Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year

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Wedding anniversaries are days to be cherished and celebrated with gifts for your spouse. According to tradition there are specific kinds of presents you should get each year. There are the old traditions and modern twists on gifts, which some younger couples are following. Wedding anniversaries gifts don't have to be big or extravagant; they just need to be thoughtful.

First Anniversary

The traditional first anniversary gift is paper. It can be a homemade card, a photo or even a framed copy of your marriage certificate that you can hang on the wall of your home.

Second Anniversary

The second anniversary traditional gift is cotton. Choose a set of Egyptian cotton sheets that you can both enjoy or a cotton rope hammock you can both sleep in under the stars. Another idea is a luxurious cotton robe.

Fifth Anniversary

The traditional gift for a fifth anniversary is wood. A wooden plaque, jewellery box, cigar box or piece of furniture are popular choices.

10th Anniversary

When you've made it to ten years, the traditional gift is tin or aluminium. This is usually a form of jewellery or a decorative object, such as a photo album. However, it can also be a trip or getaway where you take a means of transportation, such as a boat or plane, made partially of aluminium and tin.

20th Anniversary

The traditional gift for a 20th anniversary is china. Get a commemorative china plate with your wedding date on it, or choose a china tea set for the ladies and a china sports dining set for the gentlemen.

30th Anniversary

The traditional gift for the 30th year is the pearl. This can be a strand of pearls for the ladies or a night of sushi at the oyster bar for the men.

40th Anniversary

The traditional gift, as well the modern gift, for a 40th anniversary is ruby. Rubies generally only come in jewellery; however, a woman might get a man a ruby-coloured tie or boxers.

50th Anniversary

The traditional gift for the 50th wedding anniversary is the same as the modern gift, which is gold. Gold-plated home accents, jewellery or memory keepsakes are all popular choices.

60th Anniversary

If you've made it 60 years, first of all, congratulations. The 60-year anniversary is marked by the most prized jewel of all, the diamond. A diamond-studded watch, diamond-encrusted picture frame or a piece of diamond jewellery are all great choices. Be creative and choose something that fits your own personal style.

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