This is the beginning of a new feature that will appear on this blog every month. We’ll be exploring the perfect wedding anniversary gift ideas for each and every year. Let’s get started with the one-year wedding anniversary. You survived the massive wedding celebrations and now you’re both working towards some common goals, and maybe planning a little family along the way. So, what is the best way to celebrate each other’s love after the big 1 year mark? Here are a few anniversary gift ideas that might help.
Okay okay, I know this doesn’t sound like much of a gift, but this is the traditional 1 year wedding anniversary gift. It goes back generations and generations and you can’t argue with tradition. Handing your loved one a piece of paper after being married for a year might not seem like much of a gift, but you have to think outside the box a little bit. Create a handcrafted note-book or journal for them to write down their dreams, or encourage them to draw by giving them a beautiful sketchbook or have a look at Rude Cards for them. Paper doesn’t have to be blank either. Perhaps you could buy your spouse a piece of art, a photograph, or even a book that means something to the both of you. Or better yet, write them a love letter, just like you used to when you first met.
So the traditional 1st year wedding anniversary gifts might be paper, but there’s also a modern alternative. Clocks are now considered to be the most popular 1 year wedding anniversary gift. A symbol of the years of happy marriage to come or a simple reminder of the time that you’ve already spent together. A clock can come in many forms of course. It doesn’t have to be a household clock that hangs on your wall, it could be something a little more creative. You have your classic grandfather clocks and even a nifty new clock radio for the more gadget obsessed husband or wife. Better yet, get your spouse a beautiful watch. A decent watch will truly last you a lifetime, and who knows, perhaps you’ll be celebrating your 60th wedding anniversary together and you’ll glance down to check the time on that same reliable old time-piece.
If you’re not much of a traditionalist, then you might want to break the rules a little and approach the first wedding anniversary gift a little differently. One year into the marriage means you’re probably still feeling the strain of the wedding and honeymoon credit card bill, so go easy on the wallet and think about a little “staycation” to keep the romance burning. Pack up the car and surprise your spouse with a romantic getaway, out in nature, or to a nice hotel for the night.