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1st ANNIVERSARY GIFTS | 75 One Year Anniversary Ideas

1st Anniversary Gifts

1st Anniversary Gifts

1st ANNIVERSARY GIFTS | 75 One Year Anniversary Ideas

Choosing 1st anniversary gifts is often difficult for people who want to send a present to the celebrating couple. Coming so soon after the wedding, it is hard to imagine a gift they didn't receive on their wedding day, let alone what they could possibly want or need now. Yet, the 1st anniversary is the most significant one until they reach the 10th.

For spouses selecting first anniversary gifts for each other, it can be equally daunting. After exchanging gifts throughout their relationship for birthdays and holidays, the first anniversary is unique because it represents the first time to celebrate a milestone in their marital lives. Find the criteria for choosing this special gift below.

On this page you will find the best gifts for a first wedding anniversary. This collection has something for every price range – even for free! Most importantly, each gift is chosen to represent the particular significance of the first wedding anniversary.

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You'll find one year anniversary ideas for gifts in each section below. You can quickly find the category of gifts you need, or scroll down the page to see all of these great ideas.

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1st Anniversary Gifts - the criteria for gifts from spouses

Anniversary Gifts for Her

Anniversary Gifts for Men

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

1st Anniversary Gifts for Couples

1st Anniversary Gifts

1st Anniversary Gifts

Happy First Anniversary

Happy First Anniversary

First Anniversary Gift

First Anniversary Gift

1st Anniversary Gifts

One year anniversary ideas for gifts start with the meaning of this important day. The one year anniversary officially ends the newlywed status and sends husband and wife off to live happily ever after as a normal married couple. Above all, it is a romantic anniversary that a couple will always remember with fondness.

Look for these qualities when selecting 1st anniversary gifts for your spouse:

Significant – Mark this unique occasion with something exceptional which will be cherished throughout a lifetime.

Heirloom – Plan for the gift to be passed on through generations.

Timeless Quality – Don't choose a passing fad or electronic gadget. Choose something which will last a lifetime.

Within Budget – Although you will probably spend more on the first anniversary gift than on other gift-giving occasions throughout the year, the gift you choose should be within the marital budget. You might even discuss a price-range in advance with your spouse so you both have the same mindset. Typically, engagement and wedding rings represent a purchase of about one month's income. The first anniversary gifts are usually budgeted at about one week's combined income for the couple.

Loving – The gift should say "I ♥ You."

The greeting cards accompanying the first anniversary gifts will also be keepsakes. Spend time finding the perfect anniversary wishes.

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Anniversary Gifts for Her

Anniversary Gifts for Her

Anniversary Gifts for Her

First Anniversary Gift Card from Husband to Wife

First Anniversary Gift Card from Husband to Wife

1st Anniversary Gift

1st Anniversary Gift

Anniversary Gifts for Her

In keeping with the significance of one year anniversary gifts, the present you chose for your wife should last throughout her lifetime. Choosing anniversary gifts for her is not the time for flowers, perfume, electronics or clothing.

So, what should you give? Presented below are the top recommendations for 1st anniversary gifts for her.

Rubies: The Traditional Anniversary Gifts for Her

"Who can finde a vertuous woman? for her price is farre aboue Rubies."

– Proverbs 31:10, original King James Version (1611)

"A woman of valour who can find? for her price is far above rubies."

– Proverbs 31:10, Jewish Publication Society (1917)

"A woman of valour who can find? for her price is far above pearls/gems (מִפְּנִינִים)."

– Proverbs 31:10, literal translation to modern English

5 Carat Ruby Pendant

5 Carat Ruby Pendant

1. Ruby Wedding Anniversary Gifts

For four centuries, the ruby has symbolized a wife of honor. This is due to a Biblical passage which was mistranslated in early English-language Bibles, perhaps because of other British traditions regarding the ruby. In Biblical Hebrew there was no word for ruby. Even in modern Hebrew there is no word for the ruby gemstone. The word used today is simply the word for the color red.

In the marriage traditions of the Israelites, a dowry was given to the Bride as a love gift from her husband, which became her separate property and not part of the marital estate.

The Hebrew word (פנינים) in the text from the book of Proverbs means pearls and gems. A ruby, of course, is a gemstone, but a ruby is not specified in the Biblical text. However, when the Kings James translation of the Bible was made, the word was translated rubies, and so the tradition began in the English-speaking world that a wife is to be cherished as a precious ruby and the gem represents a wife who is honored by her husband.

