1 Year Anniversary Gifts - for Couples

The First Year Completed: Now What to Get Them for 1 Year Anniversary Gifts?

So the first year of marital bliss is coming to an end for a couple special to you - and you're running around trying desperately to think of 1 year anniversary gifts for this couple. A first anniversary gift to celebrate the first of many happy years the couple will spend together. The first anniversary gift is very important, because it sets a standard for all the others to come. There won't be another "major" anniversary for you this couple to celebrate for another four years.

Before you go shopping, one thing you should know about 1 year anniversary gifts is the traditional and modern "themes" for them. Traditionally the 1st wedding anniversary present is paper, or cotton if you are European. The cotton and paper traditions were due to commerce, and symbolizing the dowry being appropriately paid and appreciated. But in more modern times it has become clocks to symbolize the time you have spent and will spend together.

Here are some unique first wedding anniversary ideas that combine both anniversary symbols:

1. Paper clocks are an invention that is hard to find, but is completely available for a price. It is a fully working clock make out of paper decorative parts instead of plastic, wood, or metal.

2. Using some of the wedding well wishes the couple received last year, decoupage them on a plain clock and make the wishes last.

3. Photoshop some photos of the couple during their wedding and honeymoon and print them out so that they make the twelve points on a clock and insert it into a cheap and easy to get into wall clock.

4. Go electronic in this crazy modern world and see what the couple will look like in 50 years! There are websites and programs dedicated to taking pictures and aging them. You should take a photo of the both of you that you enjoy and turn the hands of the clock on yourselves.

5. This final suggestion is for couples to do together. It also utilizes Photoshop skills by going back in time on yourselves. Find old photos of each of you through the years. Very similar to suggestion 3 but start the clock with pictures from your first date, and make your way around the clock to your wedding day.

If you are looking for more traditional 1st year anniversary gifts, go with the traditional themes. Most of these gifts before more impressive with the touch of personalization (aka, monogram).

For the traditional of paper you can give first anniversary gifts of stationary sets, books, handmade/homemade paper, or a journal. For the European tradition of cotton gifts consist handkerchief, towel sets, or cotton lingerie/underwear set.

Whatever you get for a present, don't forget the card! The card itself can speak louder than any gift you may purchase. And what speaks louder than anything you can purchase or make is the time you spend together. Yes, you've spent a year together. But outside of your wedding and honeymoon how much of that year has truly been spent as just us time?

Hopefully these suggestions for 1st year anniversary ideas were helpful for you to decide what you'd like to give a couple on their anniversary. Or help you choose 1st year anniversary gifts for your spouse.

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