1-Year Anniversary Gifts for Your Husband, Wife or the Happy Couple

Looking for the perfect first anniversary gift? Shop our list of unique, traditional (hello, paper!) and modern presents.
by The Knot
  1. First anniversary gift ideas

    Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! The first year of marriage is in the books, which means it's time to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than with the perfect first anniversary gift? That said, we realize that finding one-year anniversary gifts that are both special and sentimental isn't always easy. Which is exactly why we've rounded up the best (and most unique) first anniversary gift ideas for him, her and them. But before we get there, you may like to know a little more about the traditional and modern first-year anniversary gifts.

    What is the one-year anniversary gift?

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

    Of course, if neither of those options speak to you, there are plenty of other first anniversary gifts that can help you celebrate with your spouse or the couple. That's actually where we'll begin.

    In this article: 

    One-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him

    You've got a full year of marriage under your belt, which means you know your guy better than ever before. Even still, we get it if you're struggling to find a first anniversary gift for your husband. Not set on either first anniversary theme? Don't worry, we've got your back—here are our favorite alternative one-year anniversary gifts for him.

  2. Cheers glasses 1 year anniversary gift for him

    Fun fact: Every anniversary is associated with a gemstone or metal—the first anniversary's metal is gold. How about these "cheers" rocks glasses for the guy who appreciates the finer things? They're printed with real gold, making them perfectly celebratory. (Psst: The seller also makes a set you can personalize based on his favorite types of liquor.)

    Vital Industries 20k gold Cheers rocks glasses, $32 for a set of 2, Etsy.com

  3. Mouth snack subscription 1-year anniversary gift for him

    If it's true that the way to your man's heart is through his stomach—and it's a stomach that loves artisanal treats—sign him up for a subscription to Mouth's Indie States of America club. Each month, he'll receive specialty snacks from a different part of the country. 

    Mouth Indie States of America club, from $54 a month, Mouth.com

  4. Photo shoot one year anniversary gift for him
    Aislinn in Kona for Flytographer

    Who says you only get one honeymoon? Make every wedding anniversary an occasion with a trip for two. While you're at it, book a surprise anniversary photo shoot. Combined, they'll be extra-memorable one-year anniversary gifts for him.

    Flytographer photo shoot, from $250, Flytographer.com

  5. Custom keychain one year anniversary gift for him

    Each anniversary is also assigned a special color—this month has two, yellow and gold. Customize one of these handy keychains to feature both, plus additional personalization. You pick the shade of the leather, the hardware and the foil text. Now he can carry you—and memories of your one-year anniversary—with him wherever he goes.

    Green Skin Gifts custom keychain for men leather gift, from $11, Etsy.com

  6. Push pin map 1 year anniversary gift for him

    Shopping for someone who shares your wanderlust? Not only is a map a beautiful piece of art, but it can commemorate your relationship too. Customize this wooden wall decor with whatever message you like, then use uniquely shaped push pins (sold separately) to mark all the places you've gone together. It's the first anniversary gift that keeps on giving—and inspiring. (Prefer a US map? The seller designs those too!) 

    Howdy Owl Where Our Love Has Traveled push pin world map, from $180, Etsy.com  

    One-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

    They say the first year of marriage can be the hardest, but you made it. And you should toast to that accomplishment by spoiling your lady with something special. Here are our favorite one-year anniversary gifts for her if you're looking beyond paper and clocks. 

  7. DateBox Club subscription 1 year anniversary gift for her

    No excuses! This subscription service for couples takes the pressure out of planning date night. Order physical packages that come with everything you need to enjoy a new activity at home, or opt for the digital subscription instead (it's cheaper but a little more DIY). Why stop at one first anniversary gift for him when he can get a surprise every month for the next year? 

    DateBox Club subscription, from $33 a month, DateBoxClub.com

  8. Knife set 1 year anniversary gift for her

    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, $75, Macys.com

  9. Baked by Melissa 1 year anniversary gift for her

    Didn't save wedding cake? (Or want a backup treat?) Chow down on these popular (and adorable) mini cupcakes. Now that's a super-sweet first anniversary gift for her (but really, for you both).

    Baked by Melissa wedding cupcakes, from $35, BakedbyMelissa.com

  10. Bouquet 1 year anniversary gift for her

    To paraphrase Miranda Priestly, "Florals for your anniversary? Groundbreaking." But there is a way to turn flowers as a first anniversary gift into a unique present: by getting her a new bouquet every month for a year. This subscription offers just that.

    The Bouqs Co. subscription, prices vary, TheBouqs.com

  11. Personalizable sign 1 year wedding gift for her

    Show her just how much she lights up your life with a glowing message board. This color-changing light box comes with letters and numbers for writing love notes. Order an extra symbols pack for even more personalization. Talk about a cool first anniversary gift for your wife.

