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Anniversary Gifts by Year

Giving specific gifts to commemorate anniversary years likely began in Ancient Rome or Medieval Europe, but most evidence points to the tradition beginning in 18th-century Germany and Netherlands. German and Dutch culture have both celebrated the 25th and 50th anniversaries through gifts of silver and gold, mainly wreaths, since the 1700s. The tradition carried over into the UK during the Victorian era, when love matches for marriage became more common, eventually making its way to the United States with the colonization of the New World.

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Whether you choose to celebrate your wedding anniversary milestones with traditional or modern gifts, each year in the marriage is even more precious than the last, and the value of each passing year together is reflected by increasing values of gifts. Anniversary gifts need not necessarily be expensive, though, as the symbolism is what matters most, and a token gift for each year would serve just as well as a reminder to reflect upon the meaning of each.

Presented below are traditional and modern anniversayr gifts by year, as they have come to be celebrated in the U.S., and their symbolic meanings:

 

Year

Traditional

Modern

1st

Paper: clean slate, as marriage is still new

Clock: the eternity couples have together

2nd

Cotton: lives becoming intertwined

Fine china: delicacy and beuaty of first years of marriage

3rd

Leather:  protection of the marriage

Glass: fragile, like love and marriage

4th

Fruit & Flowers or Linen & Silk: symbolizing marriage bliss

Appliances: as couple’s  lives function together as one

5th

Wood: representing established roots of the marriage

Silver: practical, as old wedding gifts begin to wear

6th

Iron or Candy: strength, sweetness or the union

Wood: strength of the couple’s marriage

7th

Wool or Copper: representing warmth and security

Desk set: a practical gift that can be shared by the household

8th

Bronze: an alloy, symbolizing complete union of two lives

Linens: practical, to replace older wedding gifts

9th

Pottery: shaping of a marriage through experiences of two lives

Leather: strength and durability of the marriage

10th

Tin or Aluminum: protection of marriage from corrosion

Diamonds: celebrating a precious milestone

11th

Steel: strength and durability of the marriage

Fashion jewelry: fun gift, showing affection

12th

Silk: luxury item, symbolizing value of relationship

Pearl: rare, symblizing value of relationship

13th

Lace: beauty of a long-lasting marriage

Fux furs or fine textiles: beauty of a lasting marriage

14th

Ivory or gift representing rare animal:  value of the relationship

Gold: symblizes the worth of the relationship

15th

Crystal: relatively expensive; time investment deserves financial one

Watch: investment of time in the marriage

20th

China: reminder of the fragility of love

Platinum: reminder of the strength of the union

25th

Silver: reminder of marriage being precious, strength of bond

Silver: reminder of marriage being precious, strength of bond

30th

Pearl: Peace, beauty, celebrates rarity of anniversary year 30

Diamond: beauty and strength of such a lasting marriage

35th

Coral:  protection from harm

Jade: luck and protection

40th

Ruby: reminder of passion in love

Ruby: reminder of passion in love

45th

Sapphire: virtue, faithfulness, good fortune

Sapphire: virtue, faithfulness, good fortune

50th

Gold: symbolizing valuable and prized marriage milestone

Gold: symbolizing valuable and prized marriage milestone

55th

Emerald: faith, hope, and love

Emerald: faith, hope, and love

60th

Diamond: symbol of the value and durability of the marriage

Diamond: symbol of the value and durability of the marriage


Gifts for anniversaries also include certain flowers and colors for each year. Stop by for more information on the meaning and symbolism behind each anniversary gift by year, and find the perfect anniversary gift for your spouse, friend, or family member, today!