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A group of three first anniversary gifts for gay couples

You made it through your first year together! First up, congratulations. Second, are you panicking about what to buy your beloved? Don’t worry, I’m here to help with some awesome first anniversary gifts for gay couples.

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Top pick – The custom star map

If you’re just scrolling in a rush, here’s my top pick.

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Custom star map
Picture: ModernMapArt / Etsy

This amazing map of the night sky isn’t just any old picture of the stars. This is what the sky looked like on a specific night (which you have to input). So, you can put the night you first kissed, when you decided to make it official, or your first ever date.

This is such a personal, lovely gift. The text can say anything you like, think “the start of us” or “the night we met”, or “the stars aligned” – the cheesier the better for the first anniversary.

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Why the first anniversary matters?

One year may not seem like a long time, for many people. However, it’s (in my humble opinion) one of the most important anniversaries you’ll experience.

That first year is the ultimate year where you learn the most about each other, set the boundaries and expectations which will last the relationship, and make major milestones.

When you reach the one year mark, it’s the first time you realize that you’ve spent one whole year growing with somebody. That’s special.

So, what else can you get your loved one on that important day? Below I’ve listed the cute, the funny, and the emotional. Take your pick.

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First Anniversary Gifts for Gay Couples

This date will creep up on you every single year. Luckily the internet is right on our fingertips – the cutest gifts are readily available, even customizable. Who needs to be creative when wonderful Etsy sellers are for you? Here are some of my favorite suggestions on what to get your partner on your first ever anniversary. 

Use the table below for a quick peek, then read on for more details about each. Prices are rounded to nearest dollar and accurate as of today.

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1. For the book lovers

personalized folder book art
Picture: MeiOriginalStudio / Etsy

How great is personalized folder book art? This is great for those who love books or anyone that just wants a cute little home decoration. This is unique and acts as a souvenir that will be placed in your home for years and years to come. Isn’t that amazing?

P.S you can have an &, a + or a heart (if you want to be really mushy). One note- shipping is expensive on this one at over $30, so take that into account.

2. The adorable pillowcases

Custom pillow cases
Picture: CreativePillowLV / Etsy

Okay, these are a little bit too cute aren’t they? Again, they’ll act as little souvenirs from that first-ever anniversary. They’ll also be a cute little reminder every time you crawl into bed.

They’re totally customizable, too – make sure you get the names on the right sides of the bed.

3. The LGBTQ bracelet 

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Picture: LaZirka / Etsy

Platforms like Etsy are so amazing, as they’re a lot more inclusive than traditional stores. Where else will you be able to find an LGBT bracelet this easily? These gorgeous bracelets are delicate and simple – yet tell a whole story. Every time you look down, you’ll be reminded of your love.

You can also engrave these on the back, so add a cute, funny, or personal message in there.

4. The cute poster 

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Picture: PawprintIllustration / Etsy

I saw this and just had to share it with you. It’s so cute/funny, and will definitely put a smile on your partners face. Obviously, it’s a massive plus if they like sloths. Of course, it’s customizable too, you can even add a date as a strong reminder.

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5. A rainbow wall hanging 

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Picture: TurnThePageDesign / Etsy

We know the rainbow colors are used for pride flags and decor. So, why not mix those together?

This gorgeous paper rose hanging will brighten up any room, and will stand as a reminder of your beautiful relationship.

P.S using paper flowers is a great idea for anniversaries – they’ll forever be in bloom!

6. Best year ever lantern 

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Picture: BaloolahB / Etsy

First, don’t worry; you can change the titles to match your relationship. That’s all available, I checked.  This cute little lantern is extra special, as it proudly shows that it’s your first ever year together. How amazing will that be to look back on in years to come?

7. Custom song lyric poster

Are you a musical couple? This would honestly be the most amazing gift for you.

Custom song lyric poster
Picture: PrettyPersonalPrint / Etsy

To be honest, even if you’re not a musical couple, you’ll likely have a favorite song, or a first dance song, or lyrics with a lot of meaning.

8. Box of date nights

 Box of date nights
Picture: SweetBellaStationery / Etsy

You’ve likely seen these on social media, and they are truly amazing.

A year is still relatively new, but that’s what makes it so exciting – you’ve got so many new memories to make. These little date night prompts can help with that.

Looking for the perfect first anniversary gifts for gay couples? Each of these ideas is just loaded with meaning. Check them out!
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I hope this gave you a little bit of inspiration for you. Remember, the first anniversary gifts become so sentimental. 

Which of these are your favorite first anniversary gifts for gay couples? Share below!

Katie Anderton
Katie Anderton

I’m a freelance journalist/writer/content marketer with BA Hons in Journalism.

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