1st Year Anniversary Gifts: 40 Perfect Presents for the Happy Couple

Looking for the perfect gift for a 1-year wedding anniversary? Shop our collection of the best first anniversary gifts, including traditional and modern options, or something else entirely!
by Rose Walano
  1. First anniversary gift ideas

    Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! You just made it through your first year of marriage, which means it's time to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than with the perfect 1-year anniversary gift? That said, we realize that finding a first anniversary gift that’s both special and sentimental isn't always easy. Which is exactly why we've rounded up the best first anniversary gift ideas any wife, husband or couple would love. But before we get there, you may like to know a little more about the traditional and modern 1-year anniversary gifts. Step right up.

    What is the One-Year Anniversary Gift?

    Fragile and yet substantial, and thus, so symbolic, paper is the traditional 1-year anniversary gift. It's meant to represent the newness of your young marriage. That said, paper is not your only option for a first anniversary gift. The modern 1-year anniversary gift is a clock, and believe it or not, you've got much more than a watch to choose from.

    Of course, if neither of those options speaks to you, there are plenty of other one-year anniversary gifts that can help you celebrate with your spouse (or the couple!). That's where we'll begin.

    In this article:

    1-Year Anniversary Gifts for Her

    They say that the first year of marriage can be the hardest, but you made it! And you should toast that accomplishment by spoiling your lady with something special. Here are our favorite 1-year anniversary gifts for her.

  2. Kate Spade cake knife one-year anniversary gift for her

    1. As you've probably heard, there's one more tradition that comes with celebrating your first anniversary: eating the top layer of your wedding cake. You've been saving it in your freezer, and now it's time to slice it up—with a fancy serving set. We love that this one is engraved with the words "How Sweet It Is."

    Kate Spade New York Take the Cake Knife and Server, $65, Macys.com

  3. Sprinkles cupcake one-year anniversary gift for her

    2. With reference to No. 1, despite its time in the freezer, that cake probably still didn't hold up perfectly. (It has been a year!) After you take a bite for tradition's sake, chuck the rest—you don't need a sour stomach on your first anniversary night!—and chow down on one (or three) cupcakes instead. Might as well grab the full dozen, making this one of the sweetest 1-year anniversary gifts for her!

    Sprinkles Cupcakes, pricing depends on location, sprinkles.com

  4. Honeymoon Handbook 1-year anniversary gift for her

    3. Who says you only get one honeymoon? Make every wedding anniversary an occasion with a special trip. Lonely Planet's Honeymoon Handbook is designed to help you find a first anniversary adventure that's tailored exactly to your taste.

    Lonely Planet The Honeymoon Handbook, $12.18, amazon.com

  5. Bouquet 1-year anniversary gift for her

    4. To paraphrase Miranda Priestly, "Florals for your anniversary? Groundbreaking." But there is a way to make flowers as a first anniversary gift a special treat: By getting her a new bouquet every month for a year. The Bouqs' first anniversary gift subscription can get you just that.

    The Bouqs Monthly Deliveries, starting at $40 a delivery, thebouqs.com

  6. PB art one-year anniversary gift for her

    5. This beautiful, golden Je T'aime sign can be hung right above your bed, making this one-year anniversary gift the first thing she sees when she wakes up in the morning and the last thing she sees before she goes to bed at night. Besides your lovely face, of course. (Extra points for the fact that it says "I love you" in French, which automatically makes it more romantic, no?)

    Pottery Barn Je T'aime Sculptural Art, $99, potterybarn.com

    1-Year Anniversary Gifts for Him

    You've got a full year of marriage under your belt, which means you know your guy better than ever before. And yet, we can all agree: Men are so hard to shop for! But we've got your back — see our favorite one-year anniversary gifts for him.

  7. Date ideas one year anniversary gift for him

    1. No excuses! This little book of date ideas—48, to be exact!—guarantees that you'll have a fresh new date idea for every week of the year. All you have to do is put on your dancing shoes (or your rock-climbing sneakers) and go!

    FlytrapOnE A Little Box of Date Nights, $15, etsy.com

  8. Black and gold bracelet one year anniversary gift for him

    2. Fun fact: Every anniversary is associated with a gemstone, except the first—that one is gold. You can gift your guy a simple, gold-accented bracelet—this one happens to be mixed with titanium. And, to make this one-year anniversary gift for him extra special, you can gift yourself a match. The couple that styles together…

    Adiamor Black and Gold Titanium Men's Bracelet, $190, adiamor.com

  9. Farm to People one year anniversary gift for him

    3. If it's true that the way to your man's heart is through his stomach—and it's a stomach that loves organic treats—sign him up for a subscription to Farm to People. It's like a farmer's market in a box, filled with small-batch, artisanal treats made from all-natural ingredients. And the best part? He has to share.

