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First Anniversary Ideas & Gifts

Congratulations on your first anniversary! You've likely heard that the first year of marriage is the hardest, but it's water under the bridge now. On this day, celebrate your relationship and love for one another through your first year of marriage and for all of your future years together as well. 

First Anniversary Traditional Gifts: Paper

Send her a bouquet of gorgeous paper roses along with a romantic card telling her how much your first year of marriage has meant to you. They also sell lifelike paper roses!

A custom hardcover photo memory book of your first year of marriage. Our pick: the gorgeous hardcover books with custom printed covers at Snapfish.

Find a first edition of a classic book that your partner loves. An autographed version is even better!

Better yet, give your partner a personalized romance novel starring the two of you! Choose a story from 'mild' to 'wild', and you and your partner will be starring in your own exotic, steamy, and especially romantic love story.

Get tickets to a Broadway play, sports game, or some other event that the two of you would enjoy together.

Go on a second honeymoon! Get two plane tickets (made of paper) and include a poster of the place (also paper) that you're going in the package.

A book of love coupons: either a custom-made printable book of love coupons or purchase a pre-made book of coupons.

Frame a custom written love poem.

A romantic message in a bottle.

A gift certificate to his/her favorite store... or a special store that they don't go to very often because it's normally considered too expensive.

Give her a gift certificate for a day at the spa.

Start the day off right with a little bathroom romance -- yesh, you read that right. JustPaperRoses now has 1st anniversary toilet paper!

Make an origami bouquet of flowers and write the reasons you love her on each flower.

Create a romantic scrapbook of your first year of marriage. Include photos of the two of you together, romantic quotes, and your thoughts and feelings of your first year.

Create a scrapbook featuring events from your wedding day and year using these free 'day in history' sites:infoplease or

Create a hardcover photo book of your first year of marriage. A photo book is a scrapbook that you create easily online.

Create a racy scrapbook full of sexy photos of yourself taken especially for your partner.

Get a blown up copy of your favorite wedding photo (made on photo paper!) and have it professionally framed to display in your house.

An intimate board game designed to spice up your night. Board games are made of cardboard, which is made of paper. :)

Turn your favorite photo of the two of you into a unique and funny custom-drawn caricature from

Turn your favorite wedding photo into a custom canvas print. 

Turn your favorite wedding photo into a hand-drawn sketch, watercolor, or oil painting from MyDaVinci.

Get glamourous this anniversary with the gift of a Glamour Shots photo session. Photos are printed on paper!

Keep a journal throughout your first year of marriage and fill it with your thoughts, emotions, and feelings as you make it through the trials and tribulations of your first year of marriage. Give your partner this journal on your first anniversary.

If you don't want to give a "paper" gift, simply wrap your gift in romantic wrapping paper!

First Anniversary Modern Gifts: Clocks

A Crystal anniversary clock to display in your home. Engrave it with your wedding/anniversary date for personalization.

Watches are perfect! Yu can give him a watch for his favorite NCAA sports team or a tech watch that does more than just tell the time. Give her a dressy watch to wear on your special night out.

Tell time with a touch of class. Give her a pendant watch or give him a pocket watch.

If you want something personalized, give an engraved silver brushed pocket watch.

Get a countdown clock and set it to countdown to your real gift, such as a second honeymoon, a weekend getaway, or a romantic night on the town.

Give the music buff a Crystal Gayle CD.

Give the movie buff a DVD featuring Billy Crystal

Does your partner travel frequently? How about a leather dual time clock designed especially for those on the go.

Design a custom watch for your partner. Many jewelers allow customization services where you can design the perfectwatch for your partner.

First Anniversary Romantic Ideas

Relive the past. Re-watch your wedding video, look at your wedding album together, and reflect on the last year.

Take a 2nd honeymoon.

Do 'one' thing that you've always wanted to do together.

Have your cake and eat it too, when you share the top of your saved wedding cake. Make it a bit more special by going back to your reception site for dinner and enjoy your cake for dessert.

Spent 'one' night at a uxorious hotel.

Give her a single red rose (or whatever flower you used in your wedding) to celebrate 1 year.

Setup a time capsule for the future. Include memories from your first year of marriage and each year on future anniversaries, include a few items from that year and relive the past memories.

Match the number of gifts to your anniversary: Give him/her one gift for the first anniversary.