Are you looking for the best paper gifts for your 1st anniversary? Today we’re talking about paper wedding gifts for him or her with creative ideas, styles, and many different price points. Be sure to subscribe here for the latest to your inbox!
Ah, 1st year married: congrats! If you’re celebrating your first wedding anniversary, the traditional gift is — paper! I know, perhaps that doesn’t sound as exciting to you as exciting as leather, copper, or diamonds, but you have to put in the time! :) So, why paper? Well, apparently it is because you have to start somewhere and paper anniversary gifts don’t cost much! Plus paper is easy to find (cards are super simple!) and there are creative ways to construct paper anniversary gifts for him or her.
To help you pick out the perfect present, we’ve rounded up twenty-five paper anniversary gifts we love: you can shop all of these online and surprise your spouse with a heartfelt, handmade gift. :) Which one is your favorite?
On to the list! Happy first wedding anniversary + here’s to many more!
Before we start, just a few questions + answers about paper wedding gifts for your first anniversary married.
What are paper anniversary gifts? That’s easy: anything made of paper that you can give as a gift to your spouse to celebrate your first year of marriage. From cards to books to posters, you’ll find that paper anniversaries are actually quite fun.
Does the entire gift have to be made of paper? No, just a little bit of paper will do! Some are completely made of paper, while others have a small element constructed of paper. Don’t worry, there’s no anniversary gift police or anything. :) Ha!
Can I just skip this whole tradition and buy flowers or jewelry? Sure! You don’t have to follow the traditional wedding gifts guide each year. But it is actually quite helpful when you’re on year X and you think, oh no, jewelry? Flowers? and you can turn to the guide and think, heyyy, something made of leather! Or copper! And tie it into your gift. It can sometimes encourage you to think of a more creative gift each year.
Paper Anniversary Gifts
1. Your First Kiss in a Flip Book
Turn your first kiss on your wedding day into a fun flip book as you watch it over and over again! Such a unique gift for your first anniversary present. By MakeThemFlip.
2. A Year of Dates
Get creative with this paper pack of date ideas. It gives you fun new ideas for activities you can do as a couple. By AYearOfDates.
3. Custom First Date Portrait
Awwwww, your first date location, painted onto a portrait! This might be my favorite of the paper anniversary gifts, simply because it’s such a thoughtful one! By BrassKeyStudio.
4. Grow Old With Me Paper Flower
This timeless poem by Robert Browning:
“Grow old with me. The best is yet to be.”
5. Your First Dance Song Lyrics on a Huge Poster
This makes a great paper anniversary gift: our favorite song or the song you danced to at your wedding, printed out on a stylish poster! By DotsAndPrintsDesigns.
Prefer a vinyl look? You can also get your first song on a record-inspired print, like this by HarleyDogDesigns:
6. Photo Calendars
Create your own unique photo calendar with your favorite wedding photos or pictures of your first year married. By Minted.
7. Plantable Seed Paper
Plant these beautiful seed papers and watch flowers grow. By SeedWeddingFavors.
8. Paper Bouquet
These paper flowers last forever! By ThePaperFlower.
Or this paper bouquet that can sit on your desk! By Lovepop.
9. Paper Cuff Links for Him
These cuff links feature your favorite song lyrics or your vows inside. By PaperAnniversaryLove.
10. Large Wedding Date Photo Art
Beautiful! By Baumbirdy.
11. State Cut Out Paper Gift
This paper cut gift captures the shape outline of where you got married, plus a beautiful cut-out of your initials and wedding date. By PaperhuggerStudio.
12. Book Page Art
13. Paper Ornament
Add an ornament to your tree this year, decked out in lyrics of your choice. By TreeTownPaper.
14. Scratch Off Paper Map
Track your travels by scratching off the places you travel together! Many locations are available. By TheMapLab.
15. Paper Anniversary Card
Sometimes, a card makes the best paper anniversary gifts! Write heartfelt words inside or capture the essence of your first year together.
Also loving these funny cards, which fit into our current state of quarantine.
16. Photo Art Box / Frame
17. Pendant Necklace with Paper Lyrics or Quote Inside
18. Constellation Art
How did the stars look in the sky when you got married, met, had your first date, etc.? Find out with this custom constellation art by FinchandCotter.
19. Wedding Dress Sketch
This is one of my favorite paper wedding gifts for her: a sketch of her wedding dress! By Dreamlines.
20. Paper Wine Bottle Stopper
Customize this to say anything you’d like! Sweet idea. By PaperAnniversaryLove.
21. Picture Frame for 1 Year Married
This photo frame allows you to hang a paper picture for your paper wedding anniversary gift. By LizzyFishSigns.
22. Paper Letter
A love letter written on this beautiful paper and given as a gift is perfect for your 1st wedding anniversary! By PaperJewelryDesign.
23. A Year With You Journal
This makes a gift to fill in together. By SourceBooks.
24. Pop Up Cards
These cards feature big pop-ups inside for an added surprise — and all made of paper for a beautiful first wedding anniversary gift. By Lovepop.
25. Message Locket
Write a little note for one of these lockets (by GiGisPetals) for a keepsake 1st wedding anniversary gift.
Okay, and as a fun EXTRA gift (we don’t really recommend this if they’re expecting a “real” present, ha!) and only if he or she has a really good sense of humor… :)
BONUS: Toilet Paper Roll, Personalized
Ah, yes, toilet paper. If you are the joking type, toilet paper rolls make fine paper anniversary gifts! This year is especially hot on the toilet paper market, with COVID and the giant toilet paper shortage of 2020. :) By TheAlphabetGiftShop.
It pairs nicely with this sign, might I add, especially if you have the regular “change the roll!” discussion in your home! By BellaChickDesigns.
Where to Buy Paper Wedding Gifts
To buy any paper gifts shown here, simply click on the photo or link underneath the picture to buy yours, ask questions, see pricing, etc.
Which paper gift is your favorite? Tell us in the comment box below!
Next up: year two! Spoiler alert: the second wedding anniversary gift is… cotton! :)