Wedding anniversaries are meant for celebrating! It’s yet another year of your commitment to one another. Couples also offer each other wedding anniversary gifts to symbolize this. It’s why you are probably here.
Did you know that back in the middle ages, the wife would receive a silver wreath on the 25th wedding anniversary, and a gold one on the 50th? This is the origin of the wedding anniversary symbols we have today. The only difference is that nowadays we have a symbol for almost every year within the timespan possible for marriage (even up to the 70th anniversary!).
Here is a (very) extensive list of practical or more romantic wedding gift ideas for each anniversary. From precious metals to a sweet personalized gift, you can find something for each important milestone.
ANNIVERSARY GIFTS BY YEAR:
1ST YEAR: Paper | Clocks
2ND YEAR: Cotton | China
3RD YEAR: Leather | Crystal/Glass
4TH YEAR: Fruit & Flowers | Linen & Silk
5TH YEAR: Wood | Silverware
6TH YEAR: Iron | Candy
7TH YEAR: Wool/Copper | Desk Set
8TH YEAR: Bronze | Linen and Lace
9TH YEAR: Pottery | Leather
10TH YEAR: Tin/ Aluminum | Diamond
11TH YEAR: Steel | Jewelry
12TH YEAR: Silk | Pearls
13TH YEAR: Lace | Textiles/Fur
14TH YEAR: Ivory | Gold Jewellery
15TH YEAR: Crystal | Watches
20TH YEAR: China | Platinum
25TH YEAR: Silver | Silver
30TH YEAR: Pearl | Diamond
35TH YEAR: Coral | Jade
40TH YEAR: Ruby | Ruby
45TH YEAR: Sapphire | Sapphire
50TH YEAR: Gold | Gold
55TH YEAR: Emerald | Emerald
60TH YEAR: Diamond | Diamond
1st Year Anniversary Gift
Happy anniversary on your first year of marriage! Here you have some ideas that involve paper (the traditional symbol) and clocks (modern symbol).
It is a great opportunity to remember your wedding day. The best way to do so is to print your photos in a wedding album if you haven’t done one already.
No matter if I shot your wedding or not, I can design and make a high-quality leather cover wedding album with your favorite photos. You could also just order canvas prints for some wall art, just get in touch.
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Another lovely idea is a “reasons why I love you” set of cards. I mentioned this before in my “1st wedding anniversary gifts ideas” you can read here for plenty more inspiration.
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Of course, we also need a great gift option for the guys. Paper plane cufflinks are classy but playful and romantic at the same time.
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Another possibility of a modern gift is a personalized clock. It symbolizes the little time that passed and the whole life ahead of you. What about this one?
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2nd Year Anniversary Gift
Congrats to you on your second year of marriage! The second-year celebration is marked by cotton. The modern alternative, gift symbol is china sets. They tell you that love is getting stronger, but it is still fragile and needs protection.
Of course, clothes are always a great idea (especially for the ladies). Each of you can find the perfect fit for the one you care for. Moreover, sleeping in organic cotton pajamas could be such a great and practical gift for your loved one.
For her, I would absolutely suggest these linen pajamas:
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For him, I found these comfy linen pajamas set.
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Matching personalized aprons: this is the perfect gift if you guys love to cook together. But even if you don’t, this is a great occasion to start turning into each other’s chef and sous chef. It’s your call who’s who!
3rd Year Anniversary Gift
Happy anniversary! Time to look for the best gift to celebrate your 3rd year of being married. The traditional themes for this year are leather and crystal, for the modern theme. I searched for some fantastic gift suggestions for your loved one.
For him, I chose a personalized leather wallet. This is always a great gift, no matter the occasion. It is something your husband will be using daily and leather just never goes out of style.
For her, I thought of a leather accessory for your third wedding anniversary. Not a single woman on this planet will refuse a new bag or pair of shoes.
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What about some modern ideas instead of the traditional ones? I think that your partner will be thrilled with a gift like the leather case for ear pods ( you could absolutely include the ear pods).
