Another year gone by and another wedding anniversary to celebrate! If you or someone you love is celebrating a 9th anniversary, you’ve come to the right place for unique and meaningful anniversary gifts.
While you may not think it’s as special as making the nearby 10th anniversary mark, 9 years of marriage is still an achievement worth shouting about! The traditional 9th anniversary gift in the US is pottery or willow and copper in the UK. For something more modern, the modern ninth wedding anniversary gift is leather.
We’ve put together a complete guide to celebrating a 9 year wedding anniversary, from traditional themes to modern twists, and unique anniversary gift ideas for husbands, wives and happy couples.
Traditional 9th Anniversary Gift (US): Pottery Or Willow
Interestingly, the traditional 9th wedding anniversary gift is different depending on if you’re celebrating in the US or the UK. If you’re celebrating a 9th anniversary in the US, you have a choice between pottery or willow, or why not use both?
Pottery represents nature and simplicity. Like clay, your relationship has been carefully moulded by hand and turned into something beautiful. And, like two potters in life, you’ve taken the time to mould your lives together. Your marriage thus far hasn’t been without its difficulties, but the work you’ve put in together has resulted in a priceless work of art. Bear in mind that your relationship, like pottery, is still fragile and can be broken if not cared for properly. However, if looked after it can last a lifetime.
On the other hand, we have the willow tree, a graceful tree indicative of nature and flexibility. Willow trees produce branches that are strong but flexible – two qualities you’ll need in your marriage. It can be woven to create beautiful but resilient things, such as baskets.
Traditional 9th Anniversary Gift (UK): Copper
The symbolism of copper makes it a fabulous traditional gift for a 9 year wedding anniversary. It’s an excellent conductor of electricity and heat, which symbolises passion, warmth and the spark that brought and keeps you together.
The metal is known for being soft and malleable yet strong, and it’s a symbol of beauty and prosperity. Copper is sacred to Aphrodite and Venus, the ancient Greek and Roman goddesses of love. A gift of the metal on your 9th anniversary would be a wonderful symbol of your love for your partner.
Modern 9th Anniversary Gift: Leather
According to the list of traditional anniversary gifts by year, leather is the modern gift and symbol for your nine years of marriage but also the traditional gift for your 3rd wedding anniversary. The meaning of the gift doesn’t change from one anniversary to the other. Leather is strong, resilient and durable, but it’s also flexible. What’s more, it has an impressive lifespan when cared for properly – just like marriage!
To get to your ninth wedding anniversary, your relationship must be resilient enough to weather life’s different storms, and it also needs to be flexible enough for you and your partner to grow as individuals.
Flower: Poppy & Bird of Paradise
The flower traditionally known for 9th wedding anniversaries is the poppy, a symbol of imagination and sleep. As a wedding anniversary flower, it represents peacefulness and the dreams you share with your partner. You can combine poppies with Bird of Paradise, an exotic flower that symbolises joy and fidelity, to make a gorgeous bouquet as a reminder of the vows you exchanged.
Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli
Vibrant blue lapis lazuli has been prized since ancient times. Craftspeople carved it into statues, set it into gold jewellery and powdered it for artists to use as pigment. Cleopatra even used it as eyeshadow!
Associated with royalty and divinity, the gemstone symbolizes courage, intelligence, truth and wisdom. Every one of those qualities is present in a marriage that’s been successful enough to last nine years. You can find ideas for exquisite ninth anniversary gifts inspired by lapis lazuli below.
9th Anniversary Gift Ideas
Without further ado, here are our favourite 9th anniversary gifts inspired by pottery, willow, leather, copper and the other traditional presents. Find a gift that’s perfect for the occasion with us.
9 Year Anniversary Gifts For Her
She’s still with you nine years after saying, “I Do.” Celebrate her love and devotion by making your ninth wedding anniversary one that she will remember.
Personalized Willow Picnic Basket
We love this willow picnic basket that can be personalised with your initials. It would make a charming gift and a wonderful, personal keepsake. You’ll get bonus points if you use it to take some flowers and fizz outside to enjoy a private picnic in your garden!
Whether you keep things simple or you make a day trip out of it, either way, you’ll be covering the bases for the willow-themed 9th anniversary gift.
Luxury Countryside Champagne Picnic
Is there anything more romantic that walking hand in hand through a meadow of flowers in the countryside? Combine that with a champagne picnic in the countryside, and you have an experience that approaches a Jane Austen novel or a fairy tale. No need to worry about packing the picnic basket, because Michelin-starred chef, Adam Smith is preparing you two love birds with a classy assortment of luxurious picnic treats. If she’s an old-fashioned romantic at heart (or an Instgram gal), she’s sure to love an idyllic day out.
Copper And Silver Bangles
We’ve decorated ourselves with copper jewellery and accessories for thousands of years, and a ninth year anniversary is one of the best reasons you’ll have to continue that tradition. Cinnamon Jewellery’s copper bangles sport sterling silver poppies, which references one of the anniversary flowers. The silver flowers and their rustic, artisanal look makes them true statement pieces.
