Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas


 

This April (2013) has particularly been a special month for me with many reasons to celebrate – it marks the one year anniversary of quitting my full-time consulting career and becoming a full-time business owner, my husband had his milestone 30th birthday and together we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.

 

In the spirit of celebrating anniversaries, I was reading about the list of traditional anniversary gifts.  No one is certain just when the traditional gift list came into existence, but it probably evolved over time. Calling years twenty-five and fifty ‘Silver’ and ‘Gold’ may have originated in medieval Europe, where wives were given a silver wreath to celebrate their twenty-fifth year of marriage and a gold wreath for their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Diamonds are traditional anniversary gifts in both the sixtieth and seventh-fifth years. Year sixty probably became a part of existing traditions when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee after sixty years on the British throne.  But these 25th 50th, 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries are a long way off for me still!

 

What I was inspired by is the simplistic nature of the early on anniversary gift suggestions – to some, they may seem boring, yet there are many ways to creatively turn each year’s anniversary theme into a special, memorable gift.  Here is the list of traditional anniversary gifts for the first 15 years and some ideas on how to transform them into something fun and original.

 

Anniversary

Traditional Gift Theme

Unique Gift Ideas

1st

Paper

Personalized stationery

Decorative paper plates/napkins

Wrapping paper/ribbon collection

Books or journal

Note paper, post-its, magnetic notepads

2nd

Cotton

Set of sheets

Seasonal kitchen hand towel set

Socks

Monogrammed throw blanket

3rd

Leather

Wallet / purse

Coaster set

Shoes

4th

Fruit/Flowers

Basket of seeds and gardening tools

Fresh flower bulbs

Outing to the local farmers market

Smoothie recipe book and emersion blender

5th

Wood

Handmade art – wooden bowl, candle sticks

Wood cutting board with cheese knives

Frames for a wall collage

Restored/refinished furniture piece

6th

Candy/Iron

Chocolate-covered strawberries / pretzels

Antique candy dish

Iron skillet with homemade breakfast in bed

Treats from a local confectioner

7th

Wool/Copper

Wool socks or slippers

Mittens made from vintage wool sweaters

Copper mugs for Moscow Mule cocktails

8th

Bronze/Pottery

Set of handmade pottery coffee mugs

Custom wax seal

Make-up gift card – bronzer, eyeshadow, etc.

9th

Pottery/Willow

Outing to a pottery class

Willow basket set or shelving unit

Pottery Barn gift card

10th

Tin/Aluminum

Monogram embosser

Tin of flavored tea

New set of aluminum baking pans

11th

Steel

Thermal coffee mug with local coffee beans

Watch

Stainless steel kitchen appliance / accessory

12th

Silk/Linen

Linen tablecloth with cloth napkins / napkin rings

Silk sheet set

Silk scarf

Linen cardstock stationery

13th

Lace

Vintage doilies

Lace trimmed apron

Lanterns hand-painted with lace pattern

14th

Ivory

Monochromatic gift of all ivory items

Gift basket of delicious smelling soaps (playing on Ivory soap concept)

15th

Crystal

Custom etched pair of crystal tumblers

Crystal vase or tray

Accessory with some bling

 

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