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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.
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.
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.
Lea Redmond "Letters to My Love"
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 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.
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.
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.
A personalized gift will always make a big impression. We love the Finch and Cotter Custom Star Map and Journey Print Shop's Custom Anniversary Art as unique gifts that will brighten up your walls (they also check the box for the traditional first-anniversary gift of paper). If you're looking to follow the modern recommendation of a clock for this anniversary, you can't go wrong with a chic version like the Nellianna Origami Wall Clock or the Wreath Love Co. Personalized Wooden Clock.
What to look for in an 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.
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.
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.