Rubies and pearls are at the top of the list for one year anniversary ideas.

5 Carat Genuine Ruby Ring Gift

5 Carat Genuine Ruby Ring Gift

Ruby and Diamond Classic Ring Gift

Ruby and Diamond Classic Ring Gift

Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring Released by Buckingham Palace

Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring Released by Buckingham Palace

When choosing a ruby, look for a genuine stone not a simulated nor man-made stone. Ideally, the ruby should be set in 14K gold, not something gold-plated.

A cocktail ring is an excellent choice for a 1st anniversary gift.

A cocktail ring with a large, genuine ruby offset with diamonds is one of the best anniversary gifts for her and is destined to become a treasured family heirloom.

A ruby ring surrounded by diamonds is a regal display. This choice is the strikingly famous engagement ring that belonged to Princess Diana and now is worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William.

The ruby ring at the right is a regal display, in a setting which is strikingly similar to the engagement ring that belonged to Princess Diana and now is worn by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the wife of Prince William.

Sapphires and rubies are actually from the same Corundum family of gemstones. This is a timeless setting and a truly elegant first anniversary gift for your wife.

You can have a ring engraved with a special anniversary wish at your local jewelers.

2. Pearl Wedding Anniversary Gifts

As the text of Proverbs 31:10 states, pearls are also a cherished gift for a wife to receive from her husband. Since time immemorial, pearls have been highly valued as natural treasures. They are popular choices for anniversary gifts for her.

Japanese Saltwater Akoya Pearl Necklace

Japanese Saltwater Akoya Pearl Necklace

Protective Pearl Necklace Case

Protective Pearl Necklace Case

Pearl Necklace Gift Box

Pearl Necklace Gift Box

The most sought-after pearls come from Asian waters where their cultivation has become an art-form and where pearl jewelry is made in all price-ranges. This has only been possible in the last 100 years.

When shopping for pearls, the highest quality are salt water pearls. For an anniversary gift, avoid freshwater pearls or simulated pearls. Also look for real gold or silver clasps and/or settings. High quality pearls are never accompanied by any thing less.

Drop Pearl Earrings

Drop Pearl Earrings

Mabe Pearl and Gold Earrings Gift

Mabe Pearl and Gold Earrings Gift

If your wife already owns the classic pearl necklace, you can't go wrong with choosing fine pearl earrings for her. Consider earrings on your list of one year anniversary ideas.

Drop earrings are showy and elegant. The earrings pictures are 9.0-9.5 mm, South Sea Island teardrop pearls displayed with diamonds.

Mabe pearls are especially prized for earring designs and anniversary gifts for her. These are also high-quality pearls, but they grow next to the shell of the mollusk which creates one side of the pearl with a flat surface.

The mabe pearls are much larger than round pearls and have a rainbow-like iridescence. These characteristics make stunning earrings. These earrings can complement any fashion, from casual to the most formal attire.

Because Mabe Pearls are much larger than most cultured pearls, they do make a bold statement.

Michele Watch With 120 Diamonds

Michele Watch With 120 Diamonds

3. Watch Gifts for Wife

Though the traditional first anniversary gift is paper, the modern gift is a timepiece. Why is this? Because the first wedding anniversary is a special moment in time, watches have been a popular gift for a husband to give to his wife for this wedding anniversary and vice versa.

Properly maintained, a quality watch will last beyond a lifetime and that is one of the reasons they should be on your list of one year anniversary ideas.

The stunning timepiece on the right dazzles in diamonds. Famous for intricate timepieces, Jack Barouh is a second-generation watchmaker and one of the twelve leading watchmakers in the world. His line of women's watches is named for his daughter, Michele.

This featured watch has a Mother of Pearl dial, is stainless steel and water resistant at 50 meters / 165 feet.

Go read all of the rave reviews on this watch, especially the one from the woman who received this as an anniversary present from her husband.

You won't find a better price on this from a trusted source.

If diamonds are beyond your budget for an anniversary watch, consider quality, semi-precious gemstone options in sterling silver watches.

The Navajo watch company is a good choice for sterling silver watches inlaid with genuine turquoise, onyx and other stones.

A watch can say "I ♥ You" in more ways than one! Consider the artistic heart designed with genuine diamonds and bead work in the picture below. Stainless steel, water resistant and classy, embossed white leather watchband are just a few of the high-quality features in this timepiece.

Notice the date magnifier.

Stührling is a company founded by Max Stührling, a renowned Swiss watchmaker who set up his watch-making shop in Athens, Greece, in the 1800s.

