Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year – Your Guide
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Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year – Your Guide

Wedding anniversaries are significant milestones in a couple's life, and traditional gifts have been associated with these occasions for centuries. The tradition of giving specific gifts on different anniversaries has its roots in ancient Roman and medieval European cultures.

The traditional gifts assigned to different anniversaries often symbolize the stages of a couple's relationship, the growth of their bond, and the milestones they have achieved.

1st Anniversary: Paper

Commemorate your first year of marriage with a traditional paper gift, or for a modern touch, a timeless clock (or watch) that symbolises the time you’ve spent together over the last 12 months since your wedding day. From a photo to a commissioned piece of art or a clock they can treasure for years, there is no shortage of creative ways to show your love on your first wedding anniversary. 

Traditional: Paper

Modern: Clocks

Colour: Gold or Yellow

Gemstone: Gold Jewellery, Peridot

2nd Anniversary: Cotton

The second wedding anniversary is commemorated with a gift of cotton or fine China – two different materials with distinctly different meanings. From cosy pyjamas, a pair of customised socks, or bath robes to a fine China dinner setting or ornamental China gift, you can choose a range of different presents.  

Traditional: Cotton

Modern: China

Colour: Red

Gemstone: Garnet

3rd Anniversary: Leather

Leather for the traditionalists and Crystal/Glass for the modern thinkers, the third wedding anniversary is a time to spoil your loved one with something traditional or modern. A luxurious leather gift, crystal ornament or glass set can be a great way to commemorate the occasion and reflect on the last three years of marriage. 

Traditional: Leather

Modern: Crystal/Glass

Colour: White

Gemstone: Pearls

4th Anniversary: Fruit/Flowers

After four years, it’s your turn to show your love with a gift of fruit or flowers. A bunch of their favourite flowers or a dozen red-stemmed roses is a no-brainer that they are sure to love. If you want to indulge their sweet tooth, a fruit basket with the latest in-season offerings is another traditional approach. For modernists, an appliance is your go-to for the 4th wedding anniversary.

Traditional: Fruit/Flowers

Modern: Appliances

Colour: Blue or Green

Gemstone: Blue Topaz

5th Anniversary: Wood

Commemorate five years of union with wood or silver for your loved one. From a beautifully crafted box to golf clubs (think woods in a golf sense) for traditionalists to silver jewellery or silverware for something more modern. 

Traditional: Wood

Modern: Silverware

Colour: Blue, Pink or Turquoise

Gemstone: Sapphire

6th Anniversary: Candy/Iron

The sixth wedding anniversary is sweet and sentimental, represented by candy and iron. Choose a gift that shows off your creative side or serve up their favourite treats on a cast iron skillet for the kitchen if you want to tick multiple boxes. For a modern gift, the 6th anniversary is marked by wood (the same as the traditional gift for the 5th anniversary).

Traditional: Candy/Iron

Modern: Wood

Colour: Purple

Gemstone: Amethyst

7th Anniversary: Wool/Copper

After seven years, it’s only fitting that the gifts should reflect the warmth and durability of your relationship. From a cosy wool blanket to a set of copper cocktail shakers for those summer cocktail evenings at home, this wedding anniversary is a time to reflect on the warmth and comfort of your relationship with gifts that will make your house feel more homely. 

Traditional: Wool/Copper

Modern: Desk Sets

Colour: Off-white or Yellow

Gemstone: Onyx

8th Anniversary: Bronze/Pottery

For the eighth anniversary, consider gifts that reflect the warmth of your long-lasting relationship. Consider a decorative vase or sculpture if you’re a traditionalist and want a bronze or pottery gift. If you’d like to give them a practical gift, they will love having a useful new utensil or a box for their jewellery and treasured items. If you’d like to get them something modern, go for high-quality linens or delicate lace accents. Your partner will love the elegance these bring to their clothing or home décor. 

