Year One Anniversary: Paper

As many of you know, I’m getting married soon-ish. My fiance and I have talked a bit about anniversaries, as happy, optimistic couples are wont to, and we decided we’re going to pick up a bottle of wine during our honeymoon and either crack it the following year, or save it for a future occasion. It also got me thinking to the traditional anniversary gifts that exist out there. How or where they started, I don’t know, but I thought it would be fun to explore gifting options for each of the years. Traditionally speaking, Year One was all about paper products – like the five fab ideas I’ve featured below. Although there is a marginal bit of overlap between each of these sources, I felt like they all had their unique flair and flavour that made them fully worthy of being featured.

Silhouette ArtLe Papier Studio – $3.95+
Why not put yourselves into your paper products – literally? Le Papier Studio’s specialty is all thing silhouette; from beaded necklaces and tote bags through to a range of paper products including prints, notecards, stationery and more. Send in a snap of you and your spouse from your special day or otherwise and they’ll use your actual silhouettes in your custom product. Note that the process does take time so ensure you plan ahead to gift your sweetheart with something awesome like this!

WH HostessWH Hostess Stationery – $8+
If your wife (or flamboyant husband, I suppose) has a flair for design and a packed social calendar, she’ll love this line of peppy printed stationery that is completely customizable and mix-and-matchable for pieces that simply scream personality. From notepads to notecards to monogrammed stationery, you can easily outfit her desk for all of those thank you cards and invites she’s constantly scribbling. As a hint, don’t just buy one piece – imagine opening a box of these easily coordinated items for a real ‘wow’ moment.

Paper CoteriePaper Coterie Journals – $18
If your mate is an introspective type that likes to jot down their thoughts, these customized photo journals will ensure you’re on their mind. With dozens of customizable styles, sneak a hi-res photo from your wedding day to Paper Coterie for a one-of-a-kind keepsake that’ll instantly have her going ‘awww’. Paper Coterie, for the record, is all about customizable photo art gifts, so you can even purchase canvas art or calendars for other special occasions.

Knock KnockKNOCK KNOCK – $4.50+
You’ve probably encountered something from KNOCK KNOCK already – their witty office-oriented paper products can be found at many a Canadian gift shop (including Indigo, for national access). If you and your partner don’t take things too seriously when it comes to anniversaries, consider picking up a couple of their fun paper products – personally I love the ‘For Lovers Vouchers’ as a fun spin on the ‘paper theme’ – sure it’s paper, but it’s really so much more, right?

Besotted BrandBesotted Brand – $8.50+
How’s this for a fun twist on the ‘Paper’ theme? Besotted Brand specializes in customized monogram stamps – meaning you can transform virtually any type of paper into a custom piece. Get one with both of your first name initials, or commemorate your new joint last name with a single initial and a cute Est. Year notation. Stamp your correspondence, Christmas cards, or love notes to one another. Of course, if you want to incorporate some actual ‘paper’, you can look into a bespoke set of stationery, a beautiful, crisp set of notecards, or some classic labels to keep track of his & hers from the bathroom to the kitchen.

In celebration of all things paper, Besotted Brand has teamed up with me to present a lucky reader with a Custom Monogram Handled Stamp + Imported Deckles Edge Note Cards. Here’s how to enter:

1) I’d love to hear from you – what’s the most special anniversary (or couple-y) gift you’ve ever given or received? Would any of today’s beautiful paper gift ideas fit the bill? Leave me a comment below by September 3rd to enter into the giveaway.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around September 4th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: If you’re a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide already it’s your lucky day! Just remind me in the comments below and you’ll earn a bonus entry. If you aren’t a subscriber, just use the ‘Gift Me Please’ button to the right to sign up.

49 Responses to “Year One Anniversary: Paper”
  1. Leah says:

    My favourite anniversary gift was when I gave birth to my daughter just days before our 4th anniversary 🙂

  2. Leah says:

    The besotted brand cards would make a great gift 🙂

  3. Kiki says:

    The most couple-y gift I’ve ever given was a set of crystal Tiffany champagne flutes for a 25th anniversary present for my aunt & uncle (Acutally, it’s not as expensive as you’d think and the high impact of the robin blue box and bag is worth half the price, hahaha!)

    The gift would’ve been more personal if I knew to throw in a set of colour-coordinating stationary, like this:

  4. Julie G. says:

    The best anniversary gift I gave was a personalized photo book that I made for the couple. They loved it.
    That being said, my favourite item you showcased today was the Paper Coterie Journals, think they would be a unique giftie too.

  5. Joan G says:

    The best anniversary gift I every got was a surprise Hawaiian cruise my husband gave me. I think my daughter would really like the Paper Coterie Journals.

  6. Susan says:

    I can’t remember ever receiving an anniversary gift when I was married, but often gave my parents flowers on their anniversary. I love the Besotted Brand stamps and stationary — have a friend of the family that I’d love to gift these with as she is just married. I am still a subscriber!

  7. Grace F says:

    The most special anniversary gift I gave was for my parent’s 45 anniversary. I purchased a trip for them to an all-inclusive in Punta Cana. That was 4 years ago and they still talk about it. And I really love the Paper Coterie Journals, what a unique way to bring a smile to a friend’s face!

  8. leah leitch says:

    My most special anniversary gift was when my kids entered a radio contest without my knowledge and won me tickets to see Alicia Keys! I was blown away to say the least.

    I love all the paper products and the silhouette cards especially caught my eye.

    I am a subscriber. 🙂

    Thank you soooo much.

  9. the best anniversary gift i ever got was an engagement ring and it was at christmas time last year i was very ill and it made my day the paper products i see here are very lovely and would love to have them as to everyone else

  10. Pamela Tamming says:

    beautiful paper

  11. Donna L. says:

    My husband and I make cards for each other on our anniversary, and the silhouette paper from Le Papier Studio would fit the bill.

