1st Wedding Anniversary: Gift Ideas for Your Paper Anniversary

Celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary with a thoughtful and traditional paper gift - we've picked out 23 inspiring ideas


If you’re about to celebrate your first wedding anniversary, congratulations!

Your first year of marriage is so exciting – getting used to referring to your partner as your husband or wife and reminiscing about the best day of your life. Naturally you want to celebrate with the perfect first anniversary gift that your partner will love. You have to set the bar high for your future wedding anniversaries, after all! 

We've found the best first wedding anniversary gifts on the market for both the traditional paper theme and the modern alternative, clocks, with lots of unusual ideas and personalised gift inspiration so you can find that special present.

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Paper Anniversary Gifts

Your first wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with paper so we’ve rounded up some of the best paper gift ideas your partner will want to cherish forever.

Personalised Wedding Venue Portrait - Letterfest

Wedding venue paper gift

If you are looking for a meaningful gift that your partner will love then this beautiful personalised venue portrait from Letterfest is a gorgeous gift. Hand drawn from a photo of your wedding venue, it will be a special reminder of the best day and can hang in your home for years to come.

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Paper Plane Cufflinks - J Foxx Cufflinks

Paper plane cufflinks for 1st wedding anniversary

If you want to take a creative take on a paper anniversary gift theme then these paper plane cufflinks from J Foxx Cufflinks are ideal. You can even choose to have them delivered in the most beautiful metallic gift box so that they feel extra special.

Paper Plane Necklace - Posh Totty Designs

Paper plane necklace

Just like the paper plane cufflinks, this paper plane necklace from Posh Totty Designs is a cute and alternative take on the paper wedding anniversary theme. Choose from silver, rose gold or yellow gold and you can also have your own six character word engraved on the plane.

Date Night Cards - This Paper Book

Date night cards

For a fun first wedding anniversary gift idea - give your partner these 52 date night cards from This Paper Book and commit to a year of romantic dates. The cards vary from romantic trips through to little things like making each other breakfast in bed. We think they are perfect for keeping the romance alive!

READ MORE: 23 Super Romantic Date Night Ideas for Newlyweds

Personalised Framed Wedding Photo Print - Sophia Victoria Joy

Framed paper wedding gift

We adore this unique way of displaying your wedding pictures in this personalised framed wedding photo print from Sophia Victoria Joy. If you have been looking for a stylish way to show off your wedding photos then this adorable frame could be perfect.

Anniversary Telegram - Imperial Telegrams

Paper anniversary telegram

If you are looking for a romantic keepsake to remind your partner of your paper wedding anniversary then this personalised telegram from Imperial Telegrams will be an ideal choice. The telegram includes a special note and your partner’s name and we think it’s so romantic!

Wedding Reading Print - Bespoke Verse

Paper wedding reading print

Have one of the poems, songs or readings from your wedding day printed to hang in your home, it will be a lovely reminder of your wedding day every time you walk past it. We adore this style from Bespoke Verse.

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Leather Journal - Hope House Press

Journal - Paper Wedding Anniversary Gift

If your partner loves to write, a beautiful leather bound journal is a gorgeous idea. Or why not secretly fill in a journal from the day of your wedding right up to your first anniversary and give that to your other half to read? We love this personalised journal from Hope House Press.

Personalised Photo Album - Martha Brook

Photo album - Paper Wedding Anniversary Ideas

Present your partner with a photo collage of your favourite memories from the past year - or if you haven’t yet got round to having your wedding photos professionally printed then now is the time to do it! This ring-bound photo album from Martha Brook comes in a range of colours and can be personalised with your names for a really special first anniversay gift.

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Personlised Notebook - Papier

Paper wedding anniversary notebook

If your other half is always scribbling away, or you find yourself constantly writing notes to them, a personalised notebook like this one from Papier could be ideal. They have a whole range of designs for him and her that make a wedding anniversary gift to remember.

Tickets - Virgin Experience Days

First wedding anniversary - Tickets

Whether it’s for a mini-break or a night at the theatre, tickets are a great paper gift idea. Browse Virgin Experience Days where you could book a weekend away, a trip to the Shard, afternoon tea and more. They even have a first anniversary gift section if the choice is a bit overwhelming!

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Map Print - Cartographika

Paper wedding anniversary gift - Map

If you travelled a lot on your honeymoon, why not look into getting a custom map of your trip made? Or if you are both from different countries or cities then this heart shaped map made of two parts from Cartographika is such a romantic idea.

A Special Book - Waterstones

Books - Paper Anniversary

Bookworms will always love receiving books as gifts! Seek out a rare first edition of a favourite book, or buy a new read for them. Waterstones have a beautiful collection of special edition and signed books that would make a lovely first wedding anniversary gift for a book lover.

Colouring Book - Letter Room

Paper colouring books

Colouring books aren’t just for children anymore and colour therapy has been shown to be a great way to calm your mind. If you think your partner could do with some de-stressing then a grown up colouring book from Letter Room could be just what they need.

Calendar - Martha Brook


A calendar will be a paper gift that you use again and again so why not buy a calendar for your other half. You will get bonus points if you add a few fun days out to the schedule for the year ahead! We love this personalised calendar from Martha Brook with serious positive vibes that will give your year a good start! If your anniversary is just before Christmas, consider an advent calendar gift like this Martha Brook calendar where you can write 24 personalised messages (don't worry they can give you suggestions too!)

Filofax - John Lewis

Filofax anniversary gift Idea

A leather filofax will be a thoughtful gift that will last for years and years. Pick from a range of beautiful colours available at John Lewis and just make sure to buy them new inserts for each year!

Travel Guide - Waterstones

Travel Guide - First Anniversary Paper Gift

Book a romantic night or weekend away with your partner and give them a travel guide as a hint to where they’re going. It's like two anniversary presents in one - a paper book and paper plane tickets!

A Timeline - The Drifting Bear Co

Timeline - Paper Anniversary Gift

This is a paper gift that will look so beautiful in your home. Create a timeline highlighting all your special time together, and it's even more sweet if you feature little in-jokes of moment that just the two of you will remember. We love this one from The Drifting Bear Co.

Modern First Anniversary Gifts - Clocks

If traditional first anniversary paper wedding gifts just aren’t for you, then the modern alternative is clocks. They're said to represent that precious newlywed time you have just experienced. Here are just a few of our favourite clock gifts.

Wedding Venue Clock - Adam Regester Design

Wedding anniversary clock present

This wooden clock from Adam Regester Design couldn’t be more perfect for your first wedding anniversary - it comes with an illustration of your wedding venue.

Personalised Slate Clock - Perfect Personalised Gifts

Clock - First Anniversary Gifts

We think this personalised slate clock from Perfect Personalised Gifts would look great in your kitchen or living room and is such a romantic gift.

Fob Wall Clock - Marks and Spencer

Clock - First Wedding Anniversary

There’s just something so lovely about copper and we think this metallic wall clock from Marks and Spencer would be a perfect statement piece for your home.

Cube Alarm Clock - John Lewis

John Lewis Alarm Clock

Break the phone-in-bed habit together by investing in a stylish alarm clock that can sit by your bed. This cube clock from John Lewis is really fun and comes in a variety of finishes.

Just remember – however amazing the gift is for your first wedding anniversary, you’ll have to out-do it for your second! Luckily we also have a selection of gift ideas for your second wedding anniversary. You can also browse even more wedding anniversary ideas in our wedding shop.


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