1st Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

The Paper Anniversary

Known as the Paper Anniversary, traditional wedding anniversary gifts for the first anniversary are composed of paper. There are a number of different topics that can fit the theme, including hand written notes, artwork, event tickets, and more. Take a look at a few of our favorite 1st anniversary gift ideas below!

Favorite 1st anniversary gift ideas

Printed wedding vows

For the first of many anniversaries, revisiting your vows and putting them on display is a option for a first anniversary gift. It’s a great way to keep them fresh in your life, especially as each passing day takes you further from your wedding day. There are a number of ways to capture these, but we like the art print from Minted.

Printed vows wall art from Minted.


Wedding bride and groom artwork

There’s little better way to put a personal touch on your first anniversary than a custom sketch or artwork of the couple on their big day. There are many variations of this option, including sketch, pastel, watercolor. You can find some great options on Etsy.

Bride and groom wedding art


Travel destination map

As you grow your relationships, you’ll likely have the opportunity to travel the world and share amazing experiences together. Capture the journey by marking your destinations on a travel destination map.

Travel destination map


Bouquet of paper flowers

Flowers are one of the most common event celebrations, but unfortunately last for a week or two after the event. Capture your first anniversary with a gift that will stand the test of time. Paper flowers are a great option for the paper anniversary and are sure to impress.

Paper flowers bouquet


Handmade paper clock

Combine the traditional (paper) and modern (clock) first anniversary themes into one with a unique paper clock. You might even be able to fine someone to use your vows for the base paper, really adding a personal touch!

Paper vow clock


Paper Tickets

Do you love to travel or go to events with your spouse? Give them the gift of a paper ticket to a destination they love. You can travel, enjoy a concert, or catch a movie.

Keepsake box for love letters and correspondence

Do you write love letters to your spouse? If not, now might be a good time to start. Then you can keep track of these letters in a new keepsake box.

Keepsake box


Greeting Card

Greeting cards are a staple most event celebrations. For your first anniversary, go above and beyond with an intricate popup from Lovepop cards. They have tons of great options all with unique designs.

Lovepop popup card

We hope you were able to find some great 1st anniversary gift ideas for your paper anniversary! If you need more ideas or are celebrating another anniversary, you can check out other traditional anniversary gifts by year here.


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