One Year Wedding Anniversary Gift

Since today is our one-year wedding anniversary, that means Ryan opened the gift I made for him this year, so I can now share it with you guys!

After we got married, I learned that many couples follow a certain theme when it comes to anniversary gifts, with the first year anniversary gift being a paper gift. 

I stuck with the theme and gave Ryan framed images of maps of the places where we met, got engaged and got married and embroidered a special symbol on each map.

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This project wasn’t incredibly crafty, so if you’re otherwise intimidated by crafty projects, this is a great one to tackle. The hardest part was the embroidery which I just sort of figured out how to do as I went along, but that doesn’t have to look perfect to still be cute!

I got the idea for this gift from this image that I saw on Pinterest:

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I didn’t want to do “we met, we married, we live” since Ryan and I are renting our current home and aren’t exactly sure where we’ll be setting up camp for the long haul, so I added “engaged” and took out “live.”

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I also used three-dimensional metal stickers for the words rather than words printed on stickers.

I got the idea to embroider symbols on the maps from DIY Theory.

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I used red thread to embroider a heart, diamond ring and two intertwined wedding bands.

Met: University of Central Florida

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Engaged: Baldwin Park/Winter Park, Florida

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Married: St. Petersburg, Florida

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Since I am writing this post on Friday and setting it to publish on our anniversary on Sunday, I can’t tell you whether or not it was a hit with Ryan just yet, but I really hope he likes it!

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  1. Lori Kay says

    This is so great!! I have seen this picture all over Pinterest and I’m bound and determined to make one for our home, too. We are newly weds of only 6 months, but gift ideas are always on my mind! Can’t wait to see his “paper gift” to you 🙂


  2. Megan says

    Such a cute idea!!! Although, making it for my husband wouldn’t be real interesting – we met, got engaged, married and live in the same city. Yup – we’re pretty boring like that 😉

    Pinterest really is amazing – and a time consumer 🙂


  3. Heather says

    So cute! My husband and I moved into our first house a year and a half ago. For our 1st Anniversary, he went to one of the street artists in NYC with a photo of our house and asked him to create a drawing of our house. It was such a sweet and unique gift! It’s now hanging in our dining room.


  4. Mary says

    Happy Anniversary!!! I can’t believe it is a year already. I started following your blog just as you were getting married. So neat to follow along on your adventures.


  5. says

    I LOOOOOOVE THIS!!!! I wish I had done it for my 1st anniversary in august. I stuck with the paper theme too, and typed out our vows in the shape of a heart! My husband wasn’t so crafy..he gave me a PAPER gift certificate for a massage. 🙂 What was Ryan’s gift to you?


  6. says

    Really great idea and very thoughtful too.

    I have an idea of what I want to give my husband for our 1st year anniversary but if that doesnt’ work out, I might use this idea or just make it, just because.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and your Pinterest finds Julie.


  7. says

    Happy anniversary! 🙂 What a thoughtful gift! Did Ryan get you something? I need ideas – we are getting ready to celebrate 4 years of marriage! The traditional gifts are linen, silk, and appliances… Hmm… ?


  8. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says

    That’s a fantastic idea!! LOVE IT! And might do it.

    Happy anniversary!!! 😀


  9. says

    What a great idea! Happy anniversary and let your 2nd year be even more blessed!

    PS got any “leather” ideas for the coming up 3rd anniversary? I’m stumped besides something lame like a belt…


  10. says

    hahahahaha, I just told my husband about your gift because I thought it was so sweet and his reply (j/k of course) was: “Paper? Money is paper. I’d just give you 20 bucks and tell you to go buy something nice.” He then told I should comment on your post saying that to give Ryan ideas.


  11. says

    I was totally inspired by this post 🙂 My 5 year anniversary is coming up and I found out that we’re suppossed to do wooden gifts for the 5th anniversary. I’m going to try to think of something awesomely wooden to give my hubby.


    • Evelyne says

      Our 5 year anniversary is coming up, and just like you I’m looking for a fun wood theme gift to give my hubby. Which I just might do THIS!! After all, the maps are paper, but the FRAME is wood (or at least you can make it a wooden one)


  12. Beth says

    ah! we have the same anniversary and i made one of these, too, but with 4 squares instead! love the embroidery idea – so cute. happy anniversary!


  13. Mel says

    Hi! 🙂
    I loved this idea for a first anniversary frame! Where did you get the lovely 3d stickers from? and do you by any chance remember the name of the brand? Thanks! <3 your blog! 🙂


  14. Evelyne says

    I love this! where did you find those letters? I’ve been googling them for over an hour and can’t find anything even remotely like them


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  16. says

    Julie, what an amazing first anniversary gift idea! I would love to share with your readers since they’re interested in the sentimental type gifts 🙂 allows you to dedicate a special day (Anniversary) to your love and is a super sentimental first anniversary gift that blends the traditional (paper) with the modern (clock). You can visit us at 🙂


  17. Jenna says

    Where did you purchase the map?! I am going to make this for my hubs this V-day! He likes to buy art from each place we have lived (military spouse here) so I thought this was super fitting.


  18. Krystle S says

    I absolutely love this idea, and I’m going to make this for my wife for our anniversary next month. This may be a silly question, but where is a good place to find maps? Sometimes grocery stores have them when you walk in, in the real estate pamphlets section. If they don’t have them there, where’s a good place to look?



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