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Congratulations! You made it through your first year of marriage. Think it's not worth the fanfare and confetti? Think again: Relationship experts and therapists note that those 365 days post-wedding are some of the most difficult, since you're both adjusting to one another's habits, figuring out how to become a unified team on everything from household duties to finances, and of course, making time for date night. If you've come out the other end, still smiling ear-to-ear (most of the time, anyway), consider yourselves among the lucky ones. And what better way to celebrate your first anniversary than with the traditional paper wedding gift? While you're pulling out that 12-month old piece of cake that you'll both nibble on, give your spouse one of these sweet ideas that'll mean something for anniversaries to come.
A Gift That Keeps On Giving
Instead of just one gift, why not keep the love notes coming all year long? By gifting a Nicely Noted subscription to your spouse, he or she will be delivered a curated collection of letterpress card each month. Best of all? They include stamps! And while you might think it's a little silly to mail one another a note each month—considering you live together—think about how nice it'll be to find one tucked between the credit card bills, the mortgage statement, and those magazines you didn't subscribe to.
Nicely Noted One-Year Subscription, $240, nicenotely.com.
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A Gift to Celebrate a Special Address
Think of all the places that remind you of a special moment from your relationship. Whether it's the spot where you first met, the restaurant where you had your first date, or the place where you got engaged, there are so many pinpoints on a map that make your heart do a little flip. Pick one that you treasure the very most and let it hang in your home. Think: Personalized artwork with a framed heart-shaped puzzle inside. They can be created out of any address in the U.S. You can also add your names or a special anniversary message.
Personalization Universe "Personalized Heart-Shaped Framed Map, $70, personalizationuniverse.com.
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A Gift That Gets Gushy
Even if you don't share your #MCM or #WCW on Instagram, you probably say kind things to one another all the time. Instead of sharing them on the Internet, consider writing them down. It's a keepsake to bring out in ten years when you're both struggling to wrangle your children and find a moment of peace, just the two of you. We love ad-lib-style booklets for jotting your sentiments down.
Knock Knock "What I Love About You" Fill in the Love Journal, $10, knockknockstuff.com.
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A Gift to Celebrate Your First Home
If one of the hurdles—and the achievements—of your first year of marriage included buying a house together, you're probably still working on the many little details and repairs. Your anniversary is a sweet time to celebrate this big milestone. That's why this personalized art print is such a cool idea: Send in a photo of your home and you'll receive a masterpiece that you can hang in your hallway or entryway.
Miss Design Berry "Custom New Home Art Print," starting at $126, missdesignberry.com.
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A Gift for All Of the Little Things
Most couples will have a box of random stuff that they have no home for, but also don't want to throw out. From your wedding napkins to movie stubs from your dating days, Polaroid pictures and dried flowers, what do you do with the tangible items that you treasure but can't figure out how to showcase? Plum Print solves this issue for you, and makes for a sentimental anniversary gift. You simply send them your items and they turn them into a custom coffee-table book of your most treasured physical memories.
Plum Print Photo Books, starting at $85, plumprint.com.
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A Gift to Celebrate Your Journey
Did you fall in love during study abroad? Or have one of those delicious meet-cutes on an airplane that everyone dreams about? Or maybe part of what brought you together was a shared passion for exploring new countries. Take your first anniversary as an opportunity to showcase all of the places you've been, and, of course, where you want to go.
Uncommon Goods "Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map," $149, uncommongoods.com.
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A Gift That Comes with More
If the paper gift tradition isn't really your style, not to worry! Lots of couples choose to celebrate their first anniversary with an adventure. Suprise your husband with an inexpensive paper gift paired with plane tickets or an itinerary for a surprise trip you'll both enjoy. This travel journal from Rifle Paper is sweet and simple.
Rifle Paper Co. "Bon Voyage" Journal, $15, riflepaperco.com.
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A Gift That Takes Digital to the Physical
How many pictures do you have on your phone? At least a couple thousand, right? Editing those babies is a lot of work, and that's without even printing them out. Photographs are a beautiful way to celebrate your anniversary—especially when you have so many fun, memorable experiences from your first year of marriage together. From your honeymoon and putting your apartment together to making it to six months and the birthdays in between, let this cool app tell the story of those 365 days. All you do is upload the photos and they take care of the rest.
Recently Monthly Camera Roll Magazine, 12 months for $9.99 per month, getrecently.com.
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A Gift for the Sweetest Name You've Ever Known
Okay, so maybe you're not Shakespeare, but the name of your partner will always be something you treasure. One way to pay tribute to just how much you love them is to get their first name, your shared last name, or a special message engraved on a journal. Just don't forget the most important part: The love note you write inside, promising to fill up the pages with many memories for decades to come.
Gift Tree "Fine Leather Journal," $39..95, gifttree.com.