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31 Unique 1-Year Anniversary Gifts for Every Couple

Twelve years with your spouse have flown by in the blink of an eye. Celebrate by sprucing up your home life with objects of opulence and luxury like the traditional gifts of silk or linen. Those with an affinity for the contemporary will be happy to know that this year’s modern gift is just as refined: pearls. The color of the year emphasizes this with tones of oyster white, and the magnificent peony blossom does not disappoint either. For gemstones, jade reigns supreme.

Anniversary Gifts by Year: Our Traditional and Modern Guide

Whether it’s your first anniversary or your 50th, we’ve got you covered.

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Have you ever wondered about the origin of anniversary gifts, and what they actually mean? Each wedding anniversary year has a traditional gift, as well as flowers, colors, and gemstones that correlate with the respective celebration.

As it turns out, these long-standing conventions date all the way back to the medieval period and were chosen as agents of good fortune and prosperity for marriage. However, the tradition of anniversary gifts didn’t really gain popularity until the Victorian era. Contemporary opinions diverge from traditional lore in that they say each gift should be chosen to gradually increase in value as you invest more time into the relationship—serving as a recognition of a successful marriage. This was the basis of the foundation for modern anniversary gift interpretations, which were published by the American National Retail Jewelers Association in 1937.

So whether it’s your first year of marriage or you’re shopping for the perfect sentimental gold gift for your parents’ 50th, check out our comprehensive guide to anniversary gifts by year, below.

1st Anniversary: Paper

First anniversary gift wrapped in brown paper and string

On your first-ever anniversary, paper represents the traditional gift. The threads within paper symbolize the strength and connectivity of your blossoming relationship. Paper is also a blank slate, a reference to the beginnings of a new life together. And since paper symbolizes a clean canvas to write out your own story, have your very first wedding anniversary gift speak to that with things like a cookbook for newlyweds, a custom illustration of the two of you, or tickets to special events that will add to that story.

For a modern spin, couples gift each other clocks to represent eternal love. Gold represents the standard first-anniversary color, orange blossoms or pansies are the customary flowers, and gold is the one-year gemstone, though obviously not technically a stone. Regardless, your initial anniversary is something to celebrate—to inspire you, here are plenty of first anniversary gifts your spouse will love, like this year-in-review print that highlights your best married moments so far.

2nd Anniversary: Cotton

Tree branch with cotton flowers and a white background

The second wedding anniversary is all about recognizing the maturation of your relationship together. Traditionally, cotton is the gift of choice as each fiber represents two people that have become interwoven with one another. China is the modern counterpart. Its beauty and sophistication are timeless and enduring, much like your union, but it is also fragile and may contain weaknesses, just like your still-young relationship.

The second year of marriage is represented by the color red and the devoted lily of the valley. Consider gifts that will enhance your precious moments together like bedding for your cherished weekend lay-ins or ceramic mugs for your mornings together. If jewelry is more your style (we feel you!), you’ll want to look for garnet pieces. With its firey and passionate coloring, garnet has always represented love, friendship, and the heart that sustains a life force.

3rd Anniversary: Leather

A vintage leather notebook and pen presented on a wooden table

By this point in your marriage, the two of you have definitely seen some things and you’re all the stronger for it. That’s precisely why leather is the traditional third-anniversary gift of choice. Rich and rugged, leather is both durable and protective, like a fortified hide that no longer succumbs to weakness.

The modern choice of crystal or glass highlights another facet of your relationship. It is fragile and requires great care, just like any love, but the best of them can outlive the ages. The third year is characterized by the color white—as pure as your love. In terms of the natural world, you’re looking at vibrant Fuschia blossoms and elegant pearls, which have a warm luster that is not unlike the light that refracts from faceted crystal.

4th Anniversary: Fruit or Flowers

A bouquet of colorful wildflowers given as a fourth marriage anniversary gift

After four years your relationship is blossoming and ripening into maturity, just like the traditional gift of fruit or flowers. For something sweet and sentimental, have your florist recreate the same bouquet from your wedding day or carve out some time to plant a garden together. A more modern approach to the four-year wedding anniversary gift calls for appliances to simplify life at home and free up some time to spend loving one another.

This milestone is celebrated with tones of blue and green that mimic this year’s gemstone: blue topaz. Blue topaz has forever been considered the feeling stone, associated with deep emotions, communication, and compassion—all the ingredients needed for a successful marriage. For floral finds, look to frilly geraniums for a vibrant pop of excitement.

5th Anniversary: Wood

Wooden heart-shaped tray on top of wooden plank representing the fifth marriage anniversary

Cheers to making it halfway to a decade! For this marriage milestone, couples traditionally gift each other wood. This reflects the strength and durability of your marriage, as well as the strong roots you’re putting down. Silverware, on the other hand, is the modern gift for fifth anniversaries. There’s a sweet symbol behind it—it signifies all your shared meals and the bond you’ve formed over the past five years.

