Traditional 6th anniversary gifts

Updated July 20, 2017

Candy and iron are the traditional gifts to give for a sixth wedding anniversary. When choosing your gift, look for simple ways to personalise your present. Candy won't last long, but the engraved iron bowl in which it is given becomes a lasting symbol of the day. There are different schools of thought on the meanings of traditional sixth anniversary gifts. One theory is that candy symbolises the sweetness of a six-year-old marriage and iron, its durability.


Hershey Kisses are an obvious option for an anniversary candy gift; six chocolate roses also make a delectable offering. ZChocolat makes a variety of chocolate gifts suitable for husband or wife, including 12 heart-shaped chocolates in four flavours. The company also sells diamond-shaped chocolate that comes in a wooden boxwood is the modern sixth-anniversary gift---as well as tasteful wooden boxes full of a chocolate assortment. The boxes can be engraved to commemorate the occasion. M&M candies can also be personalised with a variety of sweet messages; try ordering purple candies to match the colour of the sixth anniversary gemstone, the amethyst.


Iron sculptures make a memorable sixth anniversary gift; their function as home decor serves as a reminder of the day. The same goes for an ornamental iron bowl; it can be filled with chocolates or other candies to mark the anniversary and afterward, serve as a home accent. If you are married to a golfer, consider an iron golf club as a gift. Or try a wrought iron baker's rack or a six-piece iron candlestick holder. An iron plant stand with a potted calla lily---the sixth anniversary flower---is another gift option. If outdoor grilling is a favourite pastime, an engraved set of barbecue tools would be a welcome gift.

Anniversary Gift Origins

The custom of giving anniversary gifts began in Europe during the Middle Ages, according to Brides Village. At that time, men gave their wives gifts of silver for the 25th anniversary and gifts of gold for the 50th. Lists of gifts for other anniversaries evolved in the 1900s, with gifts for each anniversary increasing in endurance ability and value. Etiquette authority Emily Post penned a list of traditional anniversary gifts in her 1922 book, "Etiquette in Society," adding to the list in ensuing editions.

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Elle Stober has been writing and editing professionally since 1989. She worked for newspapers in Tennessee towns, including Sevierville and Knoxville, and in Florida in Apalachicola, Lake City and Tallahassee. Her work has appeared in "Florida Wildlife" and the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette." She won several awards in Florida Society of Newspaper Editors competitions. Stober earned a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Tennessee.