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7 Modest First Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

7 Modest First Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

Traditionally, the gift for a first anniversary is paper (framed art, painting, books, etc.), but in these modern times, there are so many more options to give to that special lady that she may appreciate a little bit more. For a new husband who is not sure what to give his new bride, here are a few ideas, ranging from the practical to the luxurious, all with a bit of romance added in to show her how special she is.

1. Jewelry

The old saying that diamonds are a girl’s best friend is only partly true, because even without that sparkly accessory, jewelry is always a great idea for an anniversary gift. Though she already has the rings on her finger, there are still necklaces, bracelets, or earrings to add in to her collection. Keep in mind that some women prefer gold and others prefer silver, so be sure to match what she has been known to wear regularly.

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2. Gift Baskets

Giving your wife a gift basket filled with her favorite things shows not only that you care, but that you know her better than anyone else. If she loves a relaxing bath, add some scented bubble baths, salts, and a fluffy bath flower. For a new wife with a sweet tooth, fill it with her favorite chocolates. Movie tickets, gift cards, or various makeup products in her brand will also please her, and remind her how important she is.

3. Casual Backyard Oasis

Even if children are not yet on the horizon, your newlywed is probably a busy woman. The gift of relaxation is something she will appreciate, and to do this, all that is required for a tranquil yet casual backyard oasis is a hammock and stand. She will dive right in with a good book, take a nap, or just lay back and watch the fluffy clouds float by above. And if the hammock is big enough, she may even offer to share it.

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4. Wedding Keepsakes

Use the first anniversary to remind that lovely lady of the special day being celebrated, by giving her wedding keepsakes. Her favorite wedding or honeymoon photo in a beautiful frame is a nice idea, as is a framed copy of the wedding certificate.

5. A Romantic Date

Anniversary gifts don’t have to come in a box. Take a new wife out for the evening on a romantic outing involving activities she enjoys. A dinner at her favorite restaurant will be sure to please her. Tickets to a concert, play, or even a movie can make for a fabulous evening. And if she likes to visit museums or art galleries, book a private tour. A moonlit stroll to finish the night will have her remembering why she said “I do”.

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6. Clocks

Everyone needs a clock, and there are very few houses that don’t have at least a few of them around. There are dozens of clock designs for sale, including wall clocks, digital clocks, sun dials, cuckoo clocks, or the old fashioned type with a brass pendulum. Such an item may not seem like an anniversary gift, but it symbolizes the time spent together, and the years to come that are measured on such a thoughtful device. And if desired, add an engraved message or the anniversary date to honor that special day.

7. Anniversary Getaway

Recreate the honeymoon by taking a trip together to a fabulous destination. Italy is perfect for a romantic getaway, whether riding a gondola down the canals of Venice, enjoying the fine art of Tuscany, or touring the Colosseum in Rome. If warm breezes and beaches are more her style, head to the Caribbean, for the gorgeous beaches and ocean views, to relax and enjoy each other’s company in the luxury of one of the many resorts.

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Giving a new wife a gift from the heart is the best way to show how special she is on that first anniversary. Any of the above ideas will do just that, and remind her why she married such a thoughtful and loving fellow in the first place.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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