Gift Ideas for a 1st Anniversary

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The first year of marriage can fly by so quickly you may celebrate your first anniversary before you know it. Traditional first wedding anniversary gifts include paper, while the alternative modern list suggests clocks. You can incorporate these suggestions into the recipient’s hobbies and interests while also featuring gifts you can enjoy together as a couple.

Scrapbooks & Journals

Give her an item to preserve your first year, as well as subsequent years of marriage. In keeping with the paper theme, you may offer a scrapbook outfitted with a host of supplies, including cardstock, stickers and die cuts. She may also enjoy a journal to document the your adventures as a married couple. Personalized stationary allows the her the opportunity to communicate with friends and family regarding your lives as newlyweds.

Watches & Clocks

Offer a slight variation on the clock theme, such as a feminine silver watch for her or a hanging antique pocket watch for him. As an added touch, you can include a personal inscription on the back of either watch, like the recipient’s name, a love note or the date of your first anniversary. You may also include an alarm clock outfitted with unusual features, such as the flying, aromatherapy or talking alarm clock.


An original take on the paper theme may include, depending on the individual’s tastes, tickets to a sporting or performing arts event. For a sports fan, use a shadow box or frame to display a personally valued sports program, a game-day ticket or an athlete’s signature. For lovers of the arts, you can also frame a classic movie or theatrical poster, as well as a beloved work of art.

Travel Goods

For the avid traveler, you can choose from a variety of travel-related, traditionally themed products. Mount a world map inside a glassless frame which the recipient can mark with pins denoting locations they visit as a married couple. You may also include a set of travel guides, language books, road atlases and easy-to-carry city maps. A travel alarm clock or a watch with dual faces, ideal for managing multiple time zones while on vacation, caters to world travelers as well.