    Farm to People 6 Month Plan, $299.50, farmtopeople.com

  10. Nintendo switch one year anniversary gift for him

    4. Is there anything that makes a guy as happy as being able to unleash his inner 12-year-old? Perhaps, but we definitely think it's at the top! Let him relive his Nintendo days by giving him the latest console, the Nintendo Switch, as a first anniversary gift. It comes with Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the newest—and arguably greatest—installment in the classic Zelda series. And again, the eternal bonus is that you get to play, too.

    Nintendo Switch Game Bundle, $749.99, walmart.com

  11. World map one year anniversary gift for him

    5. Not only is a map a beautiful piece of wall art, it can serve as a timeline of your relationship, too. Give it to him marked with all the places you've been together, then you can both add the places you still want to go. It's the first anniversary gift that keeps on giving—and inspiring.

    Pushpinmap Detailed World Push Pin Map, $149 for 24 x 36 inches, etsy.com

    1-Year Anniversary Gifts for Them

    It's not just the couple that wants to celebrate anniversaries! Parents, family and friends love toasting a couple's 1-year anniversary too, with a little something special. Here are five of our favorite 1-year anniversary gifts for them.

  12. Pajama set first anniversary gift

    1. There's no better way to celebrate a couple of prepsters—or sleep enthusiasts (a.k.a. all of us)—than with a fresh set of matching pajamas. You can't go wrong with Sleepy Jones' classic red-piped Blue End separates—or with the fact that you can personalize both tops with the couple's names for a truly special first anniversary gift.

    Sleepy Jones Pajamas, prices vary, sleepyjones.com

  13. Champagne flutes first anniversary gift

    2. With a pair of champagne glasses, the couple can celebrate this anniversary—and every special milestone that follows. Don't forget to include the bubbly!

    Culver Mr. & Mrs. Champagne Flutes, Set of 2, $30, macys.com

  14. Matching undies first anniversary gift

    3. For the couple that appreciates a good laugh—and sweet support—may we suggest a 1-year anniversary gift of undies by MeUndies. The brand lets you gift a matching pair of underwear, completely tailored to his and her underwear tastes. (Boy shorts for her? No problem.) Plus, the prints are so playful—there's even a dino option!

    MeUndies Matching Pair, $42 (varies for subscriptions), meundimeundies.com

  15. Robes first anniversary gift

    4. If you're someone looking to splurge (mom and dad, perhaps?), consider gifting the couple with a gift certificate to a local spa. After their marathon year, we're sure side-by-side massages would be more than welcome. You can even up the ante by tucking the one-year anniversary gift into a pair of personalized robes—the softness of these Turkish terry-cloth pieces is divine.

    Pottery Barn PB Classic Terry Robe, $119 with complementary personalization, potterybarn.com

  16. Make A Wish first anniversary gift

    5. For the couple with heart to spare, consider celebrating their love by donating to a cause that means a lot to them, be that endangered animals or finding a cure for cancer. (This is an especially good choice if the couple used The Knot registry and opted into contributing to a charity.)

    The Knot favorite: Make A Wish Foundation, wish.org

    Paper Anniversary Gifts

    Now, on to the traditional 1-year anniversary gifts! As we mentioned earlier, the traditional first anniversary gift is paper—and that means so much more than love letters. (Though those are definitely on our list.) Keep reading for all the creative paper anniversary gifts you can get for her, him or the couple. We're guessing there are at least a few on here you would have never thought of!

    Paper Anniversary Gifts for Her

    From love letters to paper earrings, there are endless paper anniversary gifts for her—and each one is more creative than the last.

  17. Origami flower paper anniversary gift for her

    1. For the woman who loves to experiment with her accessories, give her a pair of origami earrings. Not only are these beautiful in their simplicity, this paper anniversary gift will always be a conversation piece. After all, how often do you see a pair of meticulously crafted rose-shaped paper earrings?

    FoldIT Creations Origami Flower Stud Earrings, $19.30, etsy.com

  18. Letters to my love paper anniversary gift for her

    2. A lady can never receive too many love letters in her lifetime. If you're a natural Shakespeare, then get right to it. But if you need a little help, Chronicle Books' Letters to My Love can help inspire you. It's filled with letter templates that you can mail to your love ahead of special occasions, including your 1st anniversary.

