1st Anniversary Gift Ideas
Published date: 1st August 2020 | Author: Carrie O’Donnell
If you are about to celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary, then a huge congratulations to you both!
The first year of marriage is such an exciting time, starting your lives together and your first wedding anniversary is a time when you can look back together, reminisce and reflect on one of the most special days in your lives.
Of course we know that you will want to find the most perfect first anniversary gifts for your partner so we have done the hard work for you and searched for the best first wedding anniversary gifts on the market! Sit back, relax and get inspired, there’s something to suit everyone from traditional, to modern and even some unique personalised gifts. We’ve put together 20 of our favourite 1st wedding anniversary gifts with both the traditional paper theme, and also the modern clock theme that you and your partner will both adore.
You’ll probably be relieved to hear that the 1st anniversary is something nice and affordable after paying for a wedding and honeymoon just months before!
Paper also has a lovely symbolism – this is your first year as a married couple so you’re starting off with a blank sheet that you can fill in however your future pans out. You don’t literally have to give your other half a piece of paper.
A really thoughtful gift that keeps on giving throughout the first year are these Date Night Cards from Not on the High Street, with fun date ideas to keep the excitement alive. How about some tickets to a concert or show? Vouchers are also printed on paper so you could give a voucher to a treat like an afternoon tea or open up the options with a voucher from somewhere like Virgin Experience Days. Feeling flush?
Plane tickets for a surprise holiday are an exciting and romantic option for someone’s paper anniversary.
Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas
This is not only a creative paper anniversary gift, but also doubles up as a beautiful piece of artwork as well. An origami folded book will create a fantastic centrepiece on your bookshelf and with the added detail of the personalisation with your initials; it makes for the perfect gift to celebrate.
£85, The Old Record Shop
Does your partner love music? Framed, personalised sheet music is a great choice especially for music lovers. You can choose to have one of the songs that you had for your special day, whether it’s the song you or your partner walked down the aisle to, or perhaps your first dance, this is a great way to celebrate your first anniversary.
£125, Miss Bespoke Papercuts
Why not tell the story of your wedding day by having a unique hand-drawn and hand-cut papercut commission created. Choose to have the moment you said ‘I Do’ or perhaps your favourite photo from the day, this really is the perfect paper anniversary gift and shouts luxury.
£109.99, The Gift Experience
This is a stunning gift set to celebrate the first year of marriage that includes three original newspapers, one from your wedding day, and one from each of your birthdays, presented in a presentation folder. A great keepsake!
This is a fun gift to create your joint bucket list with your partner of all the adventures you both want to do together. It even comes with space to write about when you did each one too so you can look back on the memories for years to come.
Something really special and unique is an origami vow art by Florigami, this allows you to turn your vows into something really special and keep them preserved forever.
From £125, Peter Harrington
If your partner has a favourite author or book then buying them a first edition paperback book really is a one-of-a-kind gift. The price for a first edition varies considerably from £125 to £15k, depending on the book you are looking for!
These date night cards come with 52 cards which will give you a fun and creative weekly date idea for a whole year! Who says romance and dates should stop just because you’re married!
£12.50, Hendog Designs
This is such an adorable, romantic idea for your first anniversary gift, a box of personalised mini love letters. Why not use each one to let your partner know a different reason why you love them!
£155, Posy & Pot
Why not have a sustainable, handmade paper flower bouquet made and replicate the bouquet that your partner had on her wedding day. This is a unique and thoughtful gift idea that she will be able to treasure forever!
£20, John Lewis + Partners
Okay, so technically these aren’t made of paper, however, the design is based on paper as they feature a paper aeroplane, so we think that counts! Treat your husband to these gorgeous silver cufflinks.
£33, My Papercut Forest
This Handmade and unique miniature wedding book is ideal for any book lover and is such a cute gift! You can personalise this with the date of your wedding on one side, and your names on the other. It also has a printed message coming out of the book too.
From £49, Virgin Experience Days
Why not treat your partner to a voucher from Virgin Experience Days, there are so many options from romantic short breaks, to high adrenaline experience days, the choices are endless!
£8.95, Paper High
These beautiful bowls will not only add some rustic colour to your home, but they’re also eco-friendly and use 100% recycled newspapers, so you can get a fab gift and also help the planet at the same time!
From £62, Canvas Vows
This personalised canvas is perfect for replicating your vows from your special day, or even the lyrics of your first dance.
Time has ticked by so quickly and you probably can’t believe it’s a whole year since you walked down the aisle! Keep a closer eye on the time that you’re married with the modern take on a first-year gift with a personalised wedding clock.
Clock Anniversary Gift ideas
This is an ideal gift for your partner, especially if they travel a lot with work. Not only is it practical, but they will think of you every time they open it too!
£21.95, A Short Walk Ltd
We loved this gift as it combines the modern with the traditional, a clock made from recycled paper packaging. Perfect if your partner loves astronomy.
If you’re looking for a modern first anniversary gift that can double up as a piece of artwork then this is the ideal gift for you. Made from solid brass, this is a super stylish gift.
From £150, Broken Faces Clocks
All the pieces from Broken Faces Clocks are made with recycled and rustic metal. Each clock is completely unique making this a one of a kind 1st anniversary gift!
£28, BU Products
We just love this honeycomb inspired wall clock, made by hand from sustainable bamboo.
Whether you are looking for traditional paper anniversary gifts or modern gifts, we hope you found some inspiration and we helped with finding the perfect present for your partner.
If you want to get organised or are looking for gifts ideas for your second anniversary, view our second anniversary gift guide here.