Tradition holds that each wedding anniversary has a theme. You celebrate your first wedding anniversary with paper gifts, your 25th wedding anniversary with silver and your 50th wedding anniversary with gold. Your bronze anniversary refers to both your eighth and your 19th anniversary. Customarily, spouses exchange bronze or pottery on their bronze anniversary. Modern culture has updated this tradition so now couples also can give linen gifts.
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Follow tradition and give your spouse a gift made out of bronze for your eighth or 19th wedding anniversary. Give your significant other artwork made out of bronze, such as a sculpture, statute or bust. Also consider bronze book ends, lamps, picture frames, mirrors, roses or vases as gifts. Look for bronze jewellery your spouse might like. Of course, buying solid bronze gifts can get expensive. If you're shopping on a budget, get a keepsake such as a hole-in-one golf ball or a wedding garter belt bronzed.
You can also keep with tradition by exchanging pottery gifts. If your spouse likes to garden, give him an ornate flower pot or vase for cut flowers. Spouses who love to cook would like pottery pots, plates and pitches. Buy pottery frame mugs, frames, ashtrays, paperweights or figurines as anniversary presents. Add a personal touch to these gift by having them monogrammed. Find a store that lets you create your own pottery and make your spouse a gift with your own two hands. Or get a gift token to a pottery store and go there together to make objects out of clay.
Linen has become the modern customary gift to give on your eighth or 19th wedding anniversary. Give your significant other new bed linens including monogrammed pillow cases, table linens, linen drapery, monogrammed linen towel sets, or linen placemats. You can also find clothes made out of linen that your spouse would like, such as a linen suit, trousers, pyjamas or robe. Your spouse will enjoy the crisp, cool look and feel of this fabric.
Other Gift Ideas
You don't have to celebrate your bronze anniversary with traditional gifts. Instead, celebrate the number of years you've been married by bringing your spouse eight or 19 roses on your anniversary. If he loves golf, give him eight or 19 golf balls, or if he likes a certain food such as Twinkies, give him a Twinkie for every year you've been married. Instead of buying your significant other something made out of bronze, give her something that has a bronze colour to it. Since bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, give her jewellery or artwork made out of those metals. Linen is an expensive fabric, so just buy a piece of linen from a fabric store and wrap your present in it.
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