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1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts: 34 Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

Celebrate your first year of marriage with a thoughtful and traditional paper gift or a modern clock - we've picked out 34 inspiring first wedding anniversary gift ideas...

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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, it is only fitting that you want to celebrate with the perfect first wedding anniversary gift that your partner will love.

The key thing to consider for your first wedding anniversary gift is that you have to set the bar high for your future wedding anniversaries. So, if you’re about to celebrate your first wedding anniversary, congratulations!

In our view, few milestones are as meaningful as a first wedding anniversary. It's a chance to spoil the one you love while flicking through the wedding album to relive the moments that you will forever hold dear. 

But what exactly do you give for your first anniversary? We’ve found the best first anniversary presents on the market for both the traditional paper theme and the modern alternative of clocks, with lots of unusual ideas and personalised gift inspiration so you can find something special. 

34 of the Best First Wedding Anniversary Gifts 

Paper 1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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

1. First Paper Wedding Anniversary Newspaper – £79, Not On The High Street

First wedding anniversary gift newspaper

Hot off the press, this first wedding anniversary newspaper is amazing. Designed especially for you, the newspaper includes your favourite photos over 8 pages and the option to include text inside - maybe your wedding vows or lyrics to a meaningful song. 

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2. Origami 12 Amazing Moments From Our First Year – £12, Not On The High Street

Twelve origami paper first wedding anniversary gifts

As far as first anniversary presents go, this origami gift is up there with the coolest. The box contains twelve origami hearts that can be flattened in order for you to write your own special message before re-folding and presenting to your partner. 

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3. Custom Wedding Venue Portrait – from £55, Etsy

If you’re looking for meaningful paper anniversary gifts that your partner will love forever, this beautiful and contemporary personalised wedding venue portrait could be just the ticket! Hand-drawn from a photo of your wedding venue and with a colour of your choice as the background, it will be a special reminder of the best day of your lives which you can hang in your home for years to come.

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4. Date Night Cards – £26.95, Not On the High Street

One of our favourite first wedding anniversary gifts that’ll just keep on giving is this box of 52 date night idea cards. With that many cards you’re committing to one date idea a week for the rest of the year, but when the ideas are as good as they are, that won’t be a struggle!

The cards vary from trips away through to making breakfast in bed. We think they’re perfect for keeping the romance alive!

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5. Reasons I Love You Notes – £22, Not On the High Street

How cute are these Reasons I Love You Cards? They won’t break the bank, but will be special reminders to your other half which they can keep forever. Each card comes in a gold envelope, and the box can be personalised with your partner’s name. Who said paper anniversary gifts had to be boring?

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6. Paper Plane First Wedding Anniversary Card – £6.25, Not On the High Street

This isn’t just any card – this is a paper plane first-anniversary card. Featuring your choice of design on the wings, your choice of paper and foil colour and your own personalisation, it really is a special addition to any other gift you choose to buy.

You can even add a little wooden cube holder, so your loved one will be able to display the card on their desk or bedside table!

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7. Personalised Framed Family Photo Print – £93, Not On the High Street

We adore this unique way of displaying your wedding photographs. With this gorgeous personalised photo frame, you can choose the background colour, photos and wooden plaque colour and words. It’ll look glorious on the wall in your first home together!

But where is the paper, we hear you say? The printed photos that you'll add!

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8. Book Lover Candle – £23, Not On The High Street

The Secret Garden labelled jar candle

Sometimes the best gift ideas come when you think outside the box - like this scented candle. Yes, it's made of wax and a jar rather than paper, but the warming fragrance is inspired by the scent of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, so technically it's paper-related. 

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9. Personalised Wedding Reading Print – £20, Not On the High Street

Have one of the wedding 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 elegant style from Elinor Rose Studio.

