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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.
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.
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.
Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Ad-Supported
All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with clock and Alexa | Glacier White
Personalized Paper Origami Celebration | 1st Anniversary Clock mixes both the paper and the clocks theme | Etsy
Peloton Printable | You Get To Crew Motivational Instructor Quote Jess Sims Wall | Etsy
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.
Lancaster Amish Shaker China Hutch Free Shipping | Etsy
There are three wedding anniversary gift themes for seven years of marriage. They are desk sets, wool and/or copper.
Poppin All Set, Desk Collection Set, Orange
I love this seven year anniversary gift idea for him. It combines the wool traditional theme and the modern theme of desk sets.
Merino Wool Felt and Cork Desk Mat laptop mat extra large desk pad | Etsy
This bright colorful warm wool blanket throw wool throw wrap is a perfect anniversary gift for her | Etsy
Custom copper collar stay silver collar stays copper for him | Etsy
Copper Color Lots of Problems Wine Glass Custom Wine Glass Peloton | Etsy
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.
Only Hearts Women's So Fine Lace Cheeky Bodysuit, Black, Small
Peloton Pottery Anniversary Gift "DID YOU DIE" | Etsy
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.
Willow wood gift idea willow pen perfect for nine-year wedding anniversary | Etsy
Single Cast Willow Bangle Anniversary Gift for Her | Etsy
Happy 9th Anniversary Card Pottery/Clay White Heart Ninth | Etsy
Leather Anniversary Gift for Him Mens Dopp Kit Toiletry Bag Groomsmen | Etsy
Personalized Pottery Anniversary gift for the 9th wedding | Etsy
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).
Tin Anniversary Gift For Him Tin Gift For Men 10th | Etsy
10 Year Anniversary Gift for Wife 10th Anniversary Gift for | Etsy
Aluminum Sign For Peloton Lover Stronger Than Yesterday Motivational Metal Quote | Etsy
Anniversary year gifts 11-20
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.
Fashion Jewelry From Kendra Scott Ari Heart Adjustable Length Pendant Necklace for Women, Fashion Jewelry, Rhodium-Plated, Watercolor Illusion
Fashion Jewelry For Men Elite Athletic Gear 00-99 Custom Number Pendant with Chain Necklace - Stainless Steel (33)
The Fin Fire Pit 36 Steel Modern Metal bowl firepit | Etsy
NEW Pelo Fuel Water Bottle Monogram Stainless Steel Bottle | Etsy
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.
THE PEARL SOURCE 14K Gold 5.0-5.5mm Round Genuine White Japanese Akoya Saltwater Cultured Pearl Necklace in 18" Princess Length for Women
Men's linen apron for kitchen gardening or BBQ. Full | Etsy
Linen apron for her. Washed linen apron for cooking gardening. Full | Etsy
Vintage Bicycle Racing Themed Silk Tie Dark Navy Blue | Etsy
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!
Real lace 13th wedding anniversary card for Her Him, Handmade Card for Happy Couple, Wife, Husband (13th)
Laceys Almond and Dark Chocolate Crisp Toffee Wafer Cookies
JONATHAN Y Bohemian FLAIR Boho Vintage Medallion Area Rug 4' x 6' Blue/Multi
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.
Kingflux Faux Ivory Shagreen Leather Set of 3 Pcs Decorative Boxes, Storage Boxes Jewelry Organizer, Men's Accessory Organizer (Ivory)
ASIAN DECORATED BOX faux ivory | Etsy
14k Yellow Gold 15.0x17.0.0mm Closed Back Mens Signet Band Ring Size 10.00 Man Fine Jewelry For Dad Mens Gifts For Him
Peloton instructor Kendall Toole wears a sideways lightning bolt necklace. So if you're looking for a gold jewelry anniversary gift for her, this Lightning Bolt Gold Necklace on Etsy is perfect.
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).
This Michael Kors crystal quartz watch for her hits both anniversary gift themes in one present.
The face of this Wittnauer Lucas Quartz Movement Black Dial Men's Watch looks like its surrounded by crystals.
Joyozy Stainless Steel Mesh bands Compatible For Apple Watch 42mm,Women Bling Protective Crystal Diamond Case with Loop Mesh Strap For Apple watch Series 3/2/1(No Tool Needed) (Rose Gold, 42MM)
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.
