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22 Best Ideas: One-Year Anniversary Gifts for Him and Her

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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!

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

Miravet, Catalonia, Spain

Miravet, Catalonia, Spain

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

Boudoir model Jolie Papillon

Boudoir model Jolie Papillon

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.

13. Origami

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.

15. Romantic Gondola Ride

gondolas

gondolas

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

Spa

Spa

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

Eagle Creek Vineyards, Washington

Eagle Creek Vineyards, Washington

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.

What do you have in Mind for your 1 Year Anniversary? - Let's hear your Anniversary stories, Share if you want!

emily numeri on December 22, 2014:

Great and sweet ideas..hope to have a wonderful 1st anniversary on this coming xmass....thanks for this u guys, may God bless you and continue this

Alexajones on August 10, 2014:

Going to make a scrapbook from our first date :)

madalyns on June 09, 2014:

@JolieS: This was the best one year anniversary gift! My Dreamlines is amazing...super talented artists. They did an amazing job taking our wedding photos and creating this amazing sketch!

theharmonyaddict on April 29, 2014:

Because paper is the one year gift, I got him tickets to a Billy Joel concert. However, I also wanted to do something original for him. So I wrote an original song, made a recording of it, then added a slideshow of pictures from the wedding and our first year together. You can see it on YouTube by searching for my login name "harmonyaddict" if you want. He loved the concert tickets, but they didn't hold a candle to the homemade gift! Nothing beats the personal touch. :)

theharmonyaddict on April 29, 2014:

Because paper is the one year gift, I got him tickets to a Billy Joel concert. However, I also wanted to do something original for him. So I wrote an original song, made a recording of it, then added a slideshow of pictures from the wedding and our first year together. You can see it on YouTube by searching for my login name "harmonyaddict" if you want. He loved the concert tickets, but they didn't hold a candle to the homemade gift! Nothing beats the personal touch. :)

JolieS on April 24, 2014:

My husband gave me a sketch of my wedding dress and his tux. Perfect as paper is the traditional gift for the one year. He found this artist with www.mydreamlines.com

biorra2 on April 18, 2014:

Great lens, well thought out.

Anna from chichester on April 18, 2014:

This is such a lovely lens - I adore the recycled paper bracelet :) you've really put a lot of creativity into this. Thanks for the ideas

biorra2 on April 17, 2014:

some great ideas :)

nikahexplorer on April 08, 2014:

These all ideas are so great, i like all of them :)

josietook on October 17, 2013:

Coming up to our 10 year anniversary. Some great ideas here.

KathyZ1 on October 15, 2013:

Nice lens, thanks for your sharing!

steadytracker lm on September 07, 2013:

Wow, some really great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on August 24, 2013:

This is a beautiful idea. Send this company a photo of your wedding gown and even the tux and they will sketch. Perfect for one year...as it is paper. MyDreamlines offers this.

BlowDryBar on August 09, 2013:

I'm not great at anniversary ideas so this was really useful for me!

anonymous on August 02, 2013:

I got my husband a gift certificate (paper) for an anniversary sundial (a cool sun clock) and did both gift suggestions in one! I found one that sits on the windowsill and makes rainbows in the room - perfect for our apartment.

stella_mcartney on July 29, 2013:

loved the ideas to make the day really special and countable a nice lens

anonymous on July 10, 2013:

This page was really helpful and it led me to other ideas on one of the sites!

dellgirl on July 09, 2013:

Thanks for taking time to put this together and for sharing it. I really enjoyed all the great ideas for the 1st Anniversary gifts.

fennirose on June 27, 2013:

A ticket for Paris will do!

fennirose on June 27, 2013:

A ticket for Paris will do!

etchedingifts on June 20, 2013:

Its really awesome..nice to such a great collection..!!

Dashot on June 02, 2013:

Absolutely great ideas for anniversary! Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 31, 2013:

A spa for two would be great for our next anniversary, which is a lot more than our first.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 31, 2013:

A spa for two would be great for our next anniversary, which is a lot more than our first.

Nikki4321 on May 27, 2013:

Interesting gift ideas, I always send flowers!

MythYes on May 07, 2013:

Great ideas! I never know what to buy for a gift :)

ConvenientCalendar on May 03, 2013:

These ideas are great!

Birthday Wishes from Here on April 02, 2013:

After reading your lens, I must say that I will buy a marriage certificate. My wife will love that! Thanks a lot for sharing these great gifts! Great lens!!!

hovirag on April 01, 2013:

a highly interesting lense - I love the way you introduce each new idea :)

Ana on March 28, 2013:

This is such an interesting lens. I liked all Experience Gifts:) Aside from that, I think The Book of US is a really great anniversary gift:) Awesome lens:)

anonymous on March 20, 2013:

The old-fashioned marriage certificate is really cool!

sheacherie on March 19, 2013:

This so cute! Great lens you got there ;)

EllieHarper on March 17, 2013:

My first anniversary is coming up at the beginning of April. I was thinking of getting a print we got as a gift framed. It fits for paper right? I hadn't planned on following that but it's kinda neat.

am23g23 on March 14, 2013:

Awesome lens, I might have to take some ideas for my anniversy coming up.

helyearelyea on March 09, 2013:

I liked this lens for a lot of reasons. First, I am coming up on my one year with my wife, second I saw your one million dollar chalange and wanted to see your lense and third, I was surprised at how awesome it is. I have some work to do to get to this point. Keep it up.

