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35 Unique Paper Anniversary Gifts

One year down, forever to go— first anniversary gift ideas that will inspire your partner stay with you forever.

Cheers to a trip around the sun with the person who brightens your day every day. You’re officially approaching one year of wedded bliss, so it’s time to pick out a first-anniversary gift that will wow your husband, wife, partner, or the adorable couple on your shopping list.

Traditionally, the first anniversary is considered the paper anniversary, which symbolizes the unwritten future the still new couple has ahead of them. As a gift giver, there are tons of creative and unique potential gifts you could give your significant other that fall into this theme.

You could also buck tradition and surprise your significant other with a totally unexpected (but wonderfully thoughtful) gift. No matter what path you choose, we have plenty of options for you on this listicle of 35 one-year anniversary gift ideas.

35 Best First Anniversary Gift Ideas

Roses are red, violets are blue, and you already said I do. Now, we just have to find the best one year anniversary gift for you.

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Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map

  • Take Your Love Around The World

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

How long has it been since you and your partner went on a jet-setting adventure? Was it your honeymoon, a Christmas trip to visit family, or did you just get back from a cross-country road trip last week?

Whatever the case, if you and your partner have the travel bug, this map will be an incredible way to document your adventures! You can personalize it with your and your partner’s name and anniversary date, then use the 100 push pins to mark all the destinations you’ve explored.

Anniversary Journal by Duncan & Stone

  • Create A Keepsake Together

  • $$$$$
  • Activities & Entertainment

By the time you’re celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, it might be challenging to remember all the sweet surprises and romantic gestures your partner made over the decades of anniversaries together. This journal could be the start of an incredible documentation of your love, and a beautiful treasure to hand down to future generations.

Personalized Anniversary Material Art

  • The Rest Is Still Unwritten

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

We love the use of paper as the traditional first-anniversary gift because we truly believe your love story is up to you to write. This beautiful and unique art piece could serve as a reminder to you and your partner that your relationship is a blank page to fill up as you’d like. Customize this piece with your names and special date for a keepsake your partner will treasure for years.

Happy First Anniversary Toilet Paper Gift

  • For Traditional Gift Givers

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

We did say paper is the traditional first-anniversary gift; however, we didn’t specify which kind of paper. If your partner has a wicked sense of humor and a taste for the unusual, this could be a hilarious first-anniversary gift idea for him or for her. We’re not going to tell you how to romance your husband, wife, or partner, but we might suggest getting a non-silly backup gift to go along with this, just in case.

Date Night Wanderlust Paint by Shadow Kit

  • Paint That Date Night

  • $$$$$
  • Activities & Entertainment

Gifts are great, but some people prefer quality time as their love language. This date night paint kit is the perfect combination of the two. You and your partner can celebrate the paper anniversary by creating unique pieces of art together. The set includes two canvases, paints, brushes, and instructions to give you and your partner a night to remember!

Cute 1st Anniversary Card

  • This Is Otterly Adorable

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Picking out the perfect one-year anniversary gift is only half the battle; you also have to find a wonderful card to go along with it. But don’t bust out the glitter and construction paper just yet; you can find a loving card without going down a DIY rabbit hole.

Otters will hold hands with their mate while sleeping to avoid drifting apart, which is so otterly adorable we can’t stand it. This card is an extra cute way to let your partner know you never want to drift apart.

Wedding Keepsake Library

  • A Sweet Moment For Your Momentos

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

With your leftover invitations stuffed in a random drawer, a dried boutonniere at the bottom of your closet, and your cake topper chilling in the freezer, your keepsakes aren’t really being kept safe, are they? Before more time passes and more damage can happen, your first anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to preserve these beautiful symbols of your big day.

Engraved Wooden Watch for Him

  • Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories

While the traditional first-anniversary gift is usually something made of paper, the modern 1-year anniversary symbol is the clock! A timepiece could be a great option if you want to get your husband or partner a gift that they can use every day. This watch is engraved with sweet messages on the back for a sweet memento your husband or partner can carry with him daily.

