Paper First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Reaching a one year milestone is always a very momentous and moving moment, whether personal or professional, and none more so than the first wedding anniversary! Almost all cultures associate a symbol with this landmark, like soft cotton, clocks, mother of pearl, carnations, and paper. Of course, the latter is the most exciting one for me! I love the idea of the first year being akin to a blank sheet, with so many chapters yet to be written.

I’ve put together some paper-inspired gift ideas to celebrate a first wedding anniversary, and I hope you enjoy them!


Of course, my top pick is to surprise the recipient with a really special card! Why not ask a stationer to create a completely personal design for your partner, or even a pack of ‘reasons why I love you’ or date night cards?

A small message in a bottle is a cute way to tell your loved one how much they mean to you. You can also have a fun certificate designed, or mini cards to send your other half on a personalised treasure hunt. Bespoke wine collars are another great option, which you can then gift alongside your favourite wine or champagne.

Message in a Bottle

Journals and Notebooks

Many companies now offer beautiful personalised leather journals, which make a stylish and useful first wedding anniversary gift. They are perfect for someone full of creative ideas, someone who enjoys sketching, or a busy bee with lots of to do lists!

Photo Albums

Albums and collages are a lovely way of collating photos and souvenirs from the past year and turning them into a special gift. For newly married couples, the one year anniversary is often a fun time to look back on wedding photos and select favourites to create an album to share with friends and family. You can personalise these with your names and wedding date for something bespoke.

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