The practice of giving specific anniversary gifts based on the number of years dates back to the Middle century. The gifts are growing stronger as years pass as well as your relationship. They start with simple paper and finish with the 50th anniversary and gold.
These traditional presents are very popular even in the modern world. Many of these themed anniversaries evolved over hundreds of years. For each year there are specific items you can gift – flowers, jewelry, and gemstones all associated with each anniversary year.
Symbol: Paper – it symbolizes new beginnings and how fragile a new relationship can be.
Traditional Gift: Anything made of paper – wedding vows framed and letter-pressed, home portraits, journals, tickets, and books.
Modern Gift: Clocks.
Flower: Carnations and Pansy.
Color: Gold or Yellow.
Symbol: Cotton – it symbolizes the adaptability of a new and now growing relationship.
Traditional Gift: Cotton sheets, personalized pillowcases, a scarf, and other things made of cotton.
Modern Gift: China.
Flower: Lily and Cosmos.
Symbol: Leather – it symbolizes the stability and strength of your marriage.
Traditional Gift: Leather wallets, pieces of furniture or parts of home decor, shoes, leather journal or planner, leather jacket, bracelets, and personalized watch box.
Modern Gift: Crystal or glass.
Jewelry: Pearls.Flower: Fuchsia and Sunflower.
Color: Jade green and white.
Symbol: Fruit and Flowers – they symbolize the blossoming of your relationship
Traditional Gift: Custom made garden tools, a bouquet, a fruit basket, planting a favorite tree in your garden.
Modern Gift: Appliances.
Jewelry: Blue Topaz.
Flower: Geraniums and hydrangeas.
Color: Blue and Green.
Symbol: Wood – it symbolizes long-lasting strength and wisdom.
Traditional Gift: Wooden wine glasses, cutting board, cheese board, sapphire earrings.
Modern Gift: Silverware.
Color: Blue, turquoise, and pink.
Symbol: Iron and candy – symbolize sweetness in your passionate relationship.
Traditional Gift: Cuffing board with iron handles, iron skillet, iron candle holders, amethyst necklace or earrings, a bouquet of Calla Lilies.
Modern Gift: Wood.
Flower: Calla Lilies.
Color: Purple, white, and turquoise.
Symbol: Wool and cooper – symbolize comfort, warmth, and feeling secure with your partner.
Traditional Gift: Clothes made of wool, sweaters, vests, and cardigans, cooper yard sculpture, wool fedora, Merino wool blanket, customized belts with cooper buckle.
Modern Gift: desk sets.
Flower: Freesia and Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
Color: Yellow and Off-White.
Symbol: Pottery and bronze – symbolize beauty that comes with time and strength.
Traditional Gift: Custom made bronze key chains or bracelets, handmade pottery, bronze pocket watch.
Modern Gift: Linen or Lace.
Flower: Lilac or Clematis.
Symbol: Pottery and Willow – symbolize creativity and flexibility in your relationship.
Traditional Gift: An interesting vase, lapis lazuli bracelet, ceramic coasters, custom made and matching coffee mugs, a basket made of willow.
Modern Gift: Leather.
Jewelry: Lapis Lazuli.
Flower: Bird of Paradise and Poppy.
Color: Terracotta, Purple, Green, and Blue lapis.
Symbol: Aluminum – symbolizes the ability for your marriage to last long.
Traditional Gift: Aluminum flowers vase, chai tea kit, BBQ tools, flask.
Modern Gift: Diamond Jewelry.
Color: Blue and silver.
Symbol: Steel – symbolizes strength and stability that creates the bond in your relationship that can’t be broken.
Traditional Gift: Outdoor grill, kitchen utensils, cocktail shaker, ice bucket, set of knives.
Modern Gift: Fashion jewelry.
Flower: Tulips and Morning Glory.
Color: Turquoise and Yellow.
Symbol: Silk and Linen – symbolize how smooth and silky the road is ahead of you.
Traditional Gift: Matching silk pajamas, bedding, pocket square, nightgown, scarf, linen towel set with monograms, linen pillows.