Anniversary Wine Box

  • A Gift For Now And Later

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

A bottle of wine for now and one for a few years from now — this first-anniversary gift also has you covered for a couple of anniversaries to come. You can customize this engraved anniversary wine box with your and your partner’s names, anniversary date, and which three years you want to crack open those bottles of wine.

The wine is not included, so don’t forget to hit up your local bottle shop to fill the compartments.

Personalized First Dance Song Anniversary Gift

  • Paper With A Purpose

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

Was your first dance song particularly meaningful for you and your partner? Are you looking for a sweet and simple gift for a couple celebrating their first anniversary? This gorgeous work of art is completely customized to your taste, from the song to the color of the metallic foil. Whether it’s for your favorite couple or your partner, we’re sure the recipient will love this thoughtful gift!

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Personalized Passport Couple Print

  • This One Is For Adventurous Couples

  • Homegoods & Decor

Some couples collect mugs, and others collect passport stamps together. If you’re shopping for first anniversary gifts for couples that fit the latter description, this beautiful artwork could be a thoughtful choice. This art is fully customizable, down to the travel dates on the passport stamps, giving you a beautiful piece of art you and your partner will treasure for years to come.

What I Love About You Book

  • Tell Them Exactly How You Feel

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Could you fill up a book with the love you feel for your significant other? Well then, why not do it? This fill-in-the-blank book comes with prompting questions that help you tap into exactly how you feel. If your partner’s love language is words of affirmation, then this gift feels like a no-brainer way to communicate those emotions.

Custom Street Map Puzzle

  • Not A Puzzling Gift

  • $$$$$
  • Activities & Entertainment

Finding your other half can feel like finding the missing piece to your puzzle. This unique gift can commemorate finding your special someone and your journey to build a life together. You can customize this puzzle with a special location for you and your partner and unique whimsy pieces such as letters or shapes.

Rainbow Fields Multicolored Alstroemeria Bouquet

  • A Blooming Great Gift

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Homegoods & Decor

Colors like yellow and gold are often associated with first anniversaries. This fresh bouquet features those traditional colors and captures the cheerfulness your partner radiates. If your wife thinks roses are cliche, this bouquet of Alstroemeria, which can symbolize understanding, humor, patience, empathy, commitment, and respect, could be a meaningful alternative.

Hearts Afloat Pool Serving Tray

  • Bring Bali Home

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Homegoods & Decor

Can’t afford to whisk your partner off to Bali for a luxurious floating breakfast? You can bring the tropical experience home with this floating heart serving tray. Just imagine their surprise when you have croissants, mimosas, and a delicious array of tropical fruits prepared for them! Get your phone or camera ready because your partner is sure to want pictures!

First Anniversary Paper Harry Potter Art

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  • Perfect For Potterheads

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

Do you know a couple of die-hard Harry Potter fans who just celebrated their first year of wedded bliss? You might not be able to take them to platform 9 Âľ to celebrate, but you could get them this adorable Harry Potter-themed artwork. Plus, the figures are meticulously crafted out of paper, so you can nail the traditional paper anniversary gift theme.

14k Gold Rough Diamond Halo Ring

  • If You Like It, Put Another Ring On It

  • $$$$$
  • Jewelry, Accessories

While you might have given her a significant ring roughly a year ago, that doesn’t mean you’re done buying your jewelry for your wife. In fact, gold is the first-anniversary gemstone, so it seems only fitting that you should get this 14k gold ring for her. This ring combines elements of rough and refined artistry that symbolize the beauty and challenges in any relationship.

Leather Journal Notebook Gift Set with Luxury Pen

  • Write It In Style

  • $$$$$
  • Stationery & Office Supplies

We’re picturing a rugged outdoorsman using this journal to document his findings out in nature. But if that doesn’t fit your partner’s description, that’s totally fine too! This lovely leather journal is made with recycled cotton paper and bound with exquisite details that any writer, poet, or artist would appreciate.

