20th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

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20th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
A Chinese vacation is one idea for your anniversary. (china image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com)

Nearly every anniversary has a traditional gift associated with it, including the 20th wedding anniversary. The traditional wedding gift for this anniversary is china and it's a gift that's been used for centuries. Manufacturers make a number of items from china, including serving ware and decorations for your home. Whether you're shopping for your spouse, a loved one or a friend, you'll find an appropriate gift that still fits the theme.

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Stay Traditional

Traditional gifts are those made of china, but you should look at your budget before you start shopping. Well-known retailers, including Royal Doulton and Wedgwood, are fairly expensive. Lesser-known companies and newer companies offer pieces made in the same way, but are much less expensive. Invest in one classic piece that fits your wedding china or replace a piece that was lost or broken over the years. A tea kettle, gravy boat or serving platter in the same pattern adds to your collection and provides a useful piece. You can also treat your spouse to a decorative piece for your home, such as a china bowl or china basket.

Trip for Two

For larger budgets, skip the china gifts and take a trip for two, to China. Spend a week touring the country, seeing the sights and even picking up a few souvenirs for your 20th anniversary. You may need to start planning the trip in advance, especially if either of you needs passports. A trip to China is expensive, but a cheaper alternative is enjoying your own China-inspired vacation at home. Spend the night making authentic Chinese food together and serve in new china bowls or on china plates.

Go Modern

According to the Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gifts website, the modern day equivalent of china is platinum, which gives you more choices for anniversary gifts. Platinum jewellery is easy to find, especially rings, necklaces, bracelets, cuff links and watches. Several companies make a platinum product from real roses. Each rose is dipped into the platinum while in full bloom and allowed to dry. This alternative to traditional roses gives your spouse a bouquet that never wilts. Consider buying 20 of the roses to celebrate the occasion. Other platinum 20th wedding anniversary gifts include a platinum frame with your wedding photo inside or an anniversary clock. You can even treat yourself, while also buying a gift for your spouse. Purchase a pair of matching platinum watches, in his and hers styles.

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