Creative And Surprising Gifts Ideas For Your First Wedding Anniversary

April 23, 2022

The first anniversary of any couple is always a big deal. Aside from being the first celebration of its kind with your loved one, it sets the tone for every anniversary celebration in the future as well.

That is why it is crucial to always make it count. 

You need to celebrate your anniversary by spending more time with the one you love. You need to remind them of how much they mean to you. 

Unfortunately, the planning leading up to the anniversary can often be overwhelming. You might struggle to choose the perfect activity to celebrate or come up with the ideal anniversary gift. 

You might even feel more pressured to get all the things correctly if it is your first anniversary. To help you, here are some surprising and creative gift ideas for your first wedding anniversary. 

A Love Letter

Even though it is quite simple, a love letter can still be a surprising and creative gift. It is a sentimental and sweet way to let your partner know how much you love them.

This is also an excellent choice if you’ve got a tight budget or if you just want to show your love in a different approach. 

A Fun Membership Or Class

Does your partner have a certain interest, passion, or hobby? If so, you should consider letting them enjoy their particular hobby with membership or class. 

For instance, if your partner is a yoga lover, they will be grateful if you give them a 10-class pass to their favorite study. 

Perhaps your partner is an artist. Then, you can give them a chance to attend a pottery class. If your partner likes to cook, a cooking class will be tons of fun. 

You have a lot of options to choose from. 

Tickets To A Special Event

Are you the type of couple who likes to do things rather than collect them? If so, one great gift is tickets to an event that you know your partner will love. 

You have endless options, from museum exhibition openings to plays and concerts. This also provides you the chance to bond with your spouse over a unique experience. 

Custom Cheese Board

Since it is your first wedding anniversary, there is a huge possibility that you and your spouse are still procuring items for your kitchen. 

Because of this, you should consider giving your partner a high-quality cheese board for your first wedding anniversary. 

A high-quality cheese board is excellent for serving a range of cheeses, crackers, and meats. In addition to that, these boards also have a hidden pull-out tray for utensils. 

For an additional touch, you can choose to personalize your cheese board with the initials of your partner. 

Mapped Milestones

Since it is your first wedding anniversary, you have probably passed a couple of major milestones as a couple. This includes getting married, getting engaged, and much more.

As a couple, you will always cherish these milestones. Thus, you can mark these moments with a custom map that pinpoints where you got married, where you proposed, and the place you met. 

Monthly Book Subscription

Does your spouse like to read books? If so, consider hunting down their favorite publication as a signed copy or a first edition.

If you are not lucky enough to find it, you can simply treat your partner with a book subscription. Every month, your spouse will get a new piece of a book. 

Aside from that, they will also get a lot of self-care goodies and book-themed accessories. It is an excellent way for your partner to broaden their horizons with new reading material. 

A Vacation

Oftentimes, the ideal gift you can offer to your partner is the gift of time. Perhaps you and your spouse have been wanting to visit a new country. 

Perhaps you were planning to have a relaxing week on the beach. It does not matter what trip you pick. It will still become one of the most meaningful anniversary gifts. 

Memory Box

A memory box is an ideal way to store important and meaningful mementos from your wedding. This can include accessories, photos, and more.

As you and your partner go through various exciting periods and a lot of moments, you can create your DIY memory box.

This is an excellent way to make those moments last longer. It will also remind you and your partner of what you went through together.

This makes an ideal first-anniversary gift.


This is perhaps one of the best anniversary gifts of all time. However, photobooks are particularly ideal for your first anniversary.

You can create a photo book that celebrates your first year together. This is also a good chance for you to make a wedding photo book if you do not have one.

Printed Vows

One thing that your spouse will cherish forever is your vows. That is why you can give them your printed vow.

It is a unique paper anniversary gift that enables you to print your wedding date, names, and vows on a gallery-wrapped canvas. 

You can hang this above your bed to remind you about one of the most important days of your lives. You can also have this as a complementary item to your personalized rings to make them more memorable.

Anniversary Journal

It has been one year since your marriage, and many years will soon come. Thus, now is the ideal time to record your memories together. 

With an anniversary journal, you can record every single thing from your first to your 50th anniversary. 

This is a gift that you and your partner will appreciate for many years to come. 


It does not matter what you choose to give to your partner on your first wedding anniversary. A meaningful and personal gift can go a long way in showing you love them.

Keep in mind that at the end of the day, it is not about what you give them. It is about how much you care for them and your connection with your partner. 

As long as your gift is thoughtful and meaningful, your spouse will appreciate you for it.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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