Best First Anniversary Gifts 2021: Unique Paper Anniversary Gifts

20 First Anniversary Gift Ideas That Are So Much Better Than Boring Paper

February 10, 2021 Updated March 9, 2021

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The first wedding anniversary gift is a very important one. Whether you’re buying something to celebrate your partner or you’re giving a gift to the happy couple in your life, finding one-year anniversary gifts starts with shopping for paper. Yes, paper! All the significant wedding anniversaries come with a corresponding material that’s supposed to inspire your gift. So, the one-year anniversary is celebrated with paper, and the materials increase in value and quality as the years go by. (P.S. Does the pee stick on a positive pregnancy test count as “paper”?)

You can easily give your partner a 1-year anniversary gift that’s simply a note written on a slip of paper, or even some handmade art to hang in your home (check out this tutorial on how to draw a simple rose). Maybe you’d rather get something funny like a pack of toilet paper, or you’re searching for an anniversary idea that’s a little extra special. With all that being said, you don’t have to give the gift of paper on the first anniversary, especially if you’re one to go against tradition.

We pulled together some paper-themed gift options, as well as some standard anniversary gifts that’ll be perfect to commemorate that first year together. Congratulations to you and your S.O. for reaching this milestone year, and best wishes for many, many more!

Best First Anniversary Gifts

Intersection of Love - Photo Print

This customizable Intersection of Love photo print allows you to highlight your own love story with your partner. You can get it framed or unframed.

$75 AT UNCOMMON GOODS



Wedding Anniversary Memory Book

If you didn’t start a memory book right after your wedding, pick up this Wedding Anniversary Memory Book now for your S.O. to so you can continue to fill it out over the years.

$27.99 AT AMAZON

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

You can get this Create Your Own Reel Viewer made with photos of you and your partner from your first year of marriage to commemorate your first anniversary.

$14.95 AT UNCOMMON GOODS

Couple's Terry Cotton Kimono Robe

A gift like this Couple’s Terry Cotton Kimono Robe set is a gift for both of you. Get these in whatever color you like so you and your better half can have a lazy night in together.

$69.99 AT AMAZON



Cinema Light Box

If you get this Cinema Light Box for your partner for your first anniversary, open it up and put a message on it first. That’ll make it extra special!

$26.99 AT AMAZON

Wine Cork Holder

If you and your partner are wine drinkers or you know a couple that are fans of vino, these monogram cork holders are a fun way to display mementos from your favorite bottles.

$24.95 AT AMAZON

Personalized Wooden Wall Clock

Clocks are also sometimes given as gifts for first anniversaries, as they signal the passage of time in the first year. This Personalized Wooden Wall Clock can be customized to fit your own love life.

$77.77 AT AMAZON



Best Paper Anniversary Gifts

Paper Flowers

Leave the real flowers for another time and get these paper flowers instead. Add a touch of your own creativity by arranging the flowers in a special display.

$25.95 AT AMAZON

The Couple's Activity Book

You’ve made it through the first year and The Couple’s Activity Book will give you so many fun things to do into year two.

$10.79 AT AMAZON

UNO: Dare

With UNO: Dare, you can jazz up game night with the same game you’ve always played but with a fun twist. This gift is especially fun if you’re on a budget and you just want something small but fun.

$5.44 AT AMAZON



Abstract Woman's Body Shape Wall Decor

Put this Abstract Woman’s Body Shape Wall Decor in a frame to give as a gift for a hint of sexiness in your home. If you’d rather have a piece of art with a male outline, Amazon has plenty of those as well.

$15.99 AT AMAZON

Weekly & Monthly Planner

If your S.O. loves to plan, give them this planner — especially if your first anniversary falls at the end of the year or the beginning of a new year.

$10.59 AT AMAZON

Cravings: Recipes For All The Food You Want To Eat

If you and your partner like cooking together or if you want to start cooking together more, try Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings: Recipes For All The Food You Want To Eat for some delicious recipes.

$21.32 AT AMAZON



Ramen Noodle Sticky Note Pad

Think about it: if you give this Ramen Noodle Sticky Note Pad to your boo for your first anniversary, then you’ll be the one to get cute notes written back to you on them!

$10.34 AT AMAZON

Diploma Paper Floor Lamp Set

Your first anniversary is a great excuse to add some new decor to your home. The Diploma Paper Floor Lamp Set can be your gift to your partner, plus it’ll add some flair to your space.

$64.95 AT AMAZON

Paper Rose Flower in Gift Box

Another flower option is this sweet Paper Rose Flower in Gift Box. Not only is this a cute gift for first anniversary but it’ll last forever so your partner will always remember the day.

$37.99 AT AMAZON



Our Moments Couples

Another fun way to keep learning about each other into year two of marriage is with the Our Moments Couples conversation starter set.

$18.95 AT AMAZON

New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

A fun personalized gift option is this New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle. You can choose to do the front page from your wedding day or pick another significant day for you and your S.O.

$49.95 AT UNCOMMON GOODS

Papier Marble Notecard Set

Old-school letter writing is not dead! Gift your S.O. with this super chic stationery set so they can send letters to their friends and family — or write love letters to you! These can be customized with their name for an extra special touch and come packaged in a box with accompanying envelopes.

$28 AT PAPIER



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Moonster Store Leather Journal
$20.95
Paper Flowers
$25.95
The Couple's Activity Book
$10.79
UNO: Dare
$5.44
Abstract Woman's Body Shape Wall Decor
$15.99
Papier Marble Notecard Set
$28
Weekly & Monthly Planner
$10.59
Cravings: Recipes For All The Food You W...
$21.32
Ramen Noodle Sticky Note Pad
$10.34
Diploma Paper Floor Lamp Set
$64.95
Paper Rose Flower in Gift Box
$37.99
Wedding Anniversary Memory Book
$27.99
Our Moments Couples
$18.95
Intersection of Love - Photo Print
$75
Create Your Own Reel Viewer
$14.95
New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle
$49.95
Couple's Terry Cotton Kimono Robe
$69.99
Cinema Light Box
$26.99
Wine Cork Holder
$24.95
Personalized Wooden Wall Clock
$77.77