30 thoughtful 1-year wedding anniversary gift ideas
You’ll only be together for your first year once!
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Looking for the perfect anniversary gift to commemorate your first year of marriage? The traditional first anniversary gift is paper, and while it might not not sound exciting at first, it’s a very special anniversary—it all depends on what you make of it. Paper represents a number of symbolic elements that touch on marriage—fragility, delicacy, endless opportunities, and colorful possibilities. Your paper anniversary is about writing the story and memories of your life together.
We’ve put together a gift guide to make this an anniversary to remember. Whether your partner loves reading, cooking, or traveling, there are many unique gifts to choose from. We are recommending products already tried and tested by our experts, as well as those highly rated from online reviewers. For your first anniversary, we’ll make sure you can get a gift your special person is both surprised and delighted by—and perhaps some that will give a little chuckle.
Here are 30 of the best paper anniversary gifts you can give to your partner.
1. For the innovative artist: You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation
If your special person loves artists and arts and crafts, this book is for them. It also serves as a wonderful activity you both can do together for your first anniversary. The author provides more than 50 projects and prompts inspired by modern artists that anyone can do at home. If your husband or wife enjoys creating new art projects or finding ways to create new art at home, this book is for them.
2. For the one you’re always buying flowers for: Wildflower Bouquet
Buying a bouquet of flowers might have been the first thing that popped into your mind, but why not buy paper flowers that will last forever? Lovepop's 5-star card pops up and serves as a beautiful, standalone centerpiece that will never fade. There are a variety of bouquet cards to choose from, so be sure to take a look around Lovepop’s website.
3. For someone who loves to tell the story about how you both met: Our Story Print
Everyone’s story about how they met is unique, and this print would be an incredibly memorable gift to tell that story and display through a variety of adorable images. With plenty of ways to tell your story, you can pick the size, icons, and color of your story image for your partner, making it look incredible for your home together when it’s framed.
4. For the adventurous one: Book tickets for an event
Plan an experience you can both enjoy together. Whether it’s a certificate for a massage with dinner later or an incredible concert, save the ticket and keep a paper trail of your night together. You can create a small scrapbook of the experience with receipts or just frame the original ticket. For the homebodies, you can book an experience through Today Tix and still have a great time sitting on your couch together.
5. For the person who loves family portraits: A custom family illustration
It’s always nice to have a family photo, but what about a custom graphic design? These custom family illustrations are customizable down to the clothing and pets and are a welcome addition to the home’s photo gallery. Some reviewers have purchased multiple illustrations to document milestones throughout a family’s life—so this gift might make for a wonderful encore next year!
6. For the storyteller: Scribbler subscription box
If your partner is a writer, this subscription box is for them. One review says opening this box every month is like Christmas morning. Scribbler sends all kinds of goodies for writers every month in a themed box, including teaching booklets from bestselling authors, books, and snacks. With the variety of items and catered experience for writers, this box won’t disappoint.
7. For someone who loves surprises: Decorative paper lantern
If you want to make a big event out of your one year anniversary, these paper lanterns will really set the scene. With a 5-star rating and smashing reviews, you can’t really beat the price. Have these budget-friendly lanterns hang above a home-made dinner outside at night, and your partner will surely be romanced.
8. For the perfume or cologne connoisseur: Whispers In The Library Eau de Toilette
It’s always romantic to buy perfume or cologne, but why not one that reminds them of books, hardback leather, and wooden shelves? Whispers In The Library by Maison Margiela has notes of cedar, vanilla, and orange flowers petals, and will rile up anyone who loves lingering in a library. The reviews have described this perfume as unisex, so it would make for a great gift for anyone special.
9. For someone who needs more time to relax: Secret Garden Adult Coloring Book
Adult coloring books have been all the rage, and this is one of the top sellers with over 12,000 reviewers that give it 4.5 stars. This is a great project for you and your husband or wife to do together after work is done, and it will help you both relax while doing a project together. You can also pair this with a nice set of markers or colored pencils for a special touch.
10. For the audiophile: Soundwave art
This soundwave art makes a sound clip the centerpiece. Whether it’s the audio of your vow, a special song, their child’s first word, or just you saying “I love you,” it’s a unique piece of art that can hold a layer of meanings for them. With various sizes and colors available, this art will be unique with not just audio clip’s distinctive dips and waves, but the color and font of your choosing.
11. For the sentimental one: Origami stars for hopes and dreams
Learn how to make origami stars and write the dreams you share with your partner, whether it be vacations you hope to take together or eventually buying a dream home. Put these paper stars in a jar and let your partner open them when you both need a boost.
12. For the one with a full camera roll: A special photo album
Whether you want to capture photos from your wedding day or just everyday photography from both of your camera rolls, this photo album lays these snapouts out beautifully in a panoramic, layflat spread. You can customize the book cover, photo sizes, and the layout of each page in the book, making it extra personal as a gift for your husband or wife.
13. For the person who’s always taking a rain check: Lover’s coupons
These cute coupons have 20 pages of ways to express your affection, whether it’s a candlelit bath or just giving your partner alone time. They also give specific instructions—like determining food delivery to be within a reasonable distance—which just adds adorable detail to these vouchers.
14. For the stationery addict: Personalized stationery
If your partner loves writing letters, get them personalized stationery that they can call their own. Rifle Paper Company provides beautiful flat notes in a handful of selections that includes colorful hydrangeas, roses, and more. There’s also a selection of font colors and greetings to choose from to make the flat notes a touch more curated for your loved one.