4th Year Anniversary Gift
Congratulations on your 4th year together! For this wedding anniversary, imagination can drive you anywhere. The traditional symbol is a fruit/flower and the modern one is an appliance.
For you guys, it could be the moment to surprise her with a pendant including flowers from the wedding bouquet. It is a lovely way to bring those magical wedding memories back to life! Your wife will be truly impressed by such a creative gift.
Tea is made out of herbs and fruit, so it still counts for this year’s symbol, right? This beautiful tea box can be customized with any message you’d like, and you’d probably get extra brownie points for filling it with your spouse’s favorite selection of tea flavors. You can also customize the lid with lovely text if you wanted to.
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5th Year Anniversary Gift
Happy anniversary to you! The 5th year wedding anniversary is one of the first major milestones of your marriage. It is also a great excuse to do something special together!
This year’s symbols are wood (traditional) and silverware (modern). Let’s take a look at some unique, but also useful gift ideas!
I know this isn’t technically related to this year’s symbol, but such an important anniversary deserves its own couple’s photoshoot! Years down the line, These are some of the most precious photographs you will have. What better way to do that than with an anniversary photoshoot?
Green Antlers Photography (yes, that’s my husband and I) would be absolutely honored to do an anniversary shoot, especially in the Cotswolds area.
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Perhaps you already have your home or you are planning on buying and decorating, now is the perfect time to make a wooden gift. It will carry all your daily conversations and romantic dinners.
I’m pretty obsessed with this wooden dinner table.
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Personalized cheese boards and accessories are a great practical and also an elegant gift. With these, you can enjoy hosting dinner parties or having friends over. Or you can just keep all of the tasty treats for yourselves and have a fancy date night at home!
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6th Year Anniversary Gift
Congrats to you, folks! Don’t worry I also have wedding anniversary gifts ideas for the 6th year together! The traditional symbol is candy, which gives endless possibilities. The modern one is wood, which means if something you wanted last year and did not get, now is the time to have another look!
Another food-related present, but this time more of a practical one. A good cast iron skillet can literally last for generations of delicious meals. The fact that this one can be engraved with your own wedding date and name makes it that much more special. Who knows, maybe one day your grand-grandchildren will know of your love story thanks to this one skillet!
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7th Year Anniversary Gift
Happy 7th anniversary! This wedding anniversary is about wool or copper and, in modern terms, desk sets. It symbolizes your relationship is going stronger with each year passing by. Check out below our ideas for amazing anniversary gifts.
A soundwave copper print is such a gorgeous and creative gift. I am positive your loved one is going to adore it! You can pick any song or voice message for the soundwave, and the fact that it also has a night sky print is simply stunning.
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Since we all know some daily objects can make your day better, I found out for you the perfect, funny anniversary gift as a copper keyring.
In case you are short of imagination, we checked out some ideas for wedding anniversary gifts for her. The list of choices could be a beautifully colored shawl, wool gloves, or a cozy, wool blanket.
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8th Year Anniversary Gift
Congratulations! You have made it through your 8th year of commitment. The traditional symbol of this anniversary is bronze, a metal stronger than copper. It means that your relationship is getting stronger and stronger.
The gift ideas for him include bronze objects, such as a bottle opener, bronze cufflinks or a symbolic coin, a wren farthing. They will reassure him of the strong love you harbour.
The wedding anniversary gift ideas for her can include the modern symbol for this upcoming celebration which is lace or linen. A beautiful lace night set or linen clothing such as a bathrobe can turn into the perfect gift.
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9th Year Anniversary Gift
Happy anniversary, dear couple! This year’s symbols are pottery and leather. Just like pottery, your relationship began as shapeless clay. With each year and life experience, your marriage took shape and became beautiful and unique.
As a matter of fact, a wedding anniversary this year can include a pottery object or even some pottery lessons for the true experience. If you feel confident, why not try by yourself at home. Check out the home pottery set. What do you think?
Other ideas could include leather objects, such as a manufactured leather belt or shoes. You can even try a leather wallet. If you missed this idea, you find it on our 3rd-year anniversary gift list in this article.
