Traditionally, first anniversary gift ideas are paper. Paper? That’s right: paper. It’s been almost one year of marital bliss and your first anniversary is rolling around. You’ll probably plan a romantic dinner or even a weekend get-away and maybe a special gift to commemorate the occasion. If you are stumped on finding the perfect gift, here are some great ways to put a modern twist on the traditional present.
First Anniversary Gift Ideas… 10 Unique Gifts
Rolled Paper Monogram Wall Art
By a year on, you are probably getting tired of the mass manufactured art from Target that you bought to keep your walls from looking so empty. Your First Anniversary is a perfect time to upgrade to something more meaningful and custom. Etsy Artist Laurie Brown will craft you amazing monogram art that is truly unique. She takes small, colorful strips of recycled paper, rolls them tightly into a spools and ties them with thread. She then affixes the spools to create a tiled-look piece of art with your monogram in the middle.
Dreamlines Wedding Gown Sketch
She still loves her wedding gown. If it hasn’t already been preserved, there is a 99.9% chance she’s tried it on again at least once this past year. Preserve the beauty of the most important dress of her life with this one of kind First Anniversary gift. The Dreamlines artists take photos you provide of her dress and do a whimsical, hand-drawn sketch illuminated in watercolor. You can add a sketch of your suit, her bouquet, accessories and more! Left your gift to the last minute? Rush service will save the day and she’ll treasure it forever.
Comic Strip of your Love Story
More a pop art couple? Love superheroes or Manga? Maybe you’re a bride looking for first anniversary gift ideas for your geeky husband for your 1 year anniversary. Now you can tell your whole love story in a fun comic strip format. Supply Make Me A Comic on Etsy a brief description of your story and some inspirational photos and they’ll transform it into a comic book page like no other. Added bonus, your purchase helps support staff artists living in underprivileged countries.
In the Shade of our Willow Wedding Vows Papercut
Beautifully and delicately crafted by artist Naomi Shiek, preserve your vows forever in this beautiful paper cut. You can choose a color background reminiscent of wedding colors or one that suits the decor of the room this memorable piece of art will hang in. If willows aren’t your style, Shiek offers a whole selection of gorgeous motifs and patterns to choose from in her shop.
Framed Push Pin World Map
Oh, the places love will take you! Keep track of where you’ve been together and where you’re going with this gorgeous customized world map printed on foam board. It comes with a 100 tiny push pins to track your journeys and several frame options. There a many different maps and mounting surfaces available. Give this framed push pin world map art with the promise of many more years of adventures together.
105 pc Hand Cut Wooden Initial Jigsaw Puzzle
Great first anniversary gift ideas for any puzzle lover or just a spouse that loves a good riddle, this fun gift comes in a 105 different parts that when assembled form an initial jigsaw puzzle. Made of sturdy wood (Paper is sometimes made from wood pulp. That still counts, right?), this is a gift that will last for generations and can be preserved or reassembled again and again.
Wedding Vows Calligraphy Art
Were your vows written on the back of a cocktail napkin or printed on copy paper that got folded and worn from being handled? Turn those tattered vows into a work of art! Nationally-commissioned calligrapher Teri Fitch uses her fantastic penwork to make a one of a kind record of your wedding vows. She’ll embellish each piece with watercolor illustrations based on your requests. Customize with your wedding location, colors, flowers and more!
Love Story Map Illustration
Where did you go on your first date? Where did you get engaged? Where did you honeymoon? Tell the story of your most important dates and places with this whimsical digital watercolor art by graphic artist Kristin Hinsley. Pick 3 or 4 photos and dates or ask Kristin for some ideas for your one of a kind love story map. She’ll turn it all into a colorful work of art for your wall. Custom framing available.
Folded Book Art
Write your love story in the pages of a book – literally. Have your last name or a word that is meaningful to you ingeniously folded into the pages of a book to create a fascinating 3D folded book art. A perfect give for book lovers and wordsmiths, this gift will also serve as a chic conversation piece. Price is based on how many letters are in your word.
Paper Flower Bouquet
Recycle leftover paper from your wedding – programs, maps, invitations – or maybe use copies of music played at your wedding or a selection from your favorite love poem or book. That paper can be transformed into a beautiful paper flower bouquet of blooms specially coated to make them tear resistant. Colors can be customized to match your wedding palette or your home’s decor. The faux stems allow the bouquet to be easily displayed in one of those crystal vases you received as a wedding gift.
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