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March 03, 2011

Paper Anniversary {One Year}

Traditionally, Paper is the gift you give for your one year anniversary, thus called the PAPER Anniversary.

Why is it called a paper anniversary? Some theories are because the first year is the most fragile year; or that newlyweds typically in their first year are focused on making ends meet thus, to find a gift of something as simple as paper to celebrate. I'm not really sure why, but I do know that most sites reinforce that the first year anniversary is as special as the 50th, but probably not as lavish of a celebration.

The types of paper gifts you can give can include photos, love letters, the gift of actual paper - stationary, posters & prints, books, tickets and much more.

Modern gifts for the 1st year anniversary is the gift of a clock.

Here is a chart from Happy -

Alternate Modern:
  • Artwork
  • Love letters and poetry
  • Favorite book
  • Memory album
  • Stationary with new married name
  • Home decor
  • Gift certificates
  • Cigars
  • Book of floor plans (if building a house soon)
  • Life insurance
  • Geneology
  • Tickets to a play, concert, or sporting event
  • Wood sculpture
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Tupperwear
  • Household appliances
  • Household items
  • DVD or CD
  • Sunglasses
  • Sports gifts
  • Yoga mat
  • Luggage accessories
  • Adult gifts
  • Artisan clock
  • Personalized clock
  • Watches
  • Feature-rich alarm

I'd love to know what you intend to do or have done for your first year anniversary... As our 1st year anniversary approaches, I'd love to have a fresh approach to a traditional sentiment...


  1. Thanks for the post! I've got about 6 weeks until our 1st anniversary and this will help get the thoughts moving.

    Hope you're having a great week!

  2. For our first anniversary, I actually wrote up the story of how we met. I included all the emails we sent in the beginning and how I felt when I met him.I typed it up and used construction paper to make the cover and tied it on with yarn. Now he has a little homemade book on how we met. :)

  3. It's funny, we didn't abide by the paper thing at all (he bought me a vintage ring, actually), but his parents got us a paper lantern to celebrate the day.

  4. I'm excited to come up with creative ideas each year! Haven't thought about this year yet, though.

  5. Our first anniversary is next month and I really really need to start thinking about this!

  6. Our 1st anniversary isn't until June, but we're planning on going away for the weekend to a cabin in the mountains. Maybe I'll just print out the receipt for paying for the cabin rental. ;)

    Honestly though, I'm not particularly traditional, and would much rather have a fun experience for a present!

  7. That's really interesting! It makes sense... the fragility and frugality of the first year! I like the idea of love letters. Or an art print of something your love enjoys.

  8. that's right! happy first anniversary!!
    for ours we didn't do the paper thing. just went to mexico for some special time together.

  9. We kinda exchanged paper gifts, if you count the email confirmation that I got him a membership to the local aquarium - LOL!

    We did get paper gifts from our friends - like the Italy guidebook we got and will use when we head on our honeymoon in a couple weeks!

  10. My husband got me a glass rainbow sundial that he found online, and he had a date line put on it so that the time shadow approaches and then rides the special line on our anniversary day each year. It sits in the window sill of our sunroom and makes a big colorful rainbow on the floor whenever the sun hits it...I thought it was a great gift!

  11. I'm not really sure why, but I do know that most sites reinforce that the first year anniversary is as special as the 50th, but probably not as lavish of a celebration.

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