Whether it’s for your significant other, or an important couple in your life, it’s always nice to give thoughtful gifts on a wedding anniversary.
Over the years, certain themes have developed around what exactly should be given on anniversaries. But, some of these suggestions are… well, just a tad out of date.
Now, there’s no reason to abandon the traditional themes of a wedding anniversary milestone. But, that isn’t to say there aren’t some more modern twists that you could embrace with a new age.
First Wedding Anniversary
Paper is a versatile medium that translates well into the modern world. Consider giving a book, a board game, or an art print. You could also buy some tickets for a favourite event, or even write a love letter. Alternatively, book a photographic session, and pay for some prints.
First Edition Book
Unique Art Print
Second Wedding Anniversary
Another simple theme that provides a number of options for the second year is cotton. You could buy your partner clothes, some bed linens, a set of cotton towels, or even a nice rug for somewhere around the house.
1000-Thread Count Sheet Set
Matching Cotton Bathrooms with Names Embroidered
Fancy Cotton Underwear
Cotton Summer Pyjamas
Third Wedding Anniversary
Leather is a little bit more specific, and the range of gifts is much wider. For your partner, you could buy a leather jacket, or a nice pair of shoes. Alternatively, consider a leather wallet, or a watch with a leather band.
Leather Bound Book or Journal
Leather Luggage Tags
Leather Bag for Her and Leather Satchel for Him
Leather Bound Hip Flask
Leather Stubby Cooler
Fourth Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Fruits & Flowers
For guys looking to impress their ladies on their fourth anniversary, why not have a go at recreating the bridal bouquet? In general, it’s a nice idea to buy a hamper, enjoy some candied fruit, or even get your hands on some edible chocolate flowers!
Large Bouquet of Flowers
Fifth Wedding Anniversary
There are so many classy options for this theme that fit into a modern gift. One that is exceptionally timeless is to plant a dedicated tree, with a plaque, in your backyard or donate one to the local botanical garden. You could also go out for a walk and/or a picnic in a local nature reserve, among the trees.
New Timber Gazebo
Outdoor Timber Set
Sixth Wedding Anniversary
The sweetest gifts (literally) are the best for the sixth anniversary. Impress with a box of gourmet sweets, or take it a step further by getting six different kinds of chocolate for each year of the marriage.
A Box of Sweets
Bouquet of Chocolates
Seventh Wedding Anniversary
Modern: Desk Sets
You no longer have to give away a sheep to fit the theme of wool in the seventh year. Instead, why not get a lovely woolen sweater, or a comfortable blanket, or throw in a favourite colour.
Eighth Wedding Anniversary
Modern: Linens or Lace
Pottery, when done right, is lovely and very modern so feel free to invest in a stylist pottery item. Or, you could take it a step further and buy a plant to put in a nice pot. Along with that, there is a growing trend towards pottery cookware (like tagines).
A Mini Garden at Your House
Do Pottery Together
Ninth Wedding Anniversary
Is wicker really not a thing anymore? It’s questionable, but you can skip the outdated style by sticking with a modern classic: a delectable hamper in a wicker basket. Put the hamper together yourself, or buy it from a dedicated outlet, for an anniversary picnic.
Wicker Outdoor Set
Tenth Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Tin or Aluminium
Modern: Diamond Jewellery
Another very traditional gift. It’s hard to think of any way to bring tin into a modern setting. But, if you’re keen to stick with tradition, buy a vintage tin online or at an antique shop and fill it with gourmet tea or coffee!
Use Tin Can as a Gift Box
Use Tin Can as a Plant Pot
Crafts Made of Tin or Aluminum
Eleventh Wedding Anniversary
Modern: Fashion Jewellery
Steel might seem tricky, and it is to a certain degree. For him, think steel tools, sports gear, a watch. For the woman in your life, consider steel jewellery, a vase, or perhaps some new steel-inspired furniture for the house!
Stainless Steel Jewellery
Steel Kitchen Set
Twelfth Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Silk or Linen
Silk is a great gift. Think silk pyjamas, silk ties, silk boxer shorts, silk scarf. Silk is gorgeous!
Clothes Made of Silk or Linen
Thirteenth Wedding Anniversary
Modern: Textile Furs
Laces bring elegance and beauty to everything and they are really nice to look at because they are simple yet giving a cheerful environment for everyone. Another good thing about them is that they can be on anything, be it on a curtain, a dress, a picture frame, or a table cloth.
Lace Table Cloth
Fourteenth Wedding Anniversary
Modern: Gold Jewellery
Selling and buying ivories are illegal and banned to most countries because they are making the elephants, or any other animals with ivories, extinct. So instead of that, you can substitute bones for it. Because even though ivories are stronger than bones, they are both lovely!
Bone Picture Frame
Fifteenth Wedding Anniversary
We can’t deny that crystals add to the aesthetics of our home regardless of their fragility. So instead of buying crystal-made jewelry, which are also quite expensive, you can buy figurines made of crystals or glass, or a personalised laser-engraved crystal frame!
Laser-Engraved Crystal Frame
Twentieth Wedding Anniversary
Let’s skip ahead to the next big milestone, the twentieth, where china is the traditional gift of choice. There’s an easy, do-it-yourself way to fit the theme without giving something out of date. Just get a blank mug and some pottery pens and write your own personalised message!
Twenty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary
Not everyone is in a position to purchase something silver at the twenty-fifth anniversary mark, but there is another option. Take a piece that is already owned and have it professionally cleaned and engraved with a loving message.
Engrave a Loving Message on Your Silver Ring
Silver-Coloured Home Display
Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary
For the thirtieth anniversary, pearls are the order of the day. Now, pearls aren’t everyone’s style, but you can embrace tradition by heading out for a dinner of oysters, and grabbing one of the many products available that are inlaid with mother of pearl.
Jewelleries Made of Sea Shells
Go to the Beach
Thirty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary
Gifts shouldn’t always be objects. It’s the memory that stays forever after all. So instead of buying anything coral, you can choose to see the coral with your own eyes instead together with your spouse and make great memories together!
Scuba Dive and See Coral Reefs
Fortieth Wedding Anniversary
Not surprisingly, rubies are not on the shopping list of many couples, even if it is their fortieth anniversary. So, why not focus on colour instead of the actual stone? You can put together a bouquet of red roses, or treat them with a lovely bottle of red wine.
Bouquet of Red Roses
Bottle of Red Wine
Forty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary
Just like the ruby, you can opt to depend on the color rather than on the gemstone itself. Sapphire is blue, so you can buy any objects or clothes that are blue in colour. For example, a blue vase, a blue shirt, a pair of blue shoes, and so on.
Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary
One thing absolutely that hasn’t changed over time: gold is still expensive. On top of this budget issue, it doesn’t suit everyone’s style. So, the modern traditionalist opts for a delightful meal with edible gold flakes, a favourite/much needed gift wrapped in golden paper, or a bunch of golden flowers like tulips and sunflowers.
Delightful Meal with Edible Gold Flakes
Gift Wrapped in Golden Paper
Handmade Flowers Made of Gold Aluminum
Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary
Diamonds are beautiful, but it’s not the kind of beauty that everyone can afford. On the sixtieth anniversary, there’s no need to spend too much because the most important thing is that you’re already there, and you’ve already proven your love for one another. So instead of going after the expensive, why not buy one of these?
Clothes with Diamond Print
Objects with Diamonds
Have you ever followed the theme in buying a wedding anniversary gift?
What did you buy?
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