Sapphire represents the traditional fifth-anniversary gemstone, blue and pink are the customary colors, and daisies are the five-year flower. Sapphires are said to symbolize faithfulness and sincerity, a beautiful representation of the virtues of your relationship. Tell your spouse how much your half-decade-long marriage means to you by giving them an on-theme present. We have over 45 options in our fifth anniversary gift round-up, like this wooden picnic basket; it hits the wood element and the modern idea, since you’ll use it to break bread en plein air.

6th Anniversary: Candy or Iron

An opened box of assorted chocolate candies

Six years together and enjoying every minute of it. This marriage anniversary is all about the sweet stuff. And we mean that literally, the traditional gift for this year is candy or iron. The youthful appeal of candy is a hint at the sweetness of your days of dating and a reminder to continue carrying that into your marriage. We love the idea of having your wedding cake baker recreate a mini version of your big-day dessert for just the two of you to celebrate these last six years. Iron, with all of its strength, attests to the rock-solid marriage that you have built.

That same notion is carried over into the modern gift of wood, which is forever growing and maturing. In terms of tones, stick to colors of white, turquoise, or purple. Stunningly elegant cala lilies and majestic amethyst round out this year’s symbolic gifts. This regal gemstone is said to have protective properties, shielding its wearer from any negativity or impurity—much as your relationship cloaks you from harm.

7th Anniversary: Wool or Copper

A pile of folded wool cable-knit sweaters in cream and peach tones

By the seventh year, you’ve no doubt learned to take things in stride. The traditional gift calls for either copper or wool. These two elements may seem diametrically opposed, but they have one thing in common: warmth—wool is an insulator of warmth and copper is a conductor of heat. Just like that which radiates through your relationship.

Modern options are all about the more pragmatic approach of a desk set. A desk set might seem like choosing functionality over romance, but we can’t think of anything more romantic than a partner who supports your ambitions. The seventh wedding anniversary is characterized by an organic yellow color scheme, bouquets of striped Jack-in-the-pulpits, and dignified onyx stones.

8th Anniversary: Bronze

bronze covered book with fall leaves surrounding it representing the eighth marriage anniversary

Eight years and going strong. The traditional eighth-anniversary gift is bronze (a biblical symbol of strength), while more modern alternatives seem to err on the softer side with linens and lace. Bronze is an alloy and represents the blending of two once-independent lives, while both linens and lace are widely regarded as accouterments of refinement—just as your love for each other has been carefully refined over the years. Color-wise, stick with the bronze theme or brighten things up with a posy of clematis. The gemstone of choice for this milestone is tourmaline.

9th Anniversary: Pottery

Pottery cups and plates on a wooden board in a studio

One year shy of that 10-year mark. The traditional ninth-anniversary gift is pottery. Made of clay, pottery is carefully molded into something of great beauty and lasting presence. A modern alternative would be leather. A strong, durable, and enduring material that can also be quite flexible, and only gets better with age. The ninth-anniversary color is, aptly, terracotta and you can fill all those clay vases with luscious poppies to keep with tradition. Poppies symbolize the imaginative realm and dreams, two things that are important in keeping a spark alive. For gems look no further than lapis lazuli.

10th Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum

A tin can with greenery and purple and yellow flowers growing out of it

Look out, world—you’ve tackled 10 whole years of marriage. The decade-long anniversary gift is traditionally tin or aluminum, which symbolize the strength and resilience of your marriage. But for a modern 10th-anniversary gift, turn to every girl’s best friend: diamonds. This rare gem reflects your decade-long marriage’s durability. If you and your partner have planned on upgrading an engagement ring, the 10th wedding anniversary is the perfect milestone to do it. Silver and blue are associated with the big 10, and the daffodil, which symbolizes happiness, is the traditional 10-year flower. Shop some of our favorite 10th anniversary gifts here, including these tin date-night dice.

11th Anniversary: Steel

A steel candle holder, a plate o a stand, and a platter with succulents

Tough and strong, your relationship has built up a steely resolve and should be recognized for it. This is why the 11th wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with steel, the strongest metal in existence. The modern choice, however, is fashion jewelry. Color-wise seek out turquoise hues indicative of this anniversary’s gemstone: turquoise.

Turquoise is one of the most ancient gemstones and was considered sacred by kings and shamans alike for its healing and protective properties. It is even said to kindle romance and love. For florals, precious morning glories are the way to go. Known for their extremely brief lifespan of just one day, they serve as reminders of the preciousness of time and that one momentous day when you first met.

