Gifts for wedding anniversaries are generally easier to find than are presents for most other occasions and a 1st year anniversary is no exception to this rule.
The traditional and modern lists are here to help you to find symbolic gift ideas for the celebrating couple. For the successful completion of the first year of marriage Paper is the traditional gift of choice.
If you are considering a more modern gift item than the modern anniversary list suggests the gifting of a clock.
The appointed 1st year anniversary flower is a carnation while the gem listed for this special year is gold. These gifts are each selected for their symbolic meaning as it relates to this very special marriage union.
The Traditional First Anniversary Gift Suggestion is Paper
The traditional gift suggestion for a 1st year anniversary is paper. Paper was chosen to represent the important first wedding celebration because of the tremendous strength of the many fibers which bind this material into a solitary sheet. This gift for the first wedding year celebration symbolically represents strength within the union.
Paper is an excellent gift choice for this first year as it allows for the gifting of money, a stock portfolio, or a check. All of which are very useful monetary gratuities for a couple in the first years of their marriage.
Money and gift cards are two of the most popular choices for anniversary couples celebrating one of the early years of their union. Monetary gifts are always appreciated and cards are available for a wide variety of locations. Store, a favorite restaurant, favorite coffee shop, sports event, theater, movie or play, as well as cash cards are widely available for purchase.
Gift cards for entertainment such as a meal at a local restaurant or stay at a local hotel are a delightful choice while a gift card to a local department or grocery store is a practical item ideal for a couple in their early years of marriage.
His and her personal journals are a wonderfully unique 1st wedding anniversary gift idea and fit in ideally with the traditional theme of gifting paper to celebrate this important 1st year of marriage.
The journals can be leather or cloth bond and the theme of the covers can be decorated to match the personal interests of the couple. Gold lettering etched on the cover or onto the pages will match the gemstone theme for this year. Carnations are the first year anniversary flower and a clock is the modern first wedding anniversary gift list suggestion so either of these themes could be used as a symbolic cover choice for the journals.
A Journal, Budget Book, Scrapbook or Photo Album is Ideal
A Family Tree Genealogy Book, Kit, or Picture Frame
Genealogy gift items are a paper theme first anniversary choice that is very suitable for newly married couples. There are a number of genealogy books and kits available for uniting the couple onto a new family genealogy tree.
A family tree book is sentimental as well is a kit for tracing the new couple's ancestry. A poster or print of a genealogy tree is another novel gift choice It can be filled in by the couple and put on permanent display within their home.
Another nice genealogy gift is a poster or plaque that highlights the history behind their now shared name or one that highlights the history behind both of their birth names. A Coat of Arm Plaque can be a very unique and fascinating genealogical gift idea.
Gifting Money: Impersonal Yes or No?
Some individuals view giving money as being impersonal but it really isn't. A monetary gift shows a great deal of care for the financial welfare of the newly married couple.
It is easy to see why monetary gifts can be very important to a newly married couple. Young people setting off on their own are not usually very asset heavy, so they often have a necessity to purchase a large number of household items as they prepare to live on their own, and this can be quite expensive.
Weddings are often very expensive affairs and may take a substantial time period after the actual event to pay off, and the couple may have student loan debt, a new mortgage, or car loan to pay off as well.
For those who would like to give a little more personal monetary gift the selection of a favorite stock is a wonderfully thoughtful item that has a bit more of a personal touch added to it.
Carnation is the Symbolic Flower for the 1st Anniversary
An ancient flower symbolizing respect, admiration, love, and distinction it is the ideal blossom to represent the important 1st year marriage anniversary.
Available in a wide range of colors and sizes this beautiful flower is both romantic and ceremoniously formal at the same time.
Of deep religious significance it is said that these were born of the Virgin Mary's tears as she wept for her son on the cross. The carnations sprang from the ground where her tears fell forever signifying the pink carnation as a symbol of a mother's love.
The red carnation's meaning is one of admiration while the deeper rich red flowers are symbolic of love. The white carnation with a deeper definition, its meaning one of pure love and good fortune.
In Porcelain the Carnation Flower is Quite Romantic
The Modern First Anniversary Gift Suggestion is a Clock
If you are considering a clock it is very important to select this item with a great deal of care. Most people don't need too many clocks sitting around the house but if you select one with a unique or decorative touch then yours can be an item that will be well received.
You could choose matching his and her watches, an old fashioned cuckoo clock, or a grandfather clock. Just keep in mind that if you are selecting a clock to choose this item with a great deal of attention to detail. This is an item that should be unique in its appearance or design if it is to be appreciated.
Anniversary clocks are generally delightfully decorative pendulum time pieces. Romanticized and often given out as wedding or anniversary gifts this time keeper actually has a very practical reason for its name.
Pendulum clocks are often wound with a key to keep them working and the original anniversary clocks were so well designed that they only needed winding once a year and some even less often for their annual maintenance. This is how they acquired their name.
A Romantic Theme Gift is Ideal for a Married Couple
An always romantic anniversary gift is a bottle of champagne or wine decorated with a large satin bow or gift wrapped in a beautiful decorative box. Of course be sure to accompany your gift with two romantic crystal wine goblets.
Staying at home for a candle light dinner is always romantic but so is receiving a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant. There are many ways to add a touch of romance for this anniversary. A night at a local hotel, his and her spa items, or a ready made picnic basket for two.
Keep in mind that the packaging of your present can add tremendously to the enjoyment of its giving. Be creative in your use of ribbons, wrapping, and gift accents. Attaching a small gift, envelope, or flower to the outside of the main present can greatly enhance the presentation.
Restaurant Gift Cards are Available for a Variety of Venues
Add a Touch of Green With Eco-Friendly Wrapping
Instead of wrapping your gift in paper, enclose your gift in a basket, a box, a decorative metal tin, a trunk or suitcase or some such other imaginative wrapping.
Gifting eco-friendly packaging that won't be thrown away not only helps our environment but the packaging itself can be an additional anniversary gift. You choose a theme (such as paper) and then have fun bringing a unique twist to this item. Be creative in your choice of gift and in your wrapping material.
An interesting theme is to package the item in a set of decorative boxes, his and her shopping bags, pillow cases, or other items that can be reused at a later date. If your gift is a stock portfolio, check, or cash then it would look good packaged within a briefcase, piggy bank, or coffee canister.
Be creative. Sometimes keeping the packaging and the gift intertwined adds an amusing touch to the present. For example a gift card for a local travel agency might be wrapped in a travel bag, or suitcase, and presented with a simple big red bow wrapped around it.
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