Congratulations! You’ve been married for one whole year.
Some experts say the first year of marriage is the hardest due to combining finances and families, post-wedding financial woes, difficulty navigating careers and a new sense of permanency. To top it off finding the perfect one year wedding anniversary gift is just the icing on an already difficult (one-year-old wedding) cake.
01 of 07
Best Traditional: Moleskine Large Ruled Hardcover Notebook
The traditional one-year anniversary gift is paper — and no other company has a history of writers, doodlers and to-do list makers like Moleskine. This traditional notebook’s simple design, high-quality cover, bindings and paper and classic color schemes make it timeless, but its price tag makes it budget-friendly.
Produced with heavy, 70 gsm (grams per square meter), acid-free paper, the ink won’t bleed through or smear on this journal’s pages. Its sturdy, durable cover will protect the pages through daily use, travel and more.
This journal has received over 1,000 positive reviews, with many real-life customers touting its durability, classic design and high-quality paper and construction. One customer even wrote, “Should I be this excited about a journal?”
Pair this journal with a nice ballpoint pen or set of fine-tipped markers with a heartfelt note highlighting your favorite first-year memories.
02 of 07
Best Tech: Apple 38mm Apple Watch with White Band
A more modern one-year anniversary gift is a clock — but honestly, who wants to receive a wall clock or alarm clock as a gift? Instead, consider Apple’s 42mm Apple Watch. Sure, your sweetie will always know what time it is, but they will also be able to text, use Apple and third-party apps, make payments, and track their fitness, too.
This watch has 8GM of storage and is compatible with iPhone 6 or later (sorry, Android users). It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.2 to display text messages, notifications from apps or email and more. Featuring Siri, health and fitness data, a heart rate monitor, Apple Pay and your favorite apps, your partner will have everything he or she needs right on their wrist.
If they want to switch up their look, they can swap out the band for a different color or material.
03 of 07
Best Sentimental: Parah Life 500-Photo Album
One year later, it’s about time to get those wedding photos printed! Wedding photos cost a fortune — and, oh, yeah, they hold the precious memories from your wedding day — so keep them safe in this 500-photo album from Parah Life. Gift your complete wedding album to your partner for a sweet, sentimental present you can both look at for years to come.
Featuring a leatherette cover available in two colors (white or black) with a raised, rounded spine and sewn bonding this photo album looks totally timeless. Although this album can hold 500 4” x 6” photos, the pages are easy to customize for different sized photos — simply move the metal post binding to accommodate different shapes and sizes. Its acid-free pages will protect your photos from dust and prevent aging, warping or bending.
Reviewers love this photo album for its large capacity, options for customization and high-quality.
04 of 07
Best Entertainment: Amazon Fire Stick With Alexa Voice Remote
You can completely transform date nights on the couch with Amazon’s Fire Stick With Alexa Voice Remote. You can watch tens of thousands of channels and apps, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, YouTube, Amazon Video, ESPN (editor’s note: ESPN is not recommended for date night!) and more.
Launch and select content simply by saying, “Launch Netflix” or “Play the Walking Dead.” Not sure what you want to watch? Tell Alexa what you want to watch from horror to comedy — and she’ll offer a selection of movies and TV shows that fit into the genre. What’s more? You can order dinner without lifting a finger — just tell Alexa where you want to order.
The set-up is simple: Just plug the Fire Stick into your HDTV, connect to your home Wi-Fi network and start streaming.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Best Glasses: Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Red Wine Glasses
If you’re lucky enough to still have a bottle of wine from your wedding, it’s a sweet idea to enjoy it on your one year wedding anniversary. But for special wine, of course you need special glasses — like these crystal wine glasses from Schott Zwiesel.
Available in the right shape and size for every type of wine — from Bordeaux, to champagne, to Sauvignon Blanc — these glasses are made of durable Tritan crystal glass. Their non-lead composition resists breaks, chipping, scratching and thermal shock, so even the clumsiest wine drinkers can’t damage them (the same cannot be said for your white couch, though!).
These dishwasher-safe wine glasses are easy to care for and have a crisp, clean design that will pair well with any style of glassware. Plus, they come in sets of two, four and six glasses, so you can build your glassware collection to fit your needs.
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06 of 07
Best Kitchen Tool: Holstein Housewares Cupcake Maker
There’s a tradition that dictates, on your one year wedding anniversary, you and your partner eat the last slab of your wedding cake. But let’s face it — after a year of getting squashed by your frozen burritos and freezer burn, that wedding cake probably doesn’t taste so great.
Enter, Holstein Housewares’ at-home cupcake maker. Whether your cake was chocolate, vanilla or anything in between, you can recreate it— in its miniature form, of course.
With this cupcake maker, you can bake six full-sized cupcakes in only seven minutes. Simply prep your cupcake batter, pour the batter into the non-stick trays, close the top and let ‘em bake. The indicator light will let you know when its preheated and ready for use. Then, let cool and (attempt to) recreate the beautiful frosting on your wedding cake. Even if they don’t look pretty, they’ll taste good!
The best part of this gift, however? Freshly baked cupcakes whenever you want!
07 of 07
Best Smart Device: Amazon Echo Dot + Music Unlimited Subscription
One of the best parts of weddings is boogying down with your partner, friends and family — and with Amazon’s Echo Dot and Music Unlimited subscription from Amazon, you can recreate that fun every day!
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, check the news and weather, read audiobooks and more. Pro tip: Recreate your wedding playlist with Music Unlimited, so your partner can play it — or any music — whenever he wants.
The Echo Dot connects to speakers and headphones via Bluetooth or 3.5mm stereo cables to play music. Plus, it can control your home’s smart devices, like lights, fans, TVs, thermostats, security systems and more.
With a Music Unlimited subscription, your partner can listen to his favorite music on-demand and ad-free from his Echo Dot, iPhone, laptop, tablet or desktop computer. He can also download albums for on-the-go listening when Wi-Fi isn’t available.