    My Cinema Lightbox The Original color-changing LED cinema light box, $35, Amazon.com  

    One-Year Anniversary Gift Ideas for Them

    It's not just the couple who wants to celebrate their first anniversary! Family and friends like to toast to the newlyweds' one-year anniversary too. Shopping for first wedding anniversary presents for them? Here are five unique one-year anniversary gift ideas for the couple in your life.

  12. Robes first anniversary gift

    If you're someone looking to splurge (Mom or Dad, perhaps?), consider gifting the couple with a Spa Week gift certificate. 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 first anniversary gift into a pair of personalized robes—the softness of these ultra-plush pieces is divine.

    Brooklinen super-plush robes, $98 each, Brooklinen.com

  13. Champagne flutes first anniversary gift

    With a pair of champagne glasses, the couple can celebrate this anniversary and every special milestone that follows. Plus, this set embraces the first anniversary color: gold. Don't forget to include the bubbly!

    The Knot Shop gold wedding champagne glasses with crystal stems, $70 for a set of 2, TheKnotShop.com

  14. Matching undies first anniversary gift

    For the couple that appreciates a good laugh, consider the hilarious first anniversary gift of matching undies. Pick pairs in a playful pattern and wait for the laughter to erupt upon opening.

    MeUndies matching undies, prices vary, MeUndies.com 

  15. Wood wine box first anniversary gift

    There's nothing wrong with the classic bottle of wine—but why not give the go-to first anniversary gift an upgrade? Package it in a celebratory box to make it feel fancier. You can even choose a bottle with their wedding year as the vintage—or a bottle meant to age and open on another milestone anniversary.

    The Knot Shop personalized wooden wine gift box with lid, $20, TheKnotShop.com

  16. Pajama set first anniversary gift

    There's no better way to celebrate a pair of prepsters—or sleep enthusiasts (aka all of us)—than with a fresh set of matching pajamas. This brand sells a whole bunch of designs for any taste, which means you can choose truly personalized one-year anniversary gifts for the couple.

    Sleepy Jones pajamas, prices vary, SleepyJones.com


    Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

    Now, on to the traditional one-year anniversary gifts for her, him and them. 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 creative paper first anniversary gifts for your husband, wife or the couple. We're guessing there are at least a few presents on here you would've never thought of.

    Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

    From love letters to paper earrings, there are endless paper gifts for your first anniversary that she'll appreciate—and each one is more creative than the last.

  17. Origami flower earrings paper anniversary gift for her

    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, but this first 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 colorful origami flower stud earrings, from $23, Etsy.com

  18. Letters to my Love book paper anniversary gift for her

    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, this book can help inspire you. It's filled with letter templates that you can mail to your wife ahead of special occasions, including your first anniversary.

    Chronicle Books Letters to My Love: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever. by Lea Redmond, $13, Amazon.com

  19. Photo printer paper anniversary gift for her

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

    Lifeprint 2x3 portable photo and video printer, $100, Amazon.com

  20. Red rose paper anniversary gift for her

    For the girl who never turns down blooms, get her a bouquet that'll last forever—a paper bouquet. This seller makes a wide assortment of faux flowers, from peonies to sunflowers. We also love the single red rose—an especially appropriate first anniversary gift if you're married to a Beauty and the Beast fan.

    Little Paper Flowers single paper flower rose for first anniversary, $25, Etsy.com

  21. Strand Bookstore paper anniversary gift for her

    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 year 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 Gift Ideas for Him

    Searching for paper anniversary gift ideas for your husband? We've put together a list of some more traditional (but still creative) one-year anniversary gifts for him.

  22. Wedding invitation cufflinks paper anniversary gift for him

    He may have 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. Talk about a sentimental first anniversary gift.

    Paper Anniversary by Anna V. 1 year anniversary gift for him wedding invitation cufflinks, from $89, Etsy.com

  23. Vows print paper anniversary gift for him

    What could be a more fitting paper anniversary gift idea for him than your wedding vows elegantly printed on luxe paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. Print them out yourself or leave it to a professional; this letterpressed option is totally wall-worthy.

    Minted Your Vows as a Letterpress Art Print, from $82, Minted.com

  24. Sheet music paper anniversary gift for him

    Just as meaningful? Your first dance song. Bring it to life on sheet music, which always looks beautiful framed (try Framebridge). Pair it with a recording of the song on vinyl (because Spotify is great, but sometimes, you just want the physical thing).

    Musicnotes sheet music downloads, prices vary, Musicnotes.com

  25. Adventure journal paper anniversary gift for him

    Just read the front—this creative journal is all about making new memories. Give your love the book and work to tackle the fun challenges together. The pages come printed with surprise, scratch-off adventures for couples to uncover and try out as a team. You can also upgrade to a pack that comes with an instant camera and other cool add-ons. 

    The Adventure Challenge Couple's Edition, $40, TheAdventureChallenge.com 

  26. Event tickets paper anniversary gift for him

    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 is a great source for nationwide events: Ticketmaster.com

    Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas for Them

    When it comes to paper one-year anniversary gifts for the couple, you have plenty to choose from too. Here, five genius paper anniversary gift ideas for them.

