Traditional Anniversary Gift Ideas

Anniversaries are momentous occasions that come just once a year. Anniversaries signify the years the couple has spent happily together. As such anniversaries need to be celebrated in style. This includes either throwing a splendid party and inviting all your family and friends or just celebrating the day together by having a romantic dinner at a nice restaurant. Apart from the celebrations, you can also make the day more memorable by gifting your spouse with a lovely traditional gift. So, here are a couple of traditional gifts that can be presented to your spouse on your special day.

Paper – First year

Traditional Gifts: Paper
Modern Gifts: Clocks

So, you are celebrating the first year of your anniversary. Then you should gift a present made of paper. You can present a calendar with markings of all the places that you have visited during the past year or may go to in the future. You can also gift a book that he or she may like to read. Some other paper gifts are post cards, jigsaw puzzle, a newspaper or magazine subscription, and notebooks to name a few.

Cotton – Two Year

Traditional Gifts: Cotton
Modern Gifts: China
If you are celebrating two years of your marriage then gift a product made of cotton. Some popular gifts are clothes, socks, table cloths and napkins, shopping bags, pillowcases etc.

Leather – Three Year

Traditional Gifts: Leather
Modern Gifts: Crystal

So, you have been together for three years. Gift him or her a product made of leather. Some popular gifts made of leather are laptop bag, wallets or hand bag, leather diary, passport holder and others.

Fruits and flowers - Four Year

Traditional Gifts: Fruit or Flowers
Modern Gifts: Appliances

Celebrate the four years of togetherness by gifting your spouse with flowers and fruits. Apart from flowers and fruits, you can also gift garden tools and plants.

Wood – Fifth Year

Traditional Gifts: Wood
Modern Gifts: Silverware

Your marriage has been going steady for five years. So, a gift made of wood would truly complement the day. A wooden basket is the perfect choice as it would help your spouse to stack her belongings or other precious stuff. Items such as wooden furniture and sculpture would surely add more charm to your home.

Candy and Iron – Sixth Year

Traditional Gifts: Candy or Iron
Modern Gifts: Wood

Add sweetness to the day by gifting a box of candies. You can also gift presents made of iron as this product signifies strength.

Copper and Wool – Seventh Year

Traditional Gifts: Wool or Copper
Modern Gifts: Desk Sets

While copper represents beauty and prosperity, wool signifies warmth and security. Some traditional gifts are copper sculptures and homes wares along with woolen clothing.

Bronze or pottery – Eight Year

Traditional Gifts: Bronze or Pottery
Modern Gifts: Linens or Lace

Eight years of togetherness means that you need to gift your spouse a present made of bronze or pottery. A bronze photo photo frame, sculpture, home wares or any other gift made of this material would be an ideal choice.

Pottery and Willow – Ninth year

Traditional Gifts: Pottery and Willow
Modern Gifts:Leather

Traditional gifts are pottery home wares, figurines, jugs etc. You can also enroll your partner in a pottery class. Willow picnic baskets would be useful during an outing.

Tin or Aluminium – Tenth Year

Traditional Gifts: Tin or Aluminum
Modern Gifts:Diamond Jewelry

Ten or being together does call for a celebration. So, the gifts, too, need to be unique and exciting as these products represent flexibility, durability, preservation and longevity. Some gifts are paper weight, home wares and sculptures made of tin or aluminium.

Steel - Eleventh year

Traditional Gifts: Steel
Modern Gifts:Fashion Jewelry

Eleven years of marriage calls for gifts made of steel to be presented to your spouse. You can either present him or her with a nice stainless steel watch or accessories made of steel.

Silk or linen - Twelfth Year

Traditional Gifts: Silk or Linen
Modern Gifts:Pearls

Silk or linen is related with home dιcor and it means that the husband and wife are now leading a settled life.

Lace – Thirteenth Year

Traditional Gifts: Lace
Modern Gifts:Textiles or Furs

Lace represents elegance and beauty as such products made of lace would be the perfect gifts.

Ivory – Fourteenth Year

Traditional Gifts: Ivory
Modern Gifts: Gold Jewelry

As you celebrate fourteen years of your marriage, you can present elephant-themed gifts to your partner such as figurines of elephants etc.

Crystal - Fifteenth

Traditional Gifts: Crystal
Modern Gifts: Watches

Products made from crystal are not only beautiful but dazzling as well. Hence, they would truly compliment your fifteen years of marriage. Further, they would not only make your partner happy but also help beautify the home.

China – Twentieth

Traditional Gifts: China
Modern Gifts: Platinum

China represents commitment and it shows that the two of you have been committed during these 20 years of your marriage. So, products made of China would be the ideal choice on your 20th anniversary.

Silver - Twenty-fifth

Traditional Gifts: Silver
Modern Gifts: Silver

You are celebrating 25 years of your marriage. So, present something that signifies radiance and brilliance. Silver jewelery would be the perfect gift for your partner on your 25th anniversary.

Pearl – Thirtieth

Traditional Gifts: Pearl
Modern Gifts: Diamond

As pearl is the product that is associated with the 30th anniversary, you can present jewelery made of pearls.

Coral - Thirty Fifth

Traditional Gifts: Coral
Modern Gifts:Jade

Coral is associated with the 35th anniversary. So, apart from presenting the traditional home wares made of coral, you can also take your spouse out on dinner to a sea food restaurant or visit a coral reef.

Forty – Ruby

Traditional Gifts: Ruby
Modern Gifts:Ruby

Celebrating forty years of togetherness. Then gift your partner products made of ruby, especially jewelery.

Sapphire – Forty Five

Traditional Gifts:Sapphire
Modern Gifts:Sapphire

On your forty-fifth anniversary, you can gift the traditional jewelery made of sapphire. Apart from that, you can also gift a bouquet of blue iris.

Gold – Fifty years

Traditional Gifts:Gold
Modern Gifts:Gold

Fifty years of marriage need to be celebrated in style. On this special occasion give a gift that will be treasured. Apart from jewelery made of gold, you can also gift a gold rose.

Emerald - Fifty Five

Traditional Gifts:Emerald
Modern Gifts:Emerald

Emerald symbolizes true love and hence makes for a perfect gift on your fifty fifth anniversary.

Sixtieth – Diamond

Traditional Gifts: Diamond
Modern Gifts: Diamond

Diamond represents everlasting love; hence, it is the perfect gift that one can present on his or her 60th anniversary.






Bone China





Fruit and flowers






Candy and iron



Wool or copper

Desk sets


Bronze or pottery

Linens or lace


Pottery and willow



Tin or Aluminum




Fashion jewelry items


Silk or linen




Textiles or fur



Gold jewelry







Twenty fifth






Thirty fifth






Forty fifth






Fifty fifth




Yellow diamond


Seventy fifth

Diamond stones, Gold

Diamond, Gold

So just decide for an anniversary gift related to the above traditional and modern gifts according to your anniversary and make it a memorable occasion.

Last Updated: 21st August, 2017