10 year anniversary gifts for men

Updated February 21, 2017

The 10 year anniversary of a marriage is a major milestone, and such a special occasion deserves some attention. Fortunately, wedding anniversary traditions make gift-giving easier by setting you on the right track. On the 10th anniversary, for example, it is traditional to give a gift of tin or aluminium. If that custom doesn't interest you, don't fret. Modern spins on tradition make it easy to find a gift for the man in your life.

Traditional Gestures

Tradition dictates that you give tin on this anniversary, which can be a lofty goal in modern times. A common substitute is pewter or aluminium. Aluminium roses are both decorative and appropriate for the theme, and are available both artificially coloured and plain. For men that don't particularly care for metal flowers, opt for something more practical, like a pewter picture frame, or something decorative, like a metal statuette.

Creative Spins

Think outside the box with a creative take on tradition. Some everyday items are made of, or at least contain, aluminium---including things that your husband may appreciate. Beer cans, for example, are made of aluminium; a generous supply of his favourite brew could be a welcome surprise. Accessories like sunglasses, fishing gear or even electronic gadgets can fit the bill as well. Other gifts may not be made primarily of aluminium or tin, but contain them. Special anniversary editions of popular gifts like barbecue kits and poker sets are made with this specific occasion in mind, and are made with just enough of the appropriate metals to make them fitting for the day.

Modern Alternatives

Another modern---albeit more expensive---alternative to tin is diamonds, which open up your options considerably. Many men's accessories are designed with diamonds. Cufflinks, watches, rings or earrings are stylish additions to a modern man's wardrobe.

Bucking Tradition

Of course, traditional metal gifts---including a little bling---aren't for everyone. Giving your husband a personal, thoughtful gift for your 10th anniversary might mean skipping out on tradition and giving him something unique. That doesn't mean, however, that you can't incorporate the significance of the date. A 10-day cruise, for example, could make for a romantic getaway that still recognises the 10th anniversary. With a little creativity and forethought, you could make the anniversary a true event by building up to it. Give him a small gift for the 10 days leading up to and including the special anniversary.

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About the Author

Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.