So you’ve made it through the first year of your new marriage, now one more daunting task has presented itself; a wedding anniversary gift. You are probably struggling trying to come up with the perfect anniversary gift idea. Fortunately it will not be quite as hard next year as the first wedding anniversary is the most difficult. Here are some great first wedding anniversary gift ideas to help inspire you, or maybe just save the day:
Anniversary ‘coupons’ go over great. Now by coupons I certainly don’t mean buy one bag of frozen peas and get the second half off, I’m talking about something from the heart. Often times it is not the price of the gift but rather the thought and what it accomplishes that matters most. Make a book of coupons, simple enough with paper, scissors and a pen, for your spouse. A good number of coupons is anywhere from about 5-10 and try to split them up between a few different areas. Usually a couple ‘free massage’ and ‘free *insert most dreaded chore*’ coupons go great. If you have kids a ‘free night out while I baby sit’ coupon can go a long ways. Just be creative, you know your spouse better than anyone. The one thing you want to make sure of is that it is well divided into a few different categories, this way your spouse has an escape from something she can’t stand and also a pleasant bonus to top off a great day. Include a card with a heartfelt message, perhaps even a poem, and you have provided the ultimate cheap, yet thoughtful, first anniversary gift.
Another route for your first anniversary is to go with the traditional first wedding anniversary gift. Traditionally it is something made of paper, be it a card, book, or whatever you see fit. If your spouse is a traditional sort then going with the traditional first anniversary gift may actually be the most sentimental. My personal favorite first anniversary gift, which I purchased for my wife, was a bit of a gag. It was the ‘happy first paper anniversary toilet paper’ which is a roll of toilet paper spoofing the whole first wedding anniversary ‘paper’ theme. I accompanied it with a card and a romantic night out and scored some pretty big points. Gag gifts are, of course, not for everyone but traditional anniversary gifts can be wonderful.
Lately there are ‘modern’ versions of the traditional wedding anniversary gifts (if that makes any sense at all). Basically they are the new traditional gift, and somewhat more practical. If this sounds like your spouse then you may want to take a look at a clock or watch, as it is the modern first wedding anniversary gift. One of your best choices here is a personalized glass wedding anniversary clock. This allows you to put your wedding date, your names and little message on a stylish clock which can sit in your home for the rest of your lives. It truly is a great first wedding anniversary gift and sticks to the more modern tradition.
One gift that always goes over well is plain old romance, keep it simple yet let your spouse know how fantastic your first year of marriage was. I’ve run with this approach a few times and it always seems to impress. Start off the morning with breakfast in bed and an anniversary card, be sure to emphasize how much you love being married to the perfect spouse. Some flowers delivered to work are a nice midday touch. Then a romantic dinner out followed by a romantic night in top off your anniversary. This is especially great if you have busy lives or kids, it is sort of a break from life and a chance to get back to the roots of your relationship.
A final gift idea, which is ideal for your first wedding anniversary, is anything that will last for the rest of your marriage. Since you are planning to spend the rest of your lives together why not give a gift that can last just as long. A nice painting does this well. You can get a little bit more thoughtful with this one too; do you have something from your wedding or maybe even earlier? I once got back a wedding invitation from a friend, bought a beautiful frame, had a little message to my wife engraved and gave it as a gift. It still hangs on the living room wall and is great for bringing back that memory. Considering giving a gift that will last, as a sign that your marriage is meant to last.
Hopefully at least one of these ideas will have jumped out at you to help solve your first wedding anniversary gift dilemma. If not try to at least let one of these gifts inspire you, spin-off from one of these ideas and make it even more unique. Nobody knows your spouse like you and nothing says I love you like a personal touch.