My husband and I have been together for almost two full years now, and we are coming up on our first year wedding anniversary in December. It may be three months away, but I'm already racking my brain trying to figure out what to get my husband that feels like an appropriate gift for one year of marriage.
Everyone says that your first year married is the hardest year together and this past year has been no picnic thanks to all of the fun things going on in the world. My husband is a tricky person to shop for regardless, but I feel like a first year wedding anniversary gift is something that is going to require a little bit more time to pick out, especially after everything we went through this year. I'm definitely feeling the pressure.
I took to the internet to do some research because I've always heard things about how "the diamond anniversary is sixty years" and I was curious to see what the first year's was.
Turns out there's a whole system to buying your spouse an anniversary gift. Each year has a traditional gift, modern gift, gemstone/metal, and flower all already picked out for you! It makes it super simple on what to get your spouse just by narrowing down all of the options to a few easy categories.
So what are the first year wedding anniversary presents?
- Traditional - Paper
- Modern - A Clock
- Gemstone/Metal - Gold
- Flowers - Carnations
Obviously, you don't have to get your spouse something from this list if you don't want to or if you feel like it's not something they'd be into, but I like to think it's a good place to start.
A Origami Clock
If you want to cover two of the first year gifts categories with the same present, you could get your partner an origami clock. Personally, I would love this as a wedding anniversary present because it would fit in with my home decor so well. You can find so so many amazing and colorful while not terribly expensive ones on Etsy. It's super simple but still a really elegant, unique, and meaningful first year anniversary present for anyone.
Still Novel Prints
I found these on Instagram through a sponsored photographer's giveaway ad and immediately fell in love with how amazing and nostalgic they are. They are a custom print company that specialize in making art prints for weddings, new births, and traveling. You insert in your information like yours and your spouse's names, the date, a summary about your wedding, etc., add a picture, and then they put it all together, frame it, and send it to you to display in your home! It's a wonderful way to look back and reminisce with your partner about the day you got married.
Couples Photo Shoot
What's a better way to celebrate one year of being married than to get all dressed up and take new professional photos together. You can do a fun playful shoot centered around the season you're in (I live for fall photoshoots), get all sexy and daring with a boudoir photo shoot, or stick to something more cozy and familiar by doing an at-home photo shoot. It's a special and exciting way to mark the occasion, a great excuse to get all dressed up with your partner, and give the two of you something to look back on in the years to come.
Framed Wedding Vows
I've seen these on Pinterest and they are so stinking cute. From what I've seen, a lot of people typically do this for their spouse as a wedding present, but this would be a great first year anniversary present as well. It's simple, romantic, and something that both of you can read everyday and be reminded of the beautiful words your spouse wrote for you in the beginning of your marriage. Also, if you're looking for something less expensive, a little bit more personal, or you're just a super crafty/creative person, you can make these yourself by painting them, writing them, or just framing the original vows.
Scratch Off Map
This is something I'm really leaning towards getting my husband this, mainly because he is military and we'll be moving around and traveling a lot in the next twenty-years. This is a perfect gift for your spouse if you guys go on a lot of trips together or if they are also military because you can use it to mark off all of the places you've been together, and when better to start then on your one year anniversary?
Monthly Datebox Subscription
I actually did this as a wedding gift for my husband, but it was so fun and exciting to do that I totally recommend doing it for your first anniversary. We did it through thehappily.co for about six months. It's a date that is pre-planned and prepared for you and your spouse and comes in a cute little box delivered straight to your doorstep. So if you and your partner are running out of date ideas or are just looking for ways to spice your marriage up, this is a great way to do it! The dates vary from a sushi night to an 80's themed craft to a sexy game night to a make your own ice cream date. We had a lot of fun doing them and just having that time already planned and set apart for us for us to spend time together was a great benefit to our first year of marriage.
So there you have it! Those are my top six first year wedding anniversary present ideas for your spouse. I hope this list helps you at least get some ideas on what you could look for or gives you an idea for something more suited for your partner. At the end of the day, just remember that it's not the gifts that are the most important, it's the love and bond between you and your partner that is. Do/Give what feels like it reflects that aspect the best.
Take a shot for the first year of marriage hardships and toast to spending the rest of your life with your partner.
Kristaleagh Walthall is the author of Millennial Whiskey, a blog dedicated to helping millennials connect with one another over shared interests and struggles. She works full time as a bartender in Central Virginia where she lives with her husband Ryan of eight months and their two cats, Dobey and Ember. In her spare time, you can find her in the kitchen trying out new cocktail or food recipes, journaling, watching cooking competition shows on Hulu, and snuggling up with the kitties on the couch.
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