Here you have some great ideas for leather wedding anniversary gifts for both of you!
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They even do a brilliant option for men, which I adore!!
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And, if you rather something more classy but still personalized, what about this handmade leather satchel? It also comes at a great price point!
10th Year Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Happy, happy anniversary! Can you believe that you have been a married couple for 10 years already? The symbols for this year are tin or aluminum and, prepare yourself guys, the modern symbolism is the diamond jewelry.
So, we leave the modern husband searching for the perfect cut diamond as a wedding anniversary gift for her.
Meanwhile, I searched for other alternatives for you. Any gift can be suitable for him or her if it is made of aluminum, coins, aluminum bracelets, personalized keyrings, and the list can go on. Here is what we came out with.
“Happy tin years” coffee tin: This funny coffee tin is a great gift for the coffee lover in your life – it can be personalized and it comes already filled with delicious, freshly ground coffee!
And, for the romantic type, we chose a wedding anniversary card that will do the trick to keep your love growing stronger. Or just add it to a previous gift and make the anniversary greater!
11th Year Anniversary Gift
Congratulations on 11 years of ongoing love and commitment to each other! The symbols for this wedding anniversary are steel and fashion jewelry. Steel is one of the strongest metals existing on the planet. Officially, you are in your second decade of marriage, so you are strong enough together to surpass any difficulties that may come.
For him, you can choose a stainless steel wine cooler, a practical gift, and one that will tell people you invite for dinner that there is love and cherish between you two.
12th Year Anniversary Gift
Congratulations on your wedding anniversary this year! You surely used imagination during these years’ anniversaries. Still, one can never get tired of the surprise and happiness in the eyes of the loved one. So, here we are giving you ideas since this year is about linen, silk, and pearls.
Perhaps, a silk tie for him with a personalized back will do the trick. It will give a permanent smile on his face whenever he wears it.
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As wedding anniversary gifts for her, things can be easier, with linen or silk clothing or in the shape of jewelry with pearls.
We found a manually painted silk scarf that might be the perfect wedding anniversary gift for her. Check it out!
13th Year Anniversary Gift
Happy anniversary to you! 13 years have passed since you married the one who stole your heart. He/she still has the key to it! So, it is a perfect opportunity to reassure one another of the great feelings you have. The symbols for this year are lace and textile or furs if you think in modern terms. The meaning behind lace is the intricate beauty that needs special care, just as your relationship.
It does not need to be your wedding day in order to wear a beautiful robe with lace details.
How about a wedding anniversary gift idea for men? This is something really fun, but definitely can be used plenty of times!
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14th Year Anniversary Gift
Big congrats on your 14th year together! This time, the symbol for your wedding anniversary is ivory and golden jewellery. Ivory is made of elephant tusks and other animals’ teeth and they are highly endangered. You can choose from plenty of ideas of symbolic gifts on elephant images, print art, pottery, or elephant-themed decorative objects. Another idea would be a great surprise by taking your loved one on a safari trip.
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Or, you can match all symbols for this year’s wedding anniversary gifts by choosing an elephant design gold necklace. Check this out!
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In search of a special gift, we found out “Our story so far” print. It is a sweet and thoughtful 14th-anniversary gift for both of you!
15th Year Wedding Anniversary Gift
Happy wedding anniversary! Time flies so fast and here you are wondering how to express your deep love for one another. Luckily, this year is right about this. Watches are the modern symbol for wedding anniversary gifts. This year’s traditional symbol is crystal, which is the statement of your crystal clear love and confidence. As a wedding anniversary gift, you can pick up a set of wine or champagne glasses with a personalized bottle. You will celebrate your love in a romantic way and share your best memories of the past 15 years together.
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Another great idea is choosing a watch for your husband or wife. It is the perfect time to tell the other that time spent together is so precious to you. Here you have some ideas of personalized watches to make the gift even more special.
