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Gifster - 05 / Jun / 2021

Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Every Year

Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Every Year
The B Blog - Home & Gifts

Couples everywhere have their own take. In fact, my husband and I give each other no gifts at all! Instead, he gets odd years, I get even years, and we plan a surprise outing for the other. Sometimes it’s a weekend excursion, other years it’s a day trip to somewhere we’ve never been. For our 10th anniversary, I surprised him with dinner at a high-end restaurant where suits were required, it took 3 hours for the entire 21-course meal, and cost more than our mortgage (I regret nothing; it took me months to save for and was totally worth it).

Anniversary gifts rooted in tradition

But where does the tradition of anniversary gifting begin? According to this article from TIME, there are strong roots in anniversary gift traditions in Germany, and they made a much stronger appearance in England in the 19th century, especially in the Victorian era. As time has passed, couples everywhere celebrate anniversaries in ways that best represent their union, sometimes following these long-rooted traditions.

Traditional or modern…something for every couple

Below is a list of the traditional, modern, gemstone, and floral gift themes that correspond with each anniversary year. Use them as a starting point and get creative! For example, for paper, consider personalized stationery or a book (that’s made from paper) that has special meaning (I have one friend who personalized a book for her hubby for their first anniversary).

Depending on your partner, you may go either the practical or indulgent route, or even switch it up year to year. And if you’re looking to point your spouse in a direction, you can create a special anniversary wish list with gift ideas for them to choose from.

Whether it’s your first anniversary, your fifteenth, your fiftieth, or somewhere in between, these gift ideas are a great starting point for celebrating you and your sweetie.

1st Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Paper
  • Modern Gift: Clocks
  • Gemstone: Gold Jewelry
  • Flower: Carnation
2nd Anniversary Gift
  • Traditional Gift: Cotton
  • Modern Gift: China
  • Gemstone: Garnet
  • Flower: Lily of the Valley
3rd Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Leather
  • Modern Gift: Crystal / Glass
  • Gemstone: Pearl
  • Flower: Sunflower
4th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Fruit / Flowers; UK: Linen / Silk
  • Modern Gift: Electrical Appliances
  • Gemstone: Blue Topaz
  • Flower: Hydrangea
5th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Wood
  • Modern Gift: Silverware
  • Gemstone: Sapphire
  • Flower: Daisy
6th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Iron; UK: Candy
  • Modern Gift: Wood
  • Gemstone: Amethyst
  • Flower: Calla Lilies
7th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Copper; UK: Wool
  • Modern Gift: Brass Desk Sets
  • Gemstone: Onyx
  • Flower: Freesia
8th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Bronze / Pottery; UK: Salt
  • Modern Gift: Linen / Lace
  • Gemstone: Tourmaline
  • Flower: Lilac
9th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Willow / Pottery; UK: Copper
  • Modern Gift: Leather
  • Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli
  • Flower: Bird of Paradise
10th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Aluminum / Tin; UK: Tin
  • Modern Gift: Diamonds / Jewelry
  • Gemstone: Diamond
  • Flower: Daffodil
11th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Steel
  • Modern Gift: Fashion Jewelry / Accessories
  • Gemstone: Turquoise
  • Flower: Tulip
12th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Home Décor; UK: Linen / Silk
  • Modern Gift: Pearls / Colored Gems
  • Gemstone: Jade
  • Flower: Peony
13th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Lace
  • Modern Gift: Textiles / Furs
  • Gemstone: Citrine
  • Flower: Chrysanthemum
14th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Ivory
  • Modern Gift: Gold / Jewelry
  • Gemstone: Opal
  • Flower: Orchid
15th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Crystal
  • Modern Gift: Watches
  • Gemstone: Ruby
  • Flower: Rose
16th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Silver Holloware
  • Gemstone: Peridot
17th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Furniture
  • Gemstone: Watches
18th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Porcelain
  • Gemstone: Cat’s Eye
19th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Bronze
  • Gemstone: Aquamarine
20th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: China
  • Modern Gift: Platinum
  • Gemstone: Emerald
  • Flower: Aster
21st Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Brass / Nickel
  • Gemstone: Emerald / Iolite
22nd Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Copper
  • Gemstone: Spinel
23rd Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Silver Plate
  • Gemstone: Imperial Topaz
24th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Musical Instruments
  • Gemstone: Tanzanite
25th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Silver
  • Modern Gift: Sterling Silver
  • Gemstone: Silver Jubilee
  • Flower: Iris
26th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Original Pictures
27th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Sculpture
28th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Orchids
29th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: New Furniture
30th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Pearl
  • Modern Gift: Diamond
  • Gemstone: Pearl
  • Flower: Lily
31st Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Timepieces
32nd Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Conveyances
33rd Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Amethyst
34th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Opal
35th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: US: Coral / Jade; UK: Coral
  • Modern Gift: Jade
  • Gemstone: Emerald
36th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Bone China
37th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Alabaster
38th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Beryl / Tourmaline
39th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Lacy
40th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Ruby
  • Gemstone: Ruby
  • Flower: Gladiolus
41st Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Land
42nd Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Improved Real Estate
43rd Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Travel
44th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Groceries
45th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Sapphire
  • Gemstone: Sapphire
46th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Original Poetry Tribute
47th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Books
48th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Optical Goods
49th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Luxury Items
50th Anniversary Gifts
  • Traditional Gift: Gold
  • Modern Gift: Gold
  • Gemstone: Gold
  • Flower: Yellow Rose & Violets
55th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Emerald
  • Gemstone: Alexandrite
60th Anniversary Gifts
  • Modern Gift: Diamond
  • Gemstone: Diamond
70th Anniversary Gifts
  • Gemstone: Platinum
75th Anniversary Gifts
  • Gemstone: Sapphire
80th Anniversary Gifts
  • Gemstone: Ruby
85th Anniversary Gifts
  • Gemstone: Moonstone


Happy gifting!

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