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Marriage Anniversaries and Ideal Gifts

Updated on June 28, 2011
A match made in heaven, and cemented on Earth
A match made in heaven, and cemented on Earth

Traditional Anniversary Gifts by Year

A wedding anniversary is a special day. A celebration of a life shared with a unique person. One day in the year when you can sit back and say I married the right person and am glad I did. It is also the day that you might like to gift that special person a little something special to mark your appreciation and love. Traditionally there are gifts accorded per year. Here's the list.

First: Paper

Second: Cotton

Third: Leather

Fourth: Fruit or Flowers

Fifth: Wood

Sixth: Candy or Iron

Seventh: Wool or Copper

Eight Bronze or Pottery

Ninth: Pottery

Tenth: Tin

Eleventh: Steel

Twelfth: Silk or Linen

Thirteenth: Lace

Fourteenth: Ivory

Fifteenth: Crystal

Twentieth: China

Twenty-Fifth: Silver

Thirtieth: Pearls

Thirty-Fifth: Coral

Fortieth: Ruby

Forty-Fifth: Sapphire

Fiftieth: Gold

Fifty-Fifth: Emerald

Sixtieth: Diamond

That ought to make it simple for most spouses to gift something to the one they love. Yet some people may want to put in some more effort. In which case they may like to take a look here.

Images courstey Wikipedia

Lilly of the valley
Lilly of the valley

Flowers Per Anniversary

Are you the kinds who loves flowers? That's great because its the one thing that you can give as a gift or use as a mood booster with an other gift.

It can save your life if you forgot to get a gift and manage to get a nice bouquet of flowers for your spouse instead. And you'll get bonus points if you can tell her that you picked the bunch of flowers because it was related to the year!

Oh yes there is more to flowers than merely getting her red roses, even if they are her favorite flower. Here's the list according to the number of years that you have been married.

Year and Flower

1st Carnation

2nd Lily of the valley

3rd Sunflower

4th Hydrangea

5th Daisy

6th Calla

7th Freesia

8th Lilac

9th Bird of paradise

10th Daffodil

11th Tulip

12th Peony

13th Chrysanthemum

14th Dahlia

15th Rose

20th Aster

25th Iris

28th Orchid

30th Lily

40th Gladiolus

50th Yellow roses & violets

In case you need some help identifying the flower you need to gift take a look at the wikipedia links that each flower leads you to. Plus a good florist will always be able to help you out with them.


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    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from India

      Frieda a complete list would be maddening wouldn't it?

      Duchess, glad to help.

      Bingskee, thanks hope you get to use the ideas.

      Kiran my pleasure.

      Snehal take one or the other girl. He'd look ridiculous in a leather jacket with a sunflower patch! :)

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      snehal Sarkar 

      9 years ago

      Hmmmm...I'll have to figure out how to get a leather sunflower...maybe I shud get Arjun a leather jacket with a Sunflower patch on it?? You got me thinking now.....I love the stuff you write!!!

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      9 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Great hub Cashmere ! thanks a lot for all the details :)

    • bingskee profile image


      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      this is a very useful hub. i dont religiously follow but this is a lovely list of ideas.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Thanks, I keep looking for those lists for my family's anniversary celebrations.

      Good to have. Thanks for taking the time to link them all.

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      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great info Cashmere. I used to have this list but no longer. good to see you included the flowers too. I wonder why after the 15th anniversary they only coundt by fives. such a shame as that is where I'm at.


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