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.

Anniversary Gifts By Year






Bone China





Fruit or flowers






Candy or iron



Wool or copper

Desk sets


Bronze or pottery

Linens or lace


Pottery or 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 or Gold

Diamond, Gold

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: Bone China

The second anniversary is the celebration of achieving another milestone of married life. To mark this occasion you can gift a present made of cotton to your loved one. A personalized cotton cushion with bedsheets and cover could be an ideal gift to mark your second anniversary. Some other gifts like cotton bathrobes, ties or nightwear can also be the perfect gift for your loved ones.

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:Diamonds

To honor the decade of years of marriage spent with each other, present your loved one gifts of metals including tin or aluminum. You can also gift the everlasting diamonds to signify that your marriage will be the same. The traditional 10th-anniversary gift should reflect the struggle which you both have gone through to be with each other over the period of time. A beautiful diamond ring or personalized gift boxes, photo frames, deck boxes could serve your purpose.

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

For celebrating 20 years of your marriage nothing other than platinum or China should be presented as a gift. Platinum is strong and durable just like your marriage which has survived for 20 long years. Platinum jewelry, China vase, China crockery can be gifted to your loved ones to mark the 20th year of their remarkable journey.

Silver - Twenty-fifth

Traditional Gifts: Silver
Modern Gifts: Silver

When two people complete a quarter of a century together, they should be cheered with all the heart. Completing 25 years of marriage with each other is none less than achieving a milestone. Commemorate your one of the most special year of marriage by gifting a present made of silver. It can be jewelry, personalized wind chime, infinity birthstone bracelets, or initials of the name canvas.

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.

Seventy-Fifth Year – Diamond

Traditional Gifts: Diamond stones or gold
Modern Gifts: Diamonds, Gold

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of true love, friendship, trust, partnership, and tenacity. But, when you have completed almost seventy-five years together nothing less than a diamond deserves to be gifted. A picture collage of significant moments of the couple journey of marriage, a beautiful pair of diamond rings with each other's name carved on it can make perfect gifts for the lucky old love birds.

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: 8th March, 2019