    Chronicle Books Letters to My Love: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever., $7.42, barnesandnoble.com

  19. Printer paper anniversary gift for her

    3. Gift her a Canon Selphy photo printer, and you can finally have physical paper copies of all those amazing pics that have been hiding away on your phone. Bonus: Scrolling back will be a walk down memory lane.

    Canon Selphy CP1300 Wireless Dye Sublimation Photo Printer, $100, target.com

  20. Red rose paper anniversary gift for her

    4. For the girl who never turns down flowers, get her a bouquet that will last forever—a paper bouquet. Little Paper Flowers, based in Brooklyn, has a wide assortment of bouquet options, from peonies to magnolias. We also love the single red rose—an especially apt first anniversary gift if you're married to a Beauty and the Beast fan.

    Little Paper Flowers Single Paper Flower Rose, $20, Etsy.com

  21. Strand Bookstore paper anniversary gift for her

    5. Speaking of book lovers, if you happen to be married to a bookworm, there may not be a more special paper product than her favorite book. Turn that into the perfect first anniversary gift by finding her a rare edition, possibly even illustrated, allowing her to relive her favorite story as if for the first time.

    A favorite for sourcing rare books: Strand Books, call 212.473.1452 for more information

    Paper Anniversary Gifts for Him

    For paper anniversary gifts, you can get him something as classic as cufflinks (made of paper, of course) or as unexpected as sheet music. See more of our favorite paper one-year anniversary gifts for him below.

  22. Event tickets paper anniversary gift for him

    1. What does your love love doing? Get him a pair of tickets to an activity or event that he'd truly appreciate, whether it's a concert, a play or even tickets to your favorite amusement park. After all, you know what tickets are printed on. (And yes, it's a win-win, because you get to go, too!)

    Ticketmaster.com is a great source for nationwide events. ticketmaster.com

  23. Cufflinks paper anniversary gift for him

    ​2. He probably has a dozen cufflinks, but we bet he doesn't have a pair of paper cufflinks—especially a pair personalized with little pieces of your beautiful wedding invitations.

    Paper Anniversary by Anna V.​ wedding invitation cufflinks, $75, paper-anniversary.com

  24. Vows print paper anniversary gift for him

    3. What could be a more fitting paper anniversary gift for him than your wedding vows beautifully printed on quality paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. While you can print them out yourself, LaFebere will format and embellish them for you so that they're wall-worthy.

    La Fabere Wedding Vow Print, $54.03, etsy.com

  25. Sheet music paper anniversary gift for him

    4. Just as sentimental on paper? Your first dance song—forever the song that represents you as a couple—come to life on sheet music, which always looks beautiful framed. Pair it with a recording of the song on vinyl (because iTunes is great, but sometimes, you just want the physical thing).

    Music Notes Sheet Music Downloads, $5.50 per printout, musicnotes.com

  26. Bucket list journal paper anniversary gift for him

    5. Just read the cover—this paper journal is all about bucket lists—in this case, the one you both share as a couple. Give your love the paper portfolio and you can fill it out together. Then, next year, you can revisit it and see how many things you can cross off—and what new things you can add to the list. (Paris? Always a good idea.)

    Axel & Ash My Bucket List Fill-In Journal, $34.99, anthropologie.com

    Paper Anniversary Gifts for Them

    When it comes to gifting the couple for their paper anniversary, you have plenty to choose from, from the classic (i.e. an origami ornament) to a flawless gag gift (toilet paper, anyone?). Scroll to see The Knot's favorite paper anniversary gifts for them!

  27. Rose origami ball paper anniversary gift

    1. For the most festive couple you know—especially one that got married during the holidays—get them a paper ornament. This one's accented with roses and finished with a ribbon that reads—what else?—“first anniversary.” Plus, it comes in color options, so you can get the pair a ball that matches their wedding colors for the perfect one-year anniversary gift.

    Amber Glass Art Origami Kusudama Ball 1st Anniversary Gift, $21.10, etsy.com

  28. Couple reading paper anniversary gift

    2. The couple that loves a lazy weekend in will absolutely adore a subscription to the Sunday Times. With the paper-based Sunday edition, which includes the Sunday Magazine and Sunday Styles, they can read side-by-side while completely unplugged, ideally over a delicious Sunday breakfast. (You might even be invited to join them.)

    The New York Times, $4.50 a week, nytimes.com

  29. Embroidered toilet paper anniversary gift

    3. Know a couple that loves to laugh? Then they'll definitely get a kick out of this paper anniversary gift—toilet paper. These embroidered rolls go from classic—"Happy Paper Anniversary!"—to hilarious. (Was bathroom humor ever more appropriate?) And, in a pinch, they can actually be used!

