What is the Traditional First Anniversary Gift?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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24 thoughts on “What is the Traditional First Anniversary Gift?”

  1. Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading your article and find it very useful for everyone. Your gift ideas for the first anniversary are awesome. I will share it with my lovely friends who’s first wedding anniversary is coming. I hope they will like it and enjoy their life. I am very happy to find such a useful and lovely article.

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    • Hi – thank you for reading my article. I hope your friends enjoy their first wedding anniversary. All the best, Diane

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  2. Hello Diane,

    Your first-anniversary gift ideas are superb. We happened to be the best couple for two different new families and walked them on the journey towards their respective wedding days last year. Their first anniversaries are in March and May. I think that personalized anniversary art print or the love tree first-anniversary album would be great ideas for such couples. Do they customize the printed messages according to customer preferences?

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting my site and reading my gift review. I am pleased you like my suggestions and I hope your friends enjoy their first anniversary celebrations. Both the art print and the album can be personalised upon request. All the best, Diane

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  3. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us. A little while ago our first wedding anniversary was gone and I gifted my lovely man a wonderful gift as well as a very simple yet elegant one. I have gifted my favourite people a Kissing Mugs Set in your article and they are extremely happy. As well as organizing a candle night dinner on the terrace of my house, which is very enticing. I think it’s a romantic gift for a gift to loved ones and the two of us re-arranged to kiss, the combination leather slotted handles for protection in the mug and the set made it look adorable. These mugs are chip-resistant and suitable for use in the microwave or dishwasher. To me, this seems like the best gift to give to my dear people.

    Lastly, I discovered some more gifts by reading your article and I will definitely gift my favourite people in the future and share our new experiences with you.

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    • Hi – thank you for taking the time to read my article. Your candlelit dinner sounds very romantic! I am pleased you have found some gift ideas for those celebrating wedding anniversaries. All the best, Diane  

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  4. Hi, it is a great and nice feeling to know that someone will create a great website like this and also create a write up on an article like this. Anniversaries mean so much and special gifts should be selected for special occasions like this. The love tree first-anniversary album is a perfect gift for my friend 

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    • Hi – thank you for taking the time to read my article. I am pleased you enjoyed it, and I hope you purchase the album for your friend. All the best, Diane

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  5. Hello there, I love willow tree figures I bought the ornament for an engagement present and I was more than delighted with the presentation box and with the actual ornament too. It is a good size and quite weighty. Feels very good quality and is just lovely to hold..wish it was mine to keep! 

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    • Hi – thank you for reading this article and leaving a comment. All of the Willow Tree figurines are gorgeous! Hopefully, you will get one of your own soon. All the best, Diane

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  6. These are some lovely gift ideas for anniversaries, and not only for the couple involved but also for family and friends to offer something special to the couple.

    I simply adore the kissing mugs set. I wouldn’t mind a set myself for my display cabinet.

    If I had to choose a gift to give to a couple for their first anniversary I would pick the Love Tree First Anniversary Album. Nothing says it quite like pictures.

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment. I am pleased you enjoyed my gift suggestions, and hope that you will return for more ideas. All the best, Diane

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  7. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us. These gifts are great and I love them and they are wonderful to look at. Mug Set Kiss I like this gift and it’s big red and white and I love it for its colour. And I think if I give this gift to my brother, my brother will be very happy and he will love it. I will purchase it very quickly and share new experiences with you.

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    • Hi – thank you for taking a look at my article and leaving a comment.  I hope your brother will be pleased if you purchase the mug set for him. All the best, Diane

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  8. Hello, These are some good ideas for gifts, as I never know what to get someone for an anniversary, we want it to be meaningful. Love Tree First Anniversary Album & Personalised Anniversary Art Print both are awesome. We are planning to buy both for our anniversary. Thanks for such a lovely collection. I hope everyone will buy something for their love one.

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting my site and leaving a comment. I am pleased you found something to purchase. I hope you enjoy your anniversary celebrations. All the best, Diane

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  9. These are some good ideas for gifts, as I never know what to get someone for an anniversary, you want it to be meaningful. Some photos would be helpful here, could I see some photos of the products? I like the personalized art print idea, you could get very creative with that, and have it be totally unique.

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    • Hi – thank you for your comments. You can see photos of the products in the Amazon links, which you can click on if you wish to purchase anything. The art print is great for any occasion. All the best, Diane

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  10. I  must say that this article is great Dianne. Those gifts are great and I  find it very hard to choose one because I  think that I  would buy all of them. Plated rose is very interesting and I  will definitely buy one for my girl. I will also show this to my brother, he will have his first anniversary in January.

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    • Hi – thanks for your reply. I am sure your girl would love to receive the rose, it is very pretty. Thanks for referring the article to your brother. All the best, Diane 

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  11. Thanks for the awesome gift ideas with some details, which help me consider them in one spot instead of clicking the link one by one. Save up the time.

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  12. Me and my lady’s anniversary is in April and I’m the type to plan ahead a bit haha. The personalized anniversary art would make a great gift,  I’d have to get her something along with it but it’s nice.  Right now we’re trying to collect good furniture, artwork, stuff for our apartment to spruce it up. Great list, thanks!

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