If you’re looking for the best paper anniversary gifts for 1st year of marriage, need a cool paper gift for him, or you’re in search of paper anniversary gift ideas for her, look no further! These unique paper anniversary gifts are perfect gift ideas to celebrate your first wedding anniversary. Read on to find out more + sign up for our newsletter!
If you’re celebrating your 1st wedding anniversary and need the perfect gift, you’ll find it here! In this post, we’re sharing the best paper anniversary gifts for him or her. We also found some unique paper anniversary gifts for a couple, in case you’re buying them as a gift for yourselves or for a couple celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary soon.
But first, let’s start with answers to a few questions about this traditional anniversary gift: paper.
What, you were expecting diamonds, silver, or crystal? You have to work up to it! ;)
Why Paper Anniversary Gifts
Paper is the traditional wedding anniversary gift for 1 year of marriage. So, why paper, you ask? Paper is the traditional gift for 1 year of marriage because it symbolizes a blank canvas. One year is a wonderful milestone and just the start of your story. An alternative gift, traditionally speaking, is a clock, the symbol of time; however, today we’re talking about paper — the original and traditional gift option. (NOTE: See #28 for a gift that combines both!)
Where to Buy the Best Paper Anniversary Gifts
You can shop anywhere, but we think this list will help: we’re rounding up the best paper anniversary gifts Etsy, Amazon, and Minted have to offer. We found some of the most creative and most unusual paper anniversary gifts for him or her and you’ll love what we discovered.
After all, you only get one chance to make a lasting impression on your 1st wedding anniversary, so we’ll help you knock it out of the park. :)
Are Paper Wedding Anniversary Gifts Pricey?
They can be, but not necessarily! On this list, we’ve found an extensive list of different price points from the very simple paper anniversary gifts to more elaborate or luxe anniversary presents. This way, you have lots of options to select a paper gift he or she will enjoy.
From the hilarious toilet paper gifts (yup, they’re here!) to the pass-me-a-tissue treasures, there’s something special for everyone on this list. We sought out paper jewelry, die-cut art, wall art, paper wedding gifts for him or her, plantable gifts, cards, handmade journals, scrapbooks, paper bouquets, and so much more.
Paper Anniversary Gifts
There’s a lot of creativity here, so grab a huge cup of coffee and let’s get started! We’ll show you where to buy the best 1st wedding gifts for him, her, and them to celebrate and commemorate this big milestone: the first year, married. It’s an exciting time, for sure.
1. Your Song Lyrics Printed on Paper Flowers, Page’s Garden
There is so much here, I don’t know where to start… but it is your favorite song lyrics, printed onto paper, which are then formed into these delicate flowers that look like sweet wildflower blooms, and they never wilt. Great idea and beautiful work of art by artist PagesGarden.
2. 1 Year Down, Forever to Go Card, KraftStreetPaperCo
One year down, forever to go! A sweet card just waiting for you to fill it in with your own heartfelt sentiments inside. This is a nice and simple paper wedding anniversary gift idea. By KraftStreetPaperCo.
3. Paper Flower Vase, RootToVine
AMAZING! This entire paper flower vase is handmade from paper, a perfect first wedding anniversary gift idea. By RootToVine.
Want other variations? Amy offers other styles, too!
And this Christmas tree for the holidays!
See more here.
4. Paper Rose Ring, CindyCaDesign
This unique first anniversary gift features a paper rose turned into a wearable ring. Love this! By CindyCaDesign.
5. 1 Year Print on Handmade Paper, GiftForHimAndHerEtsy
This 1st year anniversary gift for him or her features word art printed on handmade paper. By GiftForHimAndHerEtsy.
6. Heart Snapshot Art, Minted
Gather up your favorite snapshots from your first year married and compile them into this beautiful heart-shaped work of art. Absolutely beautiful! By Minted.
7. Embroidered Toilet Paper Roll, KatzKustomThreads
Ah, yes — there is an actual toilet paper roll designed for your one year anniversary gifting needs. And yes, it is embroidered! This gift is perfect for the couple with a sense of humor and, to be fair, it is paper so it definitely counts. By KatzKustomThreads.
Prefer something of this variety? Sure thing. ;) By Tevxj.
8. Pinecone Ornament, TreeTownPaper
This paper ornament is made from printed sheets of paper with your favorite song lyrics, then turned into a delightful holiday-inspired pinecone ornament for your Christmas tree. I love the uniqueness of this one by Etsy artist TreeTownPaper.
9. Wedding Dress Sketch, Dreamlines
This is one of my favorite paper wedding gifts for her: a sketch of her wedding dress! By Dreamlines.
10. Personalized Paper Flower Ball, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding
This paper flower ball is a signature style from the talented KarasVineyardWedding on Etsy, but that’s not all: with your flower ball she includes beautiful charms to commemorate the occasion with your initials and wedding date. A perfect gift for your 1st year married!