12th Anniversary: Silk or Linen

Woman tying a navy blue silk robe

Twelve years with your spouse have flown by in the blink of an eye. Celebrate by sprucing up your home life with objects of opulence and luxury like the traditional gifts of silk or linen. Those with an affinity for the contemporary will be happy to know that this year’s modern gift is just as refined: pearls. The color of the year emphasizes this with tones of oyster white, and the magnificent peony blossom does not disappoint either. For gemstones, jade reigns supreme.

13th Anniversary: Lace

Cream-colored lace camisole surrounded on a wooden table by flowers

Thirteen years of marriage is anything but unlucky. In fact, it’s all about the finery of life. The traditional 13th-anniversary gift is dainty lace, so delicate and lovely just like the balance of a steady marriage. Modern gifts keep with the theme in textiles or furs (faux, please!). The 13-year is represented by the color white and exotic-looking bouquets of hollyhock. Gemstones of warm citrine round out the year. Like a vibrant ray of sunshine, citrines are jovial gemstones that encourage us to embrace all the joys of life. The merry stone represents happiness and is said to release any blockages.

14th Anniversary: Ivory

A stack of different sized ivory plates with a checkered pattern

Fourteen years strong! The traditional 14th-anniversary gift is characterized by animal items. In fact, the original way to commemorate this year was with ivory but was later amended and broadened to animal items in general after the controversial practices of ivory sourcing were brought to light. In keeping with a cruelty-free vibe, we encourage you to opt for items like faux fur or imitation pieces that give the illusion of ivory without the abuse. Or, consider adopting a pet, going horseback riding, or donating to an animal shelter or wildlife conservation cause.

For a more modern option go for gold—jewelry that is. The color of this year is ivory, as a nod to the former traditional gift, and sweet dahlias are the flower of choice. Gem-enthusiasts will want to seek out opal pieces to celebrate. Firey and ethereal, opals are recognized by the kaleidoscopic blazes of color within their milky depths. It’s of little surprise that the gems are symbolic of love, passion, and incendiary desire.

15th Anniversary: Crystal

Close -p photo of crystal glassware with champagne

Let’s raise a glass to fifteen years of marriage. And we mean that quite literally as you’ll be celebrating this anniversary with the traditional gift of crystal, symbolizing the clarity and sparkle in your marriage. Crystal also refracts light into stunning spectrums that symbolize all of the beautiful facets of your relationship. This anniversary also marks the first year with a pricier traditional gift, which represents your shared sacrifices throughout the past 15 years. Watches serve as the modern gift, which embodies your time together (past, present, and future).

The 15 anniversary is represented by the ruby. Rubies are one of the hardest gemstones, coming up just slightly softer than the invincible diamond. What better way to highlight the strength and fortitude of 15 years of marriage? And finally, the rose stands as the customary 15-year foliage, which is fitting since red has been deemed the traditional 15th-anniversary color.

16th Anniversary: Wax

Gold-colored wax seal on a brown envelope with the stamp device on top

Sweet 16! The 16th wedding anniversary is oh-so sweet indeed. The traditional gift is wax, hard and tough at first glance but easily melted and malleable if there’s the right spark. Sound familiar? Modernity calls for a slightly shinier aesthetic, suggesting silver hollowware to celebrate the occasion. (Hollowware refers to all the items in a table setting minus the cutlery.) Colors of silver and emerald green are representative of this year, along with blooms of enduring statice and peridot gemstones.

17th Anniversary: Furniture

A room with a brown suede armchair, a brass side table, and a pastel green wooden cabinet

After 17 years of marriage, the home that you have built together is probably one of your most cherished sanctuaries. The 17th-anniversary gift recognizes that with both traditional and modern gifts of furniture to deck out your pad. We love the idea of fleshing out an outdoor retreat for the two of you to enjoy together. Stay on theme with sunshine-hued accents that stick to the yellow color of the year or fill those newly acquired vases with frilly red carnations. Carnelian gemstones round out the vibrant assortment of 17th-anniversary must-haves.

18th Anniversary: Porcelain

high angle view of chinoiserie plates in blue and white pattern on a table

Another year for the books. The 18th wedding anniversary is the porcelain anniversary through and through—both in a traditional and modern sense. Porcelain is the result of clay being heated at extremely high temperatures, something of coveted beauty that comes from humble beginnings and walking through fire. Perhaps a couples’ ceramics class is in order. The 18th-anniversary color is blue and the gemstone is a cat’s eye, but things get a bit unclear when it comes to florals.

19th Anniversary: Bronze

A bronze light fixture placed on a side table in a living room

Just one year shy of that 20-year mark! You may consider the 19th year of marriage the bronze age, as both traditional and modern gifts call for bronze. Bronze is also the color this year, as are bronze-hued florals—specifically autumnal, bronze mums. Adding a bit of brightness to the earthy nature of this anniversary are aquamarine gemstones.