Langham Afternoon Tea
Whether she’s enamoured with ceramics and English heritage or she’d simply appreciate a classy day-out activity, she’ll love the Wedgewood-inspired Langham afternoon tea at the Palm Court. It’s a sophisticated, satisfying reason to get all dressed up on her wedding anniversary.
Lapis Lazuli Jewellery
Lapis lazuli has been used to enhance beauty for thousands of years, whether it was in the form of Cleopatra’s famous eyeshadow or skilfully made jewellery. We wouldn’t recommend that your partner rub powered gemstones all over her eyelids, but we do recommend a ninth year anniversary gift of jewellery that will make her look like a queen. We think this this Half Moon Lapis Lazuli ring is simply superb.
A Perfume With Poppy Notes
Give her a liquid bouquet featuring poppies in the form of a niche perfume. Our favourite fragrance that includes a poppy note is the floral, woody, musky Astor Place by Bond No.9. Not only does the perfume smell heavenly, the bottle is a work of art too.
Leather Couturier Class
A stylish leather handbag is a wonderful way to give your spouse a gift made from leather on your 9-year wedding anniversary. You can up the wow factor by giving her the chance to design a unique leather bag with the help of Deni-Deni, the supplier of leather goods to the royal household. It’ll be an experience she’ll always remember.
9-Year Anniversary Gifts For Him
Nine years have passed since you committed yourselves to one another. Use our anniversary gift ideas to find a fantastic wedding anniversary gift for a special man.
Willow Wood Bookmark
If he’s a bookworm, a personalised bookmark made from willow wood by the Wood Hut would make a delightful gift for his 9th anniversary. Have the bookmark inscribed with a special message, and he will think of you whenever he spends time with his favourite books.
A Leather Briefcase Or Bag
Give him an anniversary gift that will complement his workday look and make it easier to transport the documents, stationery, and other items he needs for a day at the office. A leather briefcase from Aspinal of London is a great way to bring together style, comfort, and tradition.
If a briefcase would be too formal for his look, give him a casual but stylish leather man-bag instead. The trend right now is for updated editions of vintage-style bags, and there are some handsome examples to choose from.
A Copper Cocktail Set
If he enjoys dabbling in mixology at home, surprise him with this hammered copper cocktail set from Prince of Scots. A perfect copper themed ninth year anniversary gift, the set includes a shaker, a jigger, and all the bar tools he needs to craft delicious cocktails.
Wine Tasting Masterclass
If he’s a wine lover, he’s sure to appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the fruit of the vine. Take him on a full-day wine tasting masterclass, where you can be initiated into a deeper appreciation of the drink. A sumptuous lunch is also part of the experience, which makes it a wonderful excursion for your wedding anniversary.
A Pottery Workshop
If you want to give him pottery as a 9-year wedding anniversary gift, why purchase an item when you can let him enjoy the opportunity to make something of his own? He can learn from a skilled craftsperson, get his hands dirty, and produce a unique piece at a one-day pottery workshop at the Ceramics Sculpture Studio in London.
A Lapis Lazuli Signet Ring
The heavenly blue of lapis lazuli pops whether it’s set in yellow gold, white gold, or silver. Make his day by giving him a gold signet ring featuring the gemstone as a gift for his ninth anniversary. This one from C.W. Sellors is a fine example.
A Whisky Distillery Tour
If he’s a whisky drinker, he’ll love the chance to visit a distillery where he can learn how his favourite tipple is produced in copper stills. Join him for a behind-the-scenes experience at London’s Bimber Distillery, where you won’t only find out more about the spirit, you’ll also get to sample a few of its whiskies.
9-Year Anniversary Gifts For Couples
Celebrate your 9-year wedding anniversary with anniversary gifts perfect for couples.. We’ve brought together a few fantastic anniversary gift ideas, from furniture to romantic getaways.
English Willow Furniture
Willow doesn’t only make gorgeous picnic baskets. It also can be used to weave stunning furniture, so if you want a ninth anniversary gift that is beautiful as well as functional, consider a set of English willow furniture from Somerset Willow. The Chilton range is contemporary and comfortable, which makes it perfect for lounging in after a long day.
Lapis Lazuli Dining Table
If you’re looking for a truly opulent ninth anniversary gift for couples, the Tiffany lapis lazuli crystal dining table from Robson Furniture is it. The table is a breath-taking piece that will inspire conversation, whether you enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner with your spouse, or a boozy lunch with your closest friends.
Poppy Field Tour
Few sites are as moving as a field full of poppies. Book a trip to Tuscany, to experience the seductive setting that is Val d’Orcia. Its fields of bright red poppies and cypress trees are only the start of a list of wildflower landscapes that will steal your heart. If the budget is tight, keep it local. If you’re looking for other areas of outstanding natural beauty, the North Wessex Downs, Cranborne Chase, and part of the Cotswolds fit the bill.
Visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
Let the blue colour of lapis lazuli inspire a glorious romantic getaway that will leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and in love all over again. Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa offers luxurious accommodation, amazing food, and an array of restorative treatments. A couple of days in one of the most dramatic landscapes on the planet is an incredible way to mark nine years of marriage.
These 9th wedding anniversary gift ideas are sure to put a smile on your husband or wife’s face. They all perfectly reflect the special years you’ve shared together and mark the occasion in a memorable way.