First Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide: Paper Gift Ideas

Celebrate your first 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.

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.

Journal - Not On The High Street

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 Not On The High Street.

Photo Album - Not On The High Street

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 Not On The High Street 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 - Etsy

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 Etsy 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.

A Poem - Etsy

Poem wedding gift idea

Why not frame a special reading that you both enjoy – perhaps one from your wedding day? This Etsy print of 'Love Is A Temporary Madness' from Captain Corelli's Mandolin would make a beautiful paper wedding anniversary gift.

Romantic Card - Etsy

Paper anniversary print - Etsy

Order a card that features a romantic quote - we love this simple anniversary card from Etsy.

Colouring Book - Not On The High Street

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 Not On The High Street could be just what they need.

Calendar - Not On The High Street


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 Not On The High Street 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 - Not On The High Street

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 Not On The High Street!

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.

Personalised Slate Clock - Not On The High Street

Clock - First Anniversary Gifts

We think this personalised slate clock from Not On The High Street 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.


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