Paper Gifts for Your First Wedding Anniversary
You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.
Whether that's true for you and your love or not, we took it upon ourselves to curate a list of paper and paper-inspired ideas your love is sure to cherish. With a wedding photo album keepsake you'll have forever, a magical Harry Potter book set for your favorite J.K. Rowling fan, and an on-the-go Instagram photo printer that'll help you keep track of all of your couple selfies, this gift guide is bursting with inspired ideas that you definitely didn't see coming.
In the mood to gift something majorly luxe? Put a fancy set of playing cards (perfect for at-home date night!) or a gorgeous Gray Malin triptych on your radar. If you're searching for an experience as opposed to a thing, scan the web for a local calligraphy workshop that'll help them turn handwritten paper notes into little pieces of art. Click through to see the entire gift list that'll help you honor one whole year of married bliss.
You've whipped up some incredible meals together during the first year of wedded bliss—including cooking for your first hosted holiday party!—which makes each recipe incredibly meaningful. Store these yummy keepsakes in a cute polka-dot recipe box so when it's time to cook up that second anniversary dinner, you'll know exactly where to find them.
Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box, $30, katespade.com
Brighten up your living room with a set of trendy photographs that'll help you relive that beach honeymoon.
Gray Malin Coogee Beach Triptych, from $749, graymalin.com
Beloved Coffee Table Book
Fancy Playing Cards
Prepare for those at-home date nights with a card set that'll make Rummy in your pajamas feel luxe and indulgent.
L'Objet Crocodile-Embossed Box with Playing Cards, $195, neimanmarcus.com
Now here's a wedding keepsake that's out of this world. This company will recreate your big day's night sky, so you can forever gaze at all of the stars and constellations you danced under.
Posterhaste Personalized Star Map Print, from $29, posterhaste.com
Add a refined touch to an at-home or at-work office with a desk calendar she'll love. Bonus points if you go through and mark important dates (like your next anniversary!) in the year to come.
Sugar Paper Classic Desk Calendar, $62, saksfifthavenue.com
Help your spouse print polaroid-style photos straight from his or her Instagram grid with this handy gadget, which connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Smartphone Instant Photo Printer, $179, urbanoutfitters.com
"Paper" Porcelain Mugs
Modern Frame Set
We get it. The first year of marriage is a busy whirlwind, which probably explains why you have yet to hang those wedding photos. This modern frame set, complete with different sized mattes, will encourage you to finally complete this project.
Crate and Barrel 5-Piece Matte Black Picture Frame Set, $129, crateandbarrel.com
Looking for a paper-related activity, as opposed to a physical gift? Gift her a calligraphy class—or better yet, take it together!—that'll help her achieve the Instagram-worthy handwriting of her dreams. Just do a quick internet search to see if a studio hosts workshops in your area.
Harry Potter Book Set
If you bonded over your mutual love of J.K. Rowling's iconic series, a specialized book set, complete with an illustration of Hedwig bringing you your Hogwarts acceptance letter, is in order. And how incredible is that suitcase?
Juniper Books Harry Potter Hogwarts Book Set, $275, ahalife.com
Wedding Vow Print
Challenge your spouse to this sweet card game, that sends you on secret missions in exchange for rewards.
Uncommon Goods Marital Bliss Game, $15, uncommongoods.com