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How to Buy a First-Year Wedding Anniversary Gift

A first-year wedding anniversary is an important celebration for you and your spouse. Use this guide to make sure the gift is as memorable as the past year.


  • Step 1: Give them the world Give them the world -- get your spouse a wall map to hang on the wall -- a fun way to chronicle all your future adventures together. Since paper is the traditional first-anniversary gift, you'll be killing two birds with one stone.
  • TIP: Use push pins to mark all your trips.
  • Step 2: Blow up a picture Blow up a funny picture of the two of you and frame it. Every time you walk by the picture, you will both smile.
  • Step 3: Slip a note Slip a note in their pocket telling them to meet you where your first encounter took place. The surprise and subtlety will bring you both back.
  • Step 4: Get board games Get a collection of board games so you can play on cold or rainy days, or with friends and family for a game night.
  • Step 5: Plant a tree Plant a tree together in your backyard. Watch your love grow and the tree grow over the years.
  • Step 6: Name a star after your spouse Show your love is as wide as the universe by naming a star after your spouse. You'll always be able to see it glimmering.
  • TIP: You can search online for a company that names stars. Terms like "star naming" or "name your own star" will yield several results.
  • Step 7: Write a love note Write a love note for your spouse and store it in a shoebox. Add a new love note to the box each year. Happy first anniversary!
  • FACT: In 2008, the average age for first-time marriages in the United States was 26 for women and 28 for men.

You Will Need

  • Wall map
  • Picture
  • Frame
  • Board games
  • Tree
  • Star
  • Love note
  • Shoebox
  • Push pins (optional)

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