Celebrating Your Anniversary

Good news – the celebrations don’t stop just because you’ve got a gorgeous sparkler on your ring finger and have walked down the aisle! Wedding anniversaries are considered just as symbolic as the wedding itself, with a tradition of gift-giving that dates all the way back to the Middle Ages.

Much like weddings themselves, anniversary gifts have been reshaped over the years to keep up with the demands of contemporary trends. Here are some traditional and not so traditional ways you can celebrate with your loved one.

The 5th anniversary

Wood has traditionally been used to celebrate fifth anniversaries, symbolizing the strength of a marriage. But if you’re not thrilled with the idea of receiving a tree as an anniversary gift, silver jewelry is another popular way to mark the milestone. For those who want to reserve silver for their 25th anniversary, keep with tradition and get creative with wooden gifts such as wooden poker sets, a picture puzzle, or even a woody fragrance.

The 10th anniversary

After 10 years of matrimonial bliss, what better way to affirm your love than with diamonds? From earrings, necklaces and even brooches – the options are endless. You could even add another diamond to your engagement or wedding ring. For those looking to stick with tradition, tin and aluminium are customary 10th anniversary emblems and can be used to create quirky gifts, from a simple can of beer to aluminium roses.

The 25th anniversary

Silver makes another appearance as the conventional 25th wedding anniversary gift. In keeping with tradition, shower your loved one with jewelry, picture frames or another wedding ring.

The 50th anniversary

While the joy of spending 50 years together is a gift in itself, a 50th wedding anniversary needs a suitably impressive offering to mark the occasion. Gold is traditionally used to celebrate 50 years together and few couples stray from this ritual. For those looking to add a nostalgic touch to the occasion, why not create a golden oldies playlist for your loved one? Or frame two photos: one of the two of you now and one of you on your wedding day 50 years ago.

Whether you choose the traditional or the not so traditional wedding anniversary route, the good news is that it’s up to you to add your own personal touches and make sure your loved one knows how much they really mean to you.

Years Married Anniversary Token Traditional Modern
1 Rose Beryl Paper Clock
2 Rock Crystal Cotton China
3 Chrysoprase Leather Crystal
4 Moonstone Fruit or Flowers Appliances
5 Carnelian Wood Silverware
6 Peridot Candy or Iron Wood
7 Coral Wool or Copper Desk Sets
8 Opal Bronze or Pottery Linens or Lace
9 Citrine Pottery & Willow Leather
10 Turquoise Tin or Aluminium Diamond
11 Garnet Steel Fashion jewelry
12 Amethyst Silk or Linen Pearls
13 Agate Lace Textiles or Fur
14 Ivory Ivory Gold
15 Topaz Crystal Watch
20 China Platinum  
25 Silver Silver Silver
30 Pearl Pearl Diamond
35 Jade Coral Jade
40 Ruby Ruby Ruby
45 Sapphire Sapphire Sapphire
50 Gold Gold Gold
55 Emerald Emerald Emerald
60 Diamond Diamond Diamond