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Traditional Anniversary Gifts By Year

Whether you’ve been married for one year or twenty, your anniversary is an important day that you share with only one other person. Of course, you’ll want to make your significant other feel special and loved on this important day. Lucky for you, there are traditional anniversary gifts by year. The tradition goes back as far as the Middle Ages, with each yearly gift symbolizing the strengthening of the union. This is why the first anniversary is symbolized by paper, and the 60th by diamonds. Every year has a unique significance, but here are our favorite anniversaries and gift suggestions to boot.


2nd Anniversary – Cotton:

Naturally, we think cotton is one of the best gifts.  Cotton is durable and versatile – important qualities of a strong relationship. Gifts made of cotton symbolize staying strong, even when facing challenges as a married couple. As you grow closer to your partner in your marriage, you become intertwined, like cotton fibers.

Cotton gift idea: We recommend our “Best Husband/ Best Wife” Tees. These shirts are a sweet, easy way to commemorate your second anniversary.


5th Anniversary – Wood:

This anniversary gift symbolizes strength and time. Like a tree, your relationship continues to grow its roots over time, becoming stronger despite what goes on around it and despite the ups and downs.

Wood gift idea: A unique wood votive candle holder is a great option for a decorative and functional gift. We love this one on Etsy.


10th Anniversary – Tin or Aluminum:

Tin is resilient – it doesn’t rust or show wear. Aluminum is flexible and durable. Tin symbolizes the strength and staying power that your marriage has in order to make it to 10 years. You must be able to adjust to change and be flexible – just like aluminum.

Tin or aluminum gift idea: We love this personalized aluminum wall hanging, which you can customize with a song that is important to you as a couple, as well as add names and dates.


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12th Anniversary – Silk and Linen:

Silk and linen are natural fibers like cotton, but they are considered to be stronger. Silk is both strong and sexy. Linen is stronger and more durable than cotton. The two combined symbolize that your marriage still holds the same burning desire, while being both strong and durable.

Silk and linen gift idea: For the folks who love traveling, this linen map with pins is a sweet way to commemorate your 12th year and all the places you’ve been together. If you want to go the silk route, we love the idea of a luxurious silk robe, like this one.


18th Anniversary – Porcelain:

Porcelain is fragile, yet when properly cared for, it can last for many years. By the 18th year of marriage, you’ve shown that your relationship is cherished and lovingly cared for. Though love is delicate, you’ve proven your ability to care for your significant other over the years.

Porcelain gift idea: What’s more personal that your own writing? We love this porcelain vase that comes personalized with a message written in your handwriting. Fill it with your partner’s favorite flowers for an extra special touch!

We hope these traditional anniversary gifts by year ideas help you take your celebration to the next level. If you’ve enjoyed this blog, subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


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