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Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year

By Pauline Key

Wedding anniversaries are one of the most memorable times for any couple. With the promise, “till death do us part,” you can look forward to many years of celebrations. Each anniversary year is a signal of re-commitment to the marriage and is a great time for celebration between the spouses, family, and friends. Each anniversary year has a special dedication to it. These unique anniversary names were developed historically from major gifts that were always given on the milestone anniversaries. Check out these gift ideas by year for great traditional wedding anniversaries.


The 1st traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Paper Anniversary. After a year of newly-wed fun, the couple is sure to have countless photos so a customized photo album will be a great gift for organizing them. Other similar gifts are a scrapbook or personalized journal. More creative gifts can include true-to-size paper flowers or even carved books with a special message. You could also consider a decorative love poster. [Buy it here]


The 2nd traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Cotton Anniversary. A great gift idea for the Cotton Anniversary is a decorative throw pillow. This pillow can be customized with the couple’s names and wedding date. The Cotton Anniversary is great for embroidered gifts such as shirts, sweaters, or robes. Teddy bears are always a great gift and good to include anniversary messages with. [Buy it here]


The 3rd traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Leather Anniversary. Leather always makes great gifts. A leather passport holder with a personalized engraving would be a great gift to give. Other leather good items that can be useful include accessories such as matching leather luggage tags or even key fobs that can be personalized. You can also go for a nice leather watch gift. A unique gift for use around the home is a personalized leather valet. [Buy it here]


The 5th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Wood Anniversary. There are a lot of great wood items to give for gifts, especially ones to use around the house. One such gift is this customizable wooden housewarming sign. Other great customizable wood gifts to use around the house are cutting boards and serving trays. Any kind of wooden frame or wall clock would also be great gifts for this anniversary. [Buy it here]


The 7th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Copper Anniversary. There are a lot of unique copper gifts to give for this anniversary. A personalized copper coffee mug will surely stand out. Copper is also a good material for gifts such as coasters and candle holders. You can also consider copper jewelry charm accessories as a gift for the married couple. Copper is a popular material for table centerpieces and sculptures. Either would be a great gift. [Buy it here]


The 10th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Tin Anniversary. This major milestone should definitely be celebrated with a gift that’s just as special. A great gift idea for the Tin Anniversary is a punched tin necklace that you can include both of the couple’s names on as well as the date. The Tin Anniversary will also be great for tin gift sets such as chocolates or mints with engraved packaging. Tin sets are popular and can be filled with many of the couple’s favorite items. [Buy it here]


The 15th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Crystal Anniversary. Gifts given on this anniversary should be cherished as long as the marriage has lasted. Consider a gift idea like this crystal bowl which will make a great table centerpiece. Other gift options for the Crystal Anniversary can be any accessories such as crystal necklaces, bracelets, or crystal decorated household items like lamps or wall art. [Buy it here]


The 20th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the China Anniversary. A nice china set is always appreciated so the married couple would really enjoy your gift of this 57-piece set. The set includes all the essentials such as 6-piece place settings, serving bowls, platters, teapot, and more. While this set includes everything, you may also consider a more personalized option of getting the pieces individually. Decorated plates, mugs, and cups with the couple’s names are always great stand alone gifts. [Buy it here]


The 25th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Silver Anniversary. Some of the best gifts for the Silver Anniversary are silver decorative accessories such as this customizable candle set. Another great decoration item is a personalized silver platter with the anniversary dates and names. Clothing accessories will always make great gifts for this anniversary. Consider a customized silver keychain or watch. For more keepsake value, a silver locket that holds the couple’s photo will be a great gift to give. [Buy it here]


The 30th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Pearl Anniversary. Pearls are a highly coveted gem and the 30th milestone is definitely worth looking into them for a gift. A great gift idea is this set of pearl decorated champagne glasses. Pearls are also great for finding matching bracelets or pearl brooches. In addition to jewelry accessories, there are also many craft gifts to consider with pearls such as a flower vase. [Buy it here]


The 40th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Ruby Anniversary. The perfect gifts to give for this anniversary are ruby gemstone promise rings. Any gift with a ruby gemstone will fit perfectly with the anniversary theme. This can include any ruby gem key chains or charms. You can also find porcelain plates decorated with ruby details like this one. [Buy it here]


The 50th traditional wedding anniversary is known as the Gold Anniversary. The first choice gifts to consider for this anniversary is jewelry which can include a variety of bracelets or necklaces that can hold photos or engraved with the couple’s names. Another great gift to give for this anniversary is a decorative couples statue. [Buy it here]



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