write appointments, data, or anything else down. He will take it everywhere, and he will be reminded of you every time he uses it, which will be a lot. You can even personalize it with his initials. He will definitely love it!

9. Photo frame

Personalized Picture Frames - The Perfect Couple

A photo frame of your favorite picture is also a great traditional gift for wedding anniversaries. He will be able to put in on his desk, night table, counter, or wherever he pleases so every time he looks at it, he is reminded of your beautiful marriage and journey.

Modern First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For Husband

10. Second honeymoon

Why not take a second round honeymoon? Surprise your men with some plane tickets and hotel reservations! Take him somewhere you both have always wanted to go. A place where you will create so many new memories for the two of you. You both need a little relaxation after this year of change in your lives! Go for it!

11. Sports game tickets

Men love their sports, and they might have been not enjoying them so much in this year of marriage. I mean, there are new priorities now. Why not reward them with a game ticket? You will be the coolest, most fun, and most caring wife if you give him this as your anniversary gift. You will rock!

12. Dinner

It is not traditional at all that a wife takes her husband out on a beautiful surprise dinner. Who says you can’t do it? Break all the standards and plan a beautiful date night in a fancy restaurant. Don’t even tell him where you are going, just take him. It is a gesture that he will appreciate deeply.

Express Your Love With These DIY options

If you are more of the DIY kind of person and you wish to make your wedding anniversary gift yourself with love, we got some great ideas for you to try:

13. Photo frame arrangement

This beautiful photo arrangement is a perfect gift that can be later put on your walls to decorate your home, so it kind of serves a double purpose.

You will need:

  • A picture frame
  • Yarn
  • Clips
  • Pictures of you and your husband or wife
  • Your initials in cardboard
  • Glue or tape

It is super easy! You will just need to take yarn and tape it or glue it across the picture frame, as it is shown in the picture. Then, you will just need to hang up the letters and the pictures in a cute and beautiful way. That is pretty much it!

14. Map hearts

This next DIY idea is a beautiful detail that can become part of your house decor, too. It will display the places where it all began and keeps happening for you two, which is a great way to remind you of everything that has happened in this great first year. Keep reading to learn how to do it yourself!

You will need:

  • Picture frame
  • Colored cardboard
  • Map of the place you two met, married and live at
  • Pen or marker
  • Glue or tape

First of all, you will need to cut three exact hearts on colored cardboard, as it is shown in the picture. Then, you will need to paste one map behind each heart. Finally, write down “we met” “we married” and “we live” under each heart and frame it. Voila! There you have it!

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Now that you have all of these beautiful first wedding anniversary gift ideas, I’m sure your loved one will be completely pleased if you give them any of these on this special day. They will cherish and remember any of these gifts forever. You can thank us later!



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