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27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

Posted June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hi, lovelies! This is one BIG post, so pin it, tweet it out, share it on your timeline, or kick it old-school and bookmark it (CTRL + D) ’cause you’re going to need this list! Did you know there are twenty-seven traditional wedding anniversary gifts by year? It’s true! In this post, we’ll share a plethora of amazing anniversary gift ideas by year so you can wow ‘em with your awesomeness. We’ll explain why there’s only twenty-seven suggestions AND dazzle you with a few handmade (+ a few non-handmade) gift ideas. Ready to get started? Let’s go!

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Anniversary Gifts by Year

First and foremost, you may be wondering, but Emma, there are only twenty-seven suggestions. What gives? Great question. You see, whomever constructed these ‘traditional’ anniversary gift ideas either a) ran out of ideas, or b) wanted to give free reign to gift-givers on those in-between years. (We vote the latter.) So, there are suggestions for anniversary gifts by year from 1st through 15th, after which you’re shopping totally on your own until 20th. The list picks back up again, but only at the 5s and 10s: 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 50th, and 60th. Hence: 27 suggestions in total. Sidebar: you start with paper at the 1st year, concluding the list with diamond on the 60th. Just putting it out there: diamond pretty much puts any gift after the 60th to shame, don’t you think? They should have saved it for 70th. :) #longlifehusbandwife

Anyway, I digress. It’s time to get to the list of hand-picked, totally knock-your-socks-off anniversary gifts. Ready to get started? Me too. Let’s start with 1st… paper, which is actually sweeter than it sounds.

1st Paper

Paper! On your first anniversary, celebrate by eating the top tier of your wedding cake (that you froze on your wedding day, right?) and give each other a simple, totally heartfelt gift: a card. A card is simple and sweet: gifts don’t have to be pricey to be meaningful. This one, for instance, says, “I’ve been in love with you for _____ days.” Cute idea!

ive been in love with you for days card via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

paperlaced

Another idea? Make paper flowers.

paper flowers via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

whimseybox (pssst. get $5 off!)

Other paper ideas: movie tickets, football tickets, lottery tickets, a book they’ve been wanting to read, or this book which puts all other journals to shame.

one line a day book anniversary

chronicle books

2nd Cotton

Year two: cotton. An embroidery hoop with cotton fabric and custom embroidery is an excellent idea.

cotton anniversary gift embroidery hoop by merriweather council via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

merriweather council

3rd Leather

Leather luggage tags with ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ inscribed on them are a traveler’s dream. Perfect for your big three!

custom leather luggage tags via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

kiki’s leather shop

Alternate ideas: nice leather oxfords for him and this adorable leather purse for her (love the look of ‘Biscuit’ online).

rebecca minkoff leather bag via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/
rebecca minkoff

4th Fruit / Flowers

For the 4th wedding anniversary gift, you can choose either fruit or flowers: your choice. I chose fruit as the example and picked a fruit tree. Plant it in your backyard or place on a patio and enjoy the fruit for years to come.

fruit plant anniversary gift idea via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

miracle fruit farm

5th Wood

Andrew & I celebrated our five year anniversary in December, and ironically our entire year revolved around wood: we built a wood fence, stained said fence, and then had about a hundred old wood planks (from our old, weathered fence) to cut and recycle. We also bought a new wood coffee table. I then undertook a project where I was making table numbers out of reclaimed wood, but since scrapped it and recycled it (I was apparently not meant to be a table number maker). Also, we received this beautiful teak wood shelf. It makes a fantastic anniversary gift! Click here for more info.

teak wood shelf minimalist via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

uncommongoods

Full disclosure, I received the shelf above from our friends over at UncommonGoods so we could review it for our readers. THIS SHELF IS AWESOME. Not only is it beautifully made, but the color is gorgeous and the teak wood smells amazing! I also love the minimalist design. This shelf is great for small spaces, too, because since it drills right on your wall, it takes up no floor space! I give it five stars. We’ll cherish this piece in our home for years to come.

Another idea that I just had to mention is a state shaped cutting board. I gifted one of these to my sister and brother-in-law a few years ago. It’s a great way to show your stately pride.

michigan cutting board via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

totally bamboo

6th Candy / Iron

This is another year where you can pick between two: candy or iron. I like candy like the next girl, but this iron “You & Me” sign is too amazing to pass up.

steel you and me heart shaped metal decoration via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

grizzly custom steel

7th Wool / Copper

For your 7th wedding anniversary, the suggested gifts are wool or copper. For wool, we love these decorative felted wool dolls.

wool felted dolls couple custom via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

f for felt

Or, try you hand at making your own (or animals even, like these adorable creatures. Okay, maybe not so much for an anniversary gift, but I couldn’t help myself since that looked too adorable. (Can’t you tell I’m a new mom?) Sidebar: while browsing, I also spotted this insanely ridiculous book… unless you’re a crazy cat lady, I suppose.

For copper, I love these stacking rings:

stackable rings via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

little hill jewelry

8th Pottery / Bronze

For year eight, pottery or bronze are the suggested gift options. For pottery, I spotted one for her and one for him. For her, a ring holder dish is a lovely (+ functional) gift…

pottery anniversary gift ring dish via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

elise thomas designs

For him, I’ve selected a clay shaving mug and brush set.

clay shaving mug via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

miri hardy pottery

And, I spotted this bronze and leather bracelet for him that would also fit into the ‘bronze’ suggestion nicely.

bronze leather bracelet via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

roundhouse jewelry

Or how about a bronze wall art piece that ALSO doubles as a wine rack? Get out.

bronze wine rack via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

southern enterprises

9th Willow

Okay, I know this one says ‘willow’, but I couldn’t help but think of Willow Tree, you know, those beautiful sculptures? You’ve probably seen one like this example below:

willow tree promise sculpture via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

demdaco

Oh, and this makes me tear up!

