The list of anniversary gifts by year goes as far back as the Middle Ages, but it’s still very much in use today. Each milestone anniversary gift gradually increases in value every year, representing how a couple’s marriage strengthens as time passes. There’s just something really romantic about following tradition!
You might already know the themes for big wedding anniversary milestones like paper, gold, and diamond. But what are the traditional and modern gifts for all those other anniversaries? If you want to know the meaning behind each gift or are looking for some unique anniversary gift ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
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Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gifts By Year
Here’s the full list of traditional and modern anniversary gifts by year, along with the anniversary gemstones, flowers and colors. We’ve included some anniversary milestone gift suggestions, so you can make sure you’re getting your gift right.
Traditional Gift – Paper
The traditional gift for your one year anniversary is paper. Paper is representative of how you have both just started your lives together – it’s a clean sheet to create new memories and paint your lives how you want. This first milestone in your marriage is a time to look back on the first chapter of your lives and start planning how you want to fill the rest of your book of love.
Paper anniversary gift ideas for your 1 year anniversary are endless, but our favorite is a gift experience voucher for a romantic date night out. If paper isn’t your thing, opt for the first anniversary gemstone – gold. Technically it’s not a stone, but who doesn’t love gold jewelry? Color-wise, stick with gold and yellow and as for flowers, bright and passionate carnations are the blooms of choice.
Modern Gift – Clock
The modern first anniversary gift is a clock, a symbol of your endless love. It represents how 12 months have passed, but more importantly, there are many years still to come.
Traditional Gift– Cotton
Durable and versatile, cotton holds the qualities of a marriage that’s made it to its second year. Cotton gifts symbolize that your marriage needs to stay strong even when faced with difficult changes. Accomplish this, and the two of you will grow ever closer, your lives becoming intertwined like interwoven cotton fibers.
Practical but plush, a pair of personalized His & Her cotton bathrobes are an excellent traditional cotton gift idea for a 2nd anniversary. If that’s not special enough, take your loved one for a romantic spa day, a creative way of sticking to the cotton anniversary theme.
The traditional gemstone for second anniversaries is the popular garnet stone. This dazzling gem comes in a wide variety of colors, but red (or white linen) is a good choice for sticking to the color themes. In terms of flora, you’re looking at the beautiful cosmos flower.
Modern Gift – China
China represents how your marriage is beautiful and elegant but still in the beginning stages. Your marriage is delicate and fragile – take care of it or it might break!
Traditional Gift – Leather
The traditional 3rd anniversary gift of leather represents the shelter and security that has come from your three years of marriage together. Leather is a durable material that protects us from the elements, just as you are both protect each other. Through thick and thin, rain or shine, you have each other.
In honor of your leather anniversary, what better present than a snazzy leather suitcase or designer leather bag? Practical, functional, and fashion-forward, carrying it every day will be a reminder of your love for one another.
If elegant jewelry is more what you have in mind, you’ll want to look for pearls, a symbol of strength and enduring love. Meanwhile, white and jade are the traditional colors, and cheerful sunflowers are the three year flowers.
Modern Gift – Crystal or Glass
Just as you can see your reflection in crystal and glass, so it is time to reflect on the past three years. But be careful in your analysis! Your marriage is still delicate and should be handled with care.
Traditional Gift – Fruit & Flowers
Four years! At this stage, your marriage has really started to blossom and ripen. That means it’s time for some gorgeous fruit and flowers for your 4 year anniversary gift.
Nothing says “Happy Anniversary!” like a classic bouquet of your loved one’s favorite flowers. Too boring? Other traditional 4th anniversary gifts for him and her include a bottle of wine or an expert-led wine tasting masterclass. After all, wine was once fruit.
A stone associated with love and affection, blue topaz in the fourth anniversary gem, which inspires the colors blue and green. All flowers are suitable for the fruits and flowers theme, but the beautiful geranium is particularly appropriate.
