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1st Anniversary Romantic Gift Ideas for Couples

1st Anniversary Romantic Gift Ideas for Couples

Happy 1st anniversary! Celebrating an anniversary is a very special occasion, and it should be cherished by couples everywhere. A first anniversary is a very special milestone for any couple. It's the perfect time to celebrate all that you have achieved in your relationship and look ahead to all the wonderful years that are still to come.

If you're reading this, then it's likely that you are stuck wondering what to buy for your much deserving partner to truly show just how much you love them. When it comes to celebrating your wedding anniversary together there is simply nothing more romantic than receiving a gift that is tailored specifically for you.

Lost for ideas? Fear not!

From unique experiences that can be enjoyed all over the planet, to intimate gifts that will show how well you know your partner, we've got something for everyone! So if you're stuck on what to buy your loved one, look no further, we have all the personalised gift inspiration one could ever need!

Experiences for everyone

No matter what your first anniversary gift needs may be, Gifting Owl is here to help! With a wide range of global experiences to choose from, we are confident that you will find the perfect gift for your partner. From culinary experiences to adventurous excursions, our website has something for everyone. And if you're not sure what to buy, don't worry!

We have carefully curated this inspiring list of 1st anniversary gifts that will make them go wow! Brimming with unique gift ideas like no other this list leaves behind the standard traditional paper anniversary gift ideas as we believe giving an experience is the ultimate modern gift.

Unforgettable Adventures await!

Here at Gifting Owl we believe there's no better gift to celebrate your one year anniversary (especially if it is a first wedding anniversary) than an experience as unforgettable as your first dance. Make wonderful memories that'll last a lifetime and fill up the photo book together with these fantastic anniversary gifts that will encourage you and your partner to truly enjoy life's biggest moments.

Gifting Owl Vouchers

If you are truly struggling for gift ideas or have simply left it too late, this may just be the saviour you were looking for. Close the style shop and etsy seller tabs, it's time to grab yourself one of our extremely flexible gift vouchers that can be used on some of the best gift ideas out there right now!

Gifting Owl gift cards were created to be as flexible as possible to remove any and all of the stress and anxiety that comes along with gift giving.

Contrary to average gift vouchers, a Gifting Owl gift card has a staggering validity of three years and experiences can be swapped online completely free of charge. The value on the voucher can be used on any experience and will be delivered instantly at any time of the day.

Leave the big decision for later so that you can both choose on a perfect date together that you are both guaranteed to love! Prepare them for a fantastic day out that will include lots of laughter and some much-needed one-on-one interaction.

These gift vouchers are especially perfect for those that are involved in a long distance relationship or if their wonderful partner is away due to work, as Gifting Owl has amazing experience gifts available all over the globe. In these situations a traditional gift can sometimes feel less special, so make sure to send a love letter along with a one of a kind Gifting Owl voucher!

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Leave behind the framed print ideas, the sterling silver jewellery and all of the traditional paper anniversary gifts this year and give them the incredible experience and one of a kind date that is hot air ballooning. Now this is how to celebrate a first wedding anniversary in style!

There is almost nothing more romantic than floating through the clouds of an orange sky as the sun rises above the horizon with the person you love the most. In our opinion, this is the perfect gift for the paper anniversary. Whether the two of you are celebrating your the first anniversary of your wedding day or even the first anniversary of your life together in general, a hot air balloon ride is an unforgettable gift that'll have the two of you falling in love all over again with it's intoxicating mixture of romance and adventure.

On your wedding anniversary, soar through the clouds on an enchanted journey with your spouse as you lose yourself in the breathtaking vistas below.

Spa Day

A spa day is the perfect way to celebrate your wedding anniversary! It's a relaxing and luxurious experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Plus, it's a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your partner.

So if you're looking for an anniversary gift that will truly pamper your much deserving loved one, look no further than one of our beautifully curated spa day experiences around the globe!

Choose from a variety of different spa packages, all of which include access to facilities like saunas, massage rooms, spas and much more. There are many different ways to experience these unique encounters, so everyone will find something to their liking! It's an opportunity to see how they like to relax - whether it's massages, mud baths, steam rooms, saunas, or other soothing treatments!

With so many customisation options available with your experience, you're sure to impress your other half with this extra special, personalised first anniversary gift.

Go the extra mile this year and set the bar high for all of your couple friends with gift ideas like these!

Wine Tasting

Is your partner a self proclaimed wine connoisseur? Do the both of you love nothing more than kicking back and sharing a much needed bottle of wine together after a day at the office?

Then this might just be the perfect anniversary gift for the two of you.

