20 First Anniversary Paper Gift Ideas

Why mess with tradition? If you're not sure what gift to give your spouse for your first anniversary as married people, then pick up something made of paper. Yes, it can be hard to come up with ideas for gifts of this sort that are still romantic. But it’s not impossible. Here some suggestions that will make your spouse swoon:

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Tickets

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Pick up tickets for a concert, sporting event, theatrical performance, or even a second honeymoon. Just make sure it’s an event that your spouse will enjoy.

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Cards

A card you’ve made yourselfor a personalized deck of playing cards with a sweet note inviting your spouse to play with you would make fine first anniversary gifts.

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An Invitation

If you’d like to make dinner or take your spouse out to dinner, you could invite him or her with a lovely invitation that you either make yourself or purchase. It shows you’ve put thought into the evening because you’re tending to the details and still including paper.

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Bouquet of Paper Flowers

Giving your spouse a bouquet of flowers always makes a big impression. A bouquet of flowers that you either purchase or, better yet, make yourself is an even bigger show stopper. Paper flowers are quite delicate and take a long time to make. Your spouse will know you put in a lot of effort. The best part: Unlike real flowers, paper bouquets never die.

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Newspaper

Track down a copy of the newspaper from the town and date when you married. Your spouse will be able to keep it as a commemorative item or you could even frame it and hang it in your home.

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Money

This one is a bit tricky. Some spouses might be offended or feel as though you didn’t put any thought into the anniversary gift. Still, money is made of paper, so it fits the bill. Plus, with money, your spouse could indulge in something he or she really wants. Read your spouse well and determine if this is the right gift for him or her.

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Scrapbook

A paper scrapbook featuring photos (which are printed on paper) that you have made for your spouse is a truly meaningful gift. It could focus on the wedding or document the entire first year – from the wedding to your first anniversary.

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Books

A novel or book of poetry that rings true of your relationship or has meaning for you as a couple is a great present for the intellectual pair.

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A Letter

Nothing says, “I love you,” more than a thoughtful, candid, handwritten love letter. You could also write a love poem. It’s old-fashioned and sweet and will warm the heart of your spouse.

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You

Wrap yourself in nothing but paper or jump out of a nicely decorated cardboard box to give your spouse a real surprise -- and something lovely to unwrap!
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Gift Certificates

A movie rental subscription or a gift certificate to a favorite store or spa gives your spouse the chance to pick whatever his or her heart desires. It can also become a great excuse to have movie night, go shopping together, or get a couple’s massage. It could lend itself to creating a great date night, which is like giving two gifts in one.

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Stationery

Personalized stationery is a great gift for a spouse who does a lot of old-fashioned writing and keeps up with etiquette by sending out thank you notes to friends and family.

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Coupons

Although handmade coupon books for things such as hugs and kisses, massages, or chores around the house sometimes seem corny, they are a practical and often well received gift. If you’re willing to put in a coupon for washing the dishes for a week, I’m sure your spouse who usually does the dishes won’t complain!

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Paper Containers filled with Sweetness

Paper cones or Chinese food boxes are easy to find in stores and can be used to hold just about anything. My choice for filling would be delectable chocolates or your spouse’s favorite candy.

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Paper Fans

In New York’s Chinatown and elsewhere, you can find beautifully decorated paper fans and paper parasols for affordable prices. These items are pretty and can be used decoratively in your house or apartment or whenever you’re having a celebration.

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Coasters

Coasters made of thick paper are a fun gift for anyone who loves his home bar. You can track down these kinds of coasters in stores, such as Crate & Barrel, with unique patterns or you can seek out personalized ones with your photos or an image you've created.

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Paper Lanterns

Let light into your life with a paper lantern. You can either get a few to hang around your backyard or dining room when you're celebrating or invest in the kind of lamp that allows you to hang one or more paper lanterns for everyday use in your home. It's perfect if your home is already modern and fresh.

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Map

A map can be a fun gift for both of you. If you like to travel, you can hoist it on your wall and use push pins or other markers to indicate the places you've been and the places you'd like to go together. The bonus is that, depending on where you put it, the map can be really great art for your house. And the note you attach to the gift can read, "I'd like to give you the world, baby!"

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Hat Box

Who doesn't need more storage? A hat box is made of thick, durable paper. Your spouse can use it to store hats, but he or she can also use it for all sorts of other things. Make-up, baseball cards, accessories, and money could all be hidden inside it.

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Art

Paper is often a tool for artists. You can find paintings on paper or you can create something with your own two hands, such as a collage featuring photos or memories of the two of you. If you are not at all artistic, you can rely on digital effects on your computer photo software or the magic of online photo print shops, such as snapfish or Shutterfly. You could also just blow up and print an amazing photo of the two of you to hang in your home.