1 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas They Will Love

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas They Will Love

As a married couple, your wedding anniversary is a unique and personal celebration where you can look back on your year together, celebrate milestones, and reflect on the whirlwind romance that has carried you from “I do” to one year of marriage.

Celebrating the one-year wedding anniversary is a big deal in anyone’s book. Sure, you’ve probably been celebrating your dating anniversary for years at this point, but when you take on those matrimonial vows and get married, anniversaries take on a whole new meaning.

To help you celebrate your first year of marriage, we have put together a list of traditional, modern, creative, and budget friendly gifts that are sure to make your spouse smile. Whether you’re looking for a traditional one-year wedding anniversary gift, or something that ties into your spouse’s unique interests, our list can help you to find the perfect 1 year anniversary gift.

Traditional 1 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditionally, the 1-year anniversary is market by paper. This tradition harks back to old times and is believed to symbolise the blank pages on which you will write the newest chapter of your life together. Today, paper can still be a great way to show your love and appreciation for your loved one as a standalone gift, or as part of a larger gift. Here are some creative one-year anniversary gifts that incorporate the traditional “paper” theme:

Love letters

A simple letter to your spouse is a great way to remind them how much you care. In a day and age where paper is becoming increasingly obsolete, writing your thoughts and feelings down on a piece of paper is a great way to remind your loved one how you feel. Sure, you’ve probably got a whole host of texts and meme-exchanges on social media that let them know that they are loved, but a love letter written on paper is a tangible gift that they can hold and treasure for years to come.


Does your spouse have a favourite poet or author? If your loved one has a soft spot for books, then getting your hands on the newest release from their favourite author or from their favourite genre can be a great way to show your appreciation with a traditional paper gift.

Newspaper from your wedding day

Whether you stashed away the newspaper from your wedding day, or you need to track one down – a framed newspaper is a great first wedding anniversary gift. A look back at the paper and what was happening at the time of your marriage is a great way to remember how much has happened over the last year and the events that shaped your big day.

A ticket stub

Maybe it was from a concert, sporting event, flight, or even just a public transport ticket from a memorable day, a ticket stub is a thoughtful (and traditional) first anniversary gift. Get it framed or mounted, remind them how much that event meant for your relationship, and let those memories come flooding back.

These traditional gifts are a great way to show your sentimental side and celebrate the love and memories that you have shared over your first year of marriage.

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Modern 1 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Experience Gifts

For your spouse that treasures time spent together, or memories created on special occasions, here are some experience gifts that they will love.

Romantic getaway

Treat your spouse to a relaxed weekend away or an adventurous overnight stay at their favourite hotel with a romantic getaway for your one-year wedding anniversary.

Cooking classes

Cooking doesn’t have to be a chose, sign up for a cooking class with one of the Country’s many cooking schools and learn how to make some new dishes together – preferably with a glass of vino by your side!

Painting classes

Painting may not be your strong suit, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a memorable and fun way to spend your one-year wedding anniversary. Painting is a fun way to let out your creative side with your partner.

Jewellery Gifts

We may be biased here, but jewellery is (without doubt) the most popular wedding anniversary gift at any stage of your marriage. Whether you’re marking your one-year anniversary together, or you’re celebrating your 25-year milestone – you can’t go wrong with jewellery for your loved one. Here are some jewellery gift suggestions for your one-year wedding anniversary:

A custom-made piece

Whether you’re thinking about getting a ring, necklace, or earrings, a custom piece of jewellery is a special way to commemorate your one-year wedding anniversary.

Diamond earrings

Diamond earrings are one of the most popular (and loved) wedding anniversary gifts. Choose a pair that matches your spouse’s wedding ring or encapsulates their personal style to show them how much you care.

Pendant & necklace 

A pendant and necklace with reference to your wedding date can be a stylish and sentimental one year wedding anniversary gift that they will cherish for years to come.

Technology Gifts

For those that live and breathe all things tech, here are some techy gifts that they are sure to love on your one-year wedding anniversary.


If they love podcasts, music, or getting lost in a good audiobook, then headphones are a great one-year anniversary gift.


For aspiring pilots or those who love to see the view from the top, a drone is a fun and exciting one year anniversary gift that your partner may love.

VR headset

If your one-year anniversary means getting lost in a good game or a movie, then a VR headset is a gift that provides an immersive entertainment experience that they will love.

Gaming console or games

More than 56% of adults around the world admit to gaming at least once a week. If your spouse is one of the majority that enjoys getting lost in a game, then a console or their favourite new release game could be an idea one year wedding anniversary gift.

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Creative 1 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

DIY Gifts

For a personal touch, consider going the DIY route for your one-year anniversary gift. Composing a song, writing a poem, or making a piece of art that they can treasure forever is a great way to show your spouse that you care. You could even think about purchasing a memory box and filling it with personal gifts, lollies, or even coffee pods that you know that they love.

Personalised Gifts

When it comes to wedding anniversaries, the more personal that you can be, the better. Personalised gifts such as jewellery, a photo frame, a piece of home décor that they have been hinting at – or even something more intimate, can be a great way to show your love. Remember, this is a holiday to celebrate your love so make sure that your gift is personalised and special.

Unique Gifts

For the husband or wife that thinks outside of the box and craves unique experiences or gifts, then your one-year wedding anniversary is a great chance to show them how creative you can be. A one-of-a-kind piece of art, a hot air balloon, a picnic at their favourite place, or even a dinner with a private chef are all things that you can do to show your love an appreciation.

Budget-Friendly 1 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Perhaps you’re saving for a house or you’re still recovering from your wedding and honeymoon, if that’s the case, then you’ll want to look at some budget friendly gifts for your one-year anniversary. Here are some simple, inexpensive ways that you can show your spouse that you care – even when money is tight.

  • A heartfelt letter (right on theme for your paper anniversary)
  • A romantic picnic at their favourite spot
  • A coupon book full of IOU’s
  • A relaxing day at the home spa – no chores and pure relaxation
  • A movie night with their favourite snacks
  • A romantic homecooked meal
  • A romantic dinner complete with candles and soft music

Remember, it’s not the cost of the gift that matters most – it’s the thought that goes into it. The most important thing that you can do on your one-year wedding anniversary is to choose a gift that is meaningful to your spouse and celebrates the love and commitment that you have to each other.

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