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10. Personalised Pull-Out Photo Album – £20, Not On The High Street

If you’re not one for huge gestures but still want to treat your other half to one of our special 1st wedding anniversary gifts, this cute little photo album would be a perfect choice. Choose six snaps of your favourite memories together along with a personalised message, and they’ll be folded together into a little manila or black box with a personalised outer sleeve.

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11. Coloured Leather Photo Album – £32, Be Golden at Not On the High Street

If you’ve got far too many photos just to choose seven, why not collect your favourites and display them in this recycled leather photo album? You don't have to use shots from the past year - pick a year of your relationship to celebrate and have fun deciding on the best photos from that time to pop in your wedding photo album

You can choose from two sizes and many colours, and personalise the bottom right-hand corner with text of your choice. Now to whittle down all those memories…

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12. Personalised Constellation Notebook – £23.99, Papier

If your partner loves to write (or make lists), this beautiful notebook is a gorgeous idea. It comes with a hard or soft cover and lined, plain or dotted paper inside.

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13. Good Vibes Kit Inspirational Prints – £18, Not On the High Street

If your partner’s (very Instagram-able) home office is their pride and joy, treat them to these adorable, inspirational prints to stick up on the wall. The set of paper anniversary gifts comes with a mix of uplifting quotes and photos from pretty places which will add character to any space. We love them!

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14. Personalised Creative Colouring Book – £37.95, Not On the High Street

Colouring books aren’t just for children anymore, and colour therapy has been shown to be a great way to calm the mind. If you think your partner could do with some de-stressing, a grown-up colouring book like this lovely mindfulness design from The Letteroom could be just what they need!

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15. Travel Guide Book – from £16.99, Lonely Planet

Book a romantic getaway and give them a travel guide when you reveal where you're going. It’s two anniversary presents in one!

If you’re both dreaming of a holiday of a lifetime but you haven’t quite got the funds saved yet, you could still treat them to the travel guide so that you can start your planning. Lonely Planet never fails to disappoint on the travel guide front, and they have books for every destination you could ever dream of visiting. Take a look…

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16. Tickets for a Special Experience – from £49, Virgin Experiences

Whether it’s for a mini-break or a night at the theatre, tickets are a great idea when it comes to first wedding anniversary gifts - they're a paper gift that translates into a treasured memory.

Browse Virgin Experience Days where you could book a weekend away, afternoon tea, cooking classes and more! They even have a first-anniversary gift section if the choice is a bit overwhelming. We’d be choosing the three-course dinner with Champagne, we think…

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17. A Special Edition Book – from £9.99, Waterstones

Book lovers will always take pleasure receiving books as gifts, so seek out a special or signed edition of your loved one’s favourite read. Waterstones have a beautiful collection of special edition and signed books that would make a lovely first wedding anniversary paper gift.

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18. Personalised Scratch The World Travel Map – £15.75, Not On the High Street

If you and your partner love to travel, there's no first anniversary gift more perfect than a scratch the world travel map which you can hang up in your office. You scratch off all the places you’ve already visited together, then make plans for the countries which are next on your list.

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19. Modern Calligraphy Starter Kit – £35, Etsy

Modern calligraphy kit

Does your partner enjoy learning new skills? This calligraphy kit could be the perfect first wedding anniversary gift, as it's definitely paper-related and it contains everything they will need to get started at home.

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20. Humpback Whale DIY Pendant Paperlamp – from £49.32, Etsy

A paper lampshade is an imaginative take on the paper gift theme, particularly when it's in the form of a diving whale! Unusual as it is, we love this design. It is available in a range of colours and you can assemble it at home. 

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21. Reading Subscription – £40 for 3 Months, Not On The High Street

Of all the subscriptions boxes, we particularly like the service offered by The Beautiful Book Company. Your partner will receive a new book to read each month, handpicked just for them by literary experts.  

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22. Personalised Our Story Timeline Print – from £10, Lola and Elvis at Etsy

Our first wedding anniversary story timeline print

This simple yet heartfelt print celebrates memorable moments in your relationship, such as getting engaged, buying a home, career highlights and special holidays. There are lots of different icons to choose from to help you tell your story.