Traditional: Bronze/Pottery

Modern: Linens/Lace

Colour: Bronze or Blue

Gemstone: Tourmaline

8 year wedding anniversary gifts

9th Anniversary: Pottery/Willow

The ninth anniversary is a testament to your resilience and durability. It’s only fitting you get your spouse something that symbolises that strength, such as a new leather wallet, belt, bag or jacket. For those who love the classic theme, artisanal ceramics and woven baskets are beautiful, unique and thoughtful gifts. If you’d like to go down the gemstone route, lapis lazuli is said to bring harmony and peace and is a great symbol for your marriage. 

Traditional: Pottery/Willow

Modern: Leather

Colour: Terracotta

Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli

10th Anniversary: Tin/Aluminium

Ten years have passed, and you love your significant other more than ever. On this joyful milestone, consider a precious piece of diamond jewellery to demonstrate the strength and beauty of your partnership. If you’re a traditionalist, you may want to choose a household gift made of tin or aluminium. These can be practical, like cookware or special appliances, or a more decorative, stylish piece, like a picture frame or sculpture. No matter your choice, your gift will be a memorable and lasting celebration of ten years of marriage.

Traditional: Tin/Aluminium

Modern: Diamond Jewellery

Colour: Silver or Blue

Gemstone: Diamond Jewellery

11th Anniversary: Steel

After eleven years, your marriage is as strong as it gets. The traditional steel gift can range from a practical appliance to a decorative sculpture. If you prefer to get something modern, go for jewellery! As the gemstone for the eleventh anniversary is turquoise, consider diamonds, or a turquoise ring or necklace to commemorate this occasion. 

Traditional: Steel

Modern: Fashion Jewellery

Colour: Turquoise

Gemstone: Turquoise

12th Anniversary: Silk/Linen

The traditional gifts of silk and linen celebrate the comfort of twelve years of marriage. Consider getting your loved one some luxurious clothing, a new handkerchief, or fresh bedding. If you prefer the modern approach, head to the jewellery store and check out their diamond and pearl collection. Or, choose something with jade in it, promoting luck, wisdom, and longevity.

Traditional: Silk/Linen

Modern: Pearls

Colour: Oyster White

Gemstone: Jade

13th Anniversary: Lace

For your marriage, thirteen years is anything but unlucky. Buy your partner something with lace, symbolising the delicate nature of your deep relationship. Grab some lingerie, lacey clothes, or curtains! On the other hand, some fur or textiles like cosy blankets or bathrobes can show your partner that you find life warm and comfortable when they’re around.

Traditional: Lace

Modern: Textiles/Furs

Colour: White or Citrine

Gemstone: Citrine

14th Anniversary: Ivory

The classic gift on a fourteenth anniversary is ivory. As purchasing or giving ivory is discouraged, we recommend getting a piece of art that includes or resembles ivory instead. The more modern and ethical approach is gold, representing the endurance and light of your relationship. The gemstone for this milestone is opal. Get your spouse some jewellery, like a ring, pendant, bracelet, or necklace.

Traditional: Ivory

Modern: Gold Jewellery

Colour: Ivory

Gemstone: Opal

15th Anniversary: Crystal

Your fifteenth anniversary is a time to reflect on the clarity and beauty of your relationship. Buy your partner a crystal gift, perhaps with an engraved message. Another popular idea for this milestone is a watch to tell your partner how precious your time together is. Consider something with ruby as well; this gemstone symbolises love and passion—perfect for your fifteenth year of marriage!

Traditional: Crystal

Modern: Diamond jewellery

Colour: Ruby Red

Gemstone: Ruby

20th Anniversary: China

After twenty happy years, your marriage is beautiful and delicate, like quality China. Buy your partner a nice tea set or dinnerware collection to show them how much you value them. Otherwise, platinum jewellery can convey how durable your relationship is. Something with emerald is a bonus, as this gemstone represents the love and commitment you have shared over twenty years. 