Stührling Diamond Watch Anniversary Gift

Stührling Diamond Watch Anniversary Gift

One of the reasons Stührling watches are desired is that they last a lifetime, just like good marriages!

Another Stührling designer watch comes with more affordable Swarovski Crystals for sparkle and a sophisticated black dial face. The leather strap is interchangeable and comes with black and white, for two completely different looks. This is a signature piece that any woman will love.

Anniversary gifts for her should be romantic. After all, this is your last official day as newlyweds.

You've gotta love the twin red hearts on the Stührling original design below. The two red hearts are the perfect love symbol for a wedding anniversary. Of course, they represent the two of you. The time markers are 12 Swarovski Crystals.

Another Stührling designer watch comes with more affordable Swarovski Crystals for sparkle and a sophisticated black dial face. The leather strap is interchangeable and comes with black and white, for two completely different looks. This is a signature piece that any woman will love.

Anniversary gifts for her should be romantic. After all, this is your last official day as newlyweds.

You've gotta love the twin red hearts on the Stührling original design below. The two red hearts are the perfect love symbol for a wedding anniversary. Of course, they represent the two of you. The time markers are 12 Swarovski Crystals.

Anniversary Gift Watch for Her

Anniversary Gift Watch for Her

The double heart is the classic symbol of marriage: two hearts joined in an embrace.

Diamond Heart Necklace Gift for Her

Diamond Heart Necklace Gift for Her

4. Heart Jewelry Gifts

Speaking of hearts: You can't go wrong with first anniversary gifts for her of heart jewelry. Consider the amazing sale price on this heart of gold and genuine Diamonds.

The lovely choice pictured on the right is from Amazon's Curated Collection of Fine Jewelry.

The necklace comes with 94 5-star reviews from people who bought this as a gift for their wives or girlfriends.

Anniversary Gifts for Men

Anniversary Gifts for Men

Anniversary Gifts for Men

First Anniversary Gift Card from Wife to Husband

First Anniversary Gift Card from Wife to Husband

First Anniversary Gift

First Anniversary Gift

Anniversary Gifts for Men

The one year anniversary gifts for men in this selection are gifts for a husband which will last a lifetime and can be passed on for generations to come as treasured family heirlooms.

Choose wisely for this eventful wedding anniversary. This anniversary represents the transition from your newlywed status to the rest of your married lives together.

Anniversary Watch for Men

Anniversary Watch for Men

Anniversary Gift Watch for Men

Anniversary Gift Watch for Men

1. Anniversary Watches for Men

Watches are wise choices for anniversary gifts for men.

Assuming that the Rolex brand is beyond your budget, TAG Heuer is a superior Swiss watchmaker to consider. Since 1860, its watches have been known for prestige and precision.

This beauty is stainless steel, water resistant to 300 meters / 984 feet, and has a luminous dial. The dial window is genuine sapphire, the most expensive and durable crystal used in watch making.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Black Watch

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Black Watch

In 1962, a TAG Heuer watch was the first Swiss watch in space. It is a top brand favored by sports celebrities, particularly race car drivers who appreciate precision instruments.

The masculine, stainless steel and black design is a striking combination in the TAG Heuer watches pictured at the right. This is the choice of many men when they buy a watch for themselves.

The model on the right comes with a rubber watch band and is water-resistant for scuba diving up to 90 ft (30 m).

A TAG Heuer watch should last a lifetime. What a perfect way to say 'Happy First Year Wedding Anniversary!'

14K Gold Cuff Links Gift

14K Gold Cuff Links Gift

Most men in the Western world do not wear jewelry, other than a wedding ring or watch. They do, however, wear cuff links – certainly on special occasions like family weddings, ceremonies and formal events.

Chosen wisely, cuff links are timeless, signature pieces which will be worn throughout a lifetime. In 100 years, they will become a precious antique and prized heirloom for a descendant.

Black Diamond and Silver Anniversary Gift

Black Diamond and Silver Anniversary Gift

If your husband wears a silver or a stainless steel watch, silver cuff links are the ones to choose. The stunning set pictured on the right is made of sterling silver with 1.00 Carats of precision-cut, genuine black diamonds set in rows. Men love this set because it is perfect for the professional business environment and black diamonds are a power statement.

3. Money Clip Gifts for Men

Money clips are excellent first anniversary gifts for wives to give to husbands. One reason is that they will be used every day and serve as a daily reminder of your 1st anniversary as man and wife.

