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
|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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!