Modern Gift – Appliances
By the time your 4th anniversary comes along, you and your partner should be well and truly settled. This makes the occasion a good one to acknowledge the domestic side of marriage. You can do that by giving the modern gift of an appliance that will come in handy around the house. Gift suggestions include a new coffee machine, an air fryer or a nifty robotic vacuum cleaner.
Traditional Gift – Wood
The traditional fifth anniversary is wood because trees symbolize strength, wisdom, and time. Like a tree standing firmly in the wind, after five years of sharing the ups and downs, your relationship continues to grow from strength to strength. With deep roots firmly cemented in the ground, your marriage can endure anything.
The fifth anniversary calls for one of the most sought-out, durable gemstones – sapphire. As for colors, take your pick from turquoise, blue or pink. The joyful daisy represents the fifth anniversary because of its symbolic structure. The center symbolizes the couple’s bond and the petals all the wonderful ways in which a couple will still grow.
Modern Gift – Silverware
Your 5th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to surprise your partner with silverware that’s beautiful and practical. The gift celebrates the meals you’ve enjoyed together, the meals you will enjoy together, and the ways you make each other shine.
Traditional Gift – Sugar or Iron
Six blissful years together. How sweet! For your 6th year anniversary, you have two choices – iron or sugar. Sugar serves as a reminder of how sugary sweet your love for one another is. Iron symbolizes the strength and durability of your marriage.
Traditional sugar 6th anniversary gift ideas can be as classic as a box of chocolates to an entire chocolate making experience. If you’d rather go the iron-route, how about iron jewelry for her and a set of golf clubs for him? If he’s already got too many clubs to fit in the garage, these gift experiences for him include picturesque golf getaways that will make the most accomplished golfers squeal with joy.
A classic flower known for its elegance and sophistication, calla lilies are the 6th anniversary flower. Different colored calla lilies have different meanings, so choose the one that expresses your feeling best. Be inspired by the striking purple hues of amethyst, a popular variety of quartz that commemorates this milestone. If you’re not a fan of purple, you can also go for turquoise and white.
Modern Gift – Wood
6 years of married life may not seem like a long time, but even that takes personal growth and resilience. You know what else has the qualities of growth and resilience? Trees. No wonder wood is the modern gift for the 6th anniversary.
Traditional Gift – Copper or Wool
Copper is an excellent heat conductor, symbolizing the heat, warmth, and stability of your seven years together. Similarly, cozy, fluffy wool symbolizes the comfort, durability, and security you provide each other.
A great 7 year anniversary gift idea that sticks to tradition is copper homeware, from mugs to pots. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, woolly anniversary gift ideas are soft woolen jumpers or cozy woolen blankets – perfect for snuggling up on date nights.
The colors for the seventh year are yellow, off-white, and onyx, and in the same vein, onyx is the gemstone of choice. This dark, cool stone is said to offer up powerful vibrations of protection and strength, perfect to keep your marriage going strong. For a floral affair, opt for a gorgeous bouquet of freesias.
Modern Gift – Desk Sets
For most people, work is an inescapable part of modern life. You might rather be with your partner than in the office, but the time you spend in your respective places of employment only makes your hearts grow fonder. Make sure you’re present in your partner’s thoughts at the office by giving them the modern 7th anniversary gift of a desk set.
Traditional Gift – Bronze
Did you know that bronze is a blend of copper and tin? While individually copper and tin aren’t as strong as bronze, when blended together, they form a stronger substance. Likewise, after 8 years of marriage, the two of you have come together to form a marriage that’s enduring and resilient. Bronze represents the blending of two hearts, combined to become a single strong entity.
Bronze 8th anniversary gift ideas include sleek and contemporary bronze-inspired cookware, mugs, dishes, bowls, or even candle holders. The color of the year – bronze –emphasizes this theme. Anything bronze goes!
