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

18th Anniversary Year Gifts to Give

The 18th year anniversary gift, for both the modern and traditional theme, is appliances. Whether you go big appliances or small, you'll have plenty of options when shopping for a present.

19th anniversary presents to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: jade

19th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

The modern and traditional theme for a 19th wedding anniversary is Jade.

20th anniversary treats for him and her

Modern theme: platinum

Traditional theme: china

20th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

When it comes to 20th wedding anniversary gift ideas for him or her, you have two choices. The Modern theme or symbol is platinum, and the Traditional theme or symbol is china.

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21st anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: fire

21st Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

The 21st wedding anniversary theme, symbol or motif is fire. So, I've come up with gift ideas that related (safely) to fire.

22nd anniversary present ideas

Modern and traditional theme: water

22nd Anniversary Gift Ideas for Marriage

When it comes to 22 years of marriage, you should center your gift ideas around the theme of water. Just don't get wet trying.

23rd anniversary suggestions for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: air

23rd Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

With the 23rd wedding anniversary, your gift idea are the same for both modern and traditional themes--air. So, you can have some fun with this notion of "air" as a gift, such as buying an air purifier, Air Jordans for a sneaker fan, or even airline tickets for an anniversary trip.

24th anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: stone

24th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Stone is the modern and traditional wedding anniversary gift theme for 24 years of marriage.

25th anniversary treats to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: silver

25th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

I'm pretty sure everyone knows that a 25th wedding anniversary is also known as a silver anniversary. Why? Because the gift theme (modern and traditional) is, you guessed it, silver. Here are some gift ideas to consider, especially if you're stumped on silver anniversary gift ideas for men.

26th anniversary surprise

Modern and traditional theme: art

26th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Art is the modern and traditional theme for a 26th wedding anniversary gift. So, here are some ideas for art to give or the recipient to make themselves.

27th anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: music

27th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Center your 27th wedding anniversary gifts around music. Why? Because music is the theme for both traditional and modern gift ideas.

28th anniversary ideas for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: linen

28th Wedding Anniversary Gift Theme Ideas

When it comes to a 28th wedding anniversary, one source told me that the modern and traditional gift theme is linen while another said linens, plural. So, you decide if you want to give a present made from linen or give the gift of linens.

29th anniversary suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: tools

29th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

As I'm writing this my husband and I are getting ready to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. Giving him a gift will be easy--the modern and traditional present themes are the same, tools.

30th anniversary gifts ideas

Modern theme: diamond

Traditional theme: pearl

30th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

With a 30th wedding anniversary, you have two gift themes to choose from to celebrate three decades of marriage. One, the traditional gift theme is pearl. Two, the modern gift theme is diamond.

So, you can shop for a present that features either or those jewels. Or you could have some fun with your buying and find items that include a diamond shape or a pearl theme, such as oysters.

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31st anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: travel

31st Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Travel is both the modern and traditional theme for a 31st wedding anniversary gift. So, where will you go to celebrate?

32nd anniversary presents to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: bronze

32nd Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Bronze is the traditional and modern gift theme for 32 years of marriage.

33rd anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: iron

33rd Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

Iron is the modern and traditonal gift theme for being married for 33 years. A great option for an iron gift is something made of cast iron, such as cookware.

34th anniversary suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: food

Here are restaurants that will give you free food or drink on your anniversary.

35th anniversary gifts ideas for him and her

Modern theme: jade

Traditional theme: coral

35th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

With a 35th wedding anniversary, you're back to two gift themes to consider. One, the modern gift theme is jade. Two, the traditional gift them is coral. Here are some suggestions.

36th anniversary treats or him and her

Modern and traditional theme: antiques

36th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

With a 36th wedding anniversary, the only gift motif to work with is the notion of antiques. On a site like Etsy.com, you can find antique jewelry, antique furniture, antique decor and much, much more.

37th anniversary surprises

Modern and traditional theme: books

37th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

Focus on something related to books for a 37th wedding anniversary gift. Then, you know you'll be staying true to both the modern and traditional gift symbols.

38th anniversary presents ideas

Modern and traditional theme: luck

38th Wedding Anniversary Gift Idea

Are you feeling lucky with your gift shopping? You should since luck is the gift theme for 38 years of marriage. It's the symbol of both a modern and traditional anniversary gift.

39th anniversary gift suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: laughter

39th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

Laughter may be the best medicine. It's also the modern and traditional theme for a 39th wedding anniversary.

Of course, you can give a physical gift that represents or mentions laughter, as shown below.

Or, you can give the experience of laughter. For example, you can buy tickets to a comedy show.

