Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

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I know that I’m not alone in being stumped about which anniversary year gifts to give. I mean, the first few years after your wedding, the anniversary gifts are easy. Most people know that the anniversary gift for your first year of marriage is paper. But, then it gets tricky from there.

Another snafu you mind find yourself dealing with when selecting gifts for different anniversary years: do you choose a gift based on a traditional theme or a modern theme?

For example, when I said above that most people know that for your first year of marriage, you give an anniversary gift of paper. But, it turns out, that’s the traditional theme for a first year. The modern theme is clocks.

Why write about anniversary year gifts to give

Gets pretty confusing pretty quickly, doesn’t it? Well, since I’ve had tons of readers write to ask me to address anniversary gifts to give based on year, I’ve written this newest post.

You probably know that I’ve covered anniversary gift ideas in general. However, I wrote two different blog posts that outlined the themes, symbols and more for modern anniversary gifts by year and traditional anniversary gifts by year. They focused mostly on the themes, symbols, colors, flowers, etc. 

Now I’m just going to focus on gift ideas for each anniversary year. It’s all gifts, all the time, in list format, to make your reading and shopping easier.

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How themes play in wedding anniversary gift ideas by year

For each anniversary year, I’ve tried to give you three to five ideas each. In each year I’ve tried to offer gift ideas for him and for her.

With a handful of suggestions to choose from, if you don’t like my present proposal that fall under the traditional anniversary gift theme, maybe you’ll like something for the modern anniversary gift theme. Or vice versa.

Keep in mind that sometimes the modern and traditional anniversary gift themes overlap. This happens a lot after you get through 15 years of marriage.

For example, the 16th wedding anniversary gift theme is coffee and/or tea for both modern and traditional gifts. The same happens the next year with the 17th anniversary. Then pretty much every anniversary after that has an overlapping theme.

Where to buy wedding anniversary gifts

In addition, I love giving gifts that are easy to buy. In my mind two of the easiest places to buy gifts are Amazon and Etsy. So don’t be surprised if many of suggestions are available on either site–or both.

Finally, I believe in giving gifts for any occasion, including anniversaries, reflective of a person’s hobbies. Therefore, since I’m Peloton obsessed, I’ve included anniversary gifts to give by year for Peloton lovers, whenever possible. (Not so subtle hint to my husband to read this post for some ideas.)

Year by year list of wedding anniversary gifts ideas

Here is my year-by-year list of anniversary gifts ideas to give. I’ve tried to include ideas for him and for her. These go from a first wedding anniversary all the way up to a 60th wedding anniversary.

Anniversary years 1-10

1st anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern theme: clocks

Traditional theme: paper

1st Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

The themes for a first wedding anniversary are paper and clocks. Here are some gift ideas for him and her, some with a twist.

2nd anniversary presents for him and her

Modern theme: china or porcelain

Traditional theme: cotton

2nd Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

The themes for a second wedding anniversary are cotton, china and/or procelain. Here are some gift ideas for him and her, including men's cotton pajamas and women's cotton pajamas.

3rd anniversary ideas for him and her

Modern theme: crystal or glass

Traditional theme: leather

3rd Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

The themes for a third year wedding anniversary are leather, crystal and/or glass.

4th anniversary suggestions for him and her

Modern theme: appliances

Traditional theme: fruit or flowers

4th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

The gift themes for four years of marriage are appliances, fruit and/or flowers.

5th anniversary treats for him and her

Modern theme: silverware

Traditional theme: wood

5th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

Wood and silverware are the two themes that symbolize five years of marriage. Here are gift ideas based on those themes, including a bunch for a Peloton anniversary.

6th anniversary surprise for him and her

Modern theme: wood

Traditional theme: candy or iron

6th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

Wood, candy and iron are the gift themes for six years of marriage.

7th anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern theme: desk sets

Traditional theme: wool or copper

7th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

There are three wedding anniversary gift themes for seven years of marriage. They are desk sets, wool and/or copper.

8th anniversary presents to give for him and her

Modern theme: linens or lace

Traditional theme: bronze or pottery

8th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

You can choose from a total of four wedding anniversary gift themes to celebrate eight years of marriage. The traditional themes are bronze or pottery, and the modern themes are linens or lace. I've even included some romantic gift ideas for an 8th anniversary plus one for a Peloton lover.

9th anniversary ideas for him and her

Modern theme: leather

Traditional theme: pottery or willow

9th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

When choosing gifts to wish someone Happy 9th Anniversary, keep the following three themes in mind: pottery, willow (wood) or leather.

