Anniversary Theme Gifts to Give

I know that I’m not alone in being stumped about which anniversary theme goes with which year of marriage.

I mean, the first few years after your wedding, the gift choices are easy.

Most people know that the gift for your first year of marriage is paper.

But, then it gets tricky from there.

Another snafu you might 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 the theme for your first year of marriage is to give the gift of paper.

But, it turns out, that’s the traditional theme for a first year.

The modern theme for a first year is clocks.

Why write about anniversary theme year gifts

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

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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 gifts by year and traditional 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 year of marriage by theme. 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 year if marriage, I’ve tried to give you two to three themed 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 theme, maybe you’ll like something for the modern gift theme. Or vice versa.

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

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

Where to buy themed 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 that are reflective of a person’s hobbies. Therefore, since I’m Peloton obsessed, I’ve included a few ideas for Peloton lovers, whenever possible. (Not so subtle hint to my husband to read this post for some ideas.)

This list can help you with UK Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year.

One of my favorite places to buy personalized gifts is Etsy, whether it be for dog lovers or Peloton aficianados.

From time to time, Etsy offers coupon codes for savings. So, when that happens, I’ll post information right here.

Year by year list of wedding anniversary theme gifts ideas

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

Years 1-10 Themes

1st anniversary Modern: clocks

Echo Dot Clock and Smart Speaker from Amazon

1st anniversary Traditional: paper

Origami clock made from paper wedding vows on Etsy (combines both paper and clock themes)

2nd anniversary Modern: china or porcelain

Check Replacements.com for something from the china pattern

2nd anniversary Traditional: cotton

His and her cotton bathrobes

3rd year theme Modern: crystal or glass

Crystal martini glasses on Etsy

Peloton glass water bottle

Waterford crystal bowl on Amazon

3rd year theme Traditional: leather

Great idea for him or her: leather desk desk tray from Amazon. Would also work for a 7th anniversary modern theme gift of desk sets.

Another idea? Leather messenger bags for men and women.

4th anniversary Modern: appliances

Mini Keurig coffee maker for the office

4th anniversary Traditional: fruit or flowers

Pressed flower wall art on Etsy

If your honey loves bluebells, this article explains the Bluebell flower meaning.

Fruit of the Month Club from Harry and David

5th anniversary Modern: silverware

Jewelry made from silverware and flatware

5th anniversary Traditional: wood

World map made of wood to track your travels together

Wood shelf to hold your Peloton and exercise gear, available on Etsy

6th years of marriage Modern: wood

See the ideas, above, for 5th anniversary wood-themed gifts that could work for a modern 6th wedding anniversary gift.

6th years of marriage Traditional: candy or iron

M&Ms personalized candy

Fireplace andirons. Some are shaped like dogs on Etsy.

7th anniversary Modern gifts: desk sets

Rose gold desk sets and accessories, available on Amazon

7th anniversary Traditional theme gifts: wool or copper

Moscow mule copper mugs

Wool socks–his and her or matching

Check out this article on outdoor gear companies, include those making wool socks, that offer a lifetime guarantee.

8 years Modern gift theme: linens or lace

Linen scarf for him or her

Lace lingerie

8 years Traditional gift theme: bronze or pottery

Bronze chandelier

Sign up for a class on Wondrium with master potter and designer Jonathan Adler

9th anniversary Modern theme: leather

Check Nordstrom for leather shoes, leather belts or a leather handbag

9th anniversary Traditional theme: pottery or willow

See pottery gift idea from 8 years of marriage.

Or, check Etsy for pottery ideas

Plant a willow tree together

10th year suggestions for Modern theme: diamond jewelry

Your choice is simple and straightforward: diamond jewelry

10th year suggestions for Traditional theme: aluminum or tin

Aluminum stove cover for electric cooktop (I love this idea!)

Personalized tin sign

Years 11-20

11th anniversary Modern theme: fashion jewelry

Fashion jewelry available on Amazon

11th anniversary Traditional theme: steel

Anything stainless steel, such as a new car or even new cookware from All-Clad; it has a lifetime warranty

12 years married Modern theme: pearls

Pearl necklace for her

Pearl cufflinks for him

12 years married Traditional theme: linen or silk

Linen scarf for him or her

Silk pajamas for him or her

13th anniversary Modern theme: textiles

Turn old, favorite t-shirts into a custom quilt

13th anniversary Traditional theme: lace

Lace lingerie

14 years Modern theme : gold jewelry

Look to well-known stores like Nordstrom for gold jewelry gift ideas for him or her.

Or, have some fun with a frugal idea like Cartier love bracelet dupes.

