Ten years is a major anniversary milestone, so gifts should be more extravagant for this celebration. Traditional gifts for the 10th anniversary are made of tin or aluminium, and the modern gift is diamond jewellery. Wrap presents in silver wrapping paper to match the theme. Aluminium foil also makes appropriate and easy wrapping paper and will get a laugh from the recipient.
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Diamond jewellery is a classic 10th anniversary gift, but rather than just buying plain diamond earrings or a necklace, look for a more original piece of jewellery that combines other gemstones, such as her favourite colour or birthstone. If she enjoys gardening, look for a sculpture or wind chime made out of aluminium or tin that she can place in the garden. For a sentimental gift, buy a tin or aluminium picture frame engraved with the dates of the wedding and the anniversary, then place a picture of the two of you inside.
For a man who dresses up frequently, diamond cuff links or diamond watch make a special gift for the 10th anniversary. A guy who loves golf will also appreciate golf clubs with aluminium shafts. If you cannot afford a whole set, ask the pro at the golf shop for a recommendation of one or two quality aluminium clubs. For a guy who loves technology, buy any currently available tablet computer, most of which are cased in aluminium. He will be thrilled with his new toy and you can borrow it when he is not looking.
For the Couple to Buy Together
Consider asking your partner in advance of the anniversary if she is willing to forgo giving one another individual gifts and pooling your resources to treat yourselves to a larger gift. You can splurge on an item for your home, such as a new big-screen television or the couch you have both had your eyes on. Another option is to choose an experience that you can have together. Consider signing up for ballroom dancing classes or cooking lessons. If you are looking to celebrate the 10th anniversary with a bang, sign up for skydiving lessons and take your first jump together.
For a Couple
Buy a large aluminium or tin bucket and two or three bottles of wine that was made in the year the couple married, if possible. Arrange the bottles in the bucket with a corkscrew and some chocolates. The couple can use the bucket for ice later. An aluminium vase is also a nice gift. Have it engraved with the couple's name and "Happy 10th Anniversary," then fill it with a bouquet of flowers.
No matter if you are giving a gift to your spouse or to a couple celebrating 10 years of marriage, compiling photos of the husband and wife's life together is a can't-miss gift. BHG.com suggests printing out several photos of the couple in black and white and mounting the photos on card stock. A neutral coloured card stock will work, or you can use paper in the colour of the couple's wedding scheme. Write a personal note about your love and congratulations on the anniversary. Frame the photo collage or compile several pages of photos in a scrapbook.
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