10th anniversary suggestions for him and her

Modern theme: diamond jewelry

Traditional theme: aluminum or tin

10th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

You may be asking, "What is the traditional gift for a 10th wedding anniversary?" Well, there are three wedding anniversary gift themes for being married a decade that you can use to find a present.

For 10 years you can buy something featuring diamond jewelry (the modern theme), or aluminum or tin (the traditional theme).

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11th anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern theme: fashion jewelry

Traditional theme: steel

11th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

Most people think of the 11th wedding anniversary as the steel anniversary. Therefore, they're looking for steel anniversary gifts. However, that's just the traditional gift them.

There is a modern theme, too, for gifts, and it is fashion jewelry. So, I've included ideas for both steel and fashion jewelry 11th wedding anniversary gifts.

12th anniversary treats for him and her

Modern theme: pearls

Traditional theme: linen or silk

12th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

For the 12th anniversary gift, you can go with the modern theme of pearls. Or, you can follow the traditional wedding anniversary gift theme of linen or silks. For example, you could go with a linen apron for him or her.

13th anniversary presents to give for him and her

Modern theme: textiles

Traditional theme: lace

13th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

You have two theme choices for gifts for this wedding anniversary. You can go with lace gifts for a 13th anniversary (traditional theme), or you can go with something made of textiles.

So, what are textiles and textile gifts? Anything that is knit, woven or constructed of interlacing fibers. A rug, for example, is a textile. So are curtains, sheets, even knit hats.

Also, who says that a lace anniversary gift has to be made of lace? I've offered at least one gift option related to lace but not made of lace. Enjoy!

14th anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern theme: gold jewelry

Traditional theme: fake ivory

14th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

Whether you're looking for 14th anniversary gifts for her or 14th anniversary gifts for him, you have two themes to work with. First, there is the traditional theme of fake ivory. Fake, because we don't want you giving gifts from dead elephants. Second, there is the modern theme, which is gold jewelry.

FYI, when searching for 14th anniversary gifts using the traditional theme, I've found that using the word "faux" over "fake" with ivory gets you better results.

15th anniversary ideas for him and her

Modern theme: watches

Traditional theme: crystal

15th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

For 15 years of marriage, you have two wedding anniversary gift themes to work with: crystal (traditional) and watchers (modern).

16th anniversary suggestions for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: coffee or tea

16th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

Starting with the 16th wedding anniversary, modern and traditional gift themes are the same. So, for 16 years of marriage, you're looking at a gift that involves coffee or tea--or something related to either or both.

17th anniversary treats to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: wine and spirits

17th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

For 17 years of marriage, the modern and traditional wedding anniversary gift themes are the same. And they are wine and spirits.

18th anniversary ideas for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: appliances

 

19th anniversary presents to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: jade

 

20th anniversary treats for him and her

Modern theme: platinum

Traditional theme: china

 

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21st anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: fire

 

22nd anniversary present ideas

Modern and traditional theme: water

 

23rd anniversary suggestions for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: air

 

24th anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: stone

 

25th anniversary treats to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: silver

 

26th anniversary surprise

Modern and traditional theme: art

 

27th anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: music

 

28th anniversary ideas for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: linen

 

29th anniversary suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: tools

 

30th anniversary gifts ideas

Modern theme: diamond

Traditional theme: pearl

 

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31st anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: travel

 

32nd anniversary presents to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: bronze

 

33rd anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: iron

 

34th anniversary suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: food

 

35th anniversary gifts ideas for him and her

Modern theme: jade

Traditional theme: coral

 

36th anniversary treats or him and her

Modern and traditional theme: antiques

 

37th anniversary surprises

Modern and traditional theme: books

 

38th anniversary presents ideas

Modern and traditional theme: luck

 

39th anniversary gift suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: laughter

 

40th anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: ruby

 

Anniversary year gifts 41-50

41st anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: office

 

42nd anniversary suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: clocks or watches

 

43rd anniversary presents for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: entertainment

 

44th anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: electronics

 

45th anniversary gifts for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: sapphire

 

46th anniversary suggestions for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: games

 

47th anniversary gifts ideas

Modern and traditional theme: gardens or plants

 

48th anniversary treats for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: home improvement

 

49th anniversary present ideas

Modern and traditional theme: copper

 

50th anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: gold

 

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51st anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: photos or camera

 

52nd anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: bath or spa

 

53rd anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: plastic

 

54th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: glass

 

55th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: emerald

 

56th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: day

 

57th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: night

 

58th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: faith or hope

 

59th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: charity

 

60th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: diamond

Finally, you can get more anniversary gift ideas by year on my blog’s Shop page.

 

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