1st Anniversary: Traditional Gift Ideas and More

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Paper – which represents strength – is the traditional material of the first anniversary. Plastic and clocks are modern additions. Here is your complete guide to the first wedding anniversary!


1. Pictures: Framed photos and prints – whether personal or by a favorite artist – are always meaningful gifts for that first year.

2. Tickets: Whether it's to a concert, sports event, play or other live engagement, tickets can lead to a fun and memorable anniversary.

3. Notebooks: If your spouse likes to write, sketch or just jot thoughts down, a beautiful, bound notebook is a special treat.

4. Airplane tickets: Thinking of jetting off somewhere special? An anniversary is the perfect occasion. Here are some great trips for two to get you inspired. (Link TK)

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6. Books: Instead of just picking up a title by your sweetie's favorite author, try scoring an autographed copy or even an out-of-print collectable tome.

7. Personalized stationery: Monogramming never goes out of style.

8. Love letter: Old fashioned? There's something to be said for that. Pour out your heart in a handwritten note.

9. Message in a bottle: Take that love note and roll it up into an old-fashioned green glass bottle for a romantic anniversary treasure.

10. Recycled paper décor: For a décor enthusiast, try an edgy home accessory made of recycled paper products.

11. Cigars: Fine Cuban cigars are a manly take on the traditional first anniversary gift.


12. Digital camera: Whether it's a slim, point-and-shoot or a professional-style SLR camera with a zoom lens, you can't go wrong with a great gadget.

13. Countertop appliances: That new KitchenAid stand mixer or Williams-Sonoma immersion blender are perfect for someone who loves to cook.

14. DVDs/CDs: Romantic movies and love songs are a sweet gesture – but a favorite cinematic genre or recording artist may be your best bet.

15. Sunglasses: Designer shades are a fashion-forward treat.

16. Yoga mat: Let your sweetie do downward dog in style.

17. Gift card: For the person who's impossible to shop for, this may actually be the most appreciated option.

18. iPod, iPad or iPhone: For a Mac addict, there can be no better choice.

19. Tools: Head over to The Home Depot for a tricked-out drill/driver or a powerhouse table saw.

20. Television: A brand new flat-panel is sure to please (both of you).

21. Laptop: Yet another fail-proof option.

22. Sex toys: Get naughty with gifts you can enjoy together.

23. Passport: Surprise your spouse with a renewed passport – and tickets to an exotic destination.

24. Surf board: A true wave rider can never have enough boards.

25. eReader: A nook or a Kindle is the gift that keeps on giving.


26. Watch: A designer watch – or one passed down through your family; either way, a time-honored classic for your anniversary.

27. Engraved wall clock: Commemorate your love with a wall clock bearing your anniversary date.

28. Desk clock: A handsome addition to the desktop is a unique choice.

29. Grandfather clock: For lovers of old things, grandfather clocks have a history and presence that can't be denied.

30. Clock/radio: Give him something you know he'll use every day.

Did we miss any? We want to know your ideas! Leave a comment to add to our ultimate anniversary ideas list.

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