  12. Darrah Bailey says:

    A homemade quilt for my wedding from my husbands aunt.. Gorgeous quilt!

  13. laura says:

    The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. I still love to rec a beautiful card from my hubby every yr and a personal note on the bottom, I also like the photo journal idea since I
    love to take pictures.

  14. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I love the cards I receive on each anniversary from my husband, so this prize would be so wonderful!

  15. diane p says:

    The best gift would be the cards I receive on my anniversary. The Besotted Brand would fit the bill.

  16. diane p says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  17. danceronhill says:

    My favorite anniversary present was my first when my husband gave me a “house” hippo – a little plastic hippo in a shoe box with toast and a lint and little shoe it could sleep in.

  18. danceronhill says:

    I subscribe to Canadian Gift Guide at

  19. Patricia says:

    My best anniversary gift was a homemade quilt from my mother. Really like the WH Hostess Stationery

  20. Sara Lima says:

    I love the besotted brand stamps! they are so lovely ❤ The best anniversary gift I ever got was when my boyfriend took me away for the weekend. We got to lie in front of the fire, and drink champagne, enjoy amazing dinners, and just relax. #Priceless

  21. Sarah N. says:

    I love anything personalized. When someone takes the time to make something special and personal, it means so much. I think the besotted brand stamps would be cool.

  22. Cheri Gallant says:

    I love getting something handmade for sure.

  23. beewbedard says:

    received an embracing couple statue

  24. beewbedard says:

    I am a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide

  25. carrie says:

    best anniversary gift – a beautiful peridot bracelt i’d had my eye one- but we’re planning a trip for our 10th anniversary and that might be fun too

  26. thomas rusinak says:

    a gift that is practical and fun!

  27. julia g says:

    My favourite anniversary gift was my father’s for my mother of a scavenger hunt with rhyming clues.

    I am a subscriber.

  28. janicour says:

    My favourite anniversary gift was a scrapbook of all our milestones over 25 years.I am a journal writer, so that would be my choice here. I am a subscriber to Canadian gift guide!

  29. Anne Derkat says:

    My best anniversary gift was a pair of diamond earrings from my husband for our 1st anniversary.

    I think the Besotted Brand is really neat and would love to have it.

  30. Manuel Vizcaya says:

    the personalized stamp would be a great anniversary present

  31. My favourite gift was a customised self-inking address stamp with our new address, and monogrammed note cards. I’m in love with all things stationery, so this post is amazing!

  32. Angela N says:

    My best anniversary gift was a hand-made booklet of coupons for my spouse on our first anniversary. Money was very tight so, instead of spending money on a gift, I made him a booklet of coupons for things like breakfast in bed, fancy home-cooked meal, movie of his choice, back and foot massages, no chores for a day, etc. He absolutely loved the coupons (so much so that they’ve shown up on his Christmas and birthday wish lists) and they also fit the first anniversary tradition of a paper gift. It would have been great to have the personalized monogram stamp to put on the coupons.

  33. Julia says:

    Well, to be totally honest, the best anniversay gift I ever got was this past year, when we actually celebrated our anniversary. It’s not that there was a huge gift involved or anything, it’s just that we we out for a nice dinner. So what’s the big deal? Well, despite being together for many years, we’d never actually celebrated an anniversary….every year, he said he would plan/do something, and never did. This caused a lot of hurt and anger, and so I was relieved/happy when we actually FINALLY celebrated it.

    I think the Besotted Brand would indeed fit the bill!

  34. talah says:

    i love personalised gifts so this prize is great the best thing ive recieved was an album put together of all those random pics of me through the years

  35. Alison K says:

    The most couple-y gift I’ve ever given would have to be a framed picture of the wedding couple, along with a nice gift card. I think the “Paper Coterie Journals – $18” would fit the bill especially if it was part of a gift basket.

    Bonus Entry: I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide

  36. GARRY S says:


  37. Jen says:

    My sisters and I fly our parents to Spain for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. I like the WH Hostess Stationery.

    Bonus: I am a subscriber

  38. Janice Lewis says:

    I gave a message in a bottle. The bottle was heart shaped, the message was written on special old paper, and I hung a key inside it.

  39. Sunshine G says:

    We received a complete night out, from dinner to hotel, and it was amazing.

  40. Megan Barnecutt says:

    I asked all of my boyfriends family & friends to send me a story about him. I put them all together in a scrapbook for him so he would always know just how many people love and support him – no matter what life throws at us!

  41. Megan Barnecutt says:

    I am a subscriber! Thank you!!!

  42. cookie3 says:

    I crossed stitched a modern looking picture with lots of flowers & the couple’s wedding date & gave it to them for their first anniversary.They loved it & 15 years later it’s still prominently displayed in their house. Love the idea of a custom monogrammed stamp. I could find oodles of uses for it.

  43. julia g says:

    The best anniversary gift I have received was a couples membership to the Art Gallery of Ontario. this year. It provides us with a great, low-key date, gives us a much needed boost of culture, and is something we can do together.

    I am a subscriber.

  44. aimee says:

    i really like the monogramed stamps. The most romantic gift i have given is a bottle of wine with bath salt bombs with it.

  45. Angela Mitchell says:

    My most special couple gift was for Valentine’s day when my husband took me on a trip to Vancouver, overnight in a hotel and tickets to a special advanced screening of Titanic 3D.

  46. Angela Mitchell says:

    I am already a subscriber:)

  47. Cindy says:

    A perfect first anniversary gift that combines both the traditional with the modern is using to dedicate your special date to your love. It’s an amazing and unique concept and a gift that they will absolutely love! We do ship to Canada as well 🙂

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