If you want a literal use of willow, try this gold foil willow tree print for your home:

willow tree gold foil print via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

willow and olive

… or plant a willow tree in your backyard. Sidebar: does a willow tree make anyone else think of the movie My Girl, when Vada reads that poem for Thomas J? Oh just me? Moving on…

10th Aluminum

For 10 years, it is suggested to give gifts of aluminum. Here are a pair of aluminum stamped collar stays for him…

i belong with you you belong with me collar stays via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

block and hammer

For her, a hand-stamped aluminum cuff bracelet:

hidden message cuff bracelet via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

lalabel creations

For the couple, this aluminum ‘love’ sign:

aluminum love sign via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

heather borer designs

11th Steel

Toast to eleven sweet years together with a stainless steel champagne bucket.

steel champagne bucket via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

susabella

12th Silk

Ah, silk: a soft, sumptuous fabric. One of my favorite items? This soft bamboo jersey robe with 100% silk-trim.

silk trim robe

doie

13th Lace

For a lace anniversary gift, consider a lace scarf…

lace scarf via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

celestine dreams

… lace necklace…

lace necklace via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

branch bound

… and since all of the lace finds are typically for women, we’re skipping the lace find for men. Skip it and pick something you think he could use instead.

14th Ivory

Ivory is such a general category; for this, I chose an ivory and gold personalized art print.

gold and ivory anniversary print via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

sweet peony press

15th Crystal

My favorite suggestion for crystal: crystal stemware. I heart Riedel, simply because their glassware is so sleek, chic, and modern.

riedel stemless wine glass via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year http://emmalinebride.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-by-year/

riedel

20th China

The 20th anniversary is china, aka your chance to grab those gorg china plates over at Anthropologie or restock your kitchen with new dinner plates.

anthropologie china dinner plate via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

anthropologie

25th Silver

You can’t go wrong on 25th with anything silver. Here’s a unique canvas I spotted at UncommonGoods.

silver anniversary gift 25 years canvas via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

uncommmongoods

30th Pearl

A pearl-covered clutch is just right for her on your 30th…

pearl covered clutch via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

bhldn

… paired with this three-strand pearl necklace…

three strand pearl necklace

laura stark

And I couldn’t help but share this bracelet (can you tell I love pearl?)

pearl bracelet

tara pearls

For him, maybe these mother of pearl cufflinks?

mother of pearl cufflinks via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

me she designs llc

Sidebar: admittedly, once you get to 35th and into the gemstones, it becomes increasingly more difficult to find men’s gifts that he’ll actually want. The way I figure it, these are more or less suggestions for her, and she should buy him something he really wants or needs instead. (And, of course, same goes for the wife if she’s not really into the suggested gift category.) Suggestions: cigars! That new fishing pole he’s been eying. Tickets to a football game. Movie tickets where you let him pick the movie. And you watch it and you don’t complain or, you know, fall asleep (Lord of the Rings — all three movies — yes, I confess). Something that really means a lot to him means more than anything! So, for these next suggestions, I’ll just be providing a gift idea for the lady.

35th Coral

You can select coral gemstones for this one (like a necklace, earring set, or ring) but I like this alternative: a pretty watch with a coral strap.

coral fossil watch via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year
fossil

40th Ruby

Love, love, love this ruby quartz pave diamond necklace! It’s gorgeous.

ruby pave necklace via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

oh kuol

45th Sapphire

For 45th, sapphire is the gemstone of choice. Here’s a blue sapphire bracelet…

blue sapphire bracelet via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

oh kuol

Or this gorgeous ring…

scattered sapphire twig band via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

kristin coffin

Or THIS. Holy smokes, this is so pretty.

sapphire ring kristin coffin via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

kristin coffin

50th Gold

Gold: the possibilities are endless! Here’s a beautiful 14k gold bar necklace…

solid 14k gold bar necklace via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

lilyemme jewelry

… or this triple initial necklace in solid gold…

triple solid gold initial necklace via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

lilyemme jewelry

60th Diamond

And, last but not least, we have diamond. This one’s easy: diamond jewelry, or, diamonds around a timepiece. You can go with a gorgeous in-your-face diamond bracelet…

diamond bracelet

perfect jewelry

… this green cushion-cut diamond ring…

green cushion diamond ring via 27 Amazing Anniversary Gifts by Year

kristin coffin

… or these diamond stud earrings.

diamond stud earrings

parikhs

Just for kicks, we looked up the most expensive diamond on Amazon. Holy smokes, over $100k, that’s some serious cheddar.

And, like I said earlier, after 60th… you’re on your own with gift-giving ideas. But by then you won’t need anyone’s gift-giving help because you’ll know your spouse better than anyone! Here’s to 60+ years of wedded bliss! ♡


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  • Emily Caswell

    So many unique suggestions! I especially love the felted wool dolls. Incredible! And that lace necklace is gorgeous! This year we celebrate our china anniversary. I probably should start dropping hints. :) Thanks for the ideas!




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