Personalized Wedding Vows Throw Blanket

  • Cuddle Up In A Meaningful Way

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

Your partner could physically wrap themselves up in your romantic words and promises of endless love; all you have to do is get them this beautiful blanket! This blanket is customized to feature both of your wedding vows and can serve as a tactile reminder of the commitment you made to each other.

1st Wedding Anniversary Christmas Tree Ornament

  • Spread That Christmas Cheer

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor, Novelty

According to the wonderful movie Elf, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” However, we think this adorable and meaningful ornament could be the second best option, especially for a Christmas-loving (heteronormative) couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

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Outrageous Conversation Starters for Couples

  • Let’s Get This Conversation Started

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Activities & Entertainment

Are you tired of having the same three conversations with your partner? Whether it’s asking them about their day at work or the drama at daycare drop-off, we can start to fall into the trap of surface-level chats with our partners. Relationship experts design these prompts and questions to help you and the love of your life dive deeper and continue getting to know more about each other.

U.S. Art Supply Sketch Book Pad Pack

  • An Awesome Anniversary For Artists

  • $$$$$
  • Stationery & Office Supplies

If you are lucky enough to be married to an artist, crafter, or serial doodler, you probably won’t be surprised to find out that they almost always want more sketch pads. This set of three sketchbooks is a simple and practical gift that all creative types will enjoy.

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

  • A Reel-y Unique First Anniversary Gift Idea

  • Novelty

Can you think of seven memorable moments from your first year of marriage? How about 14 moments? You could surprise your partner with a gift that combines romance and nostalgia. Choose seven images to feature in this awe-inducing reel viewer, or (if you have too many moments to choose from) double down and purchase an additional reel for 14 total images.

Our First Anniversary Engraved Leather Picture Frame

  • A Picture Frame Is Worth A Thousand Words

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

We’re going to let you in on a secret— framing nice photos of you and your significant other is almost always a good idea. Don’t have any recent pictures of the two of you? Give your partner this picture frame and then surprise them with a small photoshoot.

It doesn’t have to be serious or overwhelming, but having cute pictures (that aren’t selfies) could be a really meaningful gift and gesture for your partner.

The Adventure Challenge Scrapbook

  • Let’s Start Making Memories

  • Activities & Entertainment, Novelty

While there is comfort in routine, there is always excitement in adventures! Each book contains 50 ridiculous challenges that will no doubt help you and your partner, or your favorite couple, get out of their comfort zone and make some memories. Couples could aim to do a challenge every week to fill an entire year with zany adventures.

Made-To-Order Personalized Song

  • Sing Us A Song, You’re The Piano Man

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Do you want to give your partner a one-of-a-kind gift but can’t write a lyric or hold a tune to save your life? Neither can we, so we may as well leave it to the professionals! The talented musician David Morgan can turn your anecdotes and stories into an incredible testimony of your love and give your partner a first-anniversary gift they’ll never forget!

Forever Together Photo Coasters

  • Rings On Fingers, Not Tables

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

Do you know a couple that hasn’t stopped sharing pictures from their wedding nearly one full year later? We suggest you just go ahead and make them these customized coasters with some of their favorite wedding pictures. Alternatively, you could also feature pictures of their pets or highlights from their travels together on this set of four personalized coasters.

One Year, Our Story So Far - Scrapbook

  • A Dazzling DIY Option

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

What milestones have filled up your first year as a married couple? Did you move into a new home together? Have you adopted a furry, four-legged friend? Have you finally managed to successfully share the blanket all night long?

Whatever your accomplishments are in your first year of marriage, we think you should document them all! There are about 25 pages inside that you can use as a scrapbook, sketch pad, notebook, or however you want to express yourself! This is the perfect first-anniversary gift idea for those couples that prefer handmade tokens of affection.

Love Is Art Kit

  • Turn Up The Heat

  • $$$$$
  • Activities & Entertainment

Are you looking for a first-anniversary gift that is unusual and a bit intimate? This Love Is Art Kit definitely fits the bill. You and your partner will get down and painted to create a unique and one-of-a-kind piece of abstract art that you can proudly display in your home (but people will probably ask where you got it, FYI).

Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace for Women

  • Traditional Symbols, Modern Style

  • $$$$$
  • Jewelry, Accessories

Some circles consider gold the first-anniversary gemstone, while others claim it’s peridot. Considering the confusion, we thought you might just want to hedge your bets and get a piece of jewelry that combines the two beautiful options! This gold and peridot necklace is a wonderfully subtle piece that still adds a pop to any outfit.

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Cheers to the Years Anniversary Glasses

  • One Gift, Years of Use

  • $$$$$
  • Kitchen & Dining, Novelty

Do you want to get your partner a one-year anniversary gift without feeding into reckless consumerism too much? You don’t need to buy a new set of glasses to celebrate each anniversary. These stemless glasses can be customized every year for party cups that can be used again and again instead of sitting in your cupboard gathering dust.

1-Year Marriage Anniversary Wine Bag

  • Nothing To Wine About Here

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Are you struggling to figure out what to get for a couple celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary? Especially if you shelled out a fair chunk of cash for their wedding gift, you might not want to go overboard for their first anniversary. You could save yourself the stress by picking up a nice bottle of wine and using this first-anniversary-themed wine bag to complete the gift!

Custom Love Letter Cufflinks

  • Cuffing Season Is Every Season

  • Accessories

Romantics traditionally wrote love letters on paper, so consider these love letter cufflinks totally on theme for a paper anniversary gift. You could give your partner these cufflinks before letting them know that you have dinner reservations at a restaurant that requires fancy attire. It is your first anniversary, after all. It’s time to celebrate in style!

1st Year Wedding Anniversary Paper Rose Flower

  • Sweet & Simple

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Homegoods & Decor

Are you looking for first anniversary gift ideas that are small and thoughtful tokens of your love? This paper rose flower is a wonderful symbol of your love, and will last significantly longer than a bouquet of real roses. The creator of this paper rose has options for various anniversaries, so you could even start a collection that you carry on every year.

Personalized Family Pillow

  • We Are Family

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods & Decor

Whether your family structure is modern, traditional, or somewhere in between, it definitely deserves to be celebrated! You can commemorate how your family looks now at one year in, whether it’s just the two of you, your fur babies, or a blended family structure, on this personalized pillow.

First Anniversary Gifts FAQs

Is One Year Anniversary a Big Deal?

Every anniversary should be considered a big deal. While a one year anniversary may not be the same milestone achievement as a 25 or 50 year anniversary, it is worth celebrating. Making it to a one year anniversary means the couple has faced and overcome early challenges, such as moving in together.

What Is the 1st Anniversary Symbol?

The first anniversary is known as the paper anniversary. Paper symbolizes the new couple’s love being a blank page, with a love story that is still unwritten. Some popular paper goods could be personalized artwork, a lovely journal, a scrapbook of your marriage so far, a meaningful card, and more.

What Color is the 1st Wedding Anniversary?

The first-anniversary color is yellow, which can evoke the freshness of spring and cheerful life in the throes of an early relationship. Gold is also considered the first-anniversary gemstone by some, so it is another common color used for first-anniversary gift ideas.

How Much Should You Spend on the First Anniversary Gift?

If you’re budgeting for your own wedding anniversary gift, we suggest aiming around the $100 mark. Of course, you can find thoughtful and meaningful gifts at any price range, and the sentiment behind the gift is always more important than the item itself. If you’re shopping for an anniversary gift for a couple, we suggest spending between $50 and $100 for family members and $20 to $50 for friends.

What Is a Traditional 1-Year Anniversary Gift?

The traditional first-anniversary gifts are paper goods, which symbolize your unwritten future with your partner. If paper goods don’t fit your partner’s taste, there is also a modern option— clocks. This could symbolize the early stages of your relationship and the bright future they have together.

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Carly Schwarz

Carly Schwarz is a part-time conservation biologist, part-time creator of funky crafts, and full-time goofball writer for Gift Rabbit. She earned a degree in Environmental Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans and has worked on conservation projects worldwide since. Before she entered the world of online writing, Carly was the Research Coordinator of an elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand.