Here's to you, happy couple! You've survived your first year of marriage. Through sickness and health, you two have come a long way since you first said your vows. This year most likely flew by (because you were having so much fun, duh), and it's probably completely surreal knowing that you walked down the aisle an entire 365 days ago. Because your 1st anniversary marks such an important milestone in your marriage, you're required to celebrate accordingly. Likewise, the pressure's on to find the best anniversary gift ever that displays your love and gratitude for your life partner. We rounded up 28 gift ideas for him, her, and them that perfectly honor the 1st wedding anniversary.
Each wedding anniversary has customary traditional and modern gifts. For the 1st anniversary, the main tradition is paper. This seems totally outdated, but the threads within paper are meant to symbolize the strength and connection of your relationship. Paper represents both the durability and frailty of your early marriage, and also starting a new blank slate together. For the modern gift, couples traditionally give each other clocks. Don't panic—this gift sounds equally old fashioned, but there are easy ways to update both traditions.
Wedding anniversaries also typically have a traditional color, flower, and gemstone. For the 1st anniversary, gold represents the usual color, orange blossoms or pansies are the customary flowers, and pearls or peridot reflect the 1-year gemstones. Although not a gemstone, gold jewelry and accessories have also been associated with the 1st anniversary. As you progress out of the newlywed stage and move further into your relationship, set the bar high with your first wedding anniversary gift ever for your spouse. You can only celebrate this achievement once, so check out our gift ideas for options that go way beyond the ordinary traditions.