1st wedding anniversary gift ideas

First anniversary gifts

Traditional: Paper

Modern: Clocks

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For spouses

Grab a pen and some stationery and write the kind of love letter that will be tucked away forever. Need help getting started? Try these tips from Hallmark writer Keely Chace.

Give a book of romantic “love coupons,” purchased or homemade, that can be redeemed for back rubs, chores or other favors.

Give your mate a pack of beautiful stationery.


Take out a full-page ad in the newspaper wishing your husband or wife a happy anniversary and sharing your love for him or her with the world.

For another couple

People appreciate personalization, so give note cards or stationery printed with the couples’ names or initials. A pack of stamps makes a thoughtful addition.

Give a subscription to a magazine you think they’d both enjoy.

Don’t forget the card! Your paper anniversary is not complete without telling your mate just how much their love means.

Stacey Donovan has been a writer and editor at Hallmark for more than 20 years. She also writes romance novels (under a pseudonym), and has collected a wealth of obscure knowledge in the process.