    Designs by Raja Embroidered Toilet Paper, $6, etsy.com

  30. Couple cooking one year anniversary gift

    4. Lovers who love to learn? Tuck a paper recipe into an envelope with an invitation to a cooking class, which they can take together on an informative (and tasty!) date night. Williams-Sonoma hosts a wide array of classes for all levels of experience. Check your local shop to find out what classes are coming up.

    Williams-Sonoma Cooking Classes, williams-sonoma.com for more information

  31. Foxes artwork paper anniversary gift

    5. And here's something that no couple will turn down: a romantic piece of art—printed on paper, of course. Depending on the couple's taste, you can go with a reproduction of a classic, like Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss," or you can opt for something a little more whimsical, like this illustration of two foxes in love, framed by a floral heart.

    Fab Funky Foxes in Heart Landscape, $24.50, etsy.com

    Clock 1-Year Anniversary Gifts

    Tale as old as time! While the traditional first anniversary gift is paper, there's also a modern option: a clock. Giving your spouse (or a couple) a clock anniversary gift commemorates the year that has passed—and looks ahead to all the years to come. What could be a greater vote of confidence than that?

    There's a clock one-year anniversary gift for every kind of couple, from vintage lovers to the tech-obsessed—read on!

  32. Black and rose gold watch first anniversary gift

    1. For the stylish girl who's always ahead of the trends—and loves ultra-femme touches—you couldn't do better than this Kate Spade New York watch, complete with a quartz-embellished, bow-shaped face and rose-gold finishes.

    Kate Spade New York Kenmore Bracelet Watch, $262.50, shop.nordstrom.com

  33. Oak wall clock one year anniversary gift

    2. For a couple of vintage lovers who would happily buy a grandfather clock if they only had the room, consider this Seiko stunner as a first anniversary gift. It has all the charm of its ancestors—even a chime—while taking up only a fraction of the space.

    Seiko Oak Wall Clock, $206.25, macys.com

  34. Red iPhone 7 1-year anniversary gift

    3. Much as we may love to accessorize, these days, there's no handier clock than your phone. Get him or her (or both of you!) the latest iPhone in the undeniably lush, romantic red common toall (RED) products. Also worthy: Because it's a (RED) product, part of the proceeds go toward the fight against AIDs.

    Apple iPhone 7, prices vary depending on storage size, apple.com

  35. Stopwatch first anniversary gift

    4. The couple that trains together, stays together! If you're married to someone who loves to run, a brand-new stopwatch is just the thing to help them meet their times. That and you standing at the finish line, of course.

    Marathon ST083013 Adana Digital Glow Stopwatch Timer, $17, amazon.com

  36. Hello Sense one year anniversary gift

    5. Revolutionize sleep with Sense, the alarm clock with technology that not only helps you wake up, but fall asleep the right way, too. Its soft glow and gentle voice are said to improve alertness by 50 percent during the day.

    Hello Sense With Voice, $149, store.hello.is

  37. Pocket watch necklace first anniversary gift

    6. Both whimsical and practical, this Alice in Wonderland-inspired locket watch is a perfect first anniversary gift for the girl who still loves a good fairytale—and loves to make a bold fashion statement.

    Se La Wire Alice in Wonderland Pocket Watch Necklace, $9.99, etsy.com

  38. Copper sundial one year anniversary gift

    7. A sundial is the perfect 1-year anniversary gift to give the couple that loves to spend their time outdoors, especially if they also have a little garden.

    Whitehall Products Copper Verdigris Sun and Moon Sundial, $59.81, homedepot.com

  39. Pink macaron timer first anniversary gift

    ​8. This adorable kitchen timer is shaped like a macaron, which not only makes it perfect for keeping time while cooking desserts, but also just begs to be given with a box of macarons.

    Fancy Macaron Kitchen Timer, $10, fancy.com

  40. Tiffany watch one year anniversary gift

    9. Some things never go out of style, like a Tiffany & Company watch. Plus, this one's accented with gold, referencing the 1st anniversary metal. Don't forget to engrave the inside with a sweet, celebratory message.

    Tiffany & Co. Atlas 2-Hand 29 MM, $5,500, tiffany.com​​

  41. Smartwatch first anniversary gift

    10. And don’t forget the boys! For a wristwatch that looks like a classic, but has all the capabilities of a smart watch, we're turning to Tag Heuer. It has Android and iOS capabilities, and it connects right to Bluetooth. Intelligent, indeed.

    TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch, $1,700, jared.com​​

  42. For more of the best anniversary gift ideas for all the major milestones, check out our comprehensive guide to anniversary gifts by year. 

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