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Clock 1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts: The Modern Alternative

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

23. Personalised Couples Clock – from £32.75, Etsy 

Personalised couples wooden clock 1st wedding anniversary gift

How gorgeous is this wooden clock by Sunday's Daughter? Etched with your names and a special message it'll be the perfect reminder of your big day every time you go to check the time. 

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24. Nixie Tube Clock – £213.13, Etsy

First wedding anniversary gift vintage tube clocks

This gorgeous Nixie Tube clock may look vintage, but it features some clever, contemporary tech. It's equipped with a motion sensor that makes it turn on when someone is near, which greatly prolongs the life of the tubes (although you can turn off this feature if you prefer). 

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25. Garmin Vivoactive 4 – £199, Argos

Whether your partner's into running or prefers to get their fitness kick with some Pilates, they’ll love this good-looking Garmin fitness watch as a clock-related first wedding anniversary gift. As well as the usual fitness tracking, it has guided strength workouts, displays phone notifications and plays music. Your other half will never want to take it off!

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26. Personalised Slate Mr & Mrs Clock – £39.99, Not On the High Street

This stylish clock is perfect for your first wedding anniversary gift because it is personalised with your name and wedding date. You can also have Mr & Mr and Mrs & Mrs.

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27. Wedding Venue Wall Clock – £55, Not On the High Street

This wooden wall clock is another wonderful option for a first wedding anniversary gift. It ticks the box of a clock-themed gift and it features a stunning etching of your wedding venue.

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28. Seksy Ladies' Crystal-Set Bracelet Watch – £99.99, H Samuel

Watches are great first wedding anniversary gifts. If your partner loves a bit of wrist bling, Shop Now

29. Gucci-G Timeless 38mm Unisex Watch – £750, Goldsmiths

Gender-neutral watches are on the rise, like this rather glorious unisex watch from Gucci. Yes, it's on the spennier side, but it's a chic investment watch if you want to splash out. Discover more wedding watches here.

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30. Personalised Sterling Silver Clock Necklace – £44, Not On the High Street

This clock necklace can be personalised with a time that's special to your partner - the time they were born, for example, or the time your wedding ceremony started. You can also have a message engraved on the back.

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31. Coastline Wooden & Acrylic Clock – £80, Betsy Benn at Not On the High Street

Love the sea? You can have your favourite coastline painted across this unique clock in matte acrylics. You can also add a line of engraved text such as place names or dates to the base layer. If you got married at a beach wedding venue - this one's for you! 

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32. Wine O'Clock Personalised Wall Clock – £39.95, Not On the High Street

Personalised wall clock

This playful clock is perfect for someone who enjoys a glass of vino. With a modern and whimsical design, it can be personalised with a name of up to 15 characters. 

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33. Personalised Map Wall Clock – £49, Not On the High Street

If you want to remember somewhere special, this map-style wall clock will be a perfect first wedding anniversary gift. You could use the location where you first met, got married or went on your honeymoon.

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34. Origami Wall Clock – £47.27, Etsy

Wall clock

A clock made from paper? This has to be the ultimate 1st wedding anniversary gift! It also happens to be very chic, and the design is minimalist enough to fit with most home interior styles.

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What is the Traditional Gift for a First Wedding Anniversary?

Traditionally, gifts crafted from paper are given to celebrate a first wedding anniversary. Paper anniversary gifts symbolise the blank page your new marriage gives you in which you can write future chapters of your life together.

There is lots of scope for first anniversary presents and you can go as literal or as out of the box as you want. Ideas such as books, prints and origami are a few of our favourites. 

What is the Modern Gift for a First Wedding Anniversary?

As the clock marks one year of you being married to the love of your life, it is only fitting that the gift of a clock is given to celebrate. This modern alternative to the traditional gift of paper, this practical idea can be represented by a watch, wall clock or a piece of jewellery. 

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