15. For the interior designer: Removable wallpaper
With removable wallpaper, you can redesign a whole room and surprise your partner, or you can gift them this beautiful roll and leave them to it! Our testers reviewed this wallpaper and found it to be great for renters—so this gift is perfect even if you’re both still dreaming about buying your forever home.
16. For the one who loves puzzles: A custom photo puzzle
Buying a puzzle as a gift is a great idea, but why not one you’ve designed yourself? With Minted, you can design a puzzle for your one year gift using a memorable photograph. We’ve already created a step-by-step guide for designing your puzzle on Minted, so it’s easy to create this adorable, personalized gift for your lovie.
17. For someone who already has all the books they want: Book art
Commemorate your anniversary date with this amazing book art. This is wonderful for a reader who you know you can’t buy another book for—they’ve already purchased all the books on their to-buy list, of course—and it will look right at home on their bookshelf. It can be tucked between books or used as a bookend to make for hidden art between your lover’s favorite reads.
18. For the constant wayfarer: Lonely Planet guidebooks
If your partner has talked about going to Europe or exploring the U.S. national parks, Lonely Planet’s guidebooks could be a great gift for planning a trip together. Buy a book, circle some memorable places, and give them the book with the promise to set a date for a trip in the future.
19. For someone who loves architecture: A house or wedding venue portrait
These house portraits are so cute and simple, it’s easy to imagine them hanging up in any household with the assortment of colors and sizes available. You can pick any meaningful “place” that means something to your husband or wife, whether it’s your wedding venue or the house you just moved into. The portrait will be based on any picture you send the artist and will be as detailed as the day you both saw the structure in person.
20. For a true-crime devotee: Hunt a Killer subscription box
This subscription box is perfect for a person who loves thrillers, mysteries, and true crime. It’s one of our subscription box favorites. You can choose to get your partner a one-time box for them to try or order a whole series of them for them to have a lengthy storyline to look forward to.
21. For the calligrapher: A calligraphy and handwriting set
Perhaps your partner has been wanting to practice their handwriting or they’ve been watching calligraphers on YouTube. This set encourages them to try their new hobby with a beautiful wood dip pen, ink, and nib set. If they get enough practice in, they’ll be sure to write you a thank you note with the same pen and ink.
22. For the astronomer or astrologer: A custom starmap
Want to memorialize a special moment in the stars? The Night Sky maps the stars at the very moment you both had your first kiss, your wedding, or your first date. Printed on art matte paper, this star map would look beautiful in any kind of home with customizable colors and additions. Sleek, beautiful, and meaningful, this would make for a great gift for someone always looking at the stars or finding meaning in astrological alignments.
23. For the nostalgic dreamer: A journal filled with your letters
Give them a journal with the promise you’ll write in it every day for the next year. You can write about how much you appreciate them, your hopes for the future, or just gratitude that you get to spend time with them. They can look at the journal anytime. This will show your commitment to them and your everyday recognition for their being in your life.
24. For the writer: An online masterclass
Give the gift of knowledge by buying them a Masterclass taught by their favorite writer. With teachers like Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and Roxane Gay, you can’t really go wrong with what Masterclass offers. And best of all, your partner doesn’t have to leave their home when they use it—so you can even join them in learning.
25. For someone who wants to put their phone away: How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price
If you and your partner both struggle to set time aside throughout the day to do things together—whether it’s the hobbies you love or just spending time together—this book might be for both of you. You can purchase this book as a gift with the idea that the 30-day plan can be something you both can pursue together. Price lays out a fantastic, fun, intentional plan so you and your partner can put aside your phone and stop scrolling through Twitter.
26. For the one still humming your wedding song: Wedding song print
This print eternalizes your wedding song in a beautiful way: with cotton fiber paper and a velvet texture, SheetsyBoutique ensures that the music is authentic with every note. Your names and wedding date will appear on the bottom in a gorgeous script. This piece also includes a solid wood frame so you won’t have to go searching for one once the print arrives.
27. For the librarian: Custom embosser stamp
When you have a partner who is always collecting books, you can buy them something that makes those tomes feel especially theirs. This embosser stamp has a unique selection of options to choose from, so you can pick a stamp icon that will suit their personality perfectly. If you own a library together, you can put both of your names on the embosser—but make sure they’re willing to put your name on their books!
28. For someone who has the photo albums filled: A painted portrait
For your anniversary, commission an artist to paint a portrait of the both of you together. Commissioning an artist for a custom portrait doesn’t have to be an intense process since we’ve reviewed Paint Your Life and found the ordering process, turnaround time, and products to be impressive. You can have a portrait commissioned in a variety of styles and mediums, including oils, pastels, and watercolors, so the possibilities are endless.
29. For the traveler: Custom city map
If your husband or wife finds meaning in a certain city or place, this map might be perfect for them. Perhaps they’ve just moved to a new town, or they’ve been in a city for many, many years: This piece will showcase a city of your choosing on a highly-detailed map with professional grade paper. Although the map is highly detailed, this map gives a minimalist, modern look and would suit any household wall as a framed piece.
30. For the bookworm: Book of the Month subscription
The best gift of all for a bookworm is more books! Book of the Month allows the subscriber to pick from five books and sends the book of their choosing to their home every month. You can’t go wrong with this one—if they love to read and books are piled about your home, this is it.
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