The happy couple has made it through 12 months. And the reward… paper! Here is a material that means so many things: folding money, memorable photos, the wrapping around something shiny and expensive. It’s fragile and delicate, but also the basis of old school romantic communication – love notes! Or perhaps the blank page for the rest of your lives together.
Paper as a gift for your 1st wedding anniversary offers a massive choice.
A paper gift voucher can deliver almost any experience these days: fine dining, hot air ballooning at dawn, sliding single seaters round Silverstone race track - Hand it over in a nice paper envelope and job done!
An origami course
Super posh wrapping paper (with something inside)
Luxury leather-bound notebook, sketchpad etc.
Gift vouchers / cards for the experience of their lives
Get a portrait done by a street artist
Print and frame a photo of your favourite 'couple ' photos
A first (or second, or third…) edition of her most cherished book
An artistic print
Tickets to their favourite band / musical / event
Cash? (bit cold this one!)
Time flies when you’re having fun (with your partner!). The 1st anniversary clock theme shows that you’re both in this for the long term – and now have a way of measuring it.
Clocks and watches are the obvious choices for a modern 1st anniversary gift. But you can use initiative too: ‘time’ can have several meanings. It can be as complex as a Brian Cox presentation on the future of the Cosmos. Or simply involve buying a little relaxing “me-time” for you both – via investments in babysitters, weekend outward bounds for the kids, and food delivery experts 'Deliveroo' on speed-dial.
A cool vintage timepiece from Chrono 24 (Cartier for her, Omega for his nibs)
Visit Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament ( if you are in the UK), though you may have to write to your MP to get inside; other clock towers around the world are available
An antique ormolu mantelpiece clock (NB check out if it chimes every 15 minutes – might drive you potty)
Cufflinks with watch mechanisms are a thing
A trip to the Planetarium
A visit to Greenwich or Herstmonceux (the Meridian runs through)
Book some quiet time via sitters.co.uk
Any jewellery featuring gold: bracelets, bangles, cuffs, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings.
Hard to go wrong with gold jewellery for her (and maybe a pinkie ring, antique tie-pin for him). And there’s a while to go before the full-on gift of the gold-themed 50th anniversary. This theme is more about a nice piece of jewellery (bracelet, earrings, necklace) that has some gold as part of it – it could even just be the chain. Pearls are an alternative for this theme. Pearl jewellery comes in all shapes and designs, not just simple spheres. Lily Gardner’s long graduated pearl earrings are a perfect example of the beauty and fashionable ways to wear delicate freshwater pearl jewellery.
A bouquet or a pot of carnations, pansies or orange blossomsPresents with a flower theme that embraces carnations, pansies or orange blossoms (e g an art photo or print, fragrant candles, perfume or room fragrance)
Gifts with a floral motif (e g handkerchiefs, napkins, underwear)