First Anniversary Gift Ideas

It’s your first anniversary. The day you’ve been waiting for is finally here! You’ve been through a lot together in the last year, and you want to show your partner how much they mean to you—and how grateful you are for all they’ve done for you.

But where to start? Knowing what kind of gift will really speak volumes about how much you care about your significant other can be hard. And if you’re anything like other married couples, the last thing on earth you want to do on this special day is to spend hours scouring through gift guides and trying to figure out what to get.

Well, We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of ideas for unique gifts that will show your partner just how much they mean to you—because, at the end of the day, isn’t that what relationships are all about?

1. A Personalized Wedding Photo Book

A personalized wedding photo book is an excellent way to display your favorite photos from your big day, as well as serve as a great keepsake for family members who couldn’t make it.

Open pages of brown luxury leather wedding book or album

The wedding photo book can be customized with text on the cover and inside pages, and it can even be printed in different sizes and shapes. The book can be printed with beautiful borders or images of your choice, so you can pick out what works best for your design style. You can also add pages that include information about the ceremony or reception, like seating charts or lists of who gave what gifts.

This is one of the most thoughtful anniversary gifts because it combines two sentimental items: photos and books. It’s an easy way to keep all those special moments preserved in a way that feels personal to both parties involved!

You may also check out our Wedding Guest Book Ideas for more recommendations.

2. A Matching Couples T-Shirt

Matching t shirts. Young couple feeling happy after they had t-shirts made with the same designs

One of our favorite anniversary gift ideas is a matching couple t-shirt. It’s a great way to show your spouse that you’re a team and that you’re in this together. It also makes for cute photos!

There are so many options for what kind of t-shirt you can get: funny, serious, silly, or serious. You can even get one for each other if you want to go all out on the anniversary gift!

We love this idea because it’s something the two of you can wear together and share with others—whether it be at a family party or just hanging out with friends. There are so many options when it comes to matching couple shirts that there’s definitely one out there for everyone!

3. An Anniversary Journal

Loving mature wife embracing husband from behind while writing in book

This gift will be treasured for years to come, and it’s the perfect way to record the memories you’ve made together over those first twelve months.

It’s also a great way to document milestones in your relationship. For example, if it’s your first time going on vacation together, or if you’ve just bought your first home together, write down some notes about what happened during that trip or while house-hunting.

If you’re feeling particularly romantic, consider making this gift even more personal by including some of your favorite quotes from movies or books that remind you of each other (or even write down some of your own love notes). Add a little sparkle with glitter glue or stickers!

4. An Overnight Getaway

couple raising hands with joy, man and woman wear sunglasses smile with happy on white bed with yellow suitcases on a trip

An overnight getaway might sound like a bit much. Still, it really is the perfect gift for your partner’s first anniversary.

It’s personal and romantic and gives you a chance to spend some time together without distractions. And it shows that you’re willing to make an effort for the relationship—and for the person you love!

You can get away from home or just stay at a hotel where you don’t know anyone else staying there (we recommend not staying at home if you want this gift to be special). You’ll have time to ask each other questions and really get to know each other better—it should be fun!

5. Framed Photo of the Two of You

Close-up top view of man holding photograph of young couple over wooden desk with different chancellery stuff laying around

If you’re looking for a unique, thoughtful way to celebrate your anniversary with your partner, consider a framed photo of the two of you.

The photo can be from any time in your relationship—a recent trip, a moment when you first met, or even something as simple as an Instagram selfie. The key is that it’s a picture that means something to both of you.

Choose a frame that reflects the kind of couple you are: modern and minimalist? Rustic and natural? Classic and elegant? Choose frames that match your style—or choose one frame and then add different photos to it over time. You’ll have a great memento to look back on later and remember how far you’ve come!

6. Customized Jewelry for Couples

 Modern wedding jewelry

Customized jewelry for couples is a classic and simple idea for a first anniversary gift. The great thing about this type of gift is that you can customize it in any way you want, from the color of the stone to the shape of the setting. You can even add your own personal touch by engraving something meaningful on the inside or outside of the ring. For example, if you have a favorite quote, song lyric, or other phrases that mean a lot to you, you could have it engraved into one side of your ring.

If you’re looking for ideas on what kind of custom jewelry would be best suited for your partner, think about what kinds of things they like most about themselves and their life together so far. If they’re into music and reading but don’t wear much jewelry because it’s not really their style or because they don’t feel like they know what looks good on them yet—then maybe getting them something with their favorite band’s logo or book cover design engraved into it might be an appropriate way to go!

7. Personalized Song Lyrics Poster

If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift, look no further than a personalized song lyric poster. This is an excellent choice for a first anniversary gift because it will remind your spouse of the amazing time you had on your wedding day, and it will also be something that they can display in their home.

The best part about this gift is that you can choose the song lyrics that mean the most to you. You can also customize other aspects of the poster, including the color scheme and font so that it fits perfectly into your spouse’s decorating scheme.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the one-year mark, and you’re probably feeling pretty great about your relationship.

Whether you’re celebrating with a fancy dinner or just taking a day off work to hang out at home and watch Netflix together, it’s important to make sure that your anniversary is memorable—and that you have the right gift to mark the occasion.

Remember: this is the time to show your partner how much they mean to you. Don’t underestimate the power of a thoughtful gift—and don’t forget to make it something that will last long after today is over.