For something a bit brighter, the 8th anniversary gemstone is tourmaline, which has one of the widest color ranges of any gem. This milestone is observed with clematis flowers, a delicate flower that symbolizes your mental beauty and intelligence as a couple.
Modern Gift – Linen Or Lace
They may look delicate and fragile, but linen and lace are surprisingly strong, thanks to many individual threads woven together. That’s like your marriage, isn’t it? Individually, you and your partner are weaker, but together, you’re strong AND beautiful.
Traditional Gift – Pottery
Your relationship may have started as a lump of clay, but over the nine years spent together, it’s turned into something beautiful. Having gone through thick and thin, and the metaphorical furnace of life, together the two of you can handle anything.
9th anniversary gift ideas with a pottery theme include anything ceramic – pots, plates, a customized coffee mug, or even a vase full of flowers. While you’re at it, fill your vase with a bouquet of poppies, the traditional flowers associated with 9 years of marriage. Of course, if you’re looking for fun experience days for two around the theme, you could also make your own creations in a fun pottery class.
What color more suitable for the 9 year pottery anniversary than terracotta? Other color choices include purple, green and lapis lazuli, the last of these being the traditional gemstone.
Modern Gift – Leather
Humans have used leather since ancient times because of its versatility, durability, and protective qualities. However, our ancestors learned quickly that leather lasts only if it’s looked after properly. After your 9th year of marriage, you’ve got to know that your relationship is durable and versatile and that you and your spouse are a refuge to one another.
Traditional Gift – Tin or Aluminum
To mark double digits and this significant milestone, tin and aluminum are the 10 year anniversary gifts. Tin doesn’t rust or wear down, just like your marriage after a decade. It’s also traditionally used to store and preserve things, a nod to the preservation of your love. On the other hand, aluminum is a malleable metal representing the flexibility and durability require in marriage.
The perfect ten year anniversary gift is a personalized tin or aluminum keepsake box. Fill it with mementos of special events in your lives together, from wedding photographs to the birth of your children. As the 10th anniversary flower, a bouquet of daffodils won’t go unappreciated, nor would some diamond jewelry. Diamonds are both the 10 year gemstone and modern gift (see below). For colors, opt for silver and blue.
Modern Gift – Diamond Jewelry
As much as you wanted the first decade of married life to be something of an extended honeymoon, there’s no escaping the pressures of day to day living. Pressure’s not always a bad thing, because without it, we wouldn’t have diamonds. Give a piece of diamond jewelry to your spouse for their 10th anniversary gift and let them know that all the pressure has been worth it.
Traditional Gift – Steel
The 11th year traditional anniversary gift is steel. After 11 amazing years together and they are steel the one!
Representing resistance and durability, steel is the traditional gift for your 11th year anniversary. A reminder of the incredible strength of your love at this point, exchanging gifts made of steel signifies that your marriage is all about staying strong together.
While steel might not seem like the most romantic materials for anniversary gifts, you’d be surprised! From cars to kitchen utensils and appliances, steel is all around us. And that means endless opportunities for clever twists on the 11th traditional anniversary gift.
Modern Gift – Fashion Jewelry
Let’s face it – the 10th anniversary diamond gift is a tough act to follow, which is why the modern 11th year anniversary gift of fashion jewelry doesn’t try to trump it. Instead, it’s all about the simple happy anniversary wishes that are conveyed whenever your partner wears that piece of jewelry – “We’re never separate, even when we’re apart. I love you.”
Traditional Gift – Linen & Silk
A dozen years together calls for something a bit indulgent- which is why the traditional 12 year anniversary gifts are linen and silk. Often compared to the 2nd anniversary material of cotton, luxurious linen is stronger, more durable, and more expensive. On the other hand, sultry silk is as strong as it is sexy. Although your marriage is durable and reliable, you’ve still got that burning desire for each other.
