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Wedding anniversary Year Traditional and Modern Day Gifts

Updated on June 19, 2013

What Do I Get My Wife For Our Wedding Anniversary?

Something old Something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

Weddings are full of symbolism and tradition, all to ensure the smooth running of the big day and to ensure the longevity, love, success and baby making are all covered in good luck.

Wedding anniversaries carry on those wedding traditions and the gifts shared by Husbands and wives on their special day also has symbolism and tradition to ensure the happiness and future success of their marriage.

With wedding anniversaries though the traditional gifts are slowly evolving and although some traditional gifts still remain the same there are now modern day alternatives to some of them, giving couples a larger scope when buying their other half an anniversary gift.

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Diamonds are a both a traditional and modern day gift when celebrating your 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Diamonds are a both a traditional and modern day gift when celebrating your 60th Wedding Anniversary. | Source

Traditional And Modern Day Anniversary Gifts

Years Married
Traditional Gift
Modern Alternative Gift
Crystal or Glass
Linen or Silk
Electrical Appliance
Wool or Copper
Desk Set or Pencil set
Linen or Lace
Tin or Aluminum
Diamond Jewelery
Fashion Accesories or Jewelery
Pearls or Colored Gems
Textiles or Furs
Gold Jewelery
Sterling Silver
Blue Sapphire
Blue Sapphire
Diamond and Gold
Diamond and Gold
Diamond Or Pearl
Wife's Birthstone
For the missing years in this table there are no known traditional gifts or modern day alternatives.

Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012.
The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012. | Source

Wedding AnniversaryTelegram From The Queen

It is widely known, in Great Britain, that when a person reaches one hundred years old, he/she receives a telegram from the Queen or as the case may be in the near future the King.

These days although still called a telegram the recipient actually receives a birthday card when they reach the age of one hundred and every year there after.

It is not so well known though that when a couple reach their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, Sixty years of Mariage, they also receive a "Telegram" from the Queen and they receive a card every five years after that for other major milestone wedding anniversaries.

Anniversary gifts

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Funny Anniversary Quotes

  • 'I never knew what real happiness was until I got married; by then it was too late' (Unknown)
  • "My wife and I were happy for 20 years, then we met" (Rodney Dangerfield)
  • "All marriages are happy. It's the living together afterward that causes all the trouble" ( Raymond Hull)
  • "I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back." (Henny Youngman)
  • "A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he’s finished." (Zsa Zsa Gabor)

Wedding Anniversary Jokes

  • A couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary were talking.

Husband "Wow 20 years already, it seems like only yesterday we got married,"

Wife "I know, I would have been out of jail now if I had murdered you instead of marrying you,"

  • An old couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary were reminiscing.Wife "My darling you and I have been together for fifty years now, through thick and thin" she said. "You were right there when I slipped on the ice and broke my leg, you were right there with me when my mother died in my arms and you were right there with me when I was robbed in the street".

"My darling" she continued "I just realised something"

Husband "what's that my dear?"

Wife "I love you very much but you really are a jinx, you are always with me when something bad happens"

  • Husband feeling frisky "Shall we try swapping positions tonight?"

Wife feeling hard done by "That's a good idea... you stand by the ironing board while I sit on the sofa and fart."

  • A man was talking to his friend about what to do for his 50th wedding anniversary

The friend asked, “What did you do for your 25th?”

He said, “I took my wife to Hawaii.”

The friend then asked, “What are you thinking about for your 50th?”

He said, “Well I was thinking of bringing her back.”


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    • Veronica profile image


      11 years ago from NY

      I hadn't realized there was a traditional and a modern gift list. Great article. Great suggestion about taking classes and spending time together.

      Paul, go with the whip ;)

    • livelonger profile image

      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      Lederhosen for him, dirndl for her. In case you're feeling a bit Bavarian.

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      11 years ago from Seattle

      Leather is great! I'm picturing all of the different, innappropriate, gifts out there.

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jimmy the jock 

      11 years ago from Scotland

      hahaha!!! Robin would first kill you then come after me for both our sakes please reconsider lol, hope you both have a great time whatever you decide, have fun.....jimmy

    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 

      11 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Leather?  Maybe a whip:) I'll tell my wife I got the idea from you Jimmy....LOL


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