Easy Anniversary Gift Ideas

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Are you a procrastinator looking for easy anniversary gifts you can buy at the last minute? In other words, who among us hasn’t put off buying a gift, be it a birthday present or last minute anniversary gift?

I’ve been married for 28 years, and I know when my wedding anniversary is. But, every November the date sneaks up on me. Guaranteed.

As a result, where does that leave me? Looking for last minute anniversary presents for him–the him being my husband, Bill. Oh and please make them simple gifts to buy.

Therefore, I am freaking out about last minute anniversary gifts. At the same time, what else is in my way? Well, what gift to give. I don’t know about you but I never got around to memorizing the gift themes by anniversary year.

Help with easy anniversary gifts

Sure, everyone knows that a 25th anniversary is a silver anniversary. Therefore, you should buy a gift with a silver theme.

Here are some quick silver anniversary gift ideas to get you started. I found them all on Etsy. Etsy is a great place to shop for creative, thoughtful unique gifts for nearly any occasion. 

25th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas on Etsy

The theme overall for a 25th wedding anniversary is silver. So, find something made of silver or featuring silver, and you're good to go. That's a simple approach to buying the perfect present, right?

At the same time, it’s common knowledge that a 50th wedding anniversary is the golden anniversary. Therefore, something gold would be an appropriate present to give for 50 years of marriage. Here are some anniversary gift ideas for your consideration.

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.

But what about a 13 year anniversary gift or a 35th wedding anniversary gift or even a 3rd wedding anniversary? Or, in my case this year, a 28 year wedding anniversary?

What do you buy for that?

For instance, are there any no-brainer gifts to consider for 28 years of marriage?

My whole reason for writing this blog is this: I want to help readers be smart shoppers and sophisticated consumers. Because a big part of that intelligence is looking for convenience. Therefore, it’s about getting the most value for your time and money.

This post on ideas for easy anniversary gifts is no different. I want to make your life easier. Above all, I want to help you come up with great ideas, even if you’re buying last minute.

FYI, according to Time Magazine, the traditional of giving anniversary gifts with themes can be traced back to Ancient Rome. Wow!

Certainly, the end result of this post is a bit selfish, too. Like you I never want to be in a jam for an anniversary present. I know anniversaries are a popular topic.

In case you, too, are celebrating a 28 year wedding anniversary this year, too, here are some present ideas I found. Where else? On Etsy, of course. I’m telling you–it’s my favorite place to shop for unique ideas!

FYI, the modern and traditional gift theme is linen. Also, Etsy has a whole section of linen gifts for men.

28th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas: Linen

The theme for the 28th wedding anniversary is linen. Linen could be sheets. Linen could be clothing made of linen. Or linens could be tablecloths, napkins and the like. Here are some ideas I found on Etsy, including anniversary gift ideas for him.

Gift themes that repeat

As I began to dig into ideas for anniversary presents, using themes as my guide, I noticed something interesting: many themes repeat over the lifetime of a marriage. In fact, I found that 16 themes repeat at least twice over at least two different anniversary years.

Below, I’ve outlined the 16 repeating themes, listed in alphabetical order. Then, I’ve included which anniversary year they’re connected with. In addition, I’ve added in whether the theme is modern or traditional–or both. So, if you’re looking for the linen anniversary or the lace anniversary, for example, I can help.

Appliances anniversary theme

You can buy appliances for two different anniversaries. Appliances are the modern themes for both four years of marriage as well as 18 years of marriage. Additionally, appliances are also the traditional theme for year 18.

China anniversary theme

China along with porcelain are the modern gift theme for a second year of marriage. However, china appears once more in wedding themes. And that would be for 20 years of marriage–the traditional gift theme.

Clocks anniversary theme

Clocks appear as the prefered present theme in three anniversary years. They are a first modern anniversary gift, and the 42nd anniversary–both modern and traditional.

Copper anniversary

The traditional theme for a 7th anniversary is copper and wool. However, copper shows up again as the modern and traditional gift theme for a 49th anniversary–one year before the biggie 50th golden anniversary. 

Crystal glass anniversary theme

Together, crystal or glass are the modern theme for a third year of marriage. However, by themselves, they show up at least twice more.

Crystal is also the traditional theme for a 15 year anniversary. Glass, on the other hand, is both the modern and traditional gift

Diamond anniversary theme

The diamond anniversary theme is a little tricky. That’s because both diamond (in general) and diamond jewelry are themes but not for the same years. Nonetheless, I’ve combined them here.

Diamond jewelry is the appropriate modern gift theme for 10 years of marriage and the traditional theme for 30 years of marriage.

