52 of the Best 1st Anniversary Gift Ideas That Will Make Your Partner Swoon

These unexpected ideas definitely won't fall flat.

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You’ve been married a full year—congrats! Celebrating your first anniversary means getting to remember all those important moments from your big day and your first year of marriage. Choosing a gift for your significant other for this special day can be fun, but it can also be a little daunting.

Do you have to get your partner a paper gift, which traditional etiquette suggests for the first anniversary? Of course not! While it can be nice to uphold that tradition (and there are lots of creative paper options out there), feel free to start your own. That’s one of the best parts of a partnership—having your own rituals and traditions that are unique to you as a couple. Your first anniversary gift can be a reflection of what you love to do as a couple—whether it's playing games together, entertaining with friends or even just reading together in bed at the end of a long day.

We’ve chosen our favorite first anniversary gifts to help you with your search. Good luck!

Our Top Picks

Finch and Cotter Custom Constellation Map

Star Poster

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Their love was written in the stars, so fulfill the paper tradition with a custom star map poster. Choose a date and location important to the couple (like their wedding day), and the gift will be personalized with an exact replica of the sky at that time and place. You can also customize the poster further with a short message below the map.

Pictura Poema Custom First Anniversary Gift

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Relive the big day with another traditional paper gift—this sweet custom portrait. Choose from a digital-only image which you can print yourself or get one mailed to you. Whatever method you choose, make sure to gift the print in a frame so it's ready to hang.

"Date Night In"

Date Night In

 Courtesy of Amazon

The couple that cooks together stays together, especially with a cookbook dedicated to making special at-home meals as a couple. Plus—a cookbook ticks the box for a paper gift!

If you love to experiment in the kitchen together, check out this round-up of favorite cookbooks for newlyweds.

Simple Agate Foil-Pressed Stationary

Stationary

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Who doesn't love personalized stationery? Hone in on the traditional gift of paper and give your loved one this special set. The agate design on these cards gives a modern twist to an old-fashioned tradition. Who knows, maybe you'll get a handwritten note back?

Tippi Teaspoon Set

Spoons

 Courtesy of Anthropologie

Whether its morning oatmeal or a bowl of ice cream, these fancy spoons will make sure that you'll always be eating in style.

"American Whiskey, Bourbon, and Rye"

Whiskey

 Courtesy of Barnes & Noble

For the cocktail connoisseur, treat him to a paper gift he'll truly get the most use out of. Featuring notes and reviews on more than 300 whiskey distilleries, this guidebook will turn him into a beverage expert. Pair with his favorite whiskey of choice so he can truly get into the spirit.

Personalized Monogram and Name Pocket Watch

Courtesy of Zazzle

A watch is considered to be a modern take on a first year anniversary gift. Personalize this pocket version with their first initial and name—it's something they'll treasure for years to come.

Parachute Cloud Cotton Bathrobe

Robe

 Courtesy of Parachute 

Chances are, you and your significant other could probably use a little rest and relaxation, and what better way to have it than with the coziest of lounging clothes? This bathrobe actually does feel as light and soft as a cloud and comes in three colors—get one for your partner and one for yourself. 

Jacqueline Schmidt Mates for Life Poster

Mates for life

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods 

This sweet, vintage-style poster is the perfect gift for an animal lover. Give it to your significant other on your first anniversary—you’ll both enjoy it for years to come.

Artifact Uprising Color Series Photo Books

Photo book

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Celebrate your first anniversary by gifting your partner this modern photo album, customized with photos of your first year of marriage together. With six cover colors and two foil options, start a tradition of making these photo books for each passing year and anniversary.

Artificer Woodworks Anniversary Wine Box

Wine box

  Courtesy of Amazon

The ideal gift for the wine-loving couple, this box has three compartments to stash special bottles of vino to enjoy on important anniversaries. As an added surprise, we love the idea of writing messages to each other on the inside of the drawers.

DipintoAdArte House Number

House Number

 Courtesy of Etsy

If you and your partner have moved recently, this hand-painted ceramic house number is the perfect way to decorate and celebrate your new home.

Catstudio City Pillows

City Pillows

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Celebrate the city you got married in—maybe the town where you and your partner first met—with these kitschy and cute hand embroidered throw pillows. 

AirBnB Gift Card

AirBnB

 Courtesy of Zola

Want to surprise your partner with an impromptu first anniversary trip? This AirBnB gift card will be an opportunity go explore a new city or visit somewhere you already love. 

Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set

Sheets

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Linen sheets are equal parts practical and luxe—and linen is a long-lasting material that only gets better with time (just like your relationship!).

For more great bedlinen ideas, take a look at our list of favorite bedding to put on your registry.

Echo Plus

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While not a traditional clock the Echo Plus can tell you the time while you're running out the door, order you an Uber, and play your favorite tunes. If you don't have a smart home device like this at home it is time to jump on the bandwagon.

Personalized Compact Swivel Cheese Board

Cheese Board

  Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This is no ordinary cheese board. This customizable beauty fans open to reveal a multi-tiered surface for all your entertaining needs. Not only that, it comes with a handy hidden drawer at the bottom of the board that stores a cheese fork and two cheese knives. 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Give your partner this cute and classic instant camera for an easy way for the two of you to record your second year of marriage (and beyond!).

Custom Reel Viewer

Reel Viewer

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Create your very own version of the beloved childhood classic, the reel viewer. Compile your favorite photos of the two of you—from your first year of marriage, or your wedding day, or just a collection of your most beloved memories together as a couple! Whatever pictures you choose, your partner will be equal parts delighted and touched by this retro-style gift. 

Wexel Art Acrylic Floating Frame

Frame

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Maybe one of the chicest frames we’ve ever seen, this modern acrylic design would be a perfect way to display an oversized photo from your wedding day.

The Sill Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fig

 Courtesy of The Sill

A favorite plant in the interiors world (just scroll through Instagram for inspiration), this guy will add the perfect amount of life and greenery to any corner of your home. Plus, we just love this adorable retro-inspired planter.

Big Agnes Cabin Creek Double Sleeping Bag

Sleeping bag

 Courtesy of Amazon

Do you and your partner love to get out in nature on the weekends? This double sleeping bag accommodates the two of you in comfort without adding too much weight or bulk to your backpack.

Abcdna Similie Curved Glasses

Abcdna Similie Curved Glasses

  Courtesy of Zola

Ditch the mismatched wine glasses that are collecting dust in your cabinet and gift your significant other these delicate, peach-colored beauties. You’ll be sipping that celebratory anniversary wine in a much better style than before.

Stock your bar in style with our essential collection of glassware you need to register for.

New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Times puzzle

  Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Looking for a unique and interactive gift for your partner on your first year anniversary? Choose the front page of the New York Times from the day of your wedding and turn it into a puzzle! Fun tip—after you’ve done the puzzle together, glue it down to a piece of cardstock and frame it!

Parachute Classic Towels

Towels

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Even if you got new towels for your wedding, a nice new set of these luxe towels (in the chicest colors—we love that pale green) is the perfect gift to pamper your partner. 

Abc-CoCreate Icelandic Mist Quilt

Sheet

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Is there anything better than snuggling up together on the sofa and watching your favorite show? We think not. Make your binge-fest a little cozier with this super-soft quilt in the coolest kaleidoscope print.

Stak Ceramics Smartphone Vase

Phone Vase

  Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Let's face it—most of us have eschewed traditional alarm clocks in favor of our smartphones. This cool ceramic stand not only serves as a bedside display for your device but also as a pretty vase to hold that thoughtful bouquet of anniversary flowers.

Clare Elsaesser November Print

Print

  Courtesy of Etsy 

Add something special to your bedroom wall with a beautiful art print. This piece shows a couple snuggled up in bed—just the inspiration you need to make your space even cozier than before.

Cuisinart 18-Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cellar

Wine Cooler

  Courtesy of Zola

For the couple that’s really into wine, this state-of-the-art, temperature-adjustable wine fridge is the perfect anniversary gift for you both to enjoy! With it’s sleek, modern profile, you’d never believe this gadget holds up to 18 bottles. 

AMC Gift Card

AMC

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If your partner’s ideal date night means going to see a movie on the big screen, give them this AMC gift card and tell them they get to choose the next two movies you guys go to see. That’s the real gift.

Craighton Berman Pour-Over Coffee Maker

Coffee Maker

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

It’s like your regular pour-over coffee maker went to art school and got cool. This pretty glass coffee maker is a minimalist design lover's dream come true and is perfect for your caffeine-loving significant other. 

