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The first year of marriage is filled with accomplishments worth celebrating. Since successfully planning a wedding and officially tying the knot, you may have taken an exotic honeymoon, moved into a new home, thought about having children, or simply enjoyed settling into a comfortable routine with one another. Regardless of how you’ve spent the past twelve months, by the time your anniversary arrives, you and your partner will have plenty to commemorate, and exchanging thoughtful one year anniversary gifts is a meaningful way to do so.
When deciding what present to give your partner, you may choose to go the traditional or modern route, both of which have symbolic ties to the early stage of your relationship. The traditional first year anniversary gift material is paper, which is fitting given that it’s delicate, yet with careful preservation can last a lifetime. The modern first year gift is a clock, also appropriate as it indicates the passage of time and can encourage you to reflect on the change that comes with it. Other sources of inspiration for milestone anniversary gifts include the first year metal (gold), the first year color (yellow), and the first year flower (carnations).
With all this in mind, our list of the best 1-year anniversary gifts is filled with sentimental ideas for your one year anniversary. Whether you opt for something traditional, modern, or totally unique, you’ll be starting your marriage off on the right foot by taking care to choose something special for your loved one.
Sam Lawyer is a lifestyle writer and television producer based in New York City. She’s been contributing to Woman’s Day for nearly five years, and covers a variety of topics from gifting, to health, and entertainment. Her work has additionally been featured in Cosmopolitan, Country Living, and Good Housekeeping. When she’s not writing or producing, you can find her binging her favorite Bravo shows or getting walked by her French Bulldog.
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