In any couple’s married life, their first wedding anniversary is probably one of the biggest milestones. While there are highs and lows and ups and downs during this first year together, both partners are now getting used to their new marital status and have formed a better understanding of each other’s needs and wants. After this initial twelve months, they are now facing the future and a happier and stronger couple. If your parents are reaching this key milestone, you should mark the occasions with a meaningful and memorable gift that can be treasured for the rest of their lives together. Whether your parents prefer traditional presents or like those with a more contemporary feel, there are sure to be some exciting inspirational suggestions in our comprehensive collection of well known first anniversary gifts. So feel free to mix and match and create a truly special gift that your loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.
What Would be a Good Traditional First Anniversary Gift for Parents?
During the 1920s there was a list created which associated every year of marriage with a specific material or theme. These would have a symbolism or meaning relating to that particular marital year. On the occasion of the first wedding anniversary, the traditional gift is paper, which is thought to hold a symbolic meaning. After the end of the first year of matrimony, a couple’s marriage still lacks the strength that it will grow to develop over the years to come and therefore it can still be easily torn apart, just like paper. This reminds the couple to stay strong together, showing each other the support necessary to build the strong foundations of marriage or else risk being ripped apart. On a more positive note, paper represents the blank canvas of the couple’s joint lives stretching ahead of them. Together, they will write the tale of their future as if on the blank pages of a journal or diary. Therefore, paper is often given as the first anniversary gift of choice. Whether you are looking for the perfect first anniversary gift for him or for her, a diary is the perfect choice, or a matching pair of journals for each partner to write in. Another wonderful 1st wedding anniversary gift for parents is a pretty scrapbook which the couple can create together using images, tokens and trinkets as a reminder of their lives together which they can add to over the years. If you are searching for a 1st anniversary gift for parents on a budget, why not hand-write a poem or copy a meaningful passage from a book or a song and frame it for display in the couple’s home? Or if you really want to splash out for your parents on this special occasion, a pair of tickets to a show, sports game or concert would make a lovely token of appreciation that perfectly captures the paper theme.
Floral 1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Parents
Whatever the occasion, often flowers speak volumes about your love and appreciation for the recipients. On the occasion of your parents’ first wedding anniversary, why not surprise the special couple with a beautiful bouquet or floral arrangement? Of course if your loved ones have a favorite blossom, you could arrange for a hand-made display to be delivered on the big day, however if you would like to go with a more traditional feel, you could choose one of the classical flowers linked with this marital year. There are two blooms which are connected with the first wedding anniversary, the first being the carnation and the second being the pansy. The word “pansy” comes from the French word “pensee”, to think. Therefore, to give your parents a gift of pansies on the occasion of their first wedding anniversary shows that you are thinking of them at this special time. Carnations represent loving feelings in the language of flowers, and especially so when chosen in either a red or white hue so these too would make an appropriate present for beloved parents. Roses are perhaps the most iconic anniversary gift, so why not give the gift of a beautiful hand-tied bouquet of roses to your loving parents on this anniversary year? Yellow is the traditional colour associated with the first wedding anniversary, so why not opt for a gorgeous arrangement of stunning yellow roses which will touch the recipients’ hearts on this key occasion. For a yellow rose gift that will never fade, wither or die but will enduring for a lifetime just like the couple’s undying love, you should choose the stunning yellow glazed Eternity Rose. Trimmed with opulent 24 karat gold and presented in a stylish leather presentation case for easy display in the marital home, this is a luxurious and magnificent gift that will truly express your genuine feelings of love and appreciation for your parents.
Other Ideas for 1st Anniversary Gifts for Him and for Her
On the occasion of your parents’ first wedding anniversary, you may want to think of something a little more contemporary and modern than a traditional gift. In the contemporary lists linked with the different anniversary years, the 1st anniversary is associated with clocks – a practical and yet attractive gift that will certainly stand the test of time. An appealing clock for any room of the marital home will be a meaningful way to mark this event and will ensure that your gift will receive many more years of use as a lasting testament to your parents’ love. Alternatively, if you would like a wider spectrum of gift choices to pick from, why not opt for a yellow theme, as this is the colour linked with this anniversary year. Some beautiful yellow home furnishings such as embroidered cushions, decorative plates, wall art, or even towels or bedding would be an ideal way to mark this special day, especially if they are personalised especially for the couple with their names and anniversary date.