Your partner will love learning about different wines and trying new flavours from all around the globe. This is a great way to spend some quality time together while also doing something that you both enjoy. What's not to love! Plus, it's a great opportunity to learn more about wine and how it's made. From the grapevines to the fermentation process, there's a lot that goes into making a great bottle of wine.

These thoughtful paper anniversary gifts, turned brilliant date night, is a fun way to celebrate if you are looking for something more low-key that you just know they are going to adore!

Many wine tastings available on our site are actually included in some of our serene vineyard tours. These gift ideas are simply a must do for any wine lovers celebrating their first wedding anniversary who live nearby or are travelling to a notorious wine region!

Walking Food Tours

Does your partner love trying new foods and learning about different cultures? Then this first anniversary gift idea is definitely for you!

A walking food tour is a great way to spend some quality time together while also indulging in some delicious eats.

This is the perfect opportunity to try new foods, learn about different cultures and spend some quality time with your partner, all while getting some exercise in.

It's a win-win!

There are food tours available in many different vibrant cities around the globe, so no matter what your favourite cuisine might be, there is bound to be a perfect option for the two of you!

Rock Climbing

For the thrill seekers out there, this anniversary gift is sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

Rock climbing is a great way to spend some time together while also getting a workout in. It's a perfect activity for those who love adventure and are always up for a challenge.

It's an opportunity to push yourselves both physically and mentally, and it's a great way to bond with your partner.

Plus, it's a great way to see some amazing views! There are many different rock climbing experiences available on our site, so no matter what your skill level might be, there is sure to be an option that is perfect for you.

Then this first anniversary gift idea is sure to be a hit!

Swimming with the Sharks

Now this might not sound overly romantic, or comforting for that matter, but if you two are a pair of budding young adrenaline junkees looking for your next hair-raising hit of thrill, we have totally got you covered.

Swimming with sharks is the perfect way to get the blood pumping and add a little (a lot!) excitement into your life. This is a great idea to create even more unforgettable memories together.

Your partner will be amazed at your bravery (or craziness) as you take the plunge into shark infested waters! But don't worry, you'll be safe and sound in a shark proof cage as you watch these incredible creatures swim around you. This is definitely not your average first anniversary gift, but it's perfect for the couple who loves to live life on the edge!

Ask yourself the necessary questions. Is your partner an adrenaline junkie? Do they love nothing more than getting their heart racing and pushing themselves to the limit?

If so, say goodbye to the traditional gift you had in mind, this is the modern gift for you.

Cruise Dining

What could be more luxurious than spending your wedding anniversary dining aboard a cruise ship? With a wide variety of cruises to choose from all around the globe, your partner is sure to be spoilt for choice with this fantastic wedding anniversary gift idea!

Cruise dining is up there with some of the most romantic paper anniversary gifts money can buy. Hopefully the splashing of cash on this marvellous experience will be the only splash you have to endure during this wonderful meal together!

Cruises are excellent places to spend time together talking about everything and anything. Buffet dinners are often arranged with table seating, so there's lots of opportunity for much needed bonding time together.

From exquisite cuisine to first-class entertainment, a cruise offers the perfect way to celebrate your first anniversary together and is a great option for those wanting to celebrate their first year of marriage together on a luxurious night out!

Whether it's an intimate dinner for two or a lavish feast with friends, we have some wonderful wedding anniversary culinary gift ideas for your special day. Just remember to leave enough room for dessert!


Send them an incredibly sweet message with these gifts that tell them just how much you enjoy their company and love experiencing the natural world by their side!

Gifting Owl offers a variety of different hiking and walking experiences in some of the most stunning locations on earth.

What better way to celebrate your first anniversary than by getting out there and exploring nature together? These beautiful hikes and walks will take you through incredible landscapes, all while enjoying each other's company.

Who knows, you may even learn something new about your partner during all the interesting discussions and laughs you'll share together.

Whether it's a leisurely stroll through a lavender field or a more challenging hike up a mountain, there's something for everyone. The best part of all of these outdoor anniversary gifts is that the two of you can take it at your very own pace, matter what level of hiking expert or fitness guru you and your partner are at.

And what's more, these first anniversary gifts can be enjoyed all year round!


Now what better way to celebrate the past year together than ticking this unparalleled adrenaline rush of an experience off your bucket lists!

For the both of you thrill seekers out there, this first anniversary gift idea is sure to get your heart racing.

Although it may seem a bit daunting at first, skydiving is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for years to come. And what's more, you'll be able to share this experience and all the memories that come with it for the rest of your lives!

Take the first anniversary gift idea to new heights and sign up for a skydiving experience today. This is the modern gift that truly blows the traditional gifts and ideas out of the water! Not to mention the amazing addition to the photo book all the pictures will make.

Helicopter Tours

Take the skies with this very special present and explore some of the earth's most incredible landscapes from a whole new perspective!