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20th Year Anniversary Gift
Congratulations! Whether you chose to fully celebrate each of the past years, or you waited to hit this milestone, here we are giving you some wedding anniversary gift ideas. China and platinum are the star symbols of this celebration. They tell you and your spouse that you’ve been through a lot and became stronger and better with each year.
Surely, your wife enjoys quality time with family and friends. There are plenty of options for china objects that will make for the perfect wedding anniversary gift. You can choose from delicate tea sets, coffee mugs sets for the two of you, or even dish sets.
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For your husband, I found quite an original idea for a wedding anniversary gift. What do you think of this personalized vinyl record?
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25th Year Anniversary Gift
Happy 25th anniversary! A quarter of a century of love and marriage. A wonderful journey is marked now by this moment of celebration. If you are out on the hunt for anniversary gifts, think that silver is the star of this event.
As a wedding anniversary gift for her, you can choose beautiful silver jewelry with a personal message, a silver home decoration, or even a silver photo frame with your fondest picture together.
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For him, you can search for personalized silver cufflinks which will turn into the perfect wedding anniversary gift of a lifelong commitment. Also, there are plenty of options for silver pocket watches that could give your husband a distinctive look while wearing them.
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To end this year’s celebration wedding anniversary gift ideas list, we need to mention the possibility to renew your vows and give each other a new set of rings….silver rings, of course. Think of family and friends and throw up a beautiful party.
30th Year Wedding Anniversary Gift
Happy anniversary! Thirty years of marriage means love, respect, kindness, hope and great will to conquer any difficulty that comes along the way. The symbol of this wedding anniversary is the pearl. Just like the pearl is protected by a shell, grows in time, and beauty is revealed with patience, so is your love for one another.
As a wedding anniversary gift, you could always go on an all-inclusive trip somewhere, like the Cotswolds, of course.
This is a list of some of the best and most popular hotels in the Cotswolds. I am pretty sure you would find something you love.
Also, if the pearl is the symbol, why not go for the source? You can go out for a romantic dinner and have seafood as a treat. Run from daily life and chores. Enjoy the meal and more than anything, enjoy each other.
You could also surprise her with a lab-grown diamond ring, of course.
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35th Year Anniversary Gift
Congratulations on your 35th wedding anniversary! It takes patience and tenacity to keep a relationship alive for such a long time. On this anniversary, the traditional symbol is the coral, and the modern symbol, the jade. The coral, an exoskeleton of a marine invertebrate, stands for the tenacity to grow against marine currents, just like your love. In Chinese culture, jade is a lucky stone. It symbolizes success, prosperity, longevity, and even immortality.
With these in mind, we have some ideas to help you get a truly unique experience at your 35th wedding anniversary.
Surprise her with jaded jewelry, like earrings or a ring. It will be a precious gift, telling her your love and cherish is timeless. If you add a vintage-style locket, you might just win another piece of her heart. Check out below and see what we found out for you.
Also, you can go shopping for a practical gift such as a jade face roller. It is used for relaxing massages, facial scrubbing and has anti-aging properties. At such an anniversary, your gift will surely be appreciated.
You built a family, a home, a career, you raised children in 35 years of marriage. Now, it might just be the perfect time to enjoy traveling. For him, you can plan a surprise trip to the source of this year’s anniversary symbols.
You can choose an exotic escape at The Great Barrier Reef to see corals and swim in the ocean. Another idea could be to plan a trip in China and be close to the culture that says “When I think of a wise man, his merits appear to be like jade” (Book of Odes). Let him know that on your 35th wedding anniversary.
40th Year Wedding Anniversary Gift
Congratulations, dear couple!
You just hit another milestone in your lifelong commitment to each other. Ruby is the symbol that marks the passing of 40 years in marriage. The red gem is considered to have protective powers and it stands for love, passion, nobility and life itself. It is a mark for your lifelong passion that holds you together and makes you feel complete, year after year.
As a wedding anniversary for her, you can choose ruby jewelry or anything bright red as the gem itself.
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Why not adding a pair of ruby earrings to make it a set, of course?
