After twelve months of being married, reaching your first anniversary will be a pleasant surprise. It probably feels like only yesterday that you and your beloved wife stood next together and proudly exchanged your vows. Well it’s actually been 365 days, or soon will be, but times flies past when you’ve been having fun. Time to let your wife know that the journey has been thoroughly enjoyable, and you still love her as much as the day you both said “I do”. A great way to achieve this sentiment is with 1st anniversary gifts for her. Celebrating every passing year of married life is a vital part of your time together. So you’d better get things right from the start. But don’t worry if it’s making you a little apprehensive because we’re going to help.
The purpose of celebrating wedding anniversaries is really simple. It’s a way to mark another year of married life, as well as to show your new partner in life how much you care. It’s also a great opportunity to look back over some of your memories, and even plan for some new ones. So what are you worried about, that sounds really easy. When you’ve only been wed for 1 year we’ve got to agree it can be a little stressful. You’re new to the marriage game and still learning as you go. If somebody could write the formula for a perfect marriage they’d definitely be a millionaire. Get this anniversary under your belt and be successful with your gift, and future years will be a breeze.
Let’s get the ball rolling with some 1st year anniversary gift ideas for her.
1 year wedding anniversary gifts made of cotton or paper – A traditional gift
The traditional theme for a first anniversary gift for her is paper or cotton. In the UK it’s cotton, but the US is stuck on paper. It’s really up to you which one you choose, and of course it’s your decision if you want to buy her something completely different. Both materials offer up a number of interesting options including romantic, sentimental, unique and unusual. We actually like the idea of a paper theme because there’s so much to choose from.
Here’s just a short selection of possible 1st anniversary gifts for her:
- Tickets to a show, music or sporting event
- A handwritten love letter
- An album filled with memorable images
- A tree she can plant in the garden
- A map she can use to mark future holiday destinations
- A journal she can use to record all the ups and downs of your life together
- A sketch created from one of your wedding day photos
- Paper flowers
- Recycled paper goods
The most obvious gifts that spring to mind if you’re leaning toward a cotton theme are linen and clothing. But there’s also cushion covers, cotton embroidery, tea towels, gift bags and aprons.
Give your wife a timepiece – 1st anniversary gifts for her
The modern alternative to the traditional first anniversary themes is a clock. Pretty much self explanatory really. If you’ve already got enough clocks displayed in your home then why not give your wife an elegant watch. While watches have become somewhat superfluous in today’s world of smartphones, they can still be a stylish accessory. If you’ve got space in your marital home for a clock then consider a personalised carriage clock for the mantel piece, an alarm clock and picture frame for her bedside table, or an egg-timer so she can get your boiled eggs just perfect.
What if you’re looking for a gift that’s more personal? Read on for more 1st anniversary gift ideas for her.
Gemstones or flowers make perfect first wedding anniversary gifts for her
A great alternative to the traditional and modern gift themes is to give your wife the gift of flowers or an anniversary gemstone. Mother of pearl is the gemstone associated with 1st wedding anniversary gifts and the flower is a carnation.
If pearls are your gift of choice you’ll need to consider whether you’re going to buy cultured pearls or natural ones. There is a classical beauty in an item of jewellery containing pearls, whichever you choose, and pearls have the quality of being totally unique. This is because they formed when a foreign object finds its way into the shell of particular molluscs such as oysters. The foreign object causes the creature to create a material known as nacre.Several layers will be formed and eventually form a pearl. The difference with cultured pearls is that humans add the foreign object to force the oyster to create a pearl.
Carnations or dianthus caryophyllus, are thought to be native to the regions surrounding the Mediterranean, but have been so extensively cultivated for the last 2,000 years that its true origin is difficult to pinpoint. The range of colours available are extensive from the original pinkish-purple to red, white, yellow and green. They are sweetly scented which makes them a great gift for your wife, girlfriend, mother or friend.
Add a touch of romance with these first wedding anniversary gift ideas for her
If you’re considering forgetting the day of your first anniversary you might want to think again. Your wife is going to be bowled over if you at the very least bring her breakfast in bed. But you might also try and think of ways you can remember your wedding. Find a local artist and have them recreate one of your wedding photographs and present it to your wife in a stylish frame. If she’s got a good sense of humour have a caricature drawn of you both together.
There is also the option of a romantic novel, with yourselves as the main characters. Perfect if you fancy yourself as a Mr Darcy character.
One final suggestion that’s really only a bit of fun. Have your wedding date and your names printed onto some loo paper, and pop it in the bathroom to surprise her on your wedding anniversary, when she rolls out of bed.
Whatever kind of gift you buy for your special lady, make sure it’s one that comes from the heart and you’ve put a lot of careful thought into the choosing.