We love celebrating each and every anniversary, but sometimes figuring out anniversary gifts by year can feel like you’re shopping in the dark!
So, just where did the idea of exchanging anniversary gifts start? The tradition first gained popularity in the 18th century, when silver and gold were designated as gifts for a couple’s 25th and 50th anniversaries, respectively. But by the mid-1800s, the list of gifts had expanded to include a couple’s first, fifth, tenth, and even 75th anniversary.
Today, the list is more detailed than ever before. If you’ve got an anniversary approaching, but are drawing a blank on gift ideas, we’ve got you covered. In addition to listing the traditional wedding anniversary gifts by year for your first 10, we’ve included ideas for each one.
That’s right — paper. Thinking of a gift made of paper can be a little tricky, but in the age of the internet, finding a talented artist waiting for a commission has never been easier! For your first anniversary, asking an artist like Emily Rachelle to paint your wedding venue (or anything else!) is equal parts poignant and beautiful.
The second anniversary gift is another perfect opportunity to give a personalized item. Using one of the many online platforms where you can personalize the text on a pillow or blanket, print the lyrics of your first dance song, or even your vows if you wrote them yourself, on a cozy addition for your home. Bonus points: throw in a bag of cotton candy!
Get ready for your next adventure together as a couple by giving your spouse a leather travel item like a passport cover, toiletry bag or overnight bag. You can even include tickets for a surprise vacation in the gift, too!
While a bouquet of roses and some chocolate covered strawberries would undoubtedly make for a perfect fourth anniversary gift, if you’re looking to do something a little more unique, consider planning a romantic weekend trip to a winery. Wine is made of grapes making it a fruit, too, right?
Ensure decades of love notes by gifting a luxury wooden pen to your spouse for your fifth anniversary! A beautifully handcrafted pen is a gift that will be treasured for years to come, and you can find one to fit any budget.
Six years into your marriage, you may still be moving regularly as job promotions take you from town to town, or you may have found a house you plan to spend the next few decades calling home. The gift of a gorgeous custom-made iron plate, immortalizing the day you and your spouse created a home together, can easily move along with you or grow old along with you fixed to the outside of your forever home.
In the midst of busy lives, scheduling regular time to spend together can become challenging. Plan a cozy date night in like you haven’t been able to in years, filled with your favorite games, movie and some Moscow Mules in a special new set of copper mugs. Make a promise to revisit your anniversary mugs once a month for the rest of the year, recommitting to making time for just the two of you.
Now that you’ve re-established a schedule for date nights make sure your spouse is never late for one! A striking bronze watch would be the perfect idea for you or your partner…so start dropping hints or start shopping for one you love now.
When it comes to pottery, the options are a bit limited, but the variety of anniversary-themed pottery is vast. Find an artist whose style matches that of your home, and commission them to create a customized bowl, platter or vase for your spouse.
Admittedly, tin is a difficult medium to make a gift out of, but thank goodness for the crafty members of the online artist community for coming through yet again! Commemorate a decade together as a married couple with a spectacular piece of punched tin wall art.
Trying to find the perfect anniversary gift by year can be a fun scavenger hunt, but if time is tight and you’re in a pinch, try using one of our suggestions. Happy anniversary!