FancyThatUSA on March 09, 2013:

We decided we would try to stick with the traditional gifts but be creative with them. I bought my hubby tickets to Jimmy Carr and he got me a voucher for a Thai Massage, I think experiences are a great idea. Although 2 years is cotton so we bought each other nice new clothes!

jgelien on March 07, 2013:

I am way past my first anniversary but you have a lot of really fun ideas for those couples reaching their first milestone. I enjoyed reading your lens.

Diva2Mom on December 30, 2012:

Fabulous Anniversary Gift ideas! Great job! Fabulously-BLESSED by a little Squid Angel. God bless you sweetheart and huge hug! Advance Happy New Year!

SquidooDudes on December 27, 2012:

I was just looking for some gift ideas for a young couple I know who are fixing to celebrate their first wedding anniversary and I found your webpage here. These are some great gifts for newly wed couples, and it gave me plenty of fun ideas for stuff they might like as a gift. So I wanted to say thank you!

ComfortsOfHome on December 26, 2012:

The romantic harbour cruise is sounding pretty good. :-)

Michey LM on December 23, 2012:

Great ideas - you are creative and fun!

C A Chancellor from US/TN on December 21, 2012:

Fun ideas!

tahirmahmood on December 19, 2012:

your lens is good

WallHangings on December 19, 2012:

I very much agree with your point.

anonymous on December 17, 2012:

Great Ideas, I love all of these, Happy happy holidays.

Benjamynn on December 15, 2012:

Great gift ideas! Happy holiday :)

ruth-williams lm on December 13, 2012:

Great ideas for a paper anniversary, definitely ones to remember!

MichaelDubrovnik on December 13, 2012:

I am looking forward to our 1 year anniversary actually. Hope to beat you all, cheers!

iSamR101 LM on December 11, 2012:

Good suggestions. I definitely would vote for an 'experience' vs. a material gift; something enjoyable to be shared and remembered together is always a winner.

katiecolette on December 10, 2012:

Great ideas for 1st year anniversary gifts! Experiences are so much better than material gifts. Spa package and wine tasting sound great. And skydiving and hot air balloon tour - great thrilling experiences to remember!

JoshK47 on December 10, 2012:

What wonderful ideas! Thanks most kindly for sharing!

anonymous on December 09, 2012:

The one year anniversary is such a landmark for newly weds and you have found an amazing way to celebrate with your experience gifts to mark the occasion along with the idea of the more traditional paper gifts stepped up! I also love the idea of clocks as an anniversary to celebrate the passage of 352 24 hour days of love.....and as you say, these gifts all work for years of anniversaries!

CoeGurl on December 09, 2012:

These are all great ideas for a 1st anniversary. The recycled paper bracelet is a fun traditional paper gift!

Glenda Motsavage from The Sunshine State on December 09, 2012:

Just celebrated our 25th. One of the gifts included a "Vittles and Vino" Tasting Tour in St. Augustine. Would highly recommend it for any anniversary or special occasion.

jamecl on December 08, 2012:

Great Lens. Thanks!

cleanyoucar on December 06, 2012:

These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing

whiteskyline lm on December 05, 2012:

I don't have any ideas, but there are some pretty cool ones here

AshleysCorner on December 05, 2012:

What a great idea!

pretyfunky on December 05, 2012:

great lens

myspace9 on December 05, 2012:

Good and great lens.

Bob from Kansas City on December 03, 2012:

I'm well past this Anniversary but these are awesome ideas... well done!

GabStar on December 03, 2012:

great ideas

AstroGremlin on December 02, 2012:

Tradition calls for paper but that's hardly a limitation since money is made of paper. :) This lens really gets one thinking about love, time, and sharing joy with memorable gifts.

getmoreinfo on December 01, 2012:

These 1 Year Anniversary Gifts are really nice. I celebrated my 1 year anniversary for writing on squidoo not to long ago and I had to buy myself a bunch of heirloom garden seeds. LOL

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on December 01, 2012:

Lovely ways to celebrate the first year of marriage :)

whats4dinner on November 30, 2012:

i remembered my first boyfriend during our first year... we fought!! just because he said that he is sure that i am the one, and my reply was "you're getting there" (basically im not sure yet)....

nice list of possible gifts. especially the experience gifts!!

James1978 on November 30, 2012:

I like the idea of skydiving, in theory, although I'm not sure I could actually go through with it when the time came.

Darla Dixon on November 29, 2012:

I create pencil drawings based on photos. I think it's the best first anniversary gift because it's one of a kind and personal.

Avi Wolfson from Massachusetts on November 28, 2012:

idk yet...

OliviaQ on November 05, 2012:

a good idea, for my one year anniversary I will make a plan too.

Spiderlily321 on October 18, 2012:

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing

Alana-r on October 02, 2012:

Lovely ideas, really nice lens!

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on September 12, 2012:

Some very unique ideas - love the skydiving part--that would be my favorite! :>)

anonymous on September 11, 2012:

Awesome ideas for 1st anniversary gifts.