Additionally, diamond is both the modern and traditional gift theme for 60 years of marraige.

Gold anniversary theme

As I mentioned earlier nearly everyone knows that a 50th wedding anniversary is a golden anniversary. That’s why gold is the modern and traditional gift theme for 50 years of marriage. However, gold jewelry happens to be the modern gift theme for a 14th anniversary as well.

Iron anniversary theme

Technically, iron and candy are the traditional theme for a 6th wedding anniversary. However, iron is also the modern and traditional themes for a 33rd anniversary. 

Jade anniversary theme

Jade is the modern gift theme for 19 years of marriage and 35 years of marriage. In addition, it is the traditional gift theme for a 19th anniversary.

Lace anniversary theme

Technically, the modern theme for an 8th anniversary is linens and/or lace. Here, I’m just focusing on lace. Lace is also the traditional theme for a 13th anniversary. 

Leather anniversary theme

There are two anniversaries with leather as the theme. It is the traditional theme for a 3rd anniversary and the modern theme for a 9th anniversary. So, if you’re looking for a 9 year anniversary gift idea, leather would be a good place to start. 

Linen anniversary theme

Both linen (singular) and linens (plural) show up as anniversary themes. I’ve combined them here for simplicity and so you can interpret as you like.

So, what years would be the linen wedding anniversary? Well, linens is one of the modern themes for being married eight years. Linen is also the 12 year traditional theme so anything made of linen could be a 12 year anniversary gift. Additionally, linen is both the modern and traditional theme for 28 years of marriage. 

Pearl anniversary theme

You can go with pearls if you’re looking for a modern 12th anniversary gift. At the same time, pearl is the traditional gift theme for a 30th anniversary.

Pottery anniversary theme

Pottery, along with bronze, are the traditional 8th anniversary gifts. Interestingly, pottery repeats the very next year as the traditional gift theme for a 9th anniversary, too. 

Watch anniversary theme

You’ll find watches to be the modern gift theme for a 15th wedding anniversary as well as a 42nd. Watches are also the traditional gift theme for 42 years of marriage.

Wood anniversary theme

Wood is the traditional gift for a 5th anniversary. It is also the modern theme for a 6th anniversary.

Why cover annivesary presents

I’ve got a blog post on anniversary freebies that gets a ton of traffic all year long. It focuses on restaurants that give free food on your anniversary. It’s super popular.

So I know people are coming here already for anniversary information. Why not help them with ideas for last minute or easy gifts, too.

This blog post in about general advice on finding easy anniversary gifts. I’ve since written two additional blog posts about anniversary present–one on traditional themes and one on modern themes. In each of these posts I’ve outline anniversary themes by year 1-60.

General gift giving advice

I just wanted to step back and offer overall gift advice. Why should you listen to me? Because I’ve written a dozen-plus books on weddings and gift giving.

One of the things I learned in writing those books is this. If you can find gifts that speak to a person’s hobbies, interests or affinities, then you’ll find a great gift.

How hobbies can make for easy present inspiration

So, for example, if you know where someone went to college, what kind of pets they have, or what they do in their free time, you’ve got a ton of information for giving gifts. As a result, you should have an easier time buying gifts.

This makes it so much easier to buy that person an anniversary gift or any gift overall. Consider these examples.

Look toward their alma mater for anniversary gift ideas

For example, when in doubt, you can buy something from their alma mater.

In addition, if the recipient is a dog or cat lover, anything that allows them to enjoy their pet more is a great gift to give.

Finally, give a gift that lets someone enjoy their hobbies more. It could even be something as simple as goodies related to their favorite sports team. Or if you’re living with a Peloton addict, you might be on the hunt for gifts for Peloton users. If so, you can definitely get Peloton gift ideas for this hobby over at this blog post on Peloton gifts and recommendations.

anniversary gift ideasMy husband is a Michigan fan and a dog lover. So I got him this Michigan car seat cover as a present.

While this advice is more general in nature, it can apply to wedding anniversaries. It could make it simpler for you to figure out easy anniversary gifts.

For specific ideas on traditional wedding anniversary gifts, please check out this new, extensive blog post on anniversary ideas in the traditional theme.

On the other hand, if you’re shopping for modern wedding anniversary gift ideas, this new blog post lists themes by year, with plenty of present suggestions and anniversary gift ideas.

Here are experience ideas that make for great anniversary gifts too.

Finally, I’ve created an entire page with my printables. Some of them are free printables. You’ll find your way to get these two easy annivesary gift idea printables shown here, too. 

One last thing: I’ve also created a Shop page where you can find one place to see everything I’ve recommended in this post and more. 

modern wedding anniversary gift themes list 1-60


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