Traditional 6th anniversary gifts

Written by elle stober
Traditional 6th anniversary gifts
A Swiss watch in an iron case is one way to mark a sixth anniversary. (expensive swiss watch close up image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

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.

Candy

Traditional 6th anniversary gifts
Sweet treats are a sixth anniversary essential. (chocs - close up image by Andrew Brown from Fotolia.com)

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

Traditional 6th anniversary gifts
An iron sculpture that doubles as a candleholder would be a fitting sixth anniversary present. (Candlestick image by Stepanov from Fotolia.com)

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

Traditional 6th anniversary gifts
Exchanging anniversary gifts is a centuries-old custom. (the gift 18 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

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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