What is the traditional gift for a 7th wedding anniversary?

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What is the traditional gift for a 7th wedding anniversary?
Copper is a traditional seventh anniversary gift. (copper pennies image by Joseph Pierce from Fotolia.com)

Each anniversary year has an assigned gift. The origins of some of these gifts make sense. For example, a 25th anniversary is celebrated by giving gifts of silver. Recommended gifts for the seventh anniversary --- copper or wool --- seem a little less exciting. If you put some thought into though, you can come up with an exciting and original traditional anniversary gift.

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Copper Cooking Gifts

You don't have to give your spouse a pile of pennies to celebrate your seventh anniversary. Give a spouse who likes to cook copper cookware. Copper conducts heat better than most other metals. Its downsides are that it tarnishes easily, leaches into food and costs a lot. If pure copper cookware is out of your price range, or if you'd prefer something that won't react with food, consider stainless steel cookware with a copper base. You could also give decorative copper bakeware to adorn your kitchen walls.

Warm Woolens

Wool is the other traditional gift for a seventh anniversary. Matching sweaters are an adorable option if you're the type to wear matching clothing. You could give your wife a nice woollen dress or your husband a wool suit jacket. Knit your partner a wool scarf or hat for a personal yet still practical woollen gift. You could also get a wool blanket for your bed or a throw blanket for the couch.

Innovative Gift Ideas

A practical gift such as a sweater or new cookware may not strike you as very romantic. Buy you can give a gift that fits the anniversary's theme while still being innovative. Order a copper sculpture from a local artist or a tapestry made of wool to decorate your home. You could give a copper necklace or bracelet, too. If you both love animals, you can sponsor or adopt a sheep from an animal-rescue organisation.

Modern Gifts

If the traditional copper and wool just don't do it for you, you can opt for the modern seventh anniversary gift: desk sets. Your seventh anniversary may prove the perfect time to spring for a new home office set. Get a fancy desk blotter monogrammed with your and your spouse's initials. Other desk-related options include a personalised stationery set or a new leather briefcase.

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