20th Anniversary: China

China cabinet with antique tea cups and plates in colorful patterns

Two whole decades of marriage call for a massive celebration and the 20th anniversary customs fit in accordance with the splendor of this landmark achievement. The traditional gift is china, representing the beauty and delicate nature of your relationship. This also gives you the perfect excuse to update the kitchenware from your wedding registry a mere 20 years ago.

The modern spin, platinum, symbolizes the strength of your marriage. Emerald serves as the traditional 20th-anniversary gemstone (green is associated with the milestone) and daylilies are the typical flower due to their strong, but playful nature. We have plenty of shoppable ideas to get you started: Head over to our 20th anniversary gift guide, where you’ll find plenty of presents worthy of the milestone (like this green dinnerware set that combines both the traditional and modern approach!).

25th Anniversary: Silver

Two silver teapots and one silver dish on a silver platter

You’re halfway to your golden anniversary! The 25-year mark has been denoted as the silver anniversary, and rightfully so. Representing both the traditional and modern gifts, silver reflects the brilliance and shine of your marriage. Spending a quarter of a century with your love definitely calls for a metal as valuable as silver. In fact, the tradition began during the Middle Ages when men would commemorate the milestone by gifting their wives a wreath of silver for their hair. The traditional flower for the 25th anniversary is the iris, and the color is (you guessed it) metallic silver. Although not a true stone, silver has also been associated with this milestone’s jewel of choice. Need some silver present ideas for your spouse? Peruse these meaningful 25th anniversary gifts and consider adding something like this Champagne chiller (use it to pop a bottle of bubbly when you celebrate!) to your cart.

30th Anniversary: Pearl

Woman wearing a pearl necklace standing outside of her house

Thirty years and thriving! For this anniversary, pearls represent the traditional gift. This pure gem symbolizes innocence and honesty, not to mention perfect round pearls are a rarity, just like your SO. And since pearls originate from oysters, why not book a snorkeling or scuba expedition with your love? As the modern gift, revert back to the 10th anniversary—diamonds round two!

Pearls also unsurprisingly reflect the 30-year gemstone, they are symbolic of divinity and wisdom and after 30 years of a blessed union you’ve no doubt earned some insight on marriage. Golden pearls are said to bring luck and prosperity, whereas white pearls are linked to fertility. And the lily, the poster-child for purity and innocence, is the traditional flower.

35th Anniversary: Coral

Coral sunglasses on a pastel pink background

Thirty-five years and getting better by the day. Vibrant coral takes the cake as both the traditional gift and the preferred color this year, whereas beautiful jade—a stimulant of love and friendship—comes in as the modern gift. While there doesn’t seem to be an exact flower to commemorate this year, it appears that any coral-hued bloom will do. Emeralds join their fellow green stones (jade) in representing the thirty-fifth year of matrimony. Spiritually, emeralds are believed to be heart-openers and conduits of compassion, patience, and undying love.

40th Anniversary: Ruby

A woman putting a ruby and diamond ring on her ring finger

You’re well on your way to half a century together. For the 40th anniversary, it’s all ruby everything. From the traditional and modern gifts to the gemstone and color, ruby is the name of the game to celebrate the big 40th. Symbolically rubies run the gamut from beauty, protection, wisdom, and power. Nasturtium represents the traditional flower, which is the only non-ruby custom for this wedding anniversary—though it does come in several scarlet hues. A ruby’s incendiary looks are often associated with passion and the eternal flame of love, and we couldn’t think of anything more appropriate for celebrating four decades of marriage. So the redder, the better for these gifts, as these 40th anniversary presents, which include a statement ruby bracelet, prove.

45th Anniversary: Sapphire

A close-up shot of two necklaces with diamond and sapphire gemstones on silver chains

Forty-five and gracefully aging together like the finest of wine. The 45th wedding anniversary is all about blue. Glimmering sapphires take precedence as both the traditional and modern gifts, but also as the commemorative gemstone. Sapphires symbolize wisdom, faithfulness, and sincerity; virtues that were required to get to this milestone of your union. Unsurprisingly the color scheme adheres to the vivid blue theme. While there is no specified flora for this milestone, we would suggest opting for blue-hued blooms like delphiniums, hydrangeas, or hyacinths—or, simply pick up a bouquet of your spouse’s all-time favorites.

