What to Get Your Girlfriend for Your 1-Year Anniversary

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What to Get Your Girlfriend for Your 1-Year Anniversary
Skip the chocolates and show your girlfriend that you put thought into her gift. (Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Don't be caught off guard for your first year anniversary with your girlfriend. Write it down in your calendar so you don't forget, and on the day of your anniversary, bring a smile to your girlfriend's face by showing that you actually put some thought into her gift. You don't have to spend a lot of money, but you should get your girlfriend something that shows you care about her happiness.

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A Day of Fun and Adventure

This gift idea is for the more adventurous girl who enjoys screaming at the top of her lungs as the roller coaster careens down a steep hill. So, buy tickets to your local amusement park and plan on spending the day there celebrating your anniversary. Ask her friends if this idea will go over well, because you don't want her to be disappointed or expect something else. Make sure you take pictures to capture the special moments of the day. You can also still buy your girlfriend a small gift of perfume or flowers.

Romantic Dinner

Many women enjoy a romantic dinner. Make reservations for your girlfriend's favourite restaurant or a restaurant she has been eager to try. Tell her to dress up in her best outfit and enjoy the evening. You can also recreate a romantic restaurant atmosphere in the comfort of your home. Make your girlfriend's favourite foods and don't forget dessert. If you can't cook to save your life, order in food and prepare everything before she gets to your home. Light plenty of candles and put on music to enhance the romantic atmosphere.

Romantic Getaway

Experience something new together by going away. Your trip doesn't have to cost a fortune, either. You can simply rent a hotel room in a nearby city. If you have more money, make it a weekend getaway to your girlfriend's favourite city or resort. Luxuriate in being away and enjoy being in each other's company.

Concert Tickets

Try to get tickets to your girlfriend's favourite music group. This will require planning in advance, but it will please your girlfriend and make her appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness. Alternatively, you can buy tickets to your local opera or ballet. The important factor is that your girlfriend gets to do something she enjoys.

Personalised Gift

If you are the creative type, why not make something for your girlfriend? You can do something simple like make an anniversary card telling your girlfriend how much she means to you. If you truly have a way with words, write her a love poem or song. Recite the poem when you see her or sing the song. You can also make a scrapbook of your first year together. Paste photos of the two of you. If you have old movie tickets or other memorabilia from your dates, paste them in the scrapbook as well.


Pansies are the traditional flower for a first anniversary, so buy a planter or basket of live pansies. If you can't get live flowers, buy silk pansies. The gesture shows you actually thought about your first anniversary. Of course, you can get other types of flowers or even plants if your girlfriend enjoys taking care of live plants. You can get her orchid flower plants or gardenia bonsai trees. The wonderful thing about plants is that your girlfriend can care for them, and every time she waters them she will be reminded of your thoughtful gift.

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