Commemorate your sexy 12th anniversary with gift suggestions like silky matching PJs, or even better, some silky lingerie. Or why not splash out on some luxurious linen bedding to spruce up the bedroom. Is there anything better than waking up next to your partner in crisp, white linen?
Modern Gift – Pearls
Pearls are formed when an ordinary piece of grit gets into an oyster’s shell. Over time, the oyster coats it with mother of pearl, turning it into the only gem in the world that is produced by an animal. Naturally occurring pearls are beautiful and rare, and the person who finds one must feel the way you did when your partner said, “Yes,” and later, “I do.” Celebrate your 12th anniversary with the modern gift of pearls.
Traditional Gift – Lace
There’s nothing unlucky about the traditional 13 year anniversary gift of lace. An intricate and sensual material, lace signifies unity and the complexity of marriage. Your lives have become intertwined and the result is a marriage of love and dedication. Working with lace requires time and dedication, just as your relationship requires special care and attention.
White lace is synonymous with purity, innocence, and new beginnings, which is why it’s often used for wedding dresses, but you can opt for lace in any color when shopping for lace anniversary gifts. From stylish lacy to sexy lacey lingerie, find a gift to celebrate 13 years of being lucky in love.
Modern Gift – Textile or Faux Fur
After 13 years with your partner, your marriage is a source of comfort and warmth, which makes the modern gift of textile or faux fur a fantastic option when shopping for a present.
Traditional Gift – Ivory
In African culture, ivory is a symbol of status and opulence because it comes from elephants, a highly respected animal. These majestic creatures are renowned for their wisdom, long memories, and loyalty, so it’s no surprise they’re symbolic of your devotion after all these years. Even if your memory isn’t as good as an elephant’s!
Today, giving a gift made of genuine ivory for 14th wedding anniversaries is a big no-no due to the unethical ways it is sourced. Rather opt for elephant-themed gifts on your 14 year anniversary that celebrate the beautiful animal, like a romantic African safari getaway. Or better yet, choose something that’s ivory colored, like a gorgeous off-white linen set or ivory-colored dress.
Modern Gift – Gold Jewelry
Gold wouldn’t be nearly as valuable if it was found in easily obtainable abundance. Instead, it takes a considerable amount of effort to mine it. Likewise, you need to put time, effort, and commitment into finding the real gold in a marriage.
Traditional Gift – Crystal
It’s crystal clear why crystal is 15th anniversary gift. Sturdy yet delicate, like your marriage, crystal symbolizes the sparkling love the two of you have for each other. There is full transparency in your marriage at this point, and you’re stronger for it. You’ve nurtured your relationship up to this point, and the result is a love that’s truly dazzling.
Modern Gift – A Watch
The modern gift for 15th wedding anniversaries is a watch. When you give a lavish watch to your partner, you’re letting them know that you’ve appreciated every second together and that you’re looking forward to the time you will spend together. You also know that they’ll think of you whenever they glance at their wrist.
Traditional Gift – Wax
After 16 years together, you know that it takes more than puppy love to keep the flame burning. That’s why the traditional gift for your 16th anniversary is wax, a wonderful way to honour your partner for their contribution to the relationship.
If you’re trying to think of wax themed 16 year anniversary gifts for him & her, you can’t go wrong with a beautifully scented candle to decorate your home. Better yet, indulge them in an online candle-making workshop so they can make their own!
Modern Gift – Silver Holloware
Don’t get confused by the term “silver holloware” – it just refers to any silver tableware or serving piece that isn’t flatware. This includes things like teapots, sugar bowls, candlesticks, butter plates or food covers. Much like your marriage, silver holloware is constructed for its durability and elegance, making it the perfect modern gift for 16th wedding anniversaries.
Traditional and Modern Gift– Furniture
17 years married? You’re part of the furniture in each other’s lives! Like a good piece of furniture, your partner brings beauty and support, which is why the traditional and modern 17th anniversary gift is furniture. From a new plush sofa to a garden patio set, you can really use your imagination for this anniversary year.
