When picking first anniversary gifts, there’s a lot to think about! Do you want to go down the traditional route for your first anniversary gifts and opt for a paper gift? Or would you like to follow the modern example and give a clock as your first anniversary gift? We cover it all in our guide to first anniversary gifts for weddings.
What do you buy as a first anniversary gift?
Your first anniversary gifts are typically made from – or reference – paper. However, if you don’t love the idea of giving a paper gift for your first anniversary, you can choose to give a clock or clock-themed gift, as the modern alternative is clocks.
Why is paper the traditional first anniversary gift?
There is a romantic reason behind giving paper as your first wedding anniversary gift. Paper is fragile and needs to be treated carefully, much like your relationship in the early days of your marriage. Clean, blank paper also represents the fresh pages on which your love story is being written.
The modern alternative, clocks, came to be as they represent the time spent together so far, as well as all the time you have ahead of you.
For more information, make sure you read our guide to all the wedding anniversary milestones.
21 First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas: Paper & Clocks
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1. Message in a Bottle
2. Ladybird Book of the Husband
If you want a funny first wedding anniversary gift, what about the Ladybird Book of the Husband? It’s a tongue-in-cheek little gift that will make him laugh. There’s a Book of the Wife too! Get it from Prezzybox for £14.99.
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3. Couple’s Treasure Hunt
This is such a creative first anniversary gift idea – use the paper in this couple’s treasure hunt kit to lead the way to a special surprise. It could be another gift, or a romantic picnic – use your imagination! Buy it for £16 on Not on the High Street.
4. Name a Star
Amaze your partner with an first anniversary gift that truly is out of this world by presenting them with a paper certificate that reveals there is a star named after them. Buy it from Getting Personal for £16.99.
5. 10 Reasons Why I Love You Notes
This is a super cute and affordable idea for a first anniversary gift. You can personalise the ‘10 Reasons Why I Love You’ notes with super-specific facts about what makes them just so loveable. Buy it from Not on the High Street for £21.
6. 52 Date Night Cards
Give yourself a year of exciting date night ideas with these 52 Date Night Cards. It’ll help keep things fresh and exciting – this is such an imaginative take on the traditional paper anniversary gift! Buy it for £24.95 from Not on the High Street.
7. Anniversary Book
Tell the story of your lives together with this lovely Anniversary Book. You could fill in the details up to your first wedding anniversary, then make it a tradition to keep filling it in together as the years go by. It’s available on Not on the High Street for £29.99.
8. Shabby Chic Clock
9. Metallic Song Lyrics Print
Get the lyrics from your favourite song printed out in beautiful metallic font – we love the idea of using the lyrics from your first dance song to make it the most meaningful of first anniversary gifts. Buy it from Not on the High Street for £30.
10. Hand Painted Couple’s Portrait
We love this creative idea – a hand painted portrait of the two of you! You could ask the artist to paint a picture from your wedding day to make it the most sentimental of all your first wedding anniversary gifts. Buy it for £34 from Not on the High Street.
11. Engraved Crystal Clock
12. Wagging Tail Dachshund Clock
13. Newspaper from Your Wedding Day
Give them an original newspaper from a special date, such as your wedding day, as a thoughtful first anniversary gift they’ll treasure, and can pass down through generations. Buy if from Getting Personal for £44.99.
14. Personalised First Dance Photo Print
Overlay a picture from your wedding with your first dance lyrics with this personalised first dance photo print. It’s a beautiful and sentimental choice of first anniversary gift. Buy it for £45 from Not on the High Street.
15. Paper Plane Necklace
If you want something a bit more valuable than a simple piece of paper, what about this personalised paper plane necklace from Not on the High Street? You can choose between three metal types, so you can pick their favourite. Buy it here for £49.
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16. Premium Boxed Original Newspaper
Why not treat your husband or wife to a premium boxed original newspaper from the date of your choice? It’s a great way to give a piece of history as a first anniversary gift. Buy it here from The Gift Experience for £49.99.
17. Personalised Leather Watch
This personalised leather watch from Prezzybox is a creative twist on the modern first anniversary gift of a clock. You can personalise the back of the watch with a message of your choice. Buy it here for £64.95.
18. Paper Plane Cufflinks
We love the idea of playing with the tradition of paper first wedding anniversary gifts, and these sterling silver paper plane cufflinks are the perfect example. They’re a great first wedding anniversary gift for your husband. Buy them from Not on the High Street for £65.
19. Wall Clock
Jazz up your home décor with the New Gate Mr Edwards wall clock. If you know you want something like this, why not go halves as a joint first wedding anniversary present to yourselves? Buy it here from Cuckooland for £100.
20. Silver Watch with Pearl Face
21. Men’s Leather and Brass Watch
For more ideas, why not read our guide to the most unusual wedding gifts.