50th Anniversary: Gold

A woman stretching out her hand, showing a gold chain bangle on her wrist

Congratulations—you’ve finally reached the long-awaited golden year, which is certainly no easy feat. Just like the 25th anniversary, gold represents the traditional and modern gifts, as well as the traditional color and jewelry of choice for the 50th anniversary. And just like the origins of the big 25, the tradition was started when medieval, germanic wives were lavished with gifts of gilded wreaths by their husbands to commemorate the milestone. Violets—symbols of modesty, faith, and affection—serve as the 50-year flower. Your marriage has been as good as gold for the past 50 years, so make sure your gift reflects the sentiment! We have all the major present ideas you need when you reach the half-century benchmark; we suggest scooping up these rope-inspired frames to give one of your wedding photos a new life.

55th Anniversary: Emerald

Silver earrings with emerald center stones presented in an emerald green velvet box

Five years shy of the megawatt anniversary. Celebrate 55 years accordingly with mesmerizing emeralds that serve as the traditional and modern gifts, and inspired the emerald-green color theme of the year. Emeralds have been historically linked to the goddess Venus, and are considered to be amulets of love, promoters of fertility, and inspirations of hope. Spiritually, the stone is associated with the heart chakra and believed to bring bliss to any union. Just as captivating, alexandrites and their color-changing qualities are the gemstones of choice for this momentous year.

60th Anniversary: Diamond

Diamond earrings in a black box with a black ribbon behind it

Sixty years—60 years!—of a successful marriage is something to celebrate. For a relationship to outlast six entire decades and still be going strong it must be invincible, your love unbreakable, and your patience indestructible. We’re talking diamond strength. That’s why this epic wedding anniversary is celebrated by the hardest and most coveted gem. Diamonds as traditional gifts, diamonds as modern gifts, diamonds as the commemorative gemstone, and diamond-white as the color of the year.

It takes the existence of powerful forces to create a diamond, and a milestone of such epic proportions only deserves to be outfitted by the strongest of jewels. And, since diamonds are forever, why not make your 60th-anniversary gift one with purpose? Consider pieces that you can see becoming heirlooms for your family—possibly serving as a future engagement ring for generations to come.

31 Unique 1-Year Anniversary Gifts for Every Couple

Looking for a first anniversary gift they’ll love? Read on for traditional, modern, and thoughtful gifts to buy your spouse or the happy couple.

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Collage of four of the best one-year anniversary gift ideas including date night subscription set, gold bracelet, pearl necklace and whiskey decanter

Collage of four of the best one-year anniversary gift ideas including date night subscription set, gold bracelet, pearl necklace and whiskey decanter

Just like that, you (or your favorite couple) are already celebrating one year of marriage—which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts. When considering what to buy for a one-year anniversary gift, you can lean toward the first anniversary themes for inspiration (more on that below). But you can also think beyond the milestone’s traditional symbols—really, any gift can be great, as long as it’s something from the heart. If you’re in need of some thoughtful ideas, we’ve got you covered. From gold jewelry to an origami clock, or even a book filled with romantic prose, these first anniversary gifts are a creative way to celebrate those you love most.

What Is the Traditional One-Year Anniversary Gift?

The traditional first anniversary gift is paper, while the modern gift is a clock. Paper anniversary gifts symbolize the blank page your new marriage gives you, while a clock is said to mark the time you’ve spent together. Both the traditional and modern routes are great starting points when it comes to considering first anniversary gift ideas, but you can take inspiration from other first-year symbols too.

Gold is the traditional first anniversary metal, both yellow and gold are the first anniversary colors, and carnations are the year’s designated flower. To give you a helping hand, we’ve picked some of our favorite gifts below honoring these special themes, as well as some alternative ideas.

The Best One-Year Anniversary Gifts

Need some ideas for celebrating a marriage that’s officially one year in? Whether you’re a traditionalist or fancy yourself as more of a modernist, these are the best first anniversary gifts for your married friends or other half. (Plus, some alternative picks for those who prefer to go their own route.)

Personalized anniversary journal gift for couple on first anniversary

1. Sentimental anniversary journal

One year down, forever to go—so now’s the time to start documenting your memories together. With this anniversary journal, there’s space to record everything from the first to the 60th anniversary. Better yet, it includes prompts to guide romantic reflection and serve as a reminder of every year together. (Awwh!) This is definitely something that’ll be appreciated for a long, long time. In fact, it might just become a treasured family heirloom. The cover is personalized with the couple’s names and wedding date for an extra-special touch.

Uncommon Goods The Personalized Anniversary Journal, $130, Uncommon Goods

Origami wedding art showing both grooms

2. Original origami art

Paper gifts for your first anniversary don’t come much sweeter than this unusual artwork. It’s a framed piece of 3D origami art customized to match your wedding suits and you can personalize it with your wedding date and names to really commemorate the occasion. The artist also has options in their Etsy store for two brides or a bride and groom, as well as art that reflects traditional Korean, Scottish, and Chinese attire.

