Personalized Anniversary Gift Ideas

For each year of marriage, there is a list of traditional and modern gifts that are customarily given for an anniversary. Traditional gifts start at year one and continue each year until year fifteen, and then every five years. Modern gifts on the other hand, start at the first anniversary and continue each year until the fiftieth, and then every five years. Modern gifts are becoming more and more popular than traditional gifts. Many married couples may find it challenging to find a traditional gift since the list only gives the material of the gift. The modern gift list is much more specific, but also contains more expensive gift ideas. For each anniversary, both lists have gift ideas that become more valuable and precious with each year.

Traditional gifts allow for one to be creative in their gift giving. For instance, on the first anniversary, a paper gift could be tickets to a theater performance or airline tickets, or even a heartfelt poem written on a piece of paper. Clocks are the modern gift for the first anniversary. An engraved clock with you and your partner’s names along with the date of your wedding or anniversary makes a thoughtful gift.

The traditional gift for the fifth anniversary is wood. Why not give your wife or husband a personalized and unique wood gift? A frame would be sure to make them smile. You can include your personal feelings and a loving photo for an extra special and personal gift. Traditional gift ideas may take a little more time and preparation, but the extra thought will surely be noticed and appreciated.

A milestone anniversary is the twenty-fifth year of marriage. Both the traditional and modern gift for this anniversary is silver. If a couple is having a twenty-fifth anniversary party or celebration, a wonderful gift is a cake serving set. This set is both useful and thoughtful and can be personalized with the names of the happy couple and the date of their special day.

The fiftieth anniversary is also a very important one. Both the traditional and modern gift for this wedding anniversary is gold. A gold cake server set is a thoughtful gift for this special celebration.

Remember that the anniversary gift ideas on the modern and traditional lists can just be a guideline and that a less expensive gift that you put your heart and thoughts into can be more meaningful than an expensive gift with no thought. You wouldn’t want to get your husband or wife a gift that he or she wouldn’t like, simply because of tradition. You can draw inspiration from these lists and make your gift to your spouse unique and personal. After all, an anniversary is about celebrating marriage and the love that a couple has and shares together.

Year Traditional Gift Modern Gift
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal, Glass
4th Fruit, Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Sugar, Iron Wood
7th Wool, Copper Desk Sets
8th Bronze Linens, Lace
9th Pottery Leather
10th Tin, Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk, Linen Pearls
13th Lace Textiles, Furs
14th Ivory Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
16th   Silver Holloware
17th   Furniture
18th   Porcelain
19th   Bronze
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Sterling Silver
30th Pearl Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Gold, Diamond
70th Platinum  
75th Diamond Diamond
80th Oak Diamond, Pearl
90th Granite Diamond, Emerald
95th   Diamond, Ruby
100th   10-carat Diamond

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