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First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

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If your first wedding anniversary is coming up, you might be wondering what you can get your other half. While flowers and chocolates are always a winner, I personally prefer something that will last a bit longer and provide me with a lasting memory of when I received it and that I can look back on in the future.

Did you know that the traditional first wedding anniversary gift is paper? This is said to be because paper symbolizes all the blank pages in your life ahead that you’ll be sharing together. However, giving some blank paper is probably not the most romantic idea (although I love notebooks myself so it might not actually be too terrible after all)

It’s actually really interesting looking at all of the different wedding anniversary symbols and gifts. You’ve probably heard of some of the well-known ones such as gold at fifty years and ruby at forty years but there is also leather at three years and steel at thirteen years

They also vary quite a bit between countries, in particular, the U.K and the USA. You can find a full list here.

Anyway, back to those Paper themed gift ideas. 

Scrapbook

I always think a scrapbook makes a great gift as you can fill it with memories, photographs and lots of other little reminders of your time together such as movie stubs, train tickets, or even dried flowers or leaves. Scrapbooks are lovely to look back on in the future when you can muse about how much things have changed but also on how far you have come together too.

Printable Pet Portrait

If you and your partner are animal lovers then a printable pet portrait might be the perfect gift idea. It’s becoming more and more common for couples to include their pets in their special day so why not a paper portrait as a paper anniversary gift.

You could choose a Pet Illustration of your beloved pooch or feline friend (or even something altogether more exotic if that’s what you have for a pet!) or an Animal Illustration maybe of their favourite animal or a pet that doesn’t live at home such as a horse or pony. You can choose a traditional style print or a more cartoony, fun version to suit the recipient’s personality.

All you need is a clear picture of the pet or animal to upload to the website and they will take it from there. At around the £10 mark, these prints are actually a really good budget option that looks like you’ve put a lot of thought and effort into them.

It’s also worth noting as these pet portraits are printable at home it means you won’t need to go the shops and there is an extra fast delivery option too just in case someone *ahem* may have forgotten about the anniversary.

Reasons ‘I Love You’ Jar

Romantic gifts don’t have to be mega expensive. For this gift idea, all you will need is a glass jar and some paper to write reasons you love your partner on them. Aiming for fifty-two or three hundred and sixty-five means they’ll have one to open and read every week or every day for a year.

A love Letter

In a time of social media, texts and emails, writing a love letter may seem a little bit corny. But I am definitely of the view that people should pick up a pen and paper and write more. A love letter, handwritten by you may well be treasured forever. If you’re worried you won’t have enough to say, you could always go small with post-it notes left around your house for your partner to find when they get home.

Other Paper Gift Ideas

Above I’ve explored a few amazing paper gift ideas, all of which I would love to receive. Here is a quick round-up of a few more if you’re looking for further inspiration.

  • A really nice diary. Is there a brand your partner loves when it comes to diaries but would never buy themselves? This could be the perfect time to treat them.
  • If they love to read you could find a first edition or signed copy of their favourite book.
  • You could print and frame either the music or lyrics to one of their favourite songs.
  • Date night cards to give you ideas for dates throughout the year.
  • A handmade origami rose or other sentimental item fashioned from paper
  • A framed map of where you met or got married.

If your first wedding anniversary is coming up, you might be wondering what you can get your other half. While flowers and chocolates are always a winner, I personally prefer something that will last a bit longer and provide me with a lasting memory of when I received it and that I can look back on in the future.