11. Paper Airplane Cufflinks, JFoxCufflinks
These paper airplane cufflinks are easily one of the top first anniversary gifts for him: they aren’t made of paper, but symbolize paper, since the silver is molded into small paper airplane shapes. Cute! By JFoxCufflinks.
12. Paper Heart Origami Art, Bobbins and Roo
Your latitude and longitude coordinates, printed to represent special places in your relationship (i.e. where you met, got engaged, and got married, for example) make a lovely 1st anniversary gift for her or him. It is framed for the ultimate art piece, ready for hanging in your favorite space. By BobbinsandRoo.
13. Paper Flower Bouquet, PapersBloom
A lovely paper flower arrangement she can keep forever! This is one of my favorite wedding anniversary gifts because these flowers never wilt. By PapersBloom.
14. Cufflinks Made from Your Invitation Paper, PaperAnniversaryLove
Okay, let’s file this one under ‘amazingly creative’: these are some of the best anniversary gifts for the first year married! It is a pair of cufflinks, custom-made with a small piece of your wedding invitation in the design. By PaperAnniversaryLove.
15. Anniversary Book, Duncan and Stone
There is no better time than now to start recording your anniversaries, year after year! Begin with year one, jotting down your favorite memories on the pages of this paper journal with a nice, high-quality cover. By DuncanandStone.
16. 1st Anniversary Christmas Ornament with Paper Inside, UniquityAndBeyond
I love this idea: strips of personalized paper with your names and the wedding date, beautifully layered inside a shatterproof ornament. Perfect for gifting during the holiday season! By UniquityAndBeyond.
17. Folded Book Art with Your Wedding Date on Pages, EllensCraftsStudio
Wow: check out this folded book art! What a creative way to display your wedding date on paper, perfect for your first anniversary gift. By Ellen’s Crafts Studio.
18. Our Story So Far Relationship Timeline, BoundWithBlossom
Okay, now THIS is cool: it is one continuous line showcasing YOUR unique relationship story. Get it printed and shipped to your door or order a digital file here and print and frame yourself. A beautiful way to illustrate your relationship and on paper for your 1st anniversary! By BoundWithBlossom.
19. Stack of Books Printed with Song Lyrics, CoppasCreations
This vintage-inspired stack of books features your names and wedding date printed on the spine, your song title and lyrics printed on top, and it’s all wrapped up for a perfect present with twine. By CoppasCreations.
20. Hello, Will You, I Do Print, ModernMapArt
This wall art is printed on — paper! — and can be framed for a special art print in your home. It features “hello”, “will you”, and “I do” along with heart-shaped maps to show where and when you met, got engaged, and got married. By ModernMapArt.
21. Our Love Story Map, GentleRoad
This artful map is illustrated just for you to show your story so far! It includes special milestones like where you met, where you got engaged, your pets, and other special attributes that tell your narrative. Hand-illustrated on paper for a truly creative first wedding anniversary gift idea. By GentleRoad.
22. I Am Yours, No Refunds Card, SweetWhispersStudio
Ha! No refunds! Have a little fun with paper anniversary gifts and select a card, like this one printed for you by SweetWhispersStudio.
Also loving this “congrats” card from StudioYelle — it’s hilarious!
And this pop-up 3D card by PentaAngel.
And this Paper Year card by Joukfun.
23. Paper Lantern, BaloolahB
This diffused light lantern is an incredible gift for your first wedding anniversary, using paper and vellum — and unique cut-outs — to create a one-of-a-kind lantern that lights up your desk. By BaloolahB.
24. Paper Necklace, SarahTrumbauer
This is a creative gift idea: a die-cut snowflake paper, placed inside a necklace. It is perfect as a 1st wedding anniversary gift for her! By SarahTrumbauer.
Prefer a different style? There are many in the shop! Here are two more — one monogram, the other a botanical option.
25. Our First Year Scrapbook, PaperKrazed
Get crafty with your favorite pictures, ticket stubs, and other memorable finds you’ve collected from your 1st year married and put it into this scrapbook! The front of the scrapbook reads, Our First Year with a heart and your names. By PaperKrazed.
26. Airplane Ring, BeautifulWithYou
A paper airplane ring like this one is a fun take on the paper anniversary gift. Love it! Very popular, so order soon. By BeautifulWithYou.
27. Paper Floor Lamp, Moodoo
This breathtaking art piece is perfect as a first wedding anniversary gift, made of paper and designed to be enjoyed as a focal point in your home. By Moodoo.
28. Origami Wall Clock, GiftedPapers
Give this paper anniversary gift for her or him: a paper origami wall clock. It’s a great way to show how much time you like to spend together and it even has a favorite song printed onto the paper. And at the risk of sounding totally lame, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say it anyway… the clock is a sweet image to help you remember that giving your time to each other is the best gift of all. By Giftedpapers.
29. Custom Art Print with You and Your Pets, WordsWorkPrints
This art print makes a beautiful gift idea for him or her and features you both, customized in your hair color and skin color, sitting on a bench together with your pets. At the top reads, “And so together they built a life they loved” By WordsWorkPrints.
30. Handmade Paper Journal, DanielsArtplanet
31. Paper Ornaments, ImeonDesign
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32. Paper Origami Crane, LettersByInsia
A handmade paper origami crane, personalized with your names. Simple, sweet, and perfect. By LettersByInsia.
33. Custom Paper Cut Art, PaperhuggerStudio
These personalized paper cut art pieces are AMAZING! I love this one with a state shape of where you got married, your initials, and the date. By PaperhuggerStudio.
34. Paper Cut Art of Home, RachelsCustomDesign
35. Paper Map Art, PaperArtByChloe
Your neighborhood turned into one-of-a-kind art! A sweet gift idea for your paper anniversary. By PaperArtByChloe.
36. Paper Bead Bracelet, PhoebeBeadShop
37. Paper Figurines, Ficelleetpapiers
These figurines in love make one of the best paper gifts for 1st wedding anniversary! What a creative work of art. By Ficelleetpapiers.
38. Forest of Trees Paper Art Print, WordsWorkPrints
This lovely art print features a pair of red cardinal birds in a forest of beautiful trees, alongside your names and the wedding date. By WordsWorkPrints.
39. Marriage, Volume 1 Book, TransientBooks
Volume 1, Year 1 Complete! Tell your story inside this book which features a ribbon bookmark to save your spot. Collect one each year and fill each one up with volumes of memories. By TransientBooks.
40. Your Vows Printed On Paper, ReverieStationeryCo
Have your wedding vows printed on paper like this as a true work of art. This is such a sweet and sentimental 1st wedding anniversary gift! By ReverieStationeryCo.
41. Paper Plane Socks, Sockfame
A great 1st wedding anniversary gift for him: dress socks with paper planes on them! A cute take on the traditional paper theme. By Sockfame.
42. Handwoven Paper Nightlight, 1000PaperLanterns
Another unique take on the paper anniversary gift: a handcrafted nightlight you can enjoy for years to come. By 1000PaperLanterns.
43. Soundwave Print, ArtsyVoiceprint
A song, a sound file, etc. becomes a work of art with this soundwave print! Frame it in your home for a one-of-a-kind 1st wedding anniversary gift on paper. By ArtsyVoiceprint.
44. Plantable Seed Paper, Flowerseedpaper
An eco-friendly gift idea for your first wedding anniversary: seed paper! Plant these hearts, butterflies, or other shape of your choice from the shop and wildflowers will bloom.
45. Our Bucket List, TransientBooks
Choose a favorite color of these fun bucket list books and start making a list of all the things you’ll do together! By TransientBooks.
46. Origami Hanging Stars Decoration, EdyandFig
These stars make a lovely addition to your home! Made of paper for your 1st year married. By Edy and Fig.
47. Song Lyrics Wall Art, GraceStoneDesigns
Another take on song lyrics, printed onto wall art, but in its own unique way! I like this design! By GraceStoneDesigns.
48. Paper Rose in a Box, PapersculpturesArt
This looks lovely! High ratings, too. PapersculpturesArt.
49. Recylced Paper Ring, ByStephanieBarbie
50. Tie Bar with Paper Inside, PaperAnniversaryLove
One of the most popular anniversary gifts for him for the first year! It features a small section with a short line or quote, lyric, or vow from your wedding day. By PaperAnniversaryLove.
51. Quilled Succulent Plant, TheQuillery
From a gardening perspective, a succulent is one of the easiest plants to keep alive. That means this paper succulent is even easier, and by that, we mean it won’t ever wilt or wither away. By TheQuillery.
52. First Anniversary Frame, MyButtonHeart
This sweet gift is perfect for your paper anniversary and features a section on the bottom that is able to be personalized. By Mybuttonheart.
54. Push Pin Map, Wendy Gold Studios Store
And last but certainly not least, this awesome push pin map by Wendy Gold Studios Store. It’s a great way to keep track of your travels throughout your marriage! And it looks nice on the wall, too!
P.S. If you’re a fan of The Office, you MUST check this out. Classic.
And there you go: the best paper gift ideas for your wedding or anniversary.
Where to Buy Paper Anniversary Gifts
To shop, click on the photo of the gift above (or link directly underneath it) to buy yours.
If you are exchanging 1st wedding anniversary gift in the coming weeks, which one will it be? Tell us in the comment box below!
Happy paper anniversary! :)
P.S. Looking for First Year Married / Engaged ornaments? Here you go!