Traditional and Modern Gift– Porcelain
Porcelain is both the traditional and modern gift for 18 year anniversaries. When looked after properly, porcelain can last for centuries, but make no mistake – even the oldest surviving examples are fragile. After 18 years, your marriage is a thing of beauty, but like the traditional 18th anniversary gift, it must be cherished. Show your partner you care with a beautiful 18 year anniversary porcelain gift.
Tradition and Modern Gift – Bronze
A couple won’t celebrate their 19th anniversary if their relationship isn’t strong enough to weather the storms of life. Beautiful and durable bronze is the traditional and modern gift for the occasion, and it’s more than appropriate. Celebrate a marriage that’s lasted through good times and bad by giving your partner one of these bronze 19th anniversary gifts.
Traditional Gift – China
Elegant and beautiful, but also delicate and fragile, china is an overall representation of your marriage after two decades. Do not take it for granted or mishandle it, or it shall break.
The obvious 20 year anniversary gift idea for your partner is a beautiful set of china. You could, of course, take your beloved on an adventurous getaway to China, but that might be a bit out of reach. For something closer to home, indulge your spouse of twenty years in an unforgettable Asian restaurant dining experience.
Modern Gift – Platinum
A symbol of achievement, durability, and true love, platinum is the modern 20th anniversary gift. It’s an appropriate choice because spending two decades with the same person is an achievement that’s not possible without the endurance and commitment that spring from true love.
Traditional and Modern Gift – Silver
Halfway to 50! The traditional and modern 25th anniversary gift is silver, which is why 25th wedding anniversaries are also called silver anniversaries. Silver needs hardly any introduction, as one of the most popular precious metals around. Having reached your 25 year anniversary, the value of your marriage has reached new heights. May your marriage continue to shine just like silver.
Silver jewelry is always a sure-fire way to please your other half. For a truly special gift idea on your 25th silver anniversary, treat him or her to a silver jewelry workshop. They’ll be walking away with their own exclusive piece of silver jewelry, learning the various stages involved in creating a piece of jewelry.
Traditional Gift – Pearl
Do you know where pearls come from? Hidden in the depths of the ocean, in the shell of an oyster, years go by before the treasured gem is revealed. These precious white gems represent the hidden beauty in your relationship and the beauty that comes with maturity and from within. Pearls are known for their beauty, but also the considerable amount of time required to form. After three decades together, something beautiful – your marriage – has been created through longevity.
For pearl themed 30th anniversary gift ideas, can’t go wrong with some pearl jewelry, like pearl earrings or pearl cufflinks. For something out of the gift box, treat your first mate to a romantic seafood dinner the two of you can enjoy together.
Modern Gift – Diamond
An expertly cut, flawless diamond looks like it could be light in solid form, and you won’t find a better symbol of purity, perfection, and commitment. Being the hardest substance on earth, a diamond gift is a powerful symbol of endurance on your 30th anniversary.
Traditional Gift – Coral
Thirty-five years calls for a coral-themed anniversary gift. This beautiful material, known as “the garden of the sea” is found on the ocean floor. It’s also regarded as the stone of peace and transformation, and in ancient times it was believed to hold magical powers. It symbolizes longevity and strength, two traits that are certainly present in a marriage that has lasted this long.
As far as 35th anniversary coral gift ideas go, any nautical-themed gift is a great idea, from a coral necklace to a new bathing suit. Alternatively, experience the life of a mermaid with a dreams-come-true underwater experience. Staying in an underwater room 13ft beneath the surface promises to be absolutely unforgettable.
Modern Gift – Jade
In many Asian cultures, beautiful green jade is a symbol of longevity, good luck, wealth, and wisdom. Giving your partner 30 year anniversary gifts made of jade not only acknowledges the longevity of your relationship. It also lets them know that meeting and marrying them was a stroke of good luck, and that it was one of the wisest and most enriching things you’ve ever done.