Joayo Crafts origami wedding art frame, from $84, Etsy

Custom wedding vow art paper anniversary gift idea

3. Printed wedding vows

Your vows are something you’ll treasure forever. This unique paper anniversary gift allows you to show them off on either side of your names and wedding date in a framed print. Hang it above your bed for a romantic reminder of your big day or put it on display in your living room for visitors to appreciate too.

Minted Our Vows art print, from $38, Minted

Gold-plated modern watch first anniversary gift for wife

4. Chic gold watch

Blend two traditional one-year anniversary gift themes in one with this pretty gold watch. While it’s made out of gold-plated stainless steel rather than solid gold (hence the affordable price tag), it still looks sleek and stylish. The allover gold tone feels elegant and polished. If that sounds like your spouse’s style, go ahead and spoil them. Trust us, they’ll love this modern first anniversary gift.

MVMT Reina Multi Eye cascade gold watch, $168, MVMT

Pretty personalized stationery gift traditional first anniversary theme

5. Personalized stationery set

One of the most obvious paper anniversary gifts of all? Actual sheets of paper. This personalized stationery set is an elevated take on just that. It’s personalized with their name and address and decorated with pretty yellow blooms along the bottom—a subtle nod to the first anniversary color. You’ll seriously up your spouse’s stationery game (and maybe even encourage them to start writing you love letters).

Papier Buttercup writing paper set, from $40, Papier

Ring holder first anniversary gift idea for spouse

6. Custom ring holder

Now that you’ve given your other half a ring, they need somewhere safe to store it. If they haven’t got around to picking up a ring holder over the last year, now’s your chance to surprise them with a special one. Exhibit A: This customizable pocket ring holder engraved with the words “I do,” your initials, and your wedding date. You’re letting them know that you still do (and always will), plus it keeps with the one-year anniversary theme thanks to the rose gold hue. It’s a particularly thoughtful gift for a spouse who frequently has to remove their wedding ring to keep it safe (e.g. for work).

WeddingWire Shop personalized pocket wedding ring holder with chain, $42, WeddingWire Shop

Ice-breaker couples card game gift for first anniversary

7. Relationship-building card game

This thought-provoking card game from Black-owned business Actually Curious is a fun way for the happy couple to spend their next date night. And the questions aren’t just an awesome way to get to know each other on a deeper level, they’re also suitable for friends and family. If the lovebirds like to host, they’ll enjoy having an easy icebreaker on hand. You can officially check buying a gift for their first wedding anniversary off your list.

Actually Curious Happy Hour Edition, $25, Amazon

Engraved whiskey decanter first anniversary gift idea

8. Dapper whiskey decanter

Got a whiskey lover in the house? Here’s a great one-year anniversary gift for him or her. Raise their spirits with this beautiful decanter inscribed with their name in a classic style. You can add an extra engraving on the back with a sweet message like “Cheers to one year,” or make it a set by adding matching rocks glasses. Whatever you decide, this attractive glassware is a great way for them to store and enjoy any libation of their choice.

Swanky Badger The Classic whiskey decanter, from $167, Swanky Badger

Gold-dipped rose romantic one-year anniversary gift for him or her

9. Gold-coated rose

A rose is a quintessential anniversary gift, but it doesn’t fit the theme for the first year of marriage—or does it? This stunning bloom is covered in 24-karat gold, making it an on-theme (and ultra-romantic) present. It’s pretty fascinating to find out how it all works too. First, a real rose is picked at peak bloom. It’s then preserved in a durable shell that still allows the flower’s natural beauty to shine through. After that, the rose is plated in 24-karat gold. Have it engraved with your names or a heartfelt note like “I love you” before completing your order.

The Forever Rose 24-karat gold-dipped forever rose, from $110, The Forever Rose

Delicious eclairs from first anniversary gift baking kit

10. At-home baking kit

If the newlyweds share a sweet tooth, we can’t think of a better one-year wedding anniversary gift than this eclair baking kit. It’ll be a fun way to spend a morning or evening together, and at the end, they get a tasty treat as their prize. The kit comes with high-quality pre-measured ingredients (i.e. no last-minute dash to the store), step-by-step instructions, and a kitchen utensil that’ll come in handy while baking. Talk about a creative way to celebrate year one!

Bake Eat Love raspberry and chocolate eclair kit, $40, Bake Eat Love

Unique origami-inspired earrings paper anniversary gift

11. Paper crane earrings

Your paper anniversary doesn’t mean you’re strictly limited to paper goods. Take these dainty origami crane bird earrings for example—they’re a chic take on a paper creation. Opt for the gold set if you want to maximize the one-year themes.

