Anniversaries with a Traditional Twist
Anniversaries are special for many reasons. Not only are they a celebration of love and pay homage to our big day, but they also give us an opportunity to spoil our partner. My husband and I have always been big gift givers. Not necessarily for a special occasion but simply because we feel like doing something nice for each other. I have to admit that I love shopping for gifts, giving gifts and receiving gifts. Buying for others has always come naturally to me. But through talking to other people I have come to find that gift giving can sometimes be a very difficult undertaking, especially if your loved one doesn’t drop hints, says they don’t want anything or already has everything you could possibly think of getting them.
One day at work I was talking to my colleague Sarah about her upcoming second anniversary. She told me that her and her husband were going to give each other traditional gifts. What are these you may be thinking??? Don’t worry, so was I. There is a collection of traditional anniversary gifts that are listed by year, which you can use as inspiration to buy for your loved one. Sarah told me that instead of exchanging gifts just for the sake of it they wanted to give practical and meaningful things that they had found for one another. I was intrigued so I did some further investigation. In order to help you for years to come I thought that I would share this list with all of you, along with some helpful gift ideas too . . .
Anniversary Gifts By Year:
1st YEAR: Paper
Love letter, personalised notebook, reading book, portrait, painting, take a drawing class together, ticket to a show/concert/holiday.
2nd YEAR: Cotton
Cotton candy (fairy floss), socks, underwear, tie, t-shirt, pyjamas, bathrobe, personalised pillowcase, Egyptian cotton bed sheets, blanket, towels, tablecloth, napkins, chef apron, plant hanger or canvas print.
3rd YEAR: Leather
Luggage tag, belt, wallet, bag, gloves, jacket or lounge.
4th YEAR: Fruit & Flowers
Make them a fruit smoothie for breakfast, fruit basket, recreate the bridal bouquet, wine tasting or trip to Holland for Tulip season (April).
5th YEAR: Wood
Photo in a frame, jewellery/keepsake box, chopping board, furniture, plant a tree, go for a hike or go camping.
6th YEAR: Iron / Candy – lollies, chocolate, hamper of their favourite sweet treats, bowl or paperweight.
7th YEAR: Wool / Copper
Scarf, clothing, throw, blanket, coins, cookware or rose gold jewellery.
8th YEAR: Pottery / Bronze
Mug, bowl, vase, sculpture, gnome couple or take a pottery class together.
9th YEAR: Pottery / Willow
Willow Tree figurine, bonsai, wicker furniture, organise a picnic basket with all of their favourite things or plant a willow tree.
10th YEAR: Tin / Aluminium
Cocktail shaker, thermos, lunch box or product made out of recycled aluminium.
11th YEAR: Steel
Cutlery, cookware, bowl, jewellery or any product made out of stainless steel.
12th YEAR: Silk or Linen
Eye mask, scarf, gloves, tie, camisole, nightgown, robe, pillowcase or sheets.
13th YEAR: Lace
Underwear, clothing, lace up shoes or table cloth/runner.
14th YEAR: Ivory
Ivory coloured item.
15th YEAR: Crystal
Champagne flutes, wine glasses, decanter, bowl, vase or Swarovski jewellery.
16th YEAR: Coffee or Tea
Bag of coffee, tea diffuser, travel mug, make them their morning coffee/tea, organise a date at a new coffee shop or upgrade your coffee machine.
17th YEAR: Wine or Spirits
Invent a new cocktail, go to a wine tasting together or take a trip to a winery.
18th YEAR: Appliances
Upgrade an existing appliance or get that one thing they have had their eye on for a while.
19th Year: Jade
Jade jewellery, jade Buddha, jade inukshuk, jade (green) coloured item or a bonsai tree.
20th YEAR: China
Chopsticks, vintage tea set, dinner at a Chinese restaurant or a trip to China.
21st YEAR: Fire
BBQ set, make s’mores together, romantic dinner with candles or a trip to a volcanic location.
22nd YEAR: Water
Water bottle, spend a day at the beach, visit an aquarium, dinner cruise on a riverboat, a cruise on an ocean liner or install a pool.
23rd YEAR: Air
Decorate a room full of balloons, send a balloon bouquet to their work, take a hot air balloon ride, take a trip in a helicopter/float plane, go parasailing or go skydiving.
24th YEAR: Stone
Gemstone jewellery, hot stone massage or dinner at a Japanese hibachi restaurant.