Traditional and Modern Gift – Ruby
Your 40th anniversary together calls for something special – and what could be more special than a glamorous blood-red ruby? Ruby is the stone of love and passion, a symbol of your deep and unwavering love for one another. Also known as the Ruby Anniversary, 40 years of marriage is a serious milestone celebration.
For a special gift on your 40th anniversary, show them how much they mean to you with stone stunning ruby jewelry. Alternatively, why not go for a ruby red wine tasting? After forty years of gift-giving, you may have to get a bit creative!
Traditional and Modern Gift –Sapphire
The 45 year anniversary traditional gift is sapphire. This gemstone holds a very special legend, perfect for over two decades of marriage. It is said that should the wearer’s love begin to diminish, the color of the stone will gradually transition from blue into green. When giving a blue sapphire on this anniversary, they represent the lasting nature of your adoration for one another.
The sapphire is also considered to be the stone of royalty. For your beloved king or queen, anything of the deep blue sapphire colour would make an excellent gift, from a sapphire blue cashmere sweater to an actual sapphire necklace. For the modern wedded pair, how about a couple’s gift experience of a guided tour of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery? After all, it does have the word ‘sapphire’ in it!
Traditional and Modern Gift – Gold
Perhaps the most significant of all the anniversary milestones, fifty years of marriage is marked with gold. Gold represents the strength, wisdom, prosperity, and significance of your marriage. As one of the most precious substances on the planet, it is a symbol of your 50 year anniversary – something that cannot be replaced.
The natural gift for your 50th golden anniversary is gold jewelry, which is always cherished. How about designing your own bespoke hand-decorated enamel bangle cuff, with 18ct gold plating? Or get a little crazy with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Anantara Golden Triangle, Asia’s premier luxury elephant resort in Thailand. After your 50th year of marriage, you certainly deserve it. Half a century of being married, and you’ve made it to the gold standard.
Traditional and Modern Gift – Emerald
Emeralds are the traditional 55 year anniversary gifts. This beautiful green gemstone is said to change color if the wearer is unfaithful, acting as a sign of devotion and adoration. Any emerald jewelry such as a bracelet or pendant will be greatly appreciated for this milestone anniversary.
For an exotic gift as a happy couple, why not travel to Ireland, the Emerald Isle, or even the Emerald Bay in the Cayman Islands. An overseas adventure is never a bad way to celebrate such an achievement!
Traditional and Modern Gift – Diamond
The traditional gift for your 60th anniversary is diamonds, which is why it’s also known as the Diamond Anniversary. Fun fact: the word diamond in Greek translates to “unconquerable”. As is your love for one another. If you don’t already know how diamonds are made, these dazzling gems are the result of an enormous amount of pressure. Shining bright like a diamond, your marriage has stood the test of time. This precious stone symbolizes strength, affection, and your undying love for one another.
For that extra special diamond gift idea for your 60th anniversary, treat the love of your life to a diamond ring making workshop. They’ll get the unique opportunity to hand-craft your own sterling silver ring, finished with a dazzling rose cut grey diamond.
Traditional and Modern Gift – Blue Sapphire
Similar to the 45th anniversary theme, the traditional 65th anniversary gift is a blue sapphire. This rare and beautiful blue gemstone is a symbol of inner peace and loyalty, both of which are qualities that help a couple stay together for 65 years. A 65th anniversary is a relatively rare celebration, so celebrate your special day with gusto (and with a sumptuous blue sapphire gift, of course)!
Traditional and Modern Gift – Platinum
More valuable than gold or silver, platinum is the quintessential symbol of prestige, luxury, and achievement. No wonder the precious metal, which also symbolizes true love, integrity, truth, and endurance, is the traditional 70th anniversary gift. Your relationship with your spouse is enduring, and your love for them is true. Spoil them with platinum-themed traditional gifts.