The first wedding anniversary, as you will probably know, is the paper anniversary. I think we can agree that paper, generally speaking, is pretty boring. So, if you want to get your married friends a special gift for their first wedding anniversary, you might need to think a bit out of the box.
To help with that, here are some interesting paper anniversary gift ideas:
1000 Paper Cranes
In Japan, it is said that anyone who successfully folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. So, if you want to give a gift that has some real meaning, learn how to fold paper cranes (it’s actually pretty simple) and get folding. Once you’ve string 1000 of them together, make a wish for the continued happiness of the couple, and present the cranes to them with a message about the legend and your wish. They’ll love it!
A Spoof Newspaper
There are several companies that will print you a personalized spoof newspaper headline, which can then be framed. Print one with a funny headline about the couple and their first year of marriage and it’ll make a great decoration for their home.
Event tickets are, almost always made out of paper, so instead of presenting the couple with something they’ probably file away in a drawer, check to see which of their favorite bands/sports teams/etc. are playing around the time of their anniversary and buy them tickets for an experience they’ll treasure instead.
A Photo Book
If you have lots of photos of the happy couple put them to good use by printing a unique photo book that showcases their love in the first year of marriage. It’ll make for a wonderful keepsake.
A Carved Book
Book carving has become very popular in recent years, and the technique can be used to create some really wonderful, and surprisingly intricate pieces of art. Any couple who received one such work of art would surely appreciate the skill and time taken to carve a magical scene or meaningful word into the pages of a favorite novel. Best of all, if you have zero book carving skills, you can often buy them on Etsy!
A Paper Bowl
Did you know that paper can be used to create unique and interesting bowls and vases? If not, take a look at this bowl to see how pretty they can be. To make it even more special, try making a bowl yourself.
Monogrammed fine stationery, such as cards and notepaper is a simple gift, but it is one that looks pretty and can be used by the couple whenever they have a need to correspond via the written world. Give the stationery with nice monogrammed fountain pens for a truly unique gift they won’t be expecting.
Name a Star
If you want to do something really romantic, name a star after the couple. A star might not be made out of paper, but the certificate of ownership certainly is, so it isn’t really bending the rules, and it’s a really cute gift to give a loved-up couple.