Love Throughout a Lifetime - Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year
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Love Throughout a Lifetime - Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year
By Amanda Stout

When celebrating an anniversary, it is easy to become overwhelmed with picking out just the right gift for your spouse. Whether you are enjoying your first year of marriage or your 50th, there is a special gift associated with the anniversary of each year of your marriage. Read on for a condensed version of the traditional list of wedding anniversary gifts by year with special gift ideas included!

Anniversary couple admiring giftEach year a couple is married is a special one. When celebrating an anniversary, it is easy to become overwhelmed with picking out just the right gift for your spouse. Whether you are enjoying your first year of marriage or your 50th, there is a special gift associated with the anniversary of each year of your marriage. While it is well known that the silver anniversary signifies 25 years of marriage and the gold anniversary, 50, it may not be as well known what gifts should be given during other years of marriage.

The practice of observing the wedding anniversary and giving specific gifts related to each year of marriage dates back to the middle ages. This tradition originated in central Europe among the medieval Germans. While only certain milestone anniversaries were celebrated back then, there is now a more comprehensive list of gifts for each year. Assisting in the development of the list we now recognize today was Emily Posts’ contributions in the 1920’s and the American National Retail Jeweler Association’s additions in 1937. Source ElegantAnniversary.com

The significance of anniversary gift giving represents the importance of how a married couple’s relationship grows and strengthens during each year of marriage. As a couple becomes more committed and the relationship becomes stronger, the gifts associated with that year are of more value and substance.

The following is a condensed version of the customary list of wedding anniversary gifts, with both the traditional gift and a modern gift alternative listed. Included are some traditional gift ideas for each anniversary. This list of items is appropriate for the couple to get for each other or for others to get for the couple!

1ST Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Paper
Modern: Clocks
Gift Ideas: Bouquet of paper flowers, books, stationary, homemade coupons, gift certificates, tickets to a concert, sporting event or airline tickets, a special keepsake would be a copy of the newspaper from the couple’s wedding date

2nd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Cotton
Modern: China
Gift Ideas: Linens, monogrammed towels, matching bath robes, tote bags, clothing items, rope hammock, decorative throw pillows or blankets

3rd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Leather
Modern: Crystal
Gift Ideas: Leather wallets, purses, briefcase, leather coasters or home décor, designer shoes, leather jacket

4th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Fruits or Flowers
Modern: Appliances
Gift Ideas: Bouquet of flowers with a love note attached, flower themed jewelry or home décor, exotic fruit basket, also consider modern gifts like electrical and home appliances

5th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Wood
Modern: Silverware
Gift Ideas: Artistic wooden sculptures, picture frames or plaques for the home, wooden clock, jewelry or keepsake box, wooden jewelry and furniture

10th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Tin or Aluminum
Modern: Diamond Jewelry
Gift Ideas: Handcrafted tin jewelry, paperweights, collectible keepsake boxes, tin of homemade goodies, aluminum wind chimes, figurines, sculptures, aluminum cookware or a barbeque grill

20th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: China
Modern: Platinum
Gift Ideas: China tea sets, collectible plates, candy dishes, china vases, cookie jars, figurines or crockery

25th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Silver
Modern: Silver
Gift Ideas: Silverware set, silver jewelry or jewelry box, silver tie pins, watches, cufflinks or office décor, 25th anniversary framed portrait or photo album

30th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Pearl
Modern: Diamond
Gift Ideas: Pearl jewelry, mother of pearl figurines or boxes, coasters or clocks inlaid with mother of pearl, anniversary plates, wine glasses or photo frames

40th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Ruby
Modern: Ruby
Gift Ideas: Ruby jewelry, ruby inlaid cufflinks, tie pins or watches, ruby colored fine art pieces or home décor, celebrate with a trip or cruise

50th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Gold
Modern: Gold
Gift Ideas: Gold jewelry, 50th anniversary golden picture frames, anniversary plates, toasting flutes, champagne, family quilt, memory scrapbook, family tree keepsake art

60th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional: Yellow Diamond
Modern: Diamond
Gift Ideas: Diamond jewelry and accessories, 60th wedding anniversary picture frames, photo collage, wall clock, anniversary plate, paper weights, champagne flutes, gift certificates
While some anniversary gifts are expensive or elaborate, others can just be little gestures that remind your spouse of how important your life together is to you. Use the above ideas as suggestions and add your own personal touch for a memorable wedding anniversary gift.

About the Author - Amanda is a writer and product developer for My Wedding Reception Ideas.com. My Wedding Reception Ideas specializes in personalized party supplies, wedding favors wedding accessories, personalized wedding and party gifts and anniversary gift ideas.


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