Just like a piece of paper, that first year of marriage is a blank canvas on which to paint your future, and this is one of the reasons why paper is the traditional 1st year anniversary gift. Whether you are looking for art, books, or origami – which lends itself brilliantly to that first marriage milestone – this list contains some brilliant ideas for celebrating those special 12 months.
Your First Kiss Animated Flip Book
This gorgeous book takes between 5 and 15 seconds of wedding video and turns it into a flip book of your first kiss, first dance, or any other special moment.
Custom Hand Painted Portrait
The perfect 1 year anniversary gift, this paper and charcoal picture is hand drawn from a photograph, and is available in 7 size options, from 5 x 7” to 20 x 24”.
Love Carries All
Proving that love really knows no bounds, this adorable print depicts a bunch of heart shaped balloons lifting an elephant off the ground, with the words ‘love carries all’ underneath.
Personalized Family Anchor Print
Perfect for sea faring couples, or those who just like a nautical theme, this anchor print can be personalized with the family name and the place they call home.
Custom Portrait of Couple
Made using tiny cuts of paper, this incredible portrait makes a unique anniversary gift for any happy couple, as it’s created from their favorite wedding photograph. Whimsical, cute, and very clever.
The Personalized Anniversary Journal
A gift to last through the years, this anniversary journal is designed to document each milestone, from the 1st year right through to the 60th, with space for photos and other mementos.
More than just a photo book, this scrapbook comes with black pages which make an effective backdrop to not only photos, but other mementos they may have collected along the way, too.
Blue Red Teal Paper Origami Leaf Earrings
These stunning earrings will make a gorgeous 1st anniversary gift for your wife, as they are made from vibrantly colored origami paper with a metal charm attached.
Sustainably Chic Paper Pouch
A paper bag as an anniversary gift? No? One look at these will change your mind, as they are made from sustainable paper fabric, with the strength and feel of leather.
Printable Paper Wildflowers
This free download will allow you to print off spectacular floral shapes, which can then be folded and glued to create stunning paper flowers, ideal for a paper anniversary. Instructions included.
Dandelion Flying Wish Paper
Help someone send their wishes out into the universe with this totally unique wish paper, which features dandelion drawings on which to write the wishes, before burning them and setting them free.
Personalized Folded Page Book
Perfect for that 1 year milestone, this book art will take center stage in any home. Select the personalized cover, and then add a special date for the 3D art inside.
Winter Leaf Paper Mini Sleeve
Fitting an iPad Mini or Kindle, this tablet sleeve is hand-made from recycled cement bags, which are stitched on to cotton lining and treated to create a stunning one-of-a-kind accessory.
5-Second Memory Journal
Fun and funky, this memory book will appeal to all couples who love color and character. With 40 beautifully illustrated pages to fill in, along with stickers, and space for photos.
Custom Constellation Map
The stars were in alignment the day they got married, so capture that night sky with this gorgeous constellation map which comes personalized with title, date, and location – 2 sizes available.
Custom Song Lyric Poster
They’ll never forget the words to their special song with this gorgeous gift for their anniversary. Lyrics are captured in a large heart, with the couple’s names and wedding date printed underneath.
Our Love Song Art
If you think their love was written in the stars, this delightful personalized print will capture it forever, with 2 constellation maps (one each) and their wedding vows printed in the middle.
12 Ways to Say I Love You Journal
Maybe you don’t tell them often enough how you feel, so give them this little book and they will have 12 ways to know that you love them, every single day.
A Dozen I Love You’s Custom Paper Flowers
Now you can say it with flowers…12 of them, to be exact. Made from paper printed with text of your choice, these paper flowers are the ideal 1 year anniversary gift.
In My Life The Beatles Lyric Art Print
Delightfully simple, this gorgeous print comes in 2 sizes and 3 finishes, and features a line from the Beatles song ‘In My Life’ against a background of blue sky and fluffy clouds.
We Met, We Married, We Live, Personalized Map
Ideal for that 1st wedding anniversary, this simple but effective picture contains 3 heart-shaped maps, which contain locations of where they met, married, and live, and is personalized with their names.
First Anniversary Love Poem Frame
Frames make lovely gifts, but this one is extra special, because it comes with a 4 x 6” space for that favorite snap, along with a poem about your first year together.
Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane
Let your love soar with this brilliant paper airplane. Simply fold the ‘paper’ into one of several shapes, attach the Bluetooth device, and use the mobile phone app to make it fly.
Custom Illustrated Couple Portrait
Hand-drawn and delivered to you as a printable download, this adorable picture can feature up to 6 people and 6 pets, and comes in an A4 size for easy framing options.
Chakra Flying Wish Paper
Wish paper is a beautiful way to direct your dreams into the universe, and this set comes with colorful chakra paper to be written on, burnt, and sent into the ether.
Hallmark Displayable Pop Up Anniversary Card
If she dreams of Paris, this 3D pop-up card depicts a couple sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower, and bears a sweet and sentimental anniversary message printed on the back.
3 Thoughtful Diy Paper Anniversary Gifts
Diy Surprise Exploding Box Video Tutorial
Super cute and simple to make, this ‘exploding’ box can be made for just a couple of dollars and can be customized to include love notes, poems, and even a sweet treat.
Diy Origami Heart Box Video Tutorial
Impress your loved one with a folded paper heart box which can be made by following the video tutorial. Slip a little something inside it for an extra anniversary surprise.
Diy Paper Flower Video Tutorial
These flowers are impressive, and all you need is colored crepe paper, a wooden skewer, and green tape. Make them in a few different colors for a bouquet which will last.
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