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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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 😉
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.
Ideas: I’m opting for the modern one for the 10th wedding anniversary gift, head to The Diamond Shop for something special and sparkly.
You can’t go wrong with lace lingerie for a wedding anniversary, sex things up with something unexpected…
While my husband would never go past a watch, Etsy has beautiful Crystal gifts, or you could think outside the square.
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…
35th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Coral
Modern Gifts: Jade
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.