Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas: 50 Years of gifts for him & for her

If your wedding day is the biggest day of your life, it makes sense to give it a little recognition each year — the celebration of your love and the beginning of your marriage in the presence of family and friends. Many couples also choose to exchange Wedding Anniversary gifts, but it can be difficult to find the right balance between traditional, sentimental and actually desirable!

This list of Wedding Anniversary Gifts spans 50 years, by which time I’m pretty sure you’ll have everything.

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I still do is wedding anniversary journal to use every year of your marriage to reflect on your life, relationship and future relationships.

Wedding Anniversary Gifts You Actually Want

According to Tradition…

The tradition of giving a specific gift on a specific wedding anniversary dates all the way back to the Middle Ages. I’ve put together the complete list of wedding anniversary gifts and ideas to help you celebrate each of your wedding anniversaries.

1st Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Paper
Meaning: It symbolizes the strength in paper that comes from the interlaced connection of the paper’s individual threads. While there is a second, modern gift of ‘clocks’ we suggest that the traditional first wedding anniversary gift of paper is best.
Idea: Order I still do wedding anniversary diary and gratitude journal! I still do is the perfect wedding anniversary gift (for any year) but what better time to start than on your first wedding anniversary!

2nd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Cotton
Modern Gifts: China

Idea: Gift your loved one a set of new bedsheets for an excuse to spend the day in bed to celebrate your second year of marriage… Otherwise, hit up Etsy for some of their cute ‘cotton’ anniversary gifts!

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3rd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Leather
Modern Gifts: Crystal

Idea: Celebrate your third wedding anniversary with a trip out of town for a steamy weekend away, and taking matching leather carry-alls. If you travel further afield, take personalised leather passport covers too.

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4th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Fruit or Flowers
Modern Gifts: Electronics

Idea: For an electronic gift, buy yourselves a sleek new nespresso machine to enjoy together for your fourth wedding anniversary, or fitness trackers to reach your health goals.

5th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Wood
Modern Gifts: Silverware

Anniversary Gift Ideas: A cute silver spoon set like this ‘Spoonful of Strength’ (or entire cutlery set) makes a great silver anniversary gift, or a monogrammed wooden cutting board for something really personal.

After 5 years of marriage, it’s definitely time to start I still do! It’s the perfect way to reflect on your relationship so far, and work on strengthening it too.

6th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Candy
Modern Gifts: Wood

Anniversary Gift Ideas: It’s easy to tick the box for candy, but if you want something to keep, consider candy styled cufflinks or jewellery.

7th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wool or Copper
Modern Gifts: Desk Stationery

Gift ideas: Wow your spouse with a new suit or scarf or a wool throw for the bedroom, or for a modern gift: or a nice piece of stationery to enjoy together for your seventh wedding anniversary. No seven year itch here 😉

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8th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Bronze or Pottery
Modern Gifts: Linens or Lace

8th wedding anniversary gift ideas: These personalised pottery pieces are adorable, and you can’t get wrong with a modern gift of lovely new bed linens.

9th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Pottery and Willow
Modern Gifts: Leather

Ideas: For traditional, a pottery mug-set to enjoy your morning coffees together, or celebrate your third wedding anniversary with a trip out of town for a steamy weekend away, and taking matching leather carry-alls. If you travel further afield, take personalised leather passport covers too.

10th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Tin or Aluminum
Modern Gifts: Diamond Jewelry

Ideas: I’m opting for the modern one for the 10th wedding anniversary gift, head to The Diamond Shop for something special and sparkly.

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11th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Steel
Modern Gifts: Fashion Jewellery

12th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Silk or Linen
Modern Gifts: Pearls

13th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Lace
Modern Gifts: Textiles or Furs

You can’t go wrong with lace lingerie for a wedding anniversary, sex things up with something unexpected…

14th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Flowers
Modern Gifts: Gold Jewelry

15th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Crystal
Modern Gifts: Watches

While my husband would never go past a watch, Etsy has beautiful Crystal gifts, or you could think outside the square.

20th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: China
Modern Gifts: Platinum

Yes, from the 20th Wedding Anniversary onwards… it gets expensive! However, think outside the square for each of these. Diamond doesn’t necessarily have to mean purchasing a diamond stone or jewellery piece…

25th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Silver
Modern Gifts: Silver

30th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Pearl
Modern Gifts: Diamond

35th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Coral
Modern Gifts: Jade

40th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Ruby
Modern Gifts: Ruby

45th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Sapphire
Modern Gifts: Sapphire

50th Wedding Anniversary 
Traditional Gifts: Gold
Modern Gifts: Gold

I hope this article has been useful in helping you find the perfect wedding anniversary gift for your spouse! If you enjoyed it, I hope you’ll consider the wedding anniversary journal and keepsake of marriage I created for this very purpose – I still do.

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