Happy Anniversary Gift Ideas
Gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate a wedding anniversary, but it can be stressful finding the perfect present. Thankfully there’s an established anniversary gift guide that assigns each year of marriage a gift made from a specific material. Although the origin of this gift guide dates back centuries, the guide is still used today by those who want to give a classic gift (or those who can’t think of anything to get their spouse!).
Don’t want to go the traditional route? We’ve also got unique gift ideas that work for any anniversary year! Let’s get started.
Anniversary Gifts by Year: A Guide & Present Ideas
Whether it’s your first year of marriage or your fiftieth, take a look at this helpful guide for traditional anniversary gifts by year along with different present ideas.
1st Anniversary: Paper
Personalize high quality stationery with your spouse’s initials or name, or have letterhead, cards, and envelopes customized with both of your names!
2nd Anniversary: Cotton
Surprise your partner with a set of super soft bed sheets, a plush bathrobe, or–if you’re crafty–a homemade quilt.
3rd Anniversary: Leather
There’s nothing quite like the smell and feel of top-grain leather. A beautiful wallet, purse, pair of gloves, or journal are all thoughtful gifts for a third anniversary.
4th Anniversary: Fruit or Flowers
You can’t go wrong with a gorgeous floral arrangement or an edible fruit bouquet for your 4th anniversary. Interested in growing your own flowers or fruit? Get your loved one a basket of garden necessities so you can spend time together planting your favorite flowers or strawberries, raspberries, and other easy-to-grow fruits.
5th Anniversary: Wood
A beautiful wooden frame that holds a cherished pic and is engraved with your names and wedding date is a perfect 5th anniversary gift. Want to go big? Buy or build a wooden swing or bench so you can sit together on your front porch.
6th Anniversary: Candy or Iron
You can go either sweet or strong for this anniversary! Gourmet chocolates or a wrought-iron patio set are both ideal gifts for a 6th anniversary.
7th Anniversary: Wool or Copper
Keep your spouse warm and cozy with a beautiful wool sweater, scarf, or socks. Not crazy about wool? Fill a hammered copper vase with gorgeous flowers for a unique 7th anniversary gift.
8th Anniversary: Bronze
Give your loved one a nice place to put their jewelry or other treasured items with a small bronze dish engraved with your initials and wedding date, or enjoy beautiful musical notes right from your own backyard with a bronze wind chime.
9th Anniversary: Pottery
Visit a local studio or gallery and purchase a set of mugs or plates that catches your eye. Want to try your hand at making your own ceramics? Gift a pottery wheel class so you can craft some special pieces together!
10th Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum
Fill a cool vintage tin with favorite chocolates, cookies, or teas, or let your loved one practice their mojito making skills with an aluminum bar tool set that includes items like a cocktail shaker, jigger, strainer, bar spoon, and muddler.
15th Anniversary: Crystal
Celebrate this anniversary with a nice bottle of champagne and stunning crystal flutes. Already own this classic drinkware? A crystal vase or agate crystal bookends are other options for a 15th anniversary gift.
20th Anniversary: China
Consider giving your spouse a lovely china tea pot, a fine bone china picture frame, or any missing or broken pieces from your china dinner set. If you don’t have a dinner set, now is the perfect time to get one!
25th Anniversary: Silver
Engrave your names, initials, or a sweet message on a beautiful silver frame, the inside of a bracelet, or the back of a handsome tie bar. Any gift with this precious and valuable metal is sure to be a hit!
30th Anniversary: Pearl
There are so many gift options for this anniversary! A p, earrings, or a pocket knife with a pearl inlaid handle are all great 30th anniversary gifts. Gift-givers should also consider a watch with a mother-of-pearl face or luxurious pajamas with mother-of-pearl buttons.
40th Anniversary: Ruby
A ruby gemstone ring, pendant, or gold-rimmed ruby cufflinks are classic 40th anniversary gifts your spouse will love. Looking for something besides jewelry? Consider a ruby colored gift such as a red silk bathrobe or long-stemmed red roses.
50th Anniversary: Gold
This is the year to go big! Get your loved one gorgeous gold knot earrings or knot cufflinks to represent when you tied the knot half a century ago, or consider a gold anniversary clock that shows the years, months, and days since your wedding day.
Unique Anniversary Gifts for Any Year
Let’s take a look at some unique and unexpected gift ideas that work for any anniversary!
Create a video montage with anniversary well wishes from family and friends for a truly thoughtful gift and personalized digital keepsake. Whether it’s an anniversary video for your spouse or an anniversary video for your parents, whoever receives your video gift will cherish the heartwarming messages from loved ones and enjoy rewatching the video for years to come.
Send a sweet online Anniversary card to your spouse, parents, or any special couple in your life. Customize the card message, upload a photo to select designs, add a video message, and include a digital gift card. Deliver the card instantly from your phone, or schedule delivery ahead of time so you don’t forget to send it the day of! Regardless of how you send it, the recipient will appreciate this thoughtful and unexpected treasure in their inbox!
Personalized Travel Map
For the wanderlust couple, record your travels together with a Pushpin World Map that lets you mark all the countries you’ve visited and pin on any photos or souvenirs. Customize the map with your names and anniversary date and hang it somewhere prominent in your home so you can remember the fun times you’ve had and be inspired to continue your adventures together.
Do you and your spouse share a special song? Perhaps it's the first dance song at your wedding? Capture the soundwave from that song and have it printed with a photo from your wedding. It's a beautiful, lasting anniversary soundwave art gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Keep your relationship going strong with an Adventure Journal that includes 50 fun scratch-off date activities and an instant camera to capture the good times! After you scratch off an activity and complete it, place a photo in the journal and jot down a few notes about your experience. When you finish, you'll have a lot of wonderful memories and a nice keepsake to look back on.
Will your anniversary gift be traditional or unique this year? Either way, you can’t go wrong with a thoughtful gift that celebrates and marks such an important milestone!