40th anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: ruby

40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts Ideas

Shopping for a 40th wedding anniversary gift is easy, because the modern and traditional theme and symbol is ruby. That is, the color is ruby red, the jewel is ruby and the overall theme is ruby.

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41st anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: office

41st Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Office is your modern and traditional theme for a 41st wedding anniversary. So, you can buy a gift for an office or a home office. On the other hand, you can choose to give something from the TV show "The Office." These ideas work as gifts for him or her.

42nd anniversary suggestions

Modern and traditional theme: clocks or watches

42nd Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

When it comes to being married for 42 years, clocks and watches are the gift theme to focus on. They are for both modern and traditional gifts.

43rd anniversary presents for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: entertainment

43rd Wedding Anniversary Gift Theme Ideas

Both the modern and traditional gift theme for a 43rd wedding anniversary is entertainment. Whatever you think the gift recipient would find entertaining would work as an appropriate present in my book.

44th anniversary ideas

Modern and traditional theme: electronics

44th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

The modern and traditional gift theme for a 44th wedding anniversary is electronics. So, why not use this opportunity to upgrade your TV watching to a Smart TV brand. Or, splurge on accessories to make an old TV act "smart."

45th anniversary gifts for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: sapphire

45th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

When it comes to the wedding anniverary symbol for 45 years, the modern and traditional gift themes are the same. That is, sapphire.

46th anniversary suggestions for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: games

46th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

When it comes to a 46th wedding anniversary, you should focus your gift giving on games. That's because games are the modern and traditional gift motif.

So, here are a few ideas to get you going. These are appropriate presents for him or for her.

47th anniversary gifts ideas

Modern and traditional theme: gardens or plants

47th Wedding Anniversary Gift Idea

The theme for 47th wedding anniversary gifts is either garden or plants. So, choose something living that the recipient can plant in their garden.

On the other hand, you can give them tickets to tour a local arboretum. Or, you can buy a present that is inspired by gardening or plants, such as home decor.

48th anniversary treats for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: home improvement

48th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Home improvement is the modern and the traditional gift theme for 48 years of marriage.

49th anniversary present ideas

Modern and traditional theme: copper

49th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Copper is both the traditional and modern gift theme for a 49th wedding anniversary.

50th anniversary gifts to give for him and her

Modern and traditional theme: gold

50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Everyone knows that a couple celebrating 50 years of marriage are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. That's a huge milestone to reach.

However, you don't have to buy gaudy golden things as a themed gift. As I've said before, I like to shop on Etsy for unique gift ideas. Here are a few I found recently that would work beautifully for golden anniversary gifts for parents or grandparents. Plus, a few ideas that don't take themselves too seriously.

Anniversary year gifts 51-60

51st anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: photos or camera

51st Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

When you get to 51 years of marriage, your gift themes, for both traditional and modern ideas, are photos and camera.

52nd anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: bath or spa

52nd Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Bath and/or spa are the themes (modern and traditional) for a 52nd wedding anniversary gift.

53rd anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: plastic

53rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

I'll admit that I find the gift theme for a 53rd wedding anniversary weird. The modern and the traditional gift theme is plastic. So, what do you do with that? I did my best to find creative ideas to suggest.

54th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: glass

54th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

Glass is both the modern and traditional gift theme for 54 years of marriage.

55th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: emerald

55th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

Emerald is the modern and traditional gift theme for a 55th wedding anniversary. So, give a gift featuring emeralds or emerald green, or consider planning a trip to the Emerald Isle--Ireland.

56th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: day

56th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas to Give

The modern and traditional gift theme for a 56th wedding anniversary is day. I don't know about you, but when I think about "day," I think of sunrise and sunset. So, I've found some gift ideas on Etsy with that in mind.

57th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: night

57th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

If a 56th wedding anniversary gift theme is day, then it makes sense that the 57th wedding anniversary gift theme would be night. This is for both modern and traditional gifts.

So, make it a big night out, a trip where you can see the night sky (a destination or a planetarium) or a telescope that helps you view the night sky. Or, anything else that you believe is representative of the time after the sun goes down.

58th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: faith or hope

58th Wedding Anniversary Gifts to Give

Faith and/or hope are the modern and traditional themes for a 58th wedding anniversary.

59th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: charity

59th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

The theme of a 59th wedding anniversary is charity. Therefore, I've focused on gifts that give back. By the way, charity is both the modern and the traditional gift them for 59 years of marriage.

60th anniversary 

Modern and traditional theme: diamond

60th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The modern and traditional theme or symbol for 60 years of marriage is diamonds.

75th wedding anniversary 

It is the exceptional couple that makes it to 75 years of marriage. The modern and traditional gift themes are the same as 60 years of marriage–diamond. 

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

 

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