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The wedding anniversary is a special occasion to express our feeling to someone who considers our soul mate, in this way; an anniversary gift could be essentially something to express affection by given a present to that special one.

An anniversary gift is the best way to say to our companion, we have to celebrate the years we been together. Memories from those especial moments, the first kiss, the first time we went out together, the first date, memories of precious moments that never come back. So each year we celebrate and we have a present, a wedding anniversary gift just to say our partner how much we love it. Because in a year many things happened, bad and good, but we face them together. Most couples remember the anniversary as part of their life. This is not a common day, it is the day we have just married, symbol of our love, time for us, to share with that real love that is with us every day, sharing our problems and our happiness.

The tradition to associate each year to a particular gift seems to have been generated in medieval Germany, when a married woman, at the 25th anniversary, used to wear a silver garland to symbolise the good luck which let the couple be together for such a long time: consider that at that time most people wouldn’t live after their 35-40’s! For even luckier women who could celebrate their 50th anniversary, the wreath was made of gold.

This ancient tradition was the base for the list we now use, which was created in 1937 by the American National Retail Jeweler Association which associated a particular material to every wedding anniversary, from the first to the 15th and every five years after that, up to the 60th. Although created only in the 900’s, this is what we consider the traditional list, while nowadays a contemporary list is often used instead of the traditional one.

Apart from those 2 lists, others have been in the meantime created, linking each wedding year to a flower or to a gemstone: for further details visit

The following is a comprehensive list of anniversary gifts by year. Read also Anniversary Gifts Giving Guide

Year Traditional Modern
1st Paper (2) Clock
2nd Cotton (2) China
3th Leather Crystal, Glass
4th Linen/Silk (US) – Fruit and Flowers (UK) Electric appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron (US) – Sugar (UK) Wood Objects
7th Wool/Copper (US) – Woollen (UK) Desk sets
8th Bronze Linens, Lace
9th Potthery/China Leather goods
10th Tin/Aluminuim Diamond
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk Pearls/Colored gems
13th Lace Textiles/Furs
14th Ivory Gold jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
16th - Silver holloware
17th - Furniture
18th - Porcelain
19th - Bronze
20th China Platinum
21th -
22th - Copper
23th - Silver plate
24th - Musical instruments
25th Silver Sterling Silver
26th - Original pictures
27th - Sculpture
28th - Orchids
29th - New furniture
30th Pearl Diamond
31th - Timepieces
32th - Conveyances
33th - Amethyst
34th - Opal
35th Coral/Jade Jade
36th - Bone china
37th - Alabaster
38th - Beryl/Tourmaline
39th - Lace
40th Ruby Ruby
41th - Land
42th - Improved real estate
43th - Travel
44th - Groceries
45th Sapphire Sapphire
46th - Original poetry tribute
47th - Books
48th - Optical goods
49th - Luxuries
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Yellow Diamond Diamond
65th - Blue Sapphire
70th Platinum (UK) -
75th Diamond, Diamondlike Stones, Gold Gold
80th Oak (UK) Diamond, Pearl
85th Wine (UK) Diamond, Sapphire
90th Stone (UK) Diamond, Emerald
95th - Diamond, Ruby
100th - 10 carat Diamond

There are gifts that are suitable for every year, yet follow the tradition: here I want to list just few examples and I’ll be more specific on upcoming posts:

Gifts for her:

  • A bracelet or a necklace onto which every year you can put a different charm. Obviously for every anniversary you’ll buy a charm which symbolise that particular anniversary, either using the traditional or modern symbols or the flowers list. You could also use the gemstones list and give your love a gemstone charm a year.

Gifts for him:

  • If your love is an handy man, you can give him tools he can use for his works. The first year you can buy him a set of paper cut knives or alternatively a book about DIY (paper asnniversary). The second you can give him a pair of working gloves (cotton anniversary). The third a nice present could be a leather tool belt (leather anniversary), and so on…..

Gifts for her and for him:

  • Flowers for anniversary giftyou both can decide to create a wonderful garden, planting each year flowers corresponding to your anniversary

  • anniversary-gemstones-collectionwhat about creating a collection of minerals? These don’t have to be expensive or very pure, the only important thing is that each year you buy the corresponding gemstone!

Getting to Know Anniversary Gifts by Year for Your One and Only Love of Your Life

Marriage is a very exciting phase of any one who opts to get into the bond of such. Every couple gets to look forward to spending the rest of their lives with their respective partners. But more than simply living together forever in each other’s arms, couples go through a number of anniversaries. And so it is for this reason that wedding anniversary gifts by year will be presented herein, most especially those traditional anniversary presents. And so if your anniversary is fast approaching, simply read along and you might just find the best gift idea for your partner.