The 19 Best One-Year Anniversary Gifts for Him

Our favorite picks from Swatch, Sur La Table, Uncommon Goods, and more

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The first anniversary is an exciting milestone worthy of a remarkable gift. We researched practical options and plenty of fun, unique, and customized presents for your guy.

Our favorite traditional and modern picks include a retro bedside clock from L.L. Bean, a luxuriously lightweight robe from Coyuchi, and a custom wedding vows sign for memorializing your special day.

Here are the best one-year anniversary gifts for him.

Our Top Picks

L.L. Bean Moon Beam Bedside Clock

L.L. Bean Moon Beam Clock With USB

In line with the modern first-anniversary gift of the clock, the L.L. Bean Moonbeam bedside clock blends tradition with modern conveniences. While this model first debuted in 1952, the updated version sports the same retro look and adds contemporary features like a built-in USB port for charging your phone overnight. 

Available in three vintage colors, the Moonbeam comes with an old-school bell tone, a softly flashing light for gentle awakening, a popular snooze function with ten-minute intervals, and the option to use a cord or batteries.

While the color selection is limited, this is a great functional gift that he can use every day, and it's a unique and stylish pick that he probably wouldn't buy for himself.

Uncommon Goods Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit

Uncommon Goods Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit

Mix these tins of flavorful dried herbs and seasoning with a bit of olive oil and your choice of dipping breads to enjoy the tastes of France, Italy, Spain and other delights of the taste buds with your partner. Included are air-dried tomatoes, various spices, basic, sesame seeds, and more. There are several bread and oil pairings recommended on the bottom of the kit’s lid, or you can always make up your own as you go.

Coyuchi Unisex Air Weight® Organic Robe

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Courtesy of Coyuchi

A plush choice for your man, the Coyuchi Unisex Airweight Organic Robe is aptly named for its  feel being even lighter than the company’s best-selling towels—and every bit as absorbent. Crafted with 100% organic cotton and boasting multiple environmental and fair trade certifications, this robe is an ideal guy’s anniversary gift for the conscious man.

Rated as one of the best robes we tested, our tester determined that its organic cotton fabric is soft, dries quickly, and is the perfect length for next level lounging.

Monos Kiyo UVC Bottle

Monos Kiyo UVC Bottle

Any hiker, camper, runner, or otherwise thirsty fella will love this Monos Kiyo UVC Bottle. Its technology purifies drinking water instantly, anywhere. Users can easily fill their bottle from any safe water source, twist on the lid, then swipe across the cap to activate purification. Fresh, clean water is ready in minutes, with allegedly 99.99 percent of bacteria eliminated.

Available in six subtle colors, the Monos Kiyo UVC bottle works with pretty much any backpack, bike, or workout ensemble. Great for the eco-friendly, active gent, this innovative water bottle comes with rechargeable batteries and double wall vacuum insulation that keeps water cold up to twenty-four hours and hot up to twelve hours.

Uncommon Goods Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer

Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer

For the guy who likes to cook large meals but only has two hands, there’s a handy Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer from Uncommon Goods. Help him out with this innovative cooking tool with built-in reminders anytime he’s ready to fire up the stove. It’s supposed to be especially helpful for folks who have arthritis, hands that shake due to Parkinson’s, or otherwise have trouble grasping tools. It only needs to be set up in a pan with your simmering sauce and have its timer set —then just leave it to do its work!

R.O.C.K.S. Whiskey Chilling Stones Gift Set

R.O.C.K.S Whiskey Chilling Stones Gift Set

Never let ice cubes water his whiskey down again when you replace them with these premium granite sipping rocks. These six natural stones mimic the look and feel of the original rocks used by the Scots to enjoy chilled whiskey without diluted ice distorting the flavor.

The set comes with six high quality natural granite whiskey sipping rocks, two crystal whiskey glasses, a storage tray, a hardwood presentation tray, and an instruction manual —all nestled in a stylish gift box.