Traditional: China

Modern: Platinum

Colour: Emerald Green

Gemstone: Emerald

25th wedding anniversary gifts

25th Anniversary: Silver 

When you’ve been married for a quarter of a century, there’s only one thing to give your partner: silver! Twenty-five years is commonly known as the silver anniversary, dating back to Roman times when husbands would give their wives a silver wreath on this occasion. You can choose silver jewellery, silver-plated décor or utility items. Whatever you choose, make it special; you only have one silver anniversary!

Traditional: Silver

Modern: Silver

Colour: Silver

Gemstone: Silver

30th Anniversary: Pearl

Three decades of marriage deserves to be celebrated with a beautiful gift, such as pearls or diamonds. A piece of pearl jewellery tells your partner that you appreciate their hard work in making your marriage last this long and that it is still growing and flourishing. Something with a diamond lets them know you love them strongly and are grateful for the endurance of your marriage.

Traditional: Pearl

Modern: Diamond

Colour: Green

Gemstone: Pearl

35th Anniversary: Coral

After thirty-five years of marriage, your partner deserves some coral to show that you’ve loved the protection and longevity of your marriage. A piece of coral jewellery such as a necklace or bracelet can be a cherished traditional gift. If you want to give them something more modern, go for jade or emerald.

Traditional: Coral

Modern: Jade

Colour: Coral

Gemstone: Emerald

40th Anniversary: Ruby

Rubies represent romance, devotion, and passion. After forty years of marriage, you’ve certainly shared many romantic, passionate moments. Your love is timeless, just like the ruby gemstone. It’s time to get your partner a piece of ruby jewellery or a home décor item with ruby accents. You can’t go wrong with this one, and after forty years, neither can your spouse. Celebrate your love together with a ruby gift!

Traditional: Ruby

Modern: Ruby

Colour: Ruby Red

Gemstone: Ruby

45th Anniversary: Sapphire

Known as the sapphire anniversary, forty-five years of marriage have blossomed through your undying loyalty and wisdom. Present your partner with gorgeous sapphire jewellery such as a pendant, bracelet, necklace, or watch. You may even want to have your gift engraved with a loving message or you and your partner’s initials.

Traditional: Sapphire

Modern: Sapphire

Colour: Sapphire Red

Gemstone: Sapphire

50th Anniversary: Gold

Your fiftieth wedding anniversary marks your beautiful relationship, full of strength and prosperity. A gold gift is the best way to mark half a century of devotion. Classic, timeless, and modern all at once, a piece of gold jewellery is the perfect way to tell your partner you love them more than ever, and it is an honour to spend the rest of your life with them. 

Traditional: Gold

Modern: Gold diamond jewellery

Colour: Gold

Gemstone: Gold

50th wedding anniversary gifts

55th Anniversary: Emerald

The traditional gift for the fifty-fifth wedding anniversary incorporates the emerald, representing fidelity and hope. Give your spouse a beautiful emerald pendant or ring. On the other hand, if you’ve been consistently giving your partner jewellery, consider breaking it up with something like an emerald-coloured vase or appliance. Whatever it is, it will be a lasting memento of the loyalty of your long marriage.

Traditional: Emerald

Modern: Emerald cut diamond

Colour: Emerald Green

Gemstone: Emerald

60th Anniversary: Diamond

Sixty years later, it’s time for your diamond anniversary. Rare, beautiful, and exceptional, this milestone proves that you and your partner have lived a life of true love, which cannot be measured by time. To express this, get your spouse a diamond gift, such as a tennis bracelet, earrings, pendant, or necklace, to represent the timeless nature of your love. You can also commission a diamond-encrusted and engraved photo frame, perhaps with a photo of you when you first got married and a photo of you now. Consider engraving your gift with your names, your wedding date, or a message that is special to you both. After sixty years, your love is as strong and beautiful as ever, like a diamond.

Traditional: Diamond

Modern: Diamond

Colour: Diamond White

Gemstone: Diamond

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