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Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts For Each Year

Updated on May 11, 2013

A Guide To Anniversary Gifts

We all have busy lives so sometimes find personalized anniversary gifts is hard! Isn't it just too easy to let romance take a back seat?

So, when it comes to your anniversary, it's time to bring back that feeling of love and happiness you felt at your wedding!

Traditionally each anniversary means giving a gift made of a certain something ... paper for the first anniversary ... cotton for the second, and so on.

Of course you don't have to stick with tradition, but it's a great place to start.

Here some of my "traditional" ideas for each anniversary by year to bring back that lovin' feeling!

1st Anniversary: Paper

Your first anniversary! ... I hope you had a wonderful, happy first year. Your gift made of paper could be a photograph in a personalized frame, a gift certificate for an exotic treat, or maybe even an airline ticket to somewhere romantic!

2nd Anniversary: Cotton

Your personalized anniversary gifts by year for cotton could be some luxurious monogrammed pillow cases, along with some Egyptian cotton sheets. Your wedding photo on a pillow, or a romantic photo on a beach towel, would also both be charming.

3rd Anniversary: Leather

Personalized leather jewelry would be a good gift choice, or an attractive Jewelry box. Handbags, wallets, briefcases and luggage can all be personalized for that special touch. Imitation leather is just as acceptable, or you could give a donation in both your names to your favorite animal welfare charity.

4th Anniversary: Flowers & Fruit

A gorgeous bunch of fresh flowers, especially delivered, or a delicious fruit basket are wonderful, romantic gifts ... every day if you're lucky! For your anniversary you could give personalized floral perfume, or an iPod or another product from Apple. What about a romantic getaway in the Big Apple?

5th Anniversary: Wood

Personalized anniversary gifts by year for your fifth anniversary could be wooden jewelry or keepsake box, or a decorative storage chest. Wooden photo frames come in many designs, or for the more unusual, you could give a personalized baseball bat or wooden birdhouse.

6th Anniversary: Iron or Sugar

For iron gifts, you could choose golf clubs, or perhaps a personalized branding iron for trademark BBQs! Iron photo frames are very attractive, or romantic iron candlesticks. Homemade candy, exotic chocolates or candy created with your personal message would all be charming.

7th Anniversary: Wool or Copper

Handcrafted vases, ornaments and jewelry are all beautiful in copper. Copper gifts also easy to have engraved. For woolen gifts, clothing in something soft and huggable, like cashmere, is romantic. What about a personalized cashmere scarf? If you are creative, you could knit or crochet your own thoughtful gift.

8th Anniversary: Bronze

Bronze can be either the metal or something colored bronze. Windchimes, or a door knocker for your home, or planter pots are all good ideas. Mirrors with bronze frames look fabulous, or you could choose a lamp or personalized bookends, or create a bronze plaque. Sentimental items can also be bronzed as a keepsake.

9th Anniversary: Pottery

Stoneware items make lovely personalized anniversary gifts by year for your ninth anniversary. A handmade ceramic sushi set, dinnerware or a planter pot would be perfect. For a creative partner, you could give pottery classes and even a pottery wheel!

10th Anniversary: Tin or Aluminium

Many items come in tins, and they are easy to personalize. A photo puzzle of you, or some home baked cookies are just a couple of suggestions. Tin signs also make interesting gifts, as do antique items, and pewter is made mostly from tin. Romantic aluminium is a little more difficult - perhaps you could give a rare aluminium coin ... or maybe combine both materials with a hamper of tins and cans of exotic food.

11th Anniversary: Steel

Stainless steel items are attractive and versatile. Ideas might include a personalized hip flask, ice bucket or cocktail shaker. Engrave a ring or a bracelet with a message of love. Stainless steel wine glasses or beer mugs are also very attractive gifts. For the musician, what about a steel string guitar?

12th Anniversary: Silk

A monogrammed or personally designed silk robe or boxers make great personalized anniversary gifts by year for your twelfth anniversary. You could also choose a beautiful silk scarf or tie, some exotic silk sheets or some romantic lingerie. Silk cushions are another gift idea.

