How to buy a 19th-year wedding anniversary gift

The practice of giving gifts made of particular materials for specific anniversary years is thought to have originated in central Europe. In medieval Germany, wives would be given silver garlands on their 25th wedding anniversary and golden ones on their 50th. This gave rise to the tradition of the silver anniversary and the golden anniversary, according to Elegant Anniversary. In modern times, the number of anniversaries with specific gift associations has been expanded. The contemporary gift for the 19th wedding anniversary is bronze. Gemstones associated with the 19th anniversary include aquamarine and topaz.

Tailor your gift to its recipient. If you are buying the gift for your own spouse for example, your criteria will probably be different than if you were buying a gift for your parents or for friends. If the gift is not for your own spouse, you should also decide whether to buy separate gifts for each person or a joint gift for both.

Choose a suitable gift made of bronze. Sculptures, busts, bookends, keepsake boxes and lamps could all make appropriate gifts. Visit antique shops for vintage bronze gifts and surf the internet for more contemporary gifts.

Consider jewellery made of or featuring aquamarine or topaz. Topaz comes in a variety of different colours, so you can choose a hue that the recipient will like. You can extend the aquamarine idea by considering gifts such as clothes or ornaments that are aquamarine in colour.

Keep an open mind. Don't restrict yourself entirely to gifts made of bronze, aquamarine or topaz. The best gift is one that will be appreciated, so use your own knowledge of the recipient's tastes and preferences. If you choose a gift that has nothing to do with the associated materials, you could always wrap it in bronze coloured paper with an aquamarine bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Bronze gifts
  • Topaz or aquamarine jewellery
  • Bronze coloured wrapping paper
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Paul Travers has worked as a freelance journalist since 1990. He has worked primarily for "Kerrang!," the U.K.'s leading rock magazine, but he has also published online content and in print publications worldwide, from "MusikExpress" in Germany to "Smash Hits" in Australia. Travers holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and media studies from the University of Central Lancashire.