14 years Traditional theme: fake ivory

For him, shaving kit with fake ivory handle from Etsy

For her, fake ivory earrings

15th anniversary Modern theme: watches

How about surprising him or her with an Apple Watch

15th anniversary Traditional theme: crystal

Crystal martini glasses on Etsy

Waterford crystal bowl on Amazon

16 years married Modern and traditional theme: coffee or tea

Keurig machine and coffee or tea pods

17 years married Modern and traditional theme: wine and spirits

Subscription for Splash wines from around the world

18 years married Modern and traditional theme: appliances

Vintage looking convection oven on Amazon

Air fryer from Target (we love ours)

Beverage refrigerator from The Home Depot

19 years married Modern and traditional theme: jade

Etsy has so many great gift ideas made of jade

20th anniversary Modern theme: platinum

Nordstrom has tons of platinum gifts, from bags and jewelry to clothing in a platinum shade

20th anniversary Traditional theme: china

Check Replacements.com for something from the china pattern

Gift a class subscription on Wondrium about Tai Chi

Years 21-30

21 years married Modern and traditional theme: fire

Fireplace andirons. Some are shaped like dogs on Etsy.

22 years married Modern and traditional theme: water

Book a beach vacation at Sandals or Beaches in the Caribbean

23 years married Modern and traditional theme: air

Hot air balloon ride or related gifts

24 years married Modern and traditional theme: stone

Stone coasters from Etsy

New granite countertops for the kitchen

25th anniversary Modern and traditional theme: silver

Zales has tons of silver jewelry for him or her for a silver anniversary gift

26 years married Modern and traditional theme: art

Tickets to a museum or art show in your favorite city

27 years married Modern and traditional theme: music

Tickets to a concert in your favorite city

28 years married Modern and traditional theme: linen

Linen scarf for him or her

29 years married Modern and traditional theme: tools

Home Depot gift card for tools

30th anniversary Modern theme: diamond

Diamond jewelry. Plus, these days you can choose a more affordable option in lab-grown diamonds.

30th anniversary Traditional theme: pearl

Pearl necklace for her

Pearl cufflinks for him

Years 31-40

31 years married Modern and traditional theme: travel

New luggage from Away Suitcases

32 years married Modern and traditional theme: bronze

Bronze chandelier

33 years married Modern and traditional theme: iron

Cast iron skillet from Amazon

34 years married Modern and traditional theme: food

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

35th anniversary Modern theme: jade

Etsy has so many great gift ideas made of jade

35th anniversary Traditional theme: coral

Check out coral options on Etsy

36 years married Modern and traditional theme: antiques

Book a trip to go antiquing

37 years married Modern and traditional theme: books

Support small bookstores by shopping for a book-related gift on Bookshop.org

38 years married Modern and traditional theme: luck

Try your luck during a trip to Las Vegas

39 years married Modern and traditional theme: laughter

Tickets to a comedy show or even to see the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me live.

40 years married Modern and traditional theme: ruby

Ruby jewelry

Years 41-50

41 years married Modern and traditional theme: office

Redecorate your home office

42 years married Modern and traditional theme: clocks or watches

How about an Apple Watch or Echo Dot Clock and Smart Speaker from Amazon

43 years married Modern and traditional theme: entertainment

Tickets from StubHub

44 years married Modern and traditional theme: electronics

New Smart TV

45 years married Modern and traditional theme: sapphire

Sapphire jewelry and accessories for him or her

46 years married Modern and traditional theme: games

Board games from Target

Or, you can plan an anniversary date that focuses on couples trivia questions.

47 years married Modern and traditional theme: gardens or plants

Plant a willow tree together

48 years married Modern and traditional theme: home improvement

Reach out to Home Advisor for a home improvement project

49 years married Modern and traditional theme: copper

Moscow mule copper mugs

50th anniversary Modern and traditional theme: gold

Look to well-known stores like Nordstrom for gold jewelry gift ideas for him or her

Years 51-60

51 years married Modern and traditional theme: photos or camera

Photo gifts from Etsy

52 years married Modern and traditional theme: bath or spa

His and her cotton bathrobes

Groupon for a day at the spa

Did you know that Nordstrom has a spa?

53 years married Modern and traditional theme: plastic

Gift from Etsy made of recycled plastic

54 years married Modern and traditional theme: glass

Crystal martini glasses on Etsy

Peloton glass water bottle

55 years married Modern and traditional theme: emerald

Book a trip to Ireland, the Emerlad Isle

56 years married Modern and traditional theme: day

Tickets from StubHub to a matinee

57 years married Modern and traditional theme: night

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

58 years married Modern and traditional theme: faith or hope

Hope quote gifts from Etsy

59 years married Modern and traditional theme: charity

Make a donation in someone’s honor

60th anniversary Modern and traditional theme: diamond

Diamond jewelry

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.

Planning an anniversary party

If you happen to be planning an anniversary party, here is a fun thing to do: make a favorites list. That is, you’ll ask the happy couple the same questions about each other.

For example, “What is their spouse’s favorite song to sing in the shower?” or “What is their favorite dessert?” And then you can quiz them. Hopefully, they’ll get the answers about each other right!

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