Traditionally, for the 11th anniversary, a couple is supposed to exchange gifts of stainless steel with each other. This exchange is followed the year after the 10th anniversary, when tin is exchanged, and before the 12th anniversary, when silk or linens are exchanged. Think about a gift that is both functional and romantic.
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Stainless Steel Appliances
If you wish to give your loved one a large gift, then consider a stainless steel appliance, for example, a stainless steel refrigerator, stove or microwave. Moreover, you can give all of those items as a matching set. Often, appliance stores will give you a discount for purchasing more than one item at the same time. Also, when selecting appliances, make sure you measure before buying so that they fit the spaces you currently have in your home. When choosing the stainless steel stove, be sure to choose electric or gas, based on what is already installed in your home.
Vase or Bowl
For a smaller anniversary present, consider purchasing a stainless steel vase or bowl. The piece can serve as decorative art in your family room, living room, dining room or bedroom. You can enhance the gift by filling the vase with 11 roses, or floating 11 flower heads in the bowl. Purchase a stainless steel vase or bowl that is in the same general style as your home decor.
For an exceedingly functional gift, purchase stainless steel flatware. If you received flatware for your wedding, then this can replace the set you got so many years ago. When purchasing flatware, consider the size and shape of each piece. For a decorative set used on special occasions, select something more ornate. For an everyday set of flatware, choose something that will complement your daily plates and fit easily in the dishwasher.
Purchase a matching set of his and her stainless steel watches. Choose a face that complements the size of each of your wrists. You can choose to have a stainless steel band along with the watch, or select something in leather. Stainless steel watches go well with white gold, platinum and silver jewellery, making it an ideal gift if your wedding bands are made of one of those materials.
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