25th YEAR: Silver
Silver jewellery, cufflinks, pen, coins or commemorative plate.
26th YEAR: Art
Framed artwork, take an art class together or organise a date at a local art museum.
27th YEAR: Music
Organise a playlist for them, buy tickets to a concert/orchestra or organise a date at a karaoke bar.
28th YEAR: Linens
Bedding or table cloth/runner/napkins.
29th YEAR: Tools
Manicure set, cooking gadgets, drill bits or a gift card to a salon/kitchen/hardware store.
30th YEAR: Pearl
Pearl jewellery, item made out of mother of pearl or trip to Venice (the pearl of the Adriatic).
31st YEAR: Travel
Luggage tag, upgrade suitcase, go to all the tourist places that are in your own backyard or take a trip to somewhere they have always wanted to go (their dream vacation).
32nd YEAR: Bronze
Rose gold jewellery, bowl, wind chime or item made out of bronze.
33rd YEAR: Iron
Horseshoe, cast iron pan, gym membership or round of golf.
34th YEAR: Food
Gift basket, make them breakfast in bed, baking, organise a picnic, cook a romantic dinner, dine at a five-star restaurant or take a cooking class together.
35th YEAR: Coral
Walk along the beach, go to a shell shop, go diving together or take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef/Ningaloo Reef.
36th YEAR: Antiques
Find old-fashioned treasures or repurposed furniture.
37th YEAR: Books
Find a book by their favourite author, go to the library together or buy them a kindle.
Fortune cookie, four-leaf clover, scratchy, lotto ticket, lucky charm, date night at the casino or take a trip to Las Vegas.
39th YEAR: Laughter
Funny card/sign/poster, movie night with comedy gold, date night at a comedy club or tickets to see a comedian.
40th YEAR: Ruby
Roses, ruby jewellery or artisan glass.
41st YEAR: Office / Desk Décor
Stationary, world map, globe or upgrade one of their electronic devices.
42nd YEAR: Clocks / Watches
Alarm clock, watch, sundial or piece of art reflecting time.
43rd YEAR: Entertainment
Tickets to a movie/show/concert/ballet/opera or upgrade your television.
44th YEAR: Electronics
Digital photo frame, upgrade electrical device or buy a new car.
45th YEAR: Sapphire
Blue flowers, sapphire jewellery or artisan glass.
46th YEAR: Games
Video games, play old school board games, create a treasure hunt or go on a date to a big ticket-sporting event.
47th YEAR: Garden / Plants
Go for a walk in the park holding hands, visit a botanical garden or buy a garden bench/outdoor setting.
48th YEAR: Home improvement
Paint, spruce up a dull space, remodel an area of your home, renovate an old bathroom or organise a handy man/cleaner for the day.
49th YEAR: Copper
Copper mug, copper cooking utensils or an item made out of copper.
50th YEAR: Gold
Gold watch/pocket watch, upgrade wedding rings or take a trip to the Gold Coast.
51st YEAR: Photos / Cameras
Make a collage, photo frame, digital frame, organise a professional photo shoot, take a photography class together or buy a old-fashioned instant camera.
52nd YEAR: Bath / Spa
Scented shower gels, bath salts/melts, run them a bubble bath with candles and a glass of wine, book them a salt float or send them to a day spa.
53rd YEAR: Plastic
Gift card or shopping spree on your credit card.
54th YEAR: Glass
Glassware, mirror, piece of blown glass or attend a glass-making workshop together.
55th YEAR: Emerald
Emerald jewellery or green themed items.
56th YEAR: Day
Pack their lunch for them, watch a movie with a title that has ‘day’ in it (One Fine Day) or take a day trip to a local attraction.
57th YEAR: Night
Watch a movie with a title that has ‘night’ in it (Saturday Night Fever), go stargazing, go on a date to your local observatory or enjoy a night out on the town.
58th YEAR: Faith / Hope
Book of poems/quotes/inspirational sayings or a cross/angel pendant.
59th YEAR: Charity
Make a donation, order a gift from a not-for profit organisation or offer your time to those in need.
60th YEAR: Diamond
Diamond jewellery (ring/earrings/pendant/bracelet/bangle) or loose diamond.
Lee and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary on 10.10.2018. Whatever year you find yourself celebrating I wish you a very happy anniversary full of love, light and laughter. Cheers to many more memorable years X
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