Modern Gift: Pearls.
Color: Oyster White, Jade, and Opal.
Symbol: Lace – symbolizes the delicate yet strong relationship.
Traditional Gift: Lace lingerie or dress, lace tablecloth, faux-fur jacket, citrine ring.
Modern Gift: Textile or Fur.
Flower: Chrysanthemums and Hollyhock.
Color: Citrine or White.
Symbol: Ivory – symbolizes purity and innocence and couple’s devotion and fidelity to each other.
Traditional Gift: Faux ivory carved jewelry, faux ivory chess set, gold watch, cuff links, ivory-colored decoration items.
Modern Gift: Gold jewelry.
Flower: Dahlias and orchids.
Color: Opal and ivory.
Symbol: Crystal – symbolize transparency in the relationship
Traditional Gift: Crystal vase, personalized wine glasses, crystal ice bucket, watch, ruby heart pendant.
Modern Gift: Watch.
Color: Ruby red.
Anniversary Theme: Coffee and tea.
Traditional Gift: Tea infuser, tea box, samplings of expensive sorts of coffee, matching coffee mugs, French coffee press.
Modern Gift: Silver Holloware.
Color: Emerald Green, Silver, and Red.
Anniversary Theme: Wine and spirits.
Traditional Gift: Personalized whiskey or wine decanter, set of whiskey or wine glasses, personalized wine bottle, wine cork opener.
Modern Gift: Furniture.
Flower: Red carnation.
Anniversary Theme: Appliances.
Traditional Gift: Kitchen utilities, juicer, blender or bread maker, toaster, waffle maker, porcelain tea set.
Modern Gift: Porcelain.
Jewelry: Cat’s eye.
Anniversary Theme: Jade.
Traditional Gift: Sculptures in bronze, bonsai jade tree, couple’s trips to the seaside, bronze outdoor plaque.
Modern Gift: Bronze.
Flower: Bronze Mums.
Symbol: China – symbolizes strong marriage that has stood the test of time.
Traditional Gift: Classy china tea set, porcelain dishes, trip to China, platinum knife set.
Modern Gift: Platinum.
Flower: Day Lily and aster.
Color: Emerald green and White.
Anniversary Theme: Fire.
Traditional Gift: Fire pit, scented candles, Fire Island getaway weekend, nickel house plaque.
Modern Gift: Brass or Nickel.
Anniversary Theme: Water.
Traditional Gift: Personalized water bottle, aquarium visit, garden fountain, beach towels.
Modern Gift: Cooper.
Anniversary Theme: Air.
Traditional Gift: Hot air balloon ride, wind chimes, dream catchers, silver-plated key chains.
Modern Gift: Silver Plate.
Anniversary Theme: Stone.
Traditional Gift: Personalized stone coasters, new stereo, or speakers.
Modern Gift: Musical instruments.
25th Anniversary – Silver
Anniversary Theme: Silver – it symbolizes the brilliance of your long-lasting marriage.
Traditional Gift: Engraved jewelry, silver picture frame, vintage silver pocket watch.
Modern Gift: Silver.
Anniversary Theme: Art.
Traditional Gift: Tickets for museum or art gallery, wedding photo printed, an original art piece.
Modern Gift: Pictures.
Anniversary Theme: Music.
Traditional Gift: Tickets for a concert or music festival, engraved guitar pendants, customized playlist.
Modern Gift: Sculptures.
Jewelry: Jet stone.
Anniversary Theme: Linen.
Traditional Gift: Anything made of linen – personalized or engraved.
Modern Gift: Orchid.
Color: Lavender and Orchid.
Anniversary Theme: Tools.
Traditional Gift: Handy tools that you miss in the house – BBQ tools, garden tools.
Modern Gift: Furniture.
Anniversary Theme: Pearls – symbolize inner beauty, remind that marriage has that beauty that comes from within.
Traditional Gift: Cuff links or watches with pearly details, pearl necklace, diamond ring, a serving tray with pearl details.
Modern Gift: Diamond.
Flower: Lily and Sweet Pea.