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First Wedding Anniversary Gifts: Traditional and Modern

First wedding anniversary gifts are traditionally made of paper, with the modern gift alternative now being clocks. Here are some of our favourite paper and clock gift ideas, from the romantic framed print of your choice of song lyrics to the bespoke heart-shaped map clock.

First Wedding Anniversary Gifts: Paper

1. The Story of Us

Write your own love story in the pages of this beautiful book and keepsake box. A versatile gift that is ideal for your first wedding anniversary. The book contains pages that can be hand-written with your story and a special box for you to keep old love letters and any other meaningful little treasures.

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The Story of Us

2. Metallic Song Lyrics of Poem Print

For music and poetry lovers, this is wonderful. Have the lyrics of a meaningful song or piece of poetry printed in metallic font and framed. It could be the words from your first song or a reading from your ceremony. A simple and very heartfelt gift that you will both enjoy for years to come.

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Metallic song lyrics or poem print by Not on the High Street

3. Personalised Wedding Anniversary Papercut

An attractive and delicate decoration for your home depicting your own unique situation. A meaningful gift, a talking point for guests and a lovely keepsake for years to come. Wall-mounted or simply placed on a shelf, this is one of the most joyous and forward-looking of first anniversary wedding gifts featuring the words: ‘the best is yet to come.’

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Personalised wedding anniversary papercut by Not on the High Street

4. A Love Book

A published hardback book that you create online telling the story of your first year together in fun cartoons and meaningful quotations. Custom made, it’s a cute way to show the love of your life how much they mean to you. This is one of the more unique novelty first anniversary wedding gifts.

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A Love Book by Love Books Online

5. Personalised Papercut Mood Light

This mood light is made from delicately cut paper to feature an image, your names and either your wedding date or the date of your first anniversary. Perfect for the bedroom or on show in the living room or hallway of your home.

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Personalised papercut mood light by Getting Personal

6. Orginial Newspaper with Certificate of Authenticity

A gift-boxed newspaper from your wedding day makes an interesting family heirloom. It comes with a personalised certificate of authenticity and is an ideal gift for history lovers, avid newspaper readers and romantics alike.

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Original newspaper with certificate of authenticity by Getting Personal

First Wedding Anniversary Gifts: Clocks

1. Personalised Mr. and Mrs. Slate Clock

Have your name and wedding date added to this Mr. and Mrs. clock made of slate so you will never forget your anniversary. The slate clock will complement any decor and is perfect for your kitchen, living room or hallway.

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Personalised Mr. and Mrs. slate clock by Love My Gifts

2. Bespoke Heart Map Clock

If you love to travel together then this map clock will be a thoughtful gift and a constant reminder of your favourite place. Choose to feature a map of the location you went to for your honeymoon or where you’re planning to go next. You could even have a map of where you live to show home is where the heart is.

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Bespoke map heart clock by Not on the High Street

3.  Cherished Photo Wooden Clock

Have your favourite wedding photo made into a wall clock. A practical gift for the home you will both get to enjoy and a more interesting alternative to the usual framed portrait. An image of you together or something more abstract like a photo of your wedding rings will mark your first anniversary in a memorable way.

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Cherished photo wooden clock from Not on the High Street

4. Heart Mantel Clock

This simple vintage style clock in the shape of a love heart will look perfect on the mantlepiece above your cosy fireplace and complement any decor. For some couples, understated first wedding anniversary gifts that don’t feature any personalisation are just the thing.

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Heart mantel clock by Homes Direct

5. Engraved Mantel Clock

A traditional mantel clock with an understated style in attractive crystal that will complement any decor. Have your own personal message engraved under the words First Anniversary.

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Engraved crystal mantel clock

6. Monogrammed Pocket Watch

If a watch is more his or her style then this classic pocket watch makes the ideal gift. Have it personalisned with their monogram for a treasured keepsake to be carried at all times.


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Classic pocket watch with black face

More First Wedding Anniversary Gifts

If you’d prefer to give something that isn’t paper or clockwork then there are many other first wedding anniversary gifts that will be loved and treasured as a keepsake through future anniversaries. From these personalised champagne flutes to this etched wooden beer caddy with opener, you’ll find more wedding anniversary gift ideas in this guide to wedding anniversary milestones.

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