- One year down, a lifetime to go: your first anniversary gift for him should celebrate the timelessness of your romance.romance image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com
Your first anniversary is the ideal occasion for rekindling that dreamy honeymoon phase romance. Go all out; make the day a romantic highpoint for your new hubby, an unforgettable celebration both of your newlywed year and lifetime together to come. Correspondingly, the most romantic gifts for him are those befitting the occasion's meaningfulness; your gift should be personalized, creatively coordinated to recall your wedding or otherwise evoke your marriage experience, and, most essentially, remind him that he's the only man in your world.
Recreate Your Wedding Menu
- Your groom's focus was all on you, with everything else, food included, an afterthought; romance him on your first anniversary with a recreated wedding feast just for two.wedding cake image by Werg from Fotolia.com
Of all the decisions in wedding planning, menu choosing is often one of the most demanding; couples typically invest considerable time and energy to coordinate wedding feasts that best incorporate their favorite tastes and reflect their personalities. When the wedding finally arrives, however, the bride and groom are often too in demand to savor their labor's fruits; before they know it, the reception whizzes by, and they've barely had the chance to taste a thing.
At the end of the day, though, chances are his poor tummy will be emptier than yours; while the bride likely has a whole team--bridesmaids, mothers, and, yes, the groom himself--bustling about to deliver her choice treats and ensure she's adequately sated, he's as likely left to fend for himself.
Your first anniversary is, therefore, the prime time to surprise him with the wedding feast he never had! If you can cook and are up to the challenge, whip up the menu highlights yourself for a home-cooked extravaganza. Alternatively, you can treat him to an authentic replica of your reception's intended indulgences at your wedding venue itself. Either way, it's a guaranteed recipe for a deliciously romantic first anniversary.
- If he's passionate about skiing, take him to the slopes; whether or not skiing is your cup of tea, the romance is in doing something that he loves together.skiing image by PinkShot from Fotolia.com
Frequently, grooms will compromise their top choice for a honeymoon destination or type of trip to keep their brides happy. Show your appreciation for his selflessness by planning a weekend getaway to that destination or of that type in honor of your first anniversary. Take him to the Grand Canyon, if that national landmark is where he had hoped to enjoy your honeymoon. Take him to the Caribbean, if he was envisioning a beach honeymoon escape. Take him skiing, back-packing or scuba-diving, if he had wanted an action-packed honeymoon spent partaking in these activities together.
A First Anniversary New Pet
- They call it puppy love for a reason, folks! Up the cuddly romance factor on your first anniversary by giving him a rescue pup.puppy image by Alex White from Fotolia.com
Surprise him on your first anniversary with a pet you know he's always wanted (a rescue, if possible). Dress up your new pet with some sort of reminiscent keepsake from your wedding, such as a bow tie, garter or small floral bouquet. Your gift will not only thrill your giddy hubby (now a proud pet daddy), but will also be a romantically symbolic renewal of your marriage vows: your new pet is literally a new life to love as you embark on the rest of your shared lives together, a challenge and a promise to be embraced by the two of you as one team. Plus, for those couples with babies on the brain, introducing a third (albeit non-human) family member into your intimate love shack is a wonderful starting point.