If you’re waiting for your wedding day to come around, time is probably dragging. But for us old-married-people, time goes freaking fast. Wasn’t I just married a couple of months ago?! Hitting the 1 year married milestone is exciting. You’re officially not-newlyweds, you’ve settled into married life (hopefully) and the future has lots of possibilities. Celebrating your 1st wedding anniversary is important. Yes, a year isn’t *that* long, but it’s still an achievement. Today I wanted to share some neat wedding anniversary gifts for your first year married.
Present ideas for paper wedding anniversaries
The customary route to take with wedding anniversary gift selection is based on the “traditional wedding anniversary gift list“. There’s a couple of options – a US-version, a UK-version and a Modern option. The US-version seems to be what most NZ couples go with – which for your first year is paper.
Ok husbands, I know exactly what you’re thinking, as my husband said it too – no you cannot buy your wife a ream of office paper. Haha.
Note: The US has paper for the first wedding anniversary, and cotton for the second wedding anniversary. For the UK, it’s the opposite way around (cotton for the first anniversary, paper for the second anniversary), so don’t worry if you decide to follow the UK version – I’ll be writing a post on cotton wedding anniversary gift ideas soon. If you are coming up to your second wedding anniversary, and decided to follow the UK version, then you’re in luck with this post, as the second wedding anniversary gift is paper in the UK version. My brain has been tied in knots writing that paragraph, so hopefully it makes sense!
The usual first wedding anniversary gift ideas
I thought I’d start with the “typical” ideas – as these might spark inspiration and are typical for a reason
- Their favourite book. If they have a particular book they love, chances are they already own a copy. But a limited edition, signed copy of their all time favourite book would be really special. Bonus points if quotes from the book make it into your wedding vows.
- Plane tickets. If you got a honeymoon on top of a wedding, it might be a bit of a stretch – but tickets for a holiday somewhere would certainly make for a memorable wedding anniversary!
- Tickets to something else. Is there a concert coming up, or a movie on that they want to go and see? Think a bit outside the square for “paper” and you might find something that is a really unique present idea.
Reflect back on your wedding day
First kiss flip book
Did you get a wedding video? If your partner has rewatched it enough times to burn a hole in the DVD, then an animated flip book might be the sweetest thing you could possible give them. Imagine being able to relive your first kiss as husband and wife/wife and wife/husband and husband in analog format:
Custom Illustrated Art
If you haven’t yet done so, a wedding album or photos from your wedding day may be a lovely gift. If your wife was super-organised, then chances are these ideas are null and void. However here’s a beautiful way of memorialising something from your wedding that even the most organised bride won’t have thought of – a custom illustration of her wedding flowers:
The same artist also does the most darling watercolour illustrations of your pet, here’s my favourite below. If you’ve added to your family with a fur-baby in your first year of marriage, this might be especially poignant.
If you’re looking for a way of memorialising your wedding vows and your first dance lyrics, the “Love Birds Wedding Vow & Lyrics Print” is a special way to do it. All your special words are included within the print. It’s available as a printable file, so you don’t have to wait for shipping – or you can order on canvas or photo paper to frame yourself.Custom Jewellery
If your partner wears cufflinks regularly, a customised set of cufflinks for your first wedding anniversary could be a special gift for your husband. These cufflinks are custom made with your first dance lyrics on them, but you could opt to have your wedding vows included instead.
You can also send your wedding invitation to the shop and have it made into a pair of cufflinks or a tie pin:
For the music lover, how about a mix tape wall print, specially customised with your names, wedding date and first dance song?
If you’re a couple who enjoys travelling, a world map print highlighting the places you met, got married and honeymooned would be a special idea. This print is delivered by email, so you can skip shipping fees and get it printed locally.
Paper wedding anniversary gift ideas
If you’ve purchased or built your first home relatively recently, then what about a customised illustration of your first home together? This watercolour artist uses a photograph of your house to create a unique piece of art, and can include your family name and move in date. (More examples of homes they’ve illustrated here)
If your partner is not so sentimental, a modern print with a bit of a sense of humour might be up their alley? These eye chart prints are something different. At the bottom they are personalised with your names and wedding date:
Wedding anniversary gift ideas that look to the future
Part of having a wedding anniversary is looking back at how far you’ve come since you got married – but it’s also about looking ahead to the future as a couple. These next couple of gift ideas are a fun way to look forward in your relationship, and they double as incredible anniversary presents as well!
DIY your wedding anniversary present and make a date jar. Make sure you don’t fall into the rut of dinner and a movie, and instead mix it up with different date activities. I have a ton of different date ideas (plus instructions for how to make it) here.
Last minute wedding anniversary ideas
I know that your first year of wedded bliss can go by pretty quickly, so it’s forgivable if your wedding anniversary has snuck up on you (as long as you don’t forget the actual day… woo boy you’re in trouble). Anyway, I’ve listed some ideas below that are still special and awesome, but are also available as digital downloads, so you don’t have to wait for something to arrive in the post (husband pro-tip: also avoids going around the shops).
If you’ve got all the materials, you can DIY a date jar.
For the romantic in all of you, a cute print like this is a fun wedding anniversary gift idea. This print lists famous couples and is personalised with your names, then emailed to you within 24 hours if necessary.
I love these wedding anniversary cards – and they are available as a digital download, so if you’ve left it till the last minute, you don’t have to wait on shipping!
Any of these spark inspiration? Do you have any ideas to share? Leave them in the comments below.