7 Unique Gift Ideas for Your 1st Anniversary

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By H. Daniels

Anniversaries are a big deal. Some people don’t think that it’s very important but these days (when people are divorcing faster than they change their socks) it is more important than ever. Making it five years together is longer than most marriages in Hollywood. Okay, I’m being a bit facetious but you get my point.

Since they are so important, they all deserve a bit of extra time and effort. Grabbing a six pack of his favorite beer and his favorite type of beef jerky shouldn’t be the extent of your efforts. Be creative. Be unique. Share your love together. That’s what it’s all about.

#1) Wedding Waltz Personalized Art

Wedding Waltz
Image by: Alexander Doll

Check out this artful and unique gift, which can be found at UncommonGoods.com. It can be personalized to have your own wedding information on it. It can be a beautiful and great addition to your house.

#2) ”Why I Must Have Sex with You”

Check out this great notepad labeled “Why I Must Have Sex with You” on Gifts.com. It’s a creative checklist that you can use to help add a little playfulness in the bedroom. You can check off “right now”, “tonight”, “very soon”, or “all the time” and check off the reason. A couple examples include, “I’m naked”, “I have good genes”, and “You look like you need it.”

#3) Date Night Jar

Date night jars are great for adding romance into your relationship without having to do tedious things like…think of what to do. Because, let’s face it, the conversation usually sounds like this:

“So what do you want to do?”
“I don’t know; what do you want to do?”
“I don’t know…What do you want to do?”

So spend an afternoon writing down things that you both enjoy doing. Mix up the ideas: inexpensive things, expensive things, weekend getaways, day trips, etc. Then write them down on popsicle sticks, put them in a decorated mason jar and give it to your man for your first anniversary.

#4) Lingerie

Okay, so lingerie isn’t all that unique but it does help keep the spark in your relationship. Look online or go to a lingerie shop and take your husband. Check out new styles and pick out something new every anniversary. Being around something sexy will help set the mood for your anniversary night.

You could also take your wedding dress (which you won’t wear again, unless you’re thinking about renewing your vows) and have some lingerie made out of the fabric. Keep the rest of the dress and have another piece of lingerie made the next year.

#5) DIY Candle Holders

Setting the mood in the bedroom is easy when you’ve got some rose pedals, candles, and some lingerie. So why not make some frosted candle or votive holders that have the date and anniversary on them. Check out this tutorial at Something Turquoise.

I love using battery operated LED lights. Just in case you rock the bed too much, it won’t be a fire hazard.

#6) Wall Art

Make some wall art to commemorate your time together. Perhaps it can be a motto that you both live by, a quote that you both love, something that reminds you of each other, etc. You can paint it, create a infograph online, create a flyer in a word processing program, etc. The possibilities are endless.

#7) Wedding Anniversary Photos

Image by: Hannah Webb

Getting anniversary photos done every year is a great way to immortalize the time. You can go to the same spot every year or go to a different spot. Hold up chalkboard signs that say the anniversary year on them or the date.

Take some unique photos with your man and try to recreate them every year. Better yet, hold up one of your wedding photos. For your five-year anniversary, hold up your first anniversary photo. Talk about time bomb. It’s a unique, fun, and quirky take on anniversary photos.

Now it’s your turn. What types of anniversary gifts do you like to give your man? Your man might not be the romantic type so he may not enjoy some of these tips; what kinds of presents and gifts does he appreciate? I like to go on trips with my man for our anniversary; what trips do you like to go on? We would love to hear your anniversary stories. Share it with the other readers in the comments section below.


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