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What are the traditional and modern gifts for wedding anniversaries year by year

What are the traditional and modern gifts for wedding anniversaries year by year

Wedding anniversaries are a great time to show your appreciation for your much loved significant other with a meaningful, romantic gift. Anniversary gift giving goes way back and dates back to the Roman Empire days, whereby the bride was crowned with a silver wreath on the 25thanniversary and a gold wreath on the 50thone.

These days there are more traditional or modern gifts for every year in early marriage and every 5 or 10 years after that, marking the success of your commitment to one another. These gifts generally increase in value to symbolise the deepening of your relationship and the lengthening journey you’ve been on together.

Years Married 

Traditional Gift

Modern Gift

Gemstone

1st 

Paper 

Clock

Gold

2nd 

Cotton

China 

Garnet

3rd 

Leather 

Crystal or Glass 

Pearl

4th

Fruit & Flowers or Linen & Silk 

Appliances 

Blue Topaz

5th

Wood

Silverware

Sapphire

6th

Iron or Chocolate

Wood 

Amethyst

7th

Copper or Wool 

Brass or Desk Set 

Onyx

8th

Bronze, Salt or Pottery

Linen or Lace

Tourmaline

9th

Willow, Pottery or Copper 

Leather 

Lapis Lazuli

10th

Aluminium or Tin 

Diamond Jewellery 

Diamond

11th

Steel

Fashion Jewellery

Turquoise

12th

Silk/Linen

Pearls

Jade

13th

Lace

Furs

Citrine

14th

Ivory

Gold jewellery

Opal

15th

Crystal

Watches

Ruby

20th

China

Platinum jewellery

Emerald

25th

Silver 

Silver jewellery

Silver

30th

Pearl

Diamond jewellery

Pearl

35th

Coral

Jade jewellery

Jade

40th

Ruby

Ruby jewellery

Ruby

45th

Sapphire

Sapphire jewellery

Sapphire

50th

Gold

Gold jewellery

Gold

55th

Emerald

Emerald jewellery

Emerald

60th

Diamond

Diamond jewellery

Diamond

  

The traditional gifts may provide you with an excellent context for meaningful pause and reflection, but of course we think that the gemstone list is much more exciting. Sure, you could construct a paper crane or give a boring book for the 1st wedding anniversary, or you could give something more lasting and desirable such as a solid gold chain, maybe with an engraved massage on the clasp or with a pendant like this if it’s for her: https://www.stunnadesigns.com.au/collections/necklaces/products/solid-18kt-rose-gold-or-yellow-gold-and-diamond-flower-necklace?variant=39358818779309 

 

The next important anniversary would be the 5th year. Your relationship has endured the ending of the honeymoon period and now you are hopefully really enjoying the comfortable relationship you’ve created. Don’t forget about romance though, and is wood really a romantic 5th year anniversary present? And who cares about silverware these days? We recommend opting for the other option of sapphires (in jewellery of course), which symbolise hope and faith, as the perfect gift to mark the occasion. https://www.stunnadesigns.com.au/products/sapphire-ruby-diamond-white-gold-ornamental-pond-ring?_pos=2&_sid=a5af137c1&_ss=r&variant=39612948807853

 

After reaching the huge milestone of a 10-year anniversary, you may think that giving something made of tin or aluminium a bit anti-climactic, and we agree! A decade of marriage is certainly something to be properly celebrated, especially these days where is seems to be more of an achievement, statistically speaking. So we are all for the sharing of diamonds embedded in some snazzy jewellery to represent a beautiful decade of love that you have shared.

 

If you make it to two decades, well that is incredible. Certainly it’s got to be worth more than a bit of china to go on display in a cabinet. Yes, that’s right! We love jewellery anniversary gifts and emeralds are a stunning gemstone to signify your long-standing partnership. Also, emeralds represent wisdom, growth and patience, which are certain to be plentiful by this stage of marriage.

 

And from this point on the traditional gift ideas merge with the more modern and thankfully we see gemstone after gemstone for each of the milestones. There is little in life that could be said to be more important than your life partner, so why not give them something that shows how much they mean to you and that they can wear proudly throughout your lives together.