Pizzacraft Portable Outdoor Pizza Oven

Pizza oven

Courtesy of Amazon 

For the couple that loves to entertain, this pizza oven will wow guests without you having to do much at all. Create a DIY feast by setting up a toppings bar with favorite cheeses and meats so your friends can create their own pizzas.

Aria Parlour Acoustic Guitar

Guitar

 Courtesy of Zola

Has your partner been talking for years about how they want to learn how to play the guitar? Show them you’ve actually been listening to them and gift them this beauty—extra points for setting up guitar lessons as part of the present.

The Pearson Shop Personalized Giant Tumble Tower

The Pearson Shop Personalized Giant Tumble Tower

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

The classic kids game gets an upgrade, with this giant Jenga-inspired set. Perfect for your next backyard BBQ, it’s also customizable, so you can have your names and wedding date printed on it—the perfect one-year anniversary gift.

"Food52 Any Night Grilling"

Grilling

 Courtesy of Food52

They love to grill, you love to eat—it’s a match made in heaven. Give your significant other this cookbook to encourage grilling any night of the week, not just on weekends.

Artifact Upriising Wood Calendar

Wood Calendar

  Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

This chic calendar is the perfect way to commemorate your first year of marriage—upload some of your favorite photos from your wedding day and your first year as a married couple. 

Habitable Iron and Wood Bedside Table

Bedside Table

  Courtesy of Etsy

If your current bedside table situation is either non-existent or a chair with a stack of books, gift your partner this modern table. There's plenty of room for both of your reading materials, a light, and an alarm clock.

Bent Design Furniture Record Storage

Record Holder

  Courtesy of Etsy

Has your partner’s massive record collection started to completely take over your living room? This record holder will organize all those albums with ease and its slim profile means it won’t take up a ton of space. 

CINEMOOD Portable Movie Theater

Take your favorite movies anywhere, with this portable movie “theater”. This handy device fits in the palm of your hand and projects a 12-foot video onto any flat surface. Movie night has never been so easy!

HomeChef 3-Dinner Gift

Dinner

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If the weekly chore of figuring out dinners and grocery shopping is among your partner’s least favorite activities, this meal delivery service is the perfect one year anniversary gift. Bonus points for offering to cook all three meals.

Ready-Pour Batch Cocktail Bottles

Ready-Pour Batch Cocktail Bottles

  Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Get ready for your next cocktail party with these handy bottles. Make a batch of your favorite cocktail so that the two of you will have more time with friends and less time mixing drinks.

Brooklyn Brew Shop Quarterly Brew Club and Starter Kit

Brooklyn Brew Shop Quarterly Brew Club and Starter Kit

  Courtesy of Zolo

If your significant other has been wanting to try out brewing beer, this starter kit will be a great way to start experimenting. Plus, if they love it as much as they thought they would, they can sign up for a subscription so ingredients are shipped quarterly.

Aritfact Uprising Gallery Frame

Gallery Frame

 Courtesy of Aritfact Uprising

Haven’t framed any of your wedding photos yet? Gift your spouse a couple of favorites in these modern frames and hang them on the wall ASAP.

Coral Entertainments Camera Lens Kit

Whether you and your partner are casual selfie-takers or more serious smartphone photographers, this easy-to-take-anywhere lens kit will make capturing all of your favorite moments a little more fun. With a macro lens, a super wide angle lens, and a slew of other accessories to go along with those, you’ll get the perfect picture every time.

SoulCycle Gift Card

SoulCycle Gift Card

 Courtesy of Soulcycle

 

Up your fitness game (together!) with this cycling gift card from the cult favorite studio. Exercising can be a great way to have fun together while getting in some heart-healthy cardio.

Sharrison Studios Invitation Tray

Sharrison Studios Invitation Tray

 Courtesy of Etsy

A creative way to remember your wedding day, this tray is constructed using hand-painted tiles that are pieced together to replicate your invitation. Your partner will be blown away, we promise.

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

 Courtesy of Amazon

If your partner is a creative cook, gift them a new kitchen toy to play with. This sous vide tool is incredibly easy to use and the results make for some seriously delicious meals. 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

 Courtesy of Amazon

It's a real gift to not have to lug around heavy books on their commute every day! This lightweight, super convenient tablet is also now waterproof so they won't have to worry if they spill water in their bag.

GlobalGiving Gift Card

GlobalGiving Gift Card

 Courtesy of Zola

This feel-good gift allows your partner to make a donation to an environmental charity of their choice.

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