  27. Seed paper anniversary card gift

    There's nothing wrong with a simple anniversary card to show your love. But this one transforms into a beautiful gift: a bed of fresh blooms. The seed paper is plantable, so they can grow wildflowers and support the butterflies and bees while they're at it.

    Made by Mika Ltd eco-friendly biodegradable seed paper plantable anniversary card, from $6, Etsy.com

  28. Embroidered toilet paper anniversary gift

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

    Can't Sit Still Crafts first anniversary embroidered toilet paper gag gift, $10, Etsy.com

  29. Couple cooking 1 year anniversary gift

    Lovers who love to learn? Tuck a paper recipe into an envelope with an invitation to a cooking class, which they can take together for an informative (and tasty) date night. Check your local shop to find out what classes are coming up.

    Sur la Table cooking classes: visit SurlaTable.com for more information

  30. Custom couple portrait paper anniversary gift

    And here's something for creative types: a romantic piece of art—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 a painted portrait of the spouses. This best-seller comes as a digital download for you to print and frame yourself. It can even feature an illustration of their pet! 

    Ria Design Store custom couple portrait illustration, from $50, Etsy.com

  31. Couple reading paper anniversary gift

    For the most festive couple you know—especially one that got married during the holidays—get them a paper ornament. This one is shaped like a pine cone and crafted from song lyrics. Talk about a cute way to nod to their first dance! After all, something that reminds them of their wedding day is a perfect one-year anniversary gift.

    Tree Town Paper your song pinecone ornament, $30, Etsy.com

    Clock Anniversary Gift Ideas

    It's a 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 him, her and the couple, from vintage lovers to the tech-obsessed. Read on to see our faves.

  32. Wood wall clock 1 year anniversary gift

    For a sentimental couple, try this custom wooden wall clock with their names and anniversary date. 

    We Wood Love Lovebirds newlyweds personalized wooden wall clock, from $57, Etsy.com 

  33. Agate table clock first anniversary gift

    Or, opt for a tabletop clock to elevate their desk or nightstand. Here's a modern pick. Have you ever seen a first anniversary gift as chic as this? Bonus: There's a personalization option.

    Aanthropology agate desk clock, from $44, Etsy.com

  34. Floral gold watch first anniversary gift

    For the chic girl who's always ahead of the trends—and loves rose gold touches—consider this first anniversary gift. Not quite her style? The brand makes tons of truly unique (and absolutely stunning) watches to pick from.

    Olivia Burton women's semi-precious rose vegan leather strap watch, $195, Macys.com

  35. Watch cuff links first anniversary gift

    This first anniversary gift for him is ideal for the timepiece aficionado who already has enough actual watches. The one-of-a-kind cuff links are made from vintage watch parts—how cool is that?

    Cufflinks Inc. vintage watch cuff links, $275, NeimanMarcus.com

  36. Wake up clock first anniversary gift

    Revolutionize sleep with a techy alarm clock that lights up to simulate the sunrise and sunset. This light therapy lamp is clinically proven to help users rise more refreshed—and who doesn't appreciate waking up on the right side of the bed?

    Philips SmartSleep wake-up light therapy alarm clock, $138, Amazon.com

  37. Clock necklace first anniversary gift

    Pay tribute to a famous clock for a unique first anniversary gift, whether that means buying a print of Big Ben to commemorate a trip to London or this whimsical necklace designed to resemble the clocks in Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory." It's a great one-year anniversary gift for her if she's obsessed with art.

    Beep Studio Salvador Dali sketch jewelry necklace, $60, Etsy.com

  38. Love quote sundial one year anniversary gift

    A sundial is the perfect one-year anniversary gift for a couple that loves to spend their time outdoors, especially if they also have a garden. This one comes embellished with a quote from a Robert Browning poem: "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be."

    Yard Envy brass Grow Old With Me sundial, $70, YardEnvy.com

  39. Retro kitchen timers first anniversary gift

    World Market sells the cutest kitchen timers in all sorts of fun shapes. Bonus: They're extremely affordable too, making for an inexpensive but thoughtful first anniversary gift for a cook. This retro set is the perfect pair—just like you and your spouse. Give the present along with an offer to cook dinner for a really great one-year anniversary gift.

    World Market retro magnetic timers, $20 for a set of 2, WorldMarket.com

  40. Tiffany watch 1 year anniversary gift

    Some things never go out of style, like a Tiffany & Co. watch. This timepiece is refreshingly contemporary but still utterly timeless. Don't forget to engrave the inside with a sweet, celebratory message.

    Tiffany & Co. Metro 2-hand watch, $7,400, Tiffany.com

  41. Leather watch first anniversary gift

    Of course, nice watches don't have to cost thousands. This watch—made in the USA and complete with a quality leather band—still feels luxe. Add it to the list of classy first-year anniversary gifts for him.

    Shinola The Runwell leather strap watch, from $550, Nordstrom.com

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    Updated May 2020

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