First Wedding Anniversary // Gift Ideas

The 1st July 2017 marked our first wedding anniversary and I can absolutely say it was the best wedding anniversary I've ever had!! It didn't involve big fancy celebrations or stupidly expensive gifts so our bank balance could take a deep breath and keep recovering from the wedding last year. You might be familiar with the traditional wedding anniversary landmarks that pave your #MarriageGoals future - Silver 25th, Ruby 40th and Diamond 60th - but for us newlyweds, did you know the first year's traditional gift is paper? So, a card and your sorted, right? Don't you even dare! If you find yourself approaching the same mile stone, here are some great gift ideas for all budgets for your beloved...
Scratching the surface.
A couple that travels together stays together. Start your adventure at Not on the High Street with this deluxe world map. If your honeymoon seems a distant memory, this gorgeous map is the ultimate stylist tick-list! Scratch off those countries you've visited and get planning that next trip!

Another twist on this idea came from our amazing friends who sent us this gorgeous, personalised travel map to document where our love story has taken us.
Picture Perfect.
The year has gone in the blink of an eye and the Facebook tagging notifications are only just calming down. Now it's time to look back over all those pictures captured and get the best day of your life hanging up on your wall! We printed a large colour and black and white picture and framed them ourselves in these gorgeous rose-gold frames to fit in with our home decor. Available now with 20% off; Habitat Copper Frame.
Wedding Album of Dreams
Your photographer captured the most incredible pictures and you're finding it impossible to narrow down your favourites. Perhaps now it's time to create your own special edit of the best ones. Go that one step further and opt for a personalised front cover. You know that wedding logo still has some legs in it!
A Fine Gift
Pencil drawings are having their hey-day in wedding stationary and it doesn't need to stop there! Not many buildings are more special than where you tie the knot and having that memory in the form of a fine art illustration is much more personal than a photograph. Enter the incredibly talented artist Kay Armstrong Illustrations who can bring to life your chosen venue from a photograph to any size. Contact Kay directly via her site for a quote.Image result for kay armstrong illustrations
A Personal Touch.
Cinema stubs? Gig tickets? Train tickets from that first weekend away? I'm a sucker for sentimental receipts and collating your love story in the pages of a scrapbook is the ultimate romantic gift! This one requires a bit of time investment but the reaction will be worth it (maybe have a tissue at the ready!). Check out Not On The Highstreet for some scrapbook inspiration...
Pen & Paper
A traditional take on gifting and perhaps one for the professional ladies out there. Style up her desk with a Moleskin notebook and fountain pen. Parker has grown up since our school days and among several other gorgeous styles at Selfridges, check out this Urban Premium fountain pen which has a beautiful pearl iridescence and etching detail.

Music Memories
For some unique wedding memorabilia, hunt down the LP of your first dance to frame (the exercise in itself is rather fun if you're into your music and cover art!). In our case our first dance was a medley of songs, so we chose the top three!
A Ticketed Event
For the woman who has everything, make a clever play on the paper theme and create tickets for a day adventuring together. Pick the date, the time and the place and let the rest be a surprise. Curate your other half's dream day from brunch to a massage, an exhibition to cocktails and from London to New York, here's some ideas for the lady in your life.
LONDON
Brunch with a view at Heron Tower's Duck & Waffle // Manicure at London Grace // Hand-in-hand stroll along the Southbank // Pre-dinner cocktails at Beach Blanket Babylon // Dine on the best steak of your life at Hawksmoor

NEW YORK
A hearty brunch to fuel the day at Jack's Wife Freda // Manicure and a coffee at The Chillhouse // Stroll through the dappled sunshine and admire the street artists along The Mall in Central Park // Time for a gin & tonic at Bathtub Gin // Dinner at Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental hotel overlooking Central Park as the sun sets.

I hope you've enjoyed reading through my gift ideas. One way or another, Mr A and I have done pretty much all these gifts over our time together. Here's to another year of wedded bliss before the 2nd Wedding Anniversary theme of cotton!

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