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Your Guide to One-Year Anniversary Ideas

The first year of marriage tends to fly by in a flash, but your first anniversary offers a chance to reminisce about the day you married the love of your life. When it comes to one-year anniversary ideas, tradition calls for gifts inspired by paper or clocks, but there are non-traditional gift ideas that help you get even more creative. Toast your love with this gift inspiration:

1

Mark the occasion in writing

 Texting something saucy is fun, but when is the last time you put pen to paper and wrote your Mr. or Mrs. a heartfelt note? Jot down something sentimental in a card for your love...and seal it with a kiss.

2

Give a photo gift

Look to photo prints (hey, they're paper!) as one-year anniversary ideas you can present in myriad ways. Print a few sweet photos and frame them, create a flip-through photo book or calendar for your love, or supersize a favorite snap on a canvas. 

3

Map your future travels

Make new memories in a brand new place to kick off year two. Find a map that catches your eye, and then gift it as a conversation starter, so you can mark destinations you want to experience together. 

4

Gift a good book

Books are one-year anniversary ideas that take the paper concept to a personalized place. Scout a good book for your spouse and start a book - just the two of you. Even sexier, you can take turns reading the book to each in bed. Don't worry if you get sidetracked!

5

Frame special mementos

 Take the menu from your wedding, your written-out vows, or some other important memento, and float it in a pretty frame. Or frame a collection of ephemera - like the song lyrics from your first song, photobooth strips, or the floorplan to your home.

6

Set a new alarm

Clocks and timekeepers are considered traditional one-year anniversary ideas. Take it one step further and choose a modern desk clock or stylish watch with an alarm. Then set the alarm to go off later with a note that you have a special date night in (don't be late!).

7

Break the rules

Opt for one-year anniversary ideas that take a twist on traditional. Look for gifts that represent a promise to love and grow even stronger in the next year, like a potted tree or a houseplant.

8

Plan a shared experience

A cooking class, dance lesson, or camping trip can be an ultra-romantic way to bond.