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When I think of wedding anniversary gifts, I try to think out of the box. As a wedding anniversary for him, you can consider a visit to a winery. It will surely be an exquisite experience. On this occasion, you can wear the ruby jewelry or the bright red dress he has purchased as your wedding anniversary gift.
45th Year Anniversary Gift
Happy 45th Wedding Anniversary! You are a model of longevity to all of us! This celebration is marked by the sapphire, as the precious gem symbolizes sincerity and faithfulness. You and your spouse obviously embody these traits, and now is the time to show each other how you feel.
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For him, you can think of an exquisite bottle of Bombay Sapphire, a renowned London dry gin.
Celebrating love after 45 years of marriage means lots and lots of memories of happy family events. You can pick up a personalized tree of life, with all the people close to your heart. Also, it can be just perfect showing her some of the truly emotional moments turned into pictures. You can choose as a wedding anniversary gift a photo album. Contact us at https://greenantlersphotography.com/contact-us/
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50th Year Anniversary Gift
Congratulations on your half-century adventure together! You reached another respectful milestone. The 50th anniversary is about gold….beautiful, strong, and resistant to corrosion, just like your relationship.
Throughout the years that passed, you gave one another practical gifts, precious gifts, or fun gifts. Now, you can pick up a symbolic gift, a gift that stands in time, a wedding anniversary sundial, that combines simplicity, elegance, and durability. It will tell your spouse just how proud you are to have been part of his/her life.
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As always, a piece of beautiful jewelry to stack on her finger is always a good idea.
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60th, 70th, and 75th Year Anniversary Gift
Happy anniversary! Whether you are celebrating your 60th, 70th, 75th or anything in between, we raise our hats in front of you! You made it through a lifetime, you gave each other love, support, friendship and confidence.
The symbol for these anniversaries is the diamond. The origin of the word is greek and means unconquerable and enduring, just as you are. Your marriage surpassed everything and conquered the test of time.
You know each other so well, that now gifts have your own symbolism. Whatever you choose, you will make your lifetime lover happy and emotional.
Anyway, below you have some ideas to complete this truly unique and rare celebration. There are plenty of possibilities to make a playlist gift of the popular songs in the year when you got married… or maybe the songs that thrilled your hearts throughout your married life. If in trouble, ask your children or nephews, they will surely master this technology. This wedding anniversary gift will simply melt your heart.
If you kept your practical side alive, now is the time to reassure your wife you care so much for her. You can pick up a cleaning robot, a slow cooker, or even a brand new washing machine. They will give you more precious time together.
Anything you choose, it will be just right, just because you had the perfect person beside you for a lifetime.
I also totally love this idea I had to share at the very end of this massively long post.
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Which wedding anniversaries should NOT be missed?
I believe every wedding anniversary is a great occasion to celebrate your love for each other. Just remembering the day of your commitment to each other is already a celebration. Maybe some years are celebrated in a simple manner and it’s totally understandable. But, if I HAVE to choose, I’d say the important milestones are the 1st, 5th, 10th, 25th and 50th. These wedding anniversaries deserve a bit more of an effort.
Where should we go on a date for our wedding anniversary?
Depending on what you already like to do together, you could go to a cozy restaurant. Also, for outdoor lovers, a picnic or a hike can be the answer. A short trip to a place you’ve never been to before can also be the answer. As long as you both feel happy and loved, the choice is up to you!
Our personal favorite wedding anniversary gifts
I have to admit my personal favorite wedding anniversary gifts are usually simple, but thoughtful ones.
A heartfelt love letter can be just as meaningful as jewelry. Your special day needs to be remembered no matter the gift you choose for your better half!
Beautiful wedding anniversary gifts are always really appreciated, no doubt. It is an important occasion. But if the budget doesn’t help much, there are other really beautiful ways to show you remembered!
A thoughtful gift could just as well be a beautiful bouquet of anniversary flowers. Add a personalized card to it and a pizza date and that’s a perfect way to celebrate another milestone.
And there you have it, my incredibly long list of some of the most unique anniversary gift ideas.
Truly hope this helps if you were worried about what to get for your partner!
Happy wedding anniversary!
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