UnboxBoardom Gaming Guru Monthly Board Game Subscription Box

Gaming Guru Monthly Board Game Subscription Box

Elevate your Couple’s Game Night with a monthly subscription box to keep things interesting. Select games yourself or let the folks at UnboxBoardom choose for you and get a new game in the mail each month. Games are appropriate for ages eight and up, and offer themes like Plague, where players must face a disease spreading across the world, Lyngk, a serious strategy game, and Prowler’s Passage, which involves learning the ins and outs of a city’s shady, underground realm.

Swatch Bioceramic Standard 1984 Watch

Swatch Bioceramic Standard 1984 Watch

Now he can tell the time with a spritz of 80's retro style. Choose from five colorful 1984 reboot choices, each in line with the Swiss-made company’s iconic designs, and celebrate the spirit of the birth and growth of Swatch all over again.

Woolrich Down Alternative Plaid Throw

Woolrich Down Alternative Plaid Throw

Make sure he’s cozy while he watches the game or his favorite movie, and toss this ultra-soft faux fur down alternative throw over him. With a masculine fair isle design and berber reverse, this throw is conveniently machine washable and filled with cushy down alternative.

Customers rave that it’s not too hot or too light, keeps them feeling snuggled all winter, and the fabric is both resilient and breathable.

Rooted n Grounded Home Custom Wedding Vows Signs

Custom Wedding Vows Signs

Another twist on the traditional paper gift is this stunning set of framed wedding vows, handmade with a myriad of customizations to choose from, including sizes, lettering colors, and frame colors.  The vows, which you send the creator with the name of the partner who uttered them, are actually printed onto wood that resembles paper. Both framed sets of vows come with a hanging system built onto the backs of them along with instructions on how to hang them.

Sharper Image Tabletop Fireplace

Sharper Image Tabletop Fireplace

For the gent who loves fire but, alas, has no fireplace, the Tabletop Fireplace from Sharper Image makes a nice substitute. Perfect for indoors, this centerpiece comes in black, copper, or stainless steel, and runs without causing smoke to form or soot to collect. No chimney or specific type of ventilation system is required. 

The fuel container can hold enough bio-ethanol fuel to burn for two to three hours. (Please be sure to consult the folks at Sharper Image about which type to purchase. Their website says  customers should buy the Sharper Image fuel and no other kind for safety reasons.)

Saatva Organic Sateen Sheet Set

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Saatva Organic Sateen Cotton Sheets

Gift your sweetie an indulgent set of certified organic cotton sheets that get softer every time you wash them. With your purchase of Saatva’s 300-thread count sateen sheets you’ll get free shipping, 45 day free returns, and a 1-year limited warranty. Their sheet sets include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. They’re also machine washable, available in numerous sizes, and naturally hypoallergenic to boot.

Olive Branch Wellness Bamboo + Lemon Linen Spray

Olive Branch Wellness Bamboo + Lemon Linen Spray

Pair this with the sheets above for an epic sensorial experience. A simple lemon fresh scent will help you and your guy awaken and focus whenever this gets sprayed on your bedding. Sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free, organic, and paraben-free, this linen freshener is rejuvenating yet relaxing for any time of day. 

Anara Lifestyle Live Well Gift Set—Ritual

Anara Lifestyle Live Well Gift Set—Ritual

Give him the freshest cup of tea possible with an AnaraLifestyle Live Well Gift Set. This handmade set comes in a gift box with all you need to grow your own chamomile (have you seen these adorable little chamomile flowers? The only thing better would be flower delivery), then prepare it for tea. That means you’ll get a chamomile bamboo grow kit including chamomile seeds, a ceramic strainer, a lid that’s also used as a coaster for the strainer, and an eight ounce ceramic mug for sipping the final product.

Avocado Organic Latex Mattress Topper

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Avocado Mattress Topper

Courtesy of Avocado

For the man who has trouble getting comfortable, try the Avocado natural latex mattress topper. With a choice of six sizes and the option for either a plush or firm feel, this topper assures he’ll be snoozing away in no time. 

Avocado uses latex from their own tree farms, and organic wool and cotton from their own farms as well, meaning they keep all processes sustainable along the way. They’re Fair Trade certified too, among numerous other certifications, and their mattress topper is not only divinely comfy but it’s also breathable and moisture-wicking for the hot sleeper.

Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron

Wonderffle Stuffed Waffle Iron

This Wonderffle stuffed waffle iron made Oprah's favorite things list this year, and we think there's a good reason. It makes 2-inch thick Belgian waffles stuffed full of whatever you love the most. It’s also easy to clean and can be used on several surfaces. Best of all, however, is that the way it’s designed, the toppings are completely enclosed inside the waffle, so you can take your creations to-go. 

Sur la Table Interactive Online Cooking Classes

Sur la Table Interactive Online Cooking Classes

Get cooking together with Sur la Table’s online cooking classes taught by experienced chefs over password-protected zoom sessions. Classes are between 90 and 120 minutes long, starting at $29 each, with each class providing a shopping list for each dish you’ll make as well as instructions so you’re ready to get started with the group when the time comes. 

UGG x Telfar Scuff Slippers

UGG x Telfar Scuff Slippers

Let him lounge in luxury when you give him a pair of these super soft UGG slippers. From the chic logo and smooth suede upper to the cushy UGG insole and easy slip-on/off design, these are sure to become his favorite slippers for a long time to come. Available in 15 sizes for pre-order, these cozy gems will be on hand shortly for prompt delivery to your sweetheart’s doorstep. Standard shipping is always free.

Misette Colorblock Brushstroke Multicolor Hand-Painted Candles

Misette Colorblock Brushstroke Multicolor Hand-Painted Candles

A set of Colorblock Brushstroke Multicolor Hand-Painted Candles in bold colors including gold (with gold pulling in the traditional 1st anniversary color) creates an exquisite table for any meal that can use a little extra sparkle.

Definitely never a boring gift, these candles come in a set of two, promise 11 hours of burn time, and are crafted with drip-free paraffin wax. Hand-painted in Brooklyn, New York, each candle is approximately 12 inches long.

What to Look for in an Anniversary Gift

Make It Personal

Regarding the traditional gift of paper and the modern gift of the clock, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Founder & CEO of GiftMeChic, who has a strong background in gift curation say says, “For him in particular, I love the idea of combining the two. First and foremost, handwrite a beautiful note card made of paper. I personally feel that expressing your sentiments of love in writing actually means more than the gift, and a card is something he’ll hopefully keep forever." Customization, such as monogrammed gifts or engravings with your special dates on a present can go a long way.

Make It Meaningful

Jones-Hennessy recommends choosing something with meaning that applies to both of you, and strongly advises against a household item, like appliances. ”Appliances are as un-romantic as a gift can be," she says. The only exception is if your partner asked specifically or hinted at receiving an appliance as a gift. "Appliances are typically shared household items, so that kind of purchase should come from the shared budget of the household," she adds.

Be Romantic

While practicality is great, anniversaries are for drawing attention to your love. Celebrate the romantic love that drew you together and continues to pull you toward one another over time. Show your special guy that he still holds that same place in your heart now as he did the day you decided to commit to each other. Choose a gift that highlights these things.

FAQ
  • What is the first anniversary gift?

    A couple’s first anniversary is traditionally celebrated with a paper-related gift, while the modern-day version is a clock. Paper represents a new relationship, like a brand new fresh page to write your story on together. The clock symbolizes the passing of time and recognizing the moments you share together as you go forward as a couple. Additional symbols of the first anniversary are: gold, the orange blossom or pansy, pearls, and peridots. We have included numerous options that draw from these categories in this gift guide, as well as several that have their own unique meaning.

  • Why is paper the first anniversary gift?

    In general, wedding gift themes become more valuable as years pass. The traditional first anniversary gift is paper, because it symbolizes something that is both fragile and easily torn and strong thanks to its interlocking fibers. Others claim it symbolizes the fresh start to a new relationship or marriage.

  • When is the first anniversary?

    A couple’s first anniversary is generally considered to be one year from the date of their wedding. Some couples also like to celebrate the anniversary of their engagement or first date.

Why Trust The Spruce?


KJ Callihan writes for The Spruce, comes with years of writing product-based articles, and loves shopping for the perfect gifts for her family and friends. For this gift guide, we also interviewed gift expert Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Founder and CEO of GiftMeChic, who has worked as a buyer for brands like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as gift curator for her own company.

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