13th Anniversary: Lace

It is easier to buy lace for women than for men. A lace tablecloth , curtains or clothing are all very good ideas. For him, why not dress up in some gorgeous lace lingerie for a romantic evening? You could also give him some quality lace up boots or shoes.

14th Anniversary: Ivory

Go for imitation ivory, something ivory in color, and Ivory brand product or elephant inspired gifts. A letter opener with a carved handle or a handcrafted desk item would be good choices, or a quality ivory inspired pen or jewelry.

15th Anniversary: Crystal

I love crystal - it's romantic and beautiful. Baccarat and Swarovski create gorgeous crystal products. Crystal jewelry, figurines, bowls and vases are all wonderful presents. Personalized anniversary gifts by year in crystal could include engraved wine glasses or a sculptured keepsake ... or what about having a photo of you both made into a 3D crystal? Even crystals on their own make lovely gifts.

20th Anniversary: China

Fine china dinnerware, or porcelain figurines are beautiful gifts. China ornaments can be personalized for the occasion. Maybe you could take each other shopping in Chinatown, or even Hong Kong to choose your gifts together!

25th Anniversary: Silver

Silverware is a very special gift for an important anniversary milestone. Gifts could include a photo frame, jewelry, or perhaps a collector coin in silver. Personalized silver keyrings would be just right - you could find a locket keyring and enclose a favorite picture of you both together.

30th Anniversary: Pearl

Pearls are beautiful when made into jewelry. I particularly love black pearls and freshwater pearls, and don't forget mother of pearl. You could also give "pearls of wisdom" in the form of a book, classes in something interesting or give an ornament personalized with your own message.

35th Anniversary: Coral

Coral can be the material, the distinct coral design or even the color coral. You could choose handcrafted coral jewelry or ornaments, or personalize it by having something especially made. A wonderful gift would be a trip to a tropical resort so you can enjoy seeing live coral.

40th Anniversary: Ruby

Rubies lend themselves especially to gifts of jewelry, but the deep red ruby color could also help with ideas. A bottle of fine red wine or vintage port would be a good choice. Red candles would be romantic. A ruby red monogrammed blanket or robe make great personalized anniversary gifts by year for your fortieth anniversary.

45th Anniversary: Sapphire

Sapphires inspire jewelry gifts, and while commonly blue, they actually come in a variety of colors. You could have a piece of jewelry especially designed for your partner. Another gift idea is to find something with the brand name Sapphire.

50th Anniversary: Gold

Fifty years is a very special anniversary. Ideas for gifts could be gold coins or a gold watch or jewelry. Items can also be gold plated - why not find something which represents your love to gold plate? Another idea is to give a gold leaf framed photograph. A gold nugget might be an unusual gift, or a piece of gold artwork. I have more 50th Anniversary gift ideas here.

55th Anniversary: Emerald

Apart from emerald jewelry items, you could buy something in rich, dark green. An emerald gemstone tree would make a beautiful gift. You could also choose a fine Irish whiskey from the Emerald Isle.

60th Anniversary: Diamond

Engraved diamond jewelry items make perfect personalized anniversary gifts by year for your sixtieth anniversary. A diamond encrusted watch would be stunning. You could also give something with a diamond pattern, such as décor or personal accessories.

65th Anniversary: Blue Sapphire

Blue sapphires are a magnificent color. Jewelry is the obvious choice of gift, and there is a wonderful range available. Also anything in intense, deep blue would make a great gift. Artwork or home furnishings could be some ideas.

70th Anniversary: Platinum

Platinum drink or tableware, or platinum jewelry would be fabulous gifts. Platinum is associated with excellence, so many products have platinum lines to choose from. You could also choose a CD or DVD platinum collection.

75th Anniversary: Diamond

Congratulations! What an achievement! The most simple anniversary gifts by year seventy five would be diamond rings, engraved inside with your personal message. Otherwise, see under the sixtieth anniversary for more suggestions.

I hope that these suggestions for anniversary gifts by year have triggered ideas to keep the romance alive.

Happy Anniversary!


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