Sterling Silver Money Clip Gift

Sterling Silver Money Clip Gift

Secondly, they are large enough to be engraved with a custom anniversary message. Thirdly, they are extremely useful and will be appreciated for that reason alone.

Money clips as anniversary gifts for men originated from the time when a bridegroom was given money from the bride's family. Some cultures still practice that tradition today!

Sterling Silver Money Clip Anniversary Gift

Sterling Silver Money Clip Anniversary Gift

Sterling Silver and Gold Money Clip for Men

Sterling Silver and Gold Money Clip for Men

These choices at the right are both designed with a place to add your personal, engraved message.

In keeping with the tradition to give paper for a first anniversary, just give the clip wrapped around some money!

Even married couples need a little his and hers separate spending money.

If your husband has his eyes set on something to buy that he really needs to pick out for himself – I'm thinking motor cycles here – just give him the cash inside a money clip.

One thing is for certain with this gift: Like a marriage is for better or for worse, every time he pulls money out of his pocket to buy something, he'll be reminded that he is married to you!


2014 American Gold Eagle Coin Gift – Back

2014 American Gold Eagle Coin Gift – Back

2014American Gold Eagle Coin Gift – Front

2014American Gold Eagle Coin Gift – Front

4. Mint Coins Anniversary Gift for Husband

Choose the year of your marriage or the year of your 1st anniversary for gifts of mint coins. Many people collect these as a hedge against inflation. Others appreciate their historical value.

This American Gold Eagle BU from the U.S. Mint is an uncirculated coin. It contains one troy ounce of 22K gold, qualifies for U.S. IRA & QRP investment accounts and is exempt from U.S. tax reporting.

This is a perfect wedding anniversary gift for the man who likes to keep an eye on his investments.

$5 Mint Gold Coin Gift

$5 Mint Gold Coin Gift

The $5 American Eagle Gold Coin is a more affordable choice and contains 1/10 oz gold. It comes in a deluxe velvet presentation case from the U.S. Mint. The coin depicts the full length Statue of Liberty on one side and the American Eagle on the other.

Coins created from U. S. Silver are also an affordable option. Silver mint, first strike coins sell out quickly because they are valued collector's items.

If you were married in 2014, you'll need to hurry to find one for this anniversary year. If you miss out, you will only be able to purchase from a seasoned collector and a higher price.

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

1st Anniversary Paper Gifts

1st Anniversary Paper Gifts

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

Tradition has it that first anniversary gifts should be made of paper. Modern custom has it that husbands and wives choose something more durable to symbolize a solid marriage.

But, in keeping with the tradition, some people will include a paper gift as well as something more substantial. Besides that, two gifts really are better than one! Here is an assortment of paper anniversary Gift Ideas in all price ranges – even for free.

One great idea is a professional drawing on art paper. Not only does this meat the 'paper' requirement, but it is something that both of you will enjoy forever throughout your married lives.

Wayne Ensrud Drawing, Circa 1970

Wayne Ensrud Drawing, Circa 1970

Love Story Journal Book Cover

Love Story Journal Book Cover

Few paper anniversary gift items have been received with such unanimous approval as this one. Book of Us: A Journal of Your Love Story in 150 Questions is the brainchild of David and Kate Marshall, a husband-and-wife writing team from California.

This book prompts you to record your love story by answering 150 questions, and writing your answers in the volume. You can look inside the book for a preview before ordering.

'What I Love About You' Book Cover

'What I Love About You' Book Cover

From the same authors, What I Love About You is a hard-cover, fill-in-the-blank book that you complete and present to your spouse. One husband who got this book for his wife left this review:

"I read once that if you don't tell your wife you love her, someone else will. I laughed. You don't have to be a die-hard romantic to give this book. I'm a tongue tied procrastinator when it comes to expressing love.

"So I got this book this week because it actually looks fun to do. Great questions, checklists and fill-in-the-blanks are leading me through putting into words what I love about my wife.

"You know, before someone else does."

That's an authentic recommendation to go get this book.

This little book of coupons includes 16 coupons for things like back rubs and walks on the beech. You can add your own special ideas on the coupons, too.

Great Paper Anniversary gift Ideas also include making your own coupons. This is one of the favorite, free, one year anniversary ideas.

Let your imagination run wild by creating your own coupon booklet. You can create your own coupons for free with this online coupon maker.

Paper Anniversary Gift Coupon Idea

Paper Anniversary Gift Coupon Idea

1st Wedding Anniversary Couple

1st Wedding Anniversary Couple