Shineez Treasure origami crane bird earrings, from $27, Etsy

iRobot Roomba first anniversary gift for couple

12. Practical robot vacuum

Top tip: A lot of newlyweds will leave their wedding registry active for up to a year after the big day. So, if you’re really stuck for first anniversary gift ideas for a couple, check their registry to see if there’s anything that went unfulfilled. The lovebirds will be glad to receive it as a first anniversary present instead. Self-operating vacuums have consistently topped couples’ wish lists over the last few years. If they don’t already have one, iRobot’s Roomba is sure to put a smile on their faces. It cleans in neat rows, is great at picking up pet hair, and you can communicate with it through Alexa devices.

iRobot Roomba i3 EVO wi-fi connected robot vacuum, $350, Amazon

Leather strap watch one-year anniversary gift for him

13. Sophisticated wristwatch

A watch is a classic anniversary gift, and it’s especially relevant when you’re celebrating your first year as a married couple. The brushed gold details mean that this leather-strap watch combines two one-year anniversary materials: clocks and gold. A stunning leather strap meets a stylishly modern watch face, resulting in a contemporary-yet-sophisticated timepiece. (And that’s not to mention all of the meaning a clock anniversary gift brings.)

Vincero The Chrono S2, $175, Vincero

Yellow carnation flower first anniversary present

14. Blonde carnation bouquet

Because the first anniversary flower is a carnation, a bouquet of these sweet blooms is a no-brainer for a one-year anniversary gift. Opt for this pale blonde hue if you want to get top marks for staying on theme. It comes in a bunch of 20 stems or 40 stems depending on your budget (and how grand a gesture you want to make).

FLOWERBX pale blonde carnation, from $65, FLOWERBX

Pearl and gold vermeil necklace first anniversary gift for her

15. Dainty pearl necklace

If you’re sticking to tradition, then you can’t go wrong with this beautiful gold-vermeil necklace from Mejuri. The pretty pearl is a symbol of wisdom, and the classic style means they’ll wear it time and again. It’s subtle enough for every day, yet elegant enough for special occasions.

Mejuri mini pearl pendant necklace, $98, Mejuri

First dance sheet music on canvas first anniversary gift idea

16. Meaningful sheet music

Your wedding day was one of your biggest milestones as a couple and a day you’ll each want to remember forever. There are so many ways to commemorate that special day and so many details you never want to forget. Turn your first dance song into a keepsake piece of home decor by having the sheet music printed on canvas. There’s also an option to add the lyrics if you want to put those on display as well.

Canvas Vows first dance sheet music on canvas, from $89, Canvas Vows

Sand-filled custom cuff links first for first anniversary

17. Honeymoon cuff links

Keepsakes from the wedding day will always be a good first anniversary gift idea, but how about a reminder of your honeymoon? These clever cuff links are filled with sand from the beach of your choosing, or you can opt to send your own sand to the maker instead. They can source sand from all over the world, so chances are your honeymoon destination is on the list.

Holly Daniels Christensen custom beach cuff links, from $144, Uncommon Goods

Mrs. and Mr. self-heating mugs first anniversary gift for couple

18. Must-have coffee mugs

Shopping for a duo who knows a thing or two about good coffee? Elevate their daily cup of joe with coordinating mugs flaunting their marital status. These self-heating mugs are sold separately so that you can pick up a Mr. and Mrs., Mrs. and Mrs., or Mr. and Mr. set. Powered by a built-in battery, the mug indicates when the optimal temperature has been reached with an LED light and has an auto-sleep feature.

Ember Ember Mug² wedding collection, $169 each, Ember

Women wearing luxe silk robe cool first anniversary gift idea

19. Upgraded silk loungewear

There’s nothing quite like slipping into a silky soft robe at the end of a long day. If you’re looking for a first wedding anniversary gift that’ll encourage your husband or wife to relax and take it easy, Lunya’s silk loungewear is totally it. The site has options for men and women, and (prepare to be amazed) they’re all machine-washable. Yes, really.

Lunya washable silk robe, $278, Lunya

Date night gifts from Uncommon Goods curated subscription great first anniversary idea for couple

20. Date night subscription

Nobody panic, but we may have just discovered the perfect gift for a couple on their anniversary. This genius subscription from Uncommon Goods combines a selection of gifts that make for excellent date nights. Once a month, they’ll get a fun surprise like The Adventure Challenge: Dinner Dates or a couple’s shadow painting kit. Choose between a three- or six-month subscription—either way, it’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Uncommon Goods Any Night Is Date Night subscription, from $159, Uncommon Goods

Gold chain bracelet one-year anniversary gift for husband

21. Classic gold bracelet

Looking to the traditional first anniversary metal for inspiration? Go for gold with this subtle but luxurious chain link bracelet. Your S.O. will feel like a million bucks with this solid gold piece on their wrist. The 14-karat jewelry is casual enough for everyday wear without feeling over the top or flashy. Basically, it’s bound to be appreciated for years to come.

