Anniversary Gifts By Year: Traditional & Modern Ideas


Wedding Anniversary Gifts By Year For Traditional Or Modern Couples


Finding inspiration for a wedding anniversary gift according to the traditional themes is something many couples enjoy. Maybe you are in the first flush of a heady new marriage or have already enjoyed 50 years of bliss together. Wherever you are in your relationship, it’s vital to celebrate all the happy milestones along the way. Each new year of marriage is a momentous occasion, and there is a special gift linked to the happy anniversary. 


Traditional anniversary gifts are a symbol which marks the passing years together. Over time, these have, of course, evolved with our changing lifestyles. Today, there are much more modern gift ideas for younger couples, which even introduce a fun element. You can choose from popular wedding anniversary gifts as great alternatives to more traditional luxury gifts for your husband or wife.


We think each and every year is equally important! But there are some wedding anniversary years that are particular milestones that deserve a special gift for your spouse. Ideas for traditional or modern wedding anniversary presents by year from Gifts Australia are only limited by your imagination!


Inspiration for Modern and Traditional Anniversary Gifts Guide


We’ve got creative gift ideas for every year anniversary, including significant milestones like a 25th wedding anniversary and 50th wedding anniversary. For advice and inspiration, check out our fun ideas for anniversary gifts for the first five years. If you prefer traditional wedding anniversary gifts, we have a complete list of traditional themes and a gifting guide for every year. Read on for a modern spin on gift ideas for an anniversary that are a super alternative.


Guide To Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gifts By Year 


Wedding Anniversary By Year

Traditional Gift Theme

Modern Gift Theme

Gift Suggestion

1st Year Anniversary Paper Clocks Books, Wall Print, or Wall Clock
2nd Year Anniversary Cotton China His and Hers Pillowcases
3rd Year Anniversary Leather Crystal or Glass Personalised Leather
4th Year Anniversary Linen or Silk Appliances Silk Bed Linens
5th Year Anniversary Wood Silverware Wood or Silver Servingware
6th Year Anniversary Iron or Sugar Wooden Gifts Home Decor or Chocolates
7th Year Anniversary Wool or Copper Pens or Stationery Writing Set
8th Year Anniversary Salt or Bronze Linen and Lace Bronze Jewellery
9th Year Anniversary Pottery Leather Gifts Pottery Vase
10th Year Anniversary Tin or Aluminium Diamond Jewellery Diamond Necklace or Cufflinks
11th Anniversary Steel Fashion Accessories Steel Keychain
12th Anniversary Silk Pearls or Gemstones Silk Tie or Robe
13th Anniversary Lace Textiles and Fur Cosy Throw Rug
14th Anniversary Ivory Gold Jewellery Elephant Themed Jewellery
15th Anniversary Crystal Watches Matching Watches
16th Anniversary Silver Tableware Tea or Coffee Silver Tea Set
17th Anniversary Furniture   Bedside Tables
18th Anniversary Porcelain   Porcelain Mug Set
19th Anniversary Bronze   Bronze Statue
20th Anniversary Fine China Platinum Platinum Rings
21st Anniversary Brass or Nickel Fire Nickel Cufflinks or Brass Candleholder
22nd Anniversary Copper   Copper Wind Chime
23rd Anniversary Silver Plate   Silver Money Box
24th Anniversary Opal Musical Instruments Concert Tickets
25th Anniversary Silver   Silver Jewellery
30th Anniversary Pearl Diamond Mother of Pearl Watch or Oyster Pearl Charm
35th Anniversary Coral or Jade   Fine Jade Carving or Pendant
40th Anniversary Ruby   Ruby Earrings or Red Glassware
45th Anniversary Sapphire   Sapphire Watch or Wall Clock
50th Anniversary Gold   Golden Rose or Matching Rings
55th Anniversary Emerald   Emerald Personalised Family Tree
60th Anniversary Diamond   Diamond Studded Photo Frame or Sundial



How To Choose Something Extra Special For The Happy Couple


First Year - Paper Or Clocks?


Fragile and symbolic paper, representing the newness of marriage, has today been replaced by the modern idea of a clock. That gives a fairly wide scope to choose from for him, her or a couple! With a full year of marriage behind them, why not treat a traditional couple to a gorgeous Life Story Journal so they can record the joy of their life together?


For more modern ideas, romance and time need to be the main focus. How about a beautiful wall clock decorated with subtle red roses or his ‘n’ hers matching designer watches? If you still can’t decide, then a Chandon Celebration Hamper, packed full of delicious chocolates and a bottle of bubbly is sure to impress!


Chandon Celebration Hamper


Second Year - Cotton Or China?


The traditional anniversary present for year two is cotton, representing the weave of strength and comfort. You could choose luxurious bed linen or a cute Hubby & Wifey Pillowcase Set to make their day. Soft bathrobes and feminine underwear are also great ideas for gifts between couples.


More modern gifts are porcelain and china, pointing at the frailty and strength of any relationship. Additional pieces for dinner party sets, mugs or fridge magnets and tea sets are fun ideas. For that special something, how about a lovely fine China Vase or Wedgewood keepsake set as a modern touch for the living room.


Wedgwood White Folia Keepsake Set


Third Year - Leather Or Crystal & Glass?


For a traditional couple, leather gifts of symbolic durability are the focus. This means there is plenty to choose from for the happy couple from watch straps and wallets to matching overnight bags. A Personalised Leather Travel Gift Set is something useful and luxurious, especially if you add in some exciting tickets! Modern glass gives you a broad scope of anniversary present choice from perfume and candles to something divine for the house. Gorgeous Champagne Flutes are a new and contemporary twist that can be completed with a fabulous bottle of sparkling bubbly!


Personalised Burgundy Leather Travel Gift Set


Fourth Year - Flowers & Fruit Or Silk & Electrical Goods?


Nothing beats a beautiful selection of fresh flowers at any time. For a perfect anniversary gift, why not add in a traditional Waterford Markham Crystal Vase? It’s the perfect finishing touch, representing the continued blossoming of love. Or choose to have a rose named, registered and grown as a truly romantic gesture. The more modern ideas include silk, linen and household appliances and accessories. With so much to choose from, it really depends on the personalities of couples. A trendy linen wall print, silk kimonos or a coffee machine are all suitable gifts. Or what about an Espresso Maker for creating the perfect lazy wedding anniversary morning in bed with a fresh cup of coffee?


Waterford Markham Crystal Vase


Fifth Year - Wood Or Silverware?


Celebrating five years of marriage means strong and durable wood is the traditional anniversary present. Some suggested ideas could be a wooden clock, a beautiful music box or a carved statue. A simple Acacia Wood Breakfast Tray would be perfect for a picnic or breakfast in bed to celebrate your anniversary with love.


The modern touch is the lovely gift of silverware, with lots of trendy alternatives to choose from today. As it’s a milestone anniversary, silver cufflinks and charm bracelets to candlesticks and fruit bowls are the order of the day. As a really personal touch, matching Latitude & Longitude Pendant Necklaces are a thoughtful and romantic choice.


Personalised Latitude & Longitude Bar Pendant Necklace In Gold


Anniversary Gift Ideas That Will Keep You Together


These modern-day guides can help you choose some classic or hip gift ideas. But remember, you can interpret the guidelines as loosely as you want. There is a gemstone and flower guide for each year too! Both traditional and modern gifts will be welcomed with open arms, whether it’s for friends or exchanged between the married couple.


Whatever wedding anniversary gift you choose, make sure you give the best gift of all: your time. Material things are a wonderful thought, but your love is what will keep you together for the next five years!


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