With so many different helicopter tours to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect one for the two of you. From flying over stunning beaches to getting a bird's eye view of a bustling cityscape, there are endless possibilities for this first anniversary gift idea.

Your partner is sure to be amazed by the beauty of the world from up above. And who knows, you may even spot a few landmarks that you've always wanted to visit together.

With one of a kind night sky tours also available, you could even book a tour of the city you both know and love so well in order to see it from a completely new perspective.

So what are you waiting for? Book a helicopter tour today and make this first anniversary one to remember!

Cooking Classes

Whilst this might sound like one of the more unusual ideas for first anniversary gifts on this list, it's actually a great way to spend some quality time together whilst learning something new!

Gifting Owl offers a range of different cooking classes that are perfect for couples. From sushi making and pasta making to baking and chocolate making, there's sure to be a class that the two of you will love.

These date ideas for your first year anniversary are perfect for those looking for modern ideas that don't take the traditional route.

Authentic Culinary

These one of a kind experiences are unlike any dining experience the two of you have ever had. For those that love learning new things during unique one-on-one life experiences (especially when food is involved) then this is the perfect date night for you two love birds.

Each one of these experiences provides a personalised cooking lesson with a local, often in their own home, which is an incredible way to be immersed into another culture and have a genuinely local experience.

These truly unforgettable culinary gifts are completely personalised experiences available in over 60 countries including Japan, Australia, India, South Korea and Italy just to name a few.

From an Ethiopian cooking class and coffee ceremony to a gourmet seaweed tasting menu and foraging experience in Ireland, there is no limit to where these experiences just might take your date night to. Even if your date isn't a trained gastronome, these authentic culinary experiences will undoubtedly whet their appetite!

Water Adventures

The options for amazing wedding anniversary gifts are truly endless when it comes to water adventures!

And what better way to cool off during those hot summer days than by spending some time out on the water together to commemorate your unforgettable wedding date?

There are so many different ways to enjoy this first anniversary gift idea, all while getting a little bit of exercise in too.

Whether it's kayaking through crystal clear waters, stand up paddle boarding in an idyllic setting or even taking a romantic boat ride together, the two of you are sure to have a blast!

Whale Watching

A nautical adventure so unforgettable it needs it's very own category!

We're of course talking about whale watching! It's a first anniversary gift idea that is sure to leave a lasting impression (not that you still need one!)

This first anniversary gift idea is the perfect way to spend some quality time together whilst also getting up close and personal with some of the most beautiful creatures on earth.

Gifting Owl offers a range of different whale watching experiences in some of the most beautiful locations on earth. From the stunning coasts of California to the picturesque waters of Hawaii, there are plenty of options for this first anniversary gift idea.

So what are you waiting for? Book a whale watching experience today and make this first anniversary one to remember!

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

Talk about getting up close and personal with some of mother nature's most beautiful and other-worldly creatures you rarely get the chance to lay your eyes on!

Snorkelling and scuba diving is the perfect first anniversary gift idea for couples who love adventure and are looking to explore the great underwater world together.

And with Gifting Owl's range of different snorkelling and scuba diving experiences available in locations all over the globe, you're sure to find the perfect one for that first wedding anniversary gift that'll have their mind blown!

White Water Rafting

For the more adventurous couples out there, white water rafting is the perfect first anniversary gift idea! This thrilling experience will take you both on a journey through some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable, all while getting your adrenaline pumping.

And what's more, it's a great way to bond with your partner as you work together to navigate the rapids.

This exhilarating experience is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and is the perfect way to spend some quality time together.

There are so many different routes to choose from all over the globe, so you're sure to find one that's perfect for the two of you during your first wedding anniversary.

Happy First Anniversary!

So what are you waiting for? Start browsing our website today and find the perfect first anniversary gift for your partner! We guarantee they will love it!

Take advantage of Gifting Owl's amazing selection of first anniversary gift ideas and choose something that you know your partner will love. With so many unique and romantic experiences to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect gift for your special someone.

Whether you are in the early years of dating with the love letters still stacking up high, or a happily married couple enjoying the first year of married life with your other half, a first year anniversary is a truly special day that deserves a truly special celebration!

It should go without saying that these gift ideas also make for an amazing date together whether its your fourth year anniversary or if it's your twentieth!

What are you waiting for? Get browsing our anniversary gift ideas today! Your partner will be so excited to celebrate your paper anniversary with one of these unique and romantic gifts.

Gifting Owl offers a range of different experiences all over the globe, so you're sure to find the perfect first anniversary gift idea for your partner no matter

Send your other half a personalised message with one of these beautifully unique anniversary gift ideas.

Good luck and Happy Gifting!

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