Anniversary Gift Ideas by Year

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Anniversary Gift Ideas by Year
Finding that perfect gift for your anniversary can show how much you care. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

There is a long list of traditions when it comes to wedding anniversaries. Every anniversary is special and requires a thoughtful gift, but there are a few anniversaries in particular that stand out from the rest. These are known as "milestone" anniversaries. Milestone anniversaries have a traditional gift specific to the to the year of the anniversary.

First Anniversary

You only have one first anniversary with your partner, so you want to give him a gift he will remember for the rest of your anniversaries together. A chronicle of your first year in the form of an album is always a good idea. Put together a photo album that contains pictures from some of your favourite moments in the first year of your marriage. Place the images in chronological order so it flows like a picture book.

Fifth Anniversary

The fifth anniversary is another milestone in your relationship. The two of you have now been together for half a decade. By this time, you are probably with comfortable living together and accustomed to each other's tastes. This anniversary is the ideal time to purchase something like a special piece of furniture or silverware set. A household gift is practical because it can be both functional and thoughtful. Choose a gift that has a luxurious aspect instead of just a functional purpose, though. Your wife probably won't appreciate getting a new mop for an anniversary gift.

25th Anniversary

The 25th anniversary also goes by the name the "silver wedding." As the name suggests, the ideal gift for this anniversary is silver. Invest in something silver such as jewellery or a silverware set. A silver plaque with a special engraving about your relationship is also a good idea. If money is a little tight, invest in something chrome instead of silver. It has the same look, but the price will be a little more manageable on a budget.

30th Anniversary

People often refer to the 30th anniversary as the "pearl" anniversary. The obvious gifts would be something with a pearl inlay or a simple pearl necklace, but some contemporary gifts include diamonds. This anniversary poses some challenges to the woman in the relationship because there aren't many gifts available for men that involve pearls. If you can't find something for your husband, think outside the box and instead plan a scuba-diving trip so the two of you can go pearl hunting.

50th Anniversary

You and your spouse have reached the half-century mark in your relationship, so it's time to celebrate with a golden gift. When most people think of gold, they think of jewellery, but there is a wide range of gifts that include gold. You can purchase a beautiful piece of furniture with a gold inlay or a delicate gold wind chime. You can get creative and add a little gold to something the two of you already own. For example, you can get your child's first pair of shoes gilded instead of bronzed.

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