Jaxxon 4mm Cuban link bracelet, from $768, Jaxxon

Origami paper wall clocks modern one-year anniversary gift with traditional twist

22. Origami wall clock

A paper gift and a clock gift? You’ve hit the first wedding anniversary gift jackpot. This stylish clock blends traditional and modern one-year anniversary themes and makes a fun, contemporary addition to any home’s decor. There are six different colors to choose from, including a cheerful shade of yellow that nails yet another one of this milestone’s classic symbols.

Nellianna origami wall clock, from $55, Etsy

Love poem book by Edgar Holmes sweet one-year anniversary gift for her or him

23. Book of love poems

Bibliophiles will relish a book for a one-year anniversary gift, particularly a book filled with poems about love. Her Favorite Color Was Yellow by Edgar Holmes is a tribute to his wife and celebrates all parts of marriage. Bonus: The yellow hue is a nod to the first anniversary color.

CreateSpace Publishing Her Favorite Color Was Yellow by Edgar Holmes, $15, Barnes and Noble

Custom star map from wedding day thoughtful one-year anniversary gift

24. Star map print

Does your husband or wife love looking up at the stars? Here’s a cute paper anniversary gift for him or her. It’s a map of the night sky from the date and location of your choice (hint: your wedding day). You can also customize the text on the print to send a romantic message. This one reads, “The Happiest Day.”

Mapiful customizable star map print, from $39, Mapiful

Amazing charcuterie spread from gift set cool first anniversary idea

25. Delicious charcuterie delivery

What better way for the couple to celebrate than over a scrumptious platter of charcuterie with all the trimmings? This awesome gift idea easily serves two people with the standard size. It comes with two cheeses, one meat, one pack of crackers, spreadables, and other accompaniments (think: olives, dried fruit, or chocolate). The kit also includes instructions and a video tutorial so they can have fun creating the perfect charcuterie display together before digging in.

Platterful charcuterie kit, from $99, Platterful

Illustrated portrait of couple on their wedding day in traditional cultural attire

26. Custom couple’s portrait

If you’re stuck for a cute one-year anniversary idea and want to give them something special, may we suggest this custom wedding portrait? Simply send the artist a picture of the couple on their wedding day and they’ll do the rest. Bonus: It matches the traditional first anniversary symbol, making your gift twice as meaningful.

HenryJamesPaperGoods wedding portrait paper anniversary gift, $125, Etsy

Luxury candle from Keap cool subscription gift for first anniversary

27. Luxury candle subscription

Shopping for a candle lover? If your spouse is always on the hunt for the perfect seasonal scent, up their candle game completely with a Keap subscription. The brand’s luxury candles are designed by a master perfumer, featuring delightful fragrances like “wild figs” and “wood cabin.” Better yet, each candle is made from thoughtful ingredients as the company keeps the planet in mind at every step of the process. Choose from a three-candle, six-candle, or 12-candle subscription to suit your budget.

Keap Candles gift subscription, from $134, Keap Candles

Travel stub diary unique paper first anniversary gift idea

28. Useful travel diary

If the lovebirds are avid travelers, this travel stub diary will be right up their alley. In it, they can store all the paper goods they collect from their vacations including ticket stubs, postcards, maps, and brochures. It’s a fitting way to toast to their future adventures as a happily married couple.

Uncommon Goods travel stub diary, $15, Uncommon Goods

Pretty poppies made out of paper traditional first anniversary gift

29. Paper poppy bouquet

Here’s another unique first anniversary gift they’ll love. Paper flowers are such a fun present and these dusty pink poppies will last so much longer than the real thing. Pink poppies are a symbol of success and imagination (perfect for celebrating the success of your union so far and imagining a bright future together).

NataliaManczak Icelandic poppies bouquets, $31, Etsy

Beautiful leather-bound Joy of Cooking book first anniversary gift idea

30. Special edition cookbook

Buying a first-year anniversary gift for foodies? They’ll be delighted with this leather-bound edition of Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking. We imagine it will take up permanent residence on their kitchen shelf.

Graphic Image Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer, from $140, Food52

Personalized swivel wooden cheese board first anniversary gift for couple

31. Custom cheese board

Chances are, the new couple is still procuring items to help them get their kitchen set for entertaining. That’s why this high-end cheese board is one of our favorite first wedding anniversary gifts. There’s more than enough room on this multi-level wheel perfect for serving an array of meats, crackers, and cheeses. An added bonus is a hidden pull-out tray that stores matching utensils. Engrave this useful platter with their initials for an extra-personal touch.

Uncommon Goods personalized compact swivel cheese board, from $56, Uncommon Goods

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