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.
Cuisinart Air Purifier at Bed, Bath and Beyond
HoMedics Shiatsu Air 2.0 Foot Massager with Heat at Brookstone
Nike Women's Air Jordan 1 Retro High Tie Dye Aurora Green Black CD0461-100 NEW | eBay
Wooden AirPods Case Real Wood Slim Protective Apple Earpods | Etsy
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.
Laurel Initial Personalized Tumbled Stone Coaster Set Wedding | Etsy
The Very Best of the Rolling Stones CD
Hot stone massage at Spa Nordstrom
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.
25th Anniversary Soundwave Song Silver Anniversary Gift | Etsy
Center your 27th wedding anniversary gifts around music. Why? Because music is the theme for both traditional and modern gift ideas.
Book tickets to see a favorite band or concert through Stubhub.com.
Amazon Prime Music subscription
Record Player Stand Mid Century Record Console Record Player | Etsy
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.
Dazzlingrock Collection 1.80 Carat (ctw) 10K Round Ruby Ladies Eternity Wedding Stackable Band 1 3/4 CT, White Gold, Size 7
Anniversary year gifts 41-50
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.
Serta Style Leighton Home Office Chair at Target
Modern Office decor at Target
The Office: The Complete Series
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.
New Apple Watch Series 6, Reviews, Specs & More | Verizon
Modern Wall Clock 'Atomic Era Clock Bronze Walnut | Etsy
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.
Watch Live TV Online - Stream Live & On-Demand | Hulu
Tickets on StubHub
Vinyl Record Player Bluetooth Turntable with Built-in Speakers | Etsy
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."
New Chromecast with Google TV - 4K 2020
TCL 43-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV - 43S435, 2021 Model
Roku Streaming Stick+ | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Device with Long-range Wireless and Voice Remote with TV Controls
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.
Unique Blue 45th Wedding Anniversary Sundial Gift For Couples | Etsy
Sapphire Pendant Created Sapphire Blue Oval Pendant 3 Carat | Etsy
Stained glass blue iris flower sun-catcher 45th anniversary gift for | Etsy
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.
Personalized Hanging Garden Sign Gift for Gardener | Etsy
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.
Home Improvement Blue Print Men's T-Shirt | Etsy
Carhartt 14 Tool Bag Monogrammed Tool Bag | Etsy
The Home Depot
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.
Handmade Copper Pot Copper Pot Cookware Modern Copper | Etsy
Personalized Copper Beverage Tub & Wine Bucket Gift for the | Etsy
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.
Golden Anniversary Custom Music Sheet with Portrait 50th | Etsy
50th Anniversary Gift Etsy
50th Anniversary gifts framed custom heart art golden | Etsy
Golden Girls Live Like Rose Dress Like Blanche Think Like Dorothy The | Etsy
The Outsiders Coasters The Outsiders Gifts Stay Gold | Etsy
Anniversary year gifts 51-60
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.
Vintage camera planter for succulents plants camera planter | Etsy
Canvas Prints from CVS
Dainty Camera Necklace / Gift for Photographer / Camera | Etsy
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.
Majestic International Fleece Lined Robe at Nordstrom
All-Inclusive Spa Vacation at Marriott International All Inclusive Resorts
Sometimes You Forget You're Awesome So This Candle Is Your Reminder - Luxury Candle 35 Hours
Bath Bathroom Vanities, Bath Tubs & Faucets at Home Depot
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.
Re-Jute Rugs | Washable Jute-Like Rugs Made from Recycled Plastic | Ruggable
Plastic Bag Holder Cat Plastic Bag Organizer Plastic Bag | Etsy
Recycled HDPE Coasters x6 | Etsy
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.
Sunrise Framed Print Bronte Beach Wall Art Surfer in Sydney | Etsy
May every Sunrise Wall Decal hold more Promise and every | Etsy
Boho Horizontal Sun Print Yellow Sun Poster Sunrise Wall | Etsy
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.
Buy tickets on StubHub for a night out.
Custom Night Sky Star Map Anniversary Gift for Husband | Etsy
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.
Faith Hope Love Bible Verse Wall Art Set of 3 Prints | Etsy