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Your first anniversary as a married couple is a momentous occasion. So what’s the best way to mark such an important milestone? The traditional 1st-anniversary gift is considered to be paper, while the modern gift is a clock, which commemorates the passage of time over this important first year. It's also great to consider a personalized gift—it's something that will always leave a lasting impression and may become a treasured heirloom.
No matter what gift you choose, it’s the sentiment behind it that matters. From unique paper prints and classic clocks to fun custom presents—and everything in between—we’ve got you covered.
Read on for the best 1st-anniversary gift for every couple.
Uncommon Goods The Anniversary Journal
It might be your 1st-anniversary, but there are so many more to come! This journal lays it all with custom pages that make it easy to capture all the special moments of your love. As a special keepsake, this book makes it easy to revisit every memory and milestone as you move through life together.
Journey Print Shop Custom Anniversary Art
If you and your beau have traveled near and far to special places close to your heart, this custom art is the perfect way to illustrate your journey as a couple. Choose the maps you’d like to feature along with names and a date for a sweetly sentimental piece of artwork that captures the road to love.
"Letters to My Love" Book
Nothing spells romance like handwritten love letters. This keepsake collection of aerograms is meant to be filled with all the sweetest sentiments to your one true love—words that will be cherished forever, no matter where the road may take you.
Picture Poema Custom First Anniversary Couple's Portrait
Sure, you may have an album full of wedding photos from the big day, but a custom couple’s portrait is an extra special way of capturing the moment you said "I do!" This hand-illustrated portrait can be customized with everything from the flowers and favorite pets that were included on that special day.
Minted Your Vows as a Letterpress Art Print
The vows made on a wedding day are the deepest sentiments of love and commitment for your beloved— this is the perfect anniversary is a perfect time to revisit them. Instead of tucking them away, make them a part of your everyday! This letterpress print puts these meaningful words on to paper so you’ll always remember them.
Artifact Uprising Color Series Photo Book
The first year of marriage has left you with stories to tell—and now you can! This modern photo book lets you create a collection of images for every season or year, with customizable options for format, design, and personalization. With so many memories of an epic year, this gift will be one you’ll revisit again and again.
Artifact Uprising Wedding Layflat Photo Album
A 1st-anniversary is the perfect time to revisit memories from your wedding day. Fill this customizable album with wedding photos or fun, candid snapshots from the celebration.
Estelle Colored Glass Cakestand
Traditionally, the couple enjoys a piece of their wedding cake on their 1st anniversary. Whether you froze a portion of it or are recreated the flavors in a fresh cake for the occasion, you'll want to serve it in style. This hand-blown stand is perfect to show off the special dessert—and many more to come.
What our testers say
Estelle Colored Glass has recently become my go-to for gifting! I recently went off-registry and hand-selected wine glasses to match a friend's china pattern. For a first-anniversary gift, this cake stand is a sure-to-be-treasured purchase. Whoever the lucky recipient is will enjoy it on countless occasions and future anniversaries to come. - Anna Price Olson, Associate Editorial Director
Paper Rose Co. Paperversary Bouquet
Wishing you had more than just pictures of the dreamy flowers from your big day? Now you can! Immortalized your wedding bouquet with this whimsical paper version. Just the right gift for your paper anniversary.
What to look for in a first anniversary gift
The traditional gift, paper
The delicate, yet strong, properties of paper make it the perfect symbol for the first year of marriage. Consider personalized art prints, custom stationery, or a sweet album with your favorite photos.
The modern gift, a clock
With so many memories to share, the first year of marriage goes quickly! Commemorate the passage of time and the beginning of a long journey together with a special timepiece.
How to celebrate an anniversary
Anniversaries are special occasions—so don't be afraid to go over the top! That can mean different things for each couple. You might want to go out for a fancy dinner or choose to cook a romantic meal at home. It's also a great idea to plan a getaway together, even if it's just for a few days. Something as simple as breakfast in bed or a hike through nature can also make the day feel special.
It's also an event that can be celebrated with family and friends."With so many elopements and mini-monies taking place this past year, the first year anniversary is going to be even bigger for many couples," says Etsy trend expert Dayna Isolm Johnson. "Not only will these celebrations offer couples a way to toast to their original wedding date, but it will also be an opportunity to finally have a reception with friends and family, even if it’s still on the smaller side."
Meet the Expert
Dayna Isolm Johnson is Etsy’s resident trend expert and judge on NBC’s new series Making It.
What is a good anniversary gift?
When it comes to choosing an anniversary gift, the more personal and unique the gift, the better. It shows that you've gone the extra mile and are commemorating a moment that's special to the two of you. It's fun to play up the traditional and modern gifts for each year as well. At the end of the day, a gift with sentimental meaning (along with a thoughtful card!) shows your partner how much you appreciate them.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world— and web—hunting down that just right object for over 15 years as a prop stylist. Read: she’s seen just about everything when it comes to gifts! With a discerning eye and astute mind, she considers quality, function, and design when she’s vetting products. Plus, she loves giving thoughtful gifts and is a romantic at heart.