Whether you’re still dating or have taken the plunge into marriage, your first anniversary is a momentous occasion, marking an entire year of memories and growth in your relationship. By this point, you’ve likely become more comfortable and view your partner not only as a lover, but as one of your best friends. As a result, you should give them a first anniversary that’s both a reflection of your time together and an indication of where you see your love going. Additionally, you should spend time thinking of some anniversary gifts that are guaranteed to impress your partner. However, this can be easier said than done.

Unfortunately, too many people (especially guys) fall victim to uninspired and downright lame ideas when planning for this special night. While dinner and a movie may be fine for any other Friday night, your anniversary should go above and beyond the typical dating routine. Here are some tips to help you plan a romantic and unforgettable first anniversary.

While your first date may technically have been sitting on the couch watching a movie with a bottle of wine, recapturing the beginning of your relationship can be a great way to rekindle that initial excitement and attraction that drew you together. Consider visiting a memorable spot like the site of your first kiss, the beach where you took your first trip together or a favorite shared restaurant. So long as the destination has meaning for the both of you, it can be a great addition to a first anniversary – especially in combination with some personalized gifts.

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For some reason people tend to assume that men have to do all the planning when it comes to an anniversary. However, women are just as involved in the relationship as guys and should be equally responsible for the anniversary’s success. A creative way to capture this reciprocity in the relationship is by planning a “his and hers” day. This unique anniversary idea allows each member of the couple to plan a portion of the date based on sharing his or her interests with the other. If you love sushi but have never been able to get your husband to try it, consider heading to a hibachi grill for dinner. Likewise, you may want to take your girlfriend out to the driving range to teach her about golf.

While these are far from the only options for a romantic first anniversary, they should help you get the creative juices flowing for a memorable occasion.