Are you searching for the perfect gift for a happy couple? Or something to help commemorate the event with your other half? I have some suggestions for all tastes and budgets. The symbol of the first wedding anniversary is paper. Although there are some interesting ideas on this theme, it may not be for everyone. It is also represented by its own flower, the carnation and a gemstone, mother of pearl. These options are covered elsewhere on my website, but here I am concentrating on the best first-anniversary gifts in 2020.
Willow Tree Anniversary Figurine
This is the number one bestseller on Amazon in the statue category, which goes to show its popularity; a high-quality gift from a renowned manufacturer at an affordable price. The origins of Willow Tree are in 1999 and is the brainchild of artist Susan Lordi, an artist living in Kansas City, Missouri. She creates original pieces which she casts and paints by hand. Each of her intimate sculptures symbolises intense emotions to celebrate a special event with meaning. This particular piece represents enduring love, ideal as a first wedding anniversary gift.
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The reverse of the piece has a sweet carving of the words “I love thee.” To ensure it keeps its attractive appearance, do not wash or clean with solvents, simply brush or dust with a soft cloth. This figurative natural-coloured resin sculpture measures 7.6 x 3.8 x 15.2 cm and weighs 145g. It has a gift box, well packaged in polystyrene, and works well as part of a group of other Willow Tree figures. The sculpture also has a gift card. It is also available in a smaller size as a cake topper.
Kissing Mugs Set
It consists of two large red and white mugs and matching teaspoons. The mugs have a unique contour to fit together, face to face, to recreate a couple kissing. The coordinating spoons slot into the mug handles for safekeeping, and the set looks adorable when on display. These charming mugs are chip-resistant and suitable for use in the microwave or dishwasher. They arrive securely packed in their own gift box. They are vegan bone china and measure 15.24 x 10.67 x 28.19 cm, weighing 721g.
One mug is red with a white interior, and the other has the reverse colourway. As it doesn’t specify the first anniversary, it is equally suitable for other occasions including Christmas, birthdays, weddings or Valentine’s Day. The white mug holds a generous 13 fluid ounces, with the red one holding slightly less, due to its contour design. The manufacturer is Blu Devil who create unique and unusual homeware gifts. These mugs are cruelty-free, as they do not contain bone ash made from animals.
Personalised Anniversary Art Print
This framed word art print is perfect for celebrating a first wedding anniversary. The options that can be personalised include the couple’s first names and surnames, the date of their marriage and how many years. The print itself is on high-quality, professional standard photographic paper. The frame is made in the UK, and the print can be purchased unframed if required. The frame size is a minimum of 34 x 29 x 2 cm, and the manufacturer, (Word Art Gifts), offers dispatch within 24 hours.
The print itself is A4 size, and colours can be chosen to accord to preference, but metallic options cannot be printed. It is also suitable for other occasions, with appropriate wording as required. The words are arranged in a romantic heart shape with varying fonts, interspersed with coloured swirly hearts. Some of the wording includes “forever & ever,” “love & cherish” and “laughter & fun.” When buying from Amazon, customisation is required before adding the print to your basket. 95% of reviewers have awarded it five stars.
Love Tree First Anniversary Album
This first-anniversary photo album is handmade and features a striking design of a love tree, decorated with hanging hearts. It is supplied in an attractive white gift box, with a polka dot pattern interior, complete with a clear perspex lid. The album has 16 pockets, with the capacity to hold 32 6 x 4 cm photos. The album cover is hand finished with beautiful sparkly glitter and diamante stones. The item measures 19.2 x 14 x 2.79 cm and weighs 222g. The manufacturer, White Cotton Cards, hand makes all their items in the UK, ensuring every product is unique.
A smaller version is available, measuring 12.5 x 17.5 x 2.5 cm, with slightly different wording and different designs on the front cover of the album. This size is quite small, so please check the dimensions carefully before ordering to avoid disappointment.
I hope that these suggestions have been helpful to you and that you have taken your pick from the best first-anniversary gifts in 2020. I have chosen each product to represent the best value for money and meeting the criteria of being a long-lasting and memorable keepsake. The first two items are suitable for any wedding anniversary, not just the first. If you have any questions or wish to add your own review of any of these items, please comment below, and I will get back to you. All the best, Diane
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