paper: your first anniversary

You’re about to reach your first milestone on the long (and hopefully none too winding) road of marriage, to become not-so-newly-weds and to mark the first anniversary of that day (one whole year ago!) – the best day of your lives!

And of course, you want to follow tradition, paper, cotton, leather and so on and so forth… or you’re just like me and love a good gimmick – an opportunity to get creative with your gift buying! So, below I have pulled together a list of my top 10 handmade finds to celebrate paper: your first anniversary.


origami earrings

These gorgeous little origami crane earrings are handmade in New Mexico, USA by Vicki Bolen of LittleBirdDePapel and come in a variety of styles and colours. You can find them here.


star map

This stunning star print map can be personalised to show all the stars and planets as seen from a time and place of your choice. Be it the day and location of your first date together or the sky above as you said “I do.” With the option to also add a personal caption, is there a more romantic gift to give to your fellow stargazer?! Designed by GreaterSkies you can find and personalise your own here.


paper flowers

Step away from the florists! This is your paper anniversary, so why buy a bouquet of real flowers that will inevitably wilt and die when you can give a bouquet that not only ticks all of the boxes (flowers ✓ gift ✓ paper ✓) but that will last forever, or at least a very long time?! I love the selection over at MyrtleAndQuince, which are lovingly handmade and hand painted in Antalya, Turkey by Andrea Marton. Pick up a bunch here.



Make room in your busy lives for quality time together with this box of dates. Containing a date idea for each week of the year, plus 5 blank cards for your own ideas, whatever they may be…! Assuring your second year of marriage will be just as fresh and exciting as the first! Find them made by Kate of A Year Of Dates in Bolton, UK here.



Celebrate one year since the exchanging of your vows with this beautiful calligraphy print of those very words by Madison Taylor of EmelynLetters in Florida, USA, get yours here.



This striking metallic print will capture your first dance in the format of visual sound waves. A stunning reminder of the most memorable song you share. Find yours made by Bristol, UK based HouseOfYve here.


origami deer

Sticking closely to our paper theme with a little more origami, this delightfully sweet deer couple is handmade in the capitol of romance – Paris, France by the talented Floriane Touitou of Florigami, where you can also request a custom order. Find this magnificent pair and others here.



For the old-fashioned romantic, have a telegram arrive on your anniversary date complete with hand inked stamps and vintage postage stamps. Created in Durham, UK by Imperial Telegrams you can order yours here.


library card

Perhaps like Mr V and I, you bonded over a much loved book or were impressed by his or her knowledge of your favourite obscure author. Either way this is the ideal commemorative gift for your book-loving other half. Mark down the story of you on this charming library card print, the perfect gift for your paper anniversary. Made using locally sourced materials in Crewe, UK by & So They Made, get one here.



Celebrate your paper anniversary in style with this dapper paper bowtie, which can be attached via a clip or a ribbon to just about anything making this a lovely unisex gift option. Then take it out on the town for that anniversary date! Handmade in Vancouver, Canada by Justina of FiberStore, order yours here.

If none of these gifts tickle your fancy take a look at the ideas below for further inspiration, now there’s really no excuses!

  • tickets to a show or event
  • plane tickets for a romantic surprise getaway
  • a handwritten love letter
  • keep a journal of your first year of marriage and present it to your spouse on your anniversary


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