Traditional Anniversary Gifts Year by Year for One Hundred Years
Itís impossible to remember what gift is traditional for each
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The traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper. An
addition of the newspaper from the year you were married, an old
edition of a classic book like ďGone with the WindĒ, a postcard
thatís of a place meaningful to both of you, board games, plane
tickets, football or baseball tickets, photo album filled with
memories, write a love letter, drawing or pictures for your
cabin, home or office or a gift voucher are all great ideas.
The second anniversaryís traditional gift is cotton. New bed
linen, attractive underwear or lingerie, cotton towels, a
hammock, personalized T-shirt, cotton clothing or a cotton
canvas shopping bag with your photo on the front.
Leather is the traditional gift for the third anniversary.
Leather, boots, shoes, vest, skirt, pants, wallet, gloves,
purse, belt, luggage or briefcase will do nicely. But how about
something a bit more updated like leather cell phone case,
leather framed photo or leather throw pillows?
Traditional gifts for the fourth anniversary are fruit or
flowers. Of course having a fruit basket or flowers delivered to
the home or office is appropriate. However, sharing a fresh
fruit cocktail, floral bubble bath with floral scented candles
set about and rose petals scattered across the bed sounds a lot
more fun, exciting and romantic!
The traditional gift for the fifth anniversary is wood. This is
a very good year for practical gifts like wooden deck furniture,
frames or wooden utensils for the kitchen and new wood fencing.
The romantic side of wood could include a weekend in a log
cabin, camping in the woods, a walk in the woods, wooden plaques
or signs engraved with words of love or an artistic wooden
Iron is the traditional gift for the sixth anniversary. Golf
clubs, iron sculptures, wrought iron furniture, iron skillets, a
new iron or an Ironwood tree are good ideas. Donít forget the
possibility of tools, hardware, a wrought iron bed or a set of
Traditionally, wool or copper are gifts for the seventh
anniversary. Gifts of woolen socks, scarves, blankets, hats,
coats and copper kettles make very nice presents. A new wool
suit, copper sculpture or copper fireside accessories are a bit
The eighth anniversaryís traditional gift is bronze. This is the
year to make an impression with a bronze sculpture, antique
bronze bell or a trip to a tropical beach with a bronzing lotion
for the two of you.
Pottery is the traditional gift for the ninth anniversary.
Planters, vases, bowls and coffee mugs fall into this group, so
does joining a pottery class together!
Traditional gifts for the tenth anniversary are of tin or
aluminum. Personalized license plate, tin of caviar, tin toy
car, tin signs or plaques and vintage aluminum serving pieces
are fun ideas.
The eleventh anniversary traditional gift is steel. Stainless
steel cookware, watches and steel engraved key chains are great
but a Calypso steel drum, steel ice bucket and cocktail shaker
or modern steel sculpture are unique gift ideas.
Silk and linen are the proper traditional gifts for the twelfth
anniversary. Silk lingerie, bed linens, linen table clothes,
napkins, handkerchiefs and silk or linen clothing will surely be
The thirteenth anniversary traditional gift is lace. Women buy
that slinky, lacey lingerie for the men to enjoy! Okay, lace
doilies, tablecloths and lacey curtains work too but they arenít
near as much fun.
The fourteenth anniversary calls for the traditional gift of
ivory. If you have the big bucks this year splurge on a piano or
a trip to the Ivory Coast of Africa. The rest of us can enjoy
ivory colored bed linen, scrimshawed ivory desk sets or key
chains, ivory colored clothing or personalized ivory colored
Crystal is the gift for the fifteenth through the nineteenth
anniversaries. Crystal vases, decanters, candlesticks and
crystal faced watches are very traditional. Crystal chandelier
earrings or a crystal chess set are more up to date. Billy
Crystal movies are fun.
Twentieth through the twenty-fourth anniversaries traditional
gift is china. Vintage china tea cups, bone china ornaments or a
replacement piece for your own china are presents to consider
along with a table for two at a Chinese restaurant or a trip to
Traditionally speaking, silver is the gift for the twenty-fifth
through the twenty-ninth anniversaries. Silver dated ornament, a
silver frame, a watch, silver cufflinks, silver pen and jewelry
are appropriate gifts. Anything from Tiffany's silver collection
or an anniversary wedding band would be grand.
The thirtieth through the thirty-fourth anniversaries
traditional gift is pearls. Mother-of-pearl cufflinks, tie tack,
frame and jewelry are wonderful gift ideas. Throw in an oyster
dinner and you have an anniversary to remember.
Think tropical for the thirty-fifth through thirty-ninth
anniversaries gift of corral. Snorkeling, scuba lessons, a trip
to the Coral Reef or coral colored ties, cufflinks or clothing
with a tropical flair.
Rubies are traditional gifts for the fortieth through
forty-fourth anniversaries. A dozen ruby-red roses, ruby jewelry
(maybe add a ruby into your wedding bands), ruby red clothing or
lingerie and a bottle of vintage wine are lovely gift ideas.
Forty-fifth through forty-ninth anniversaries traditional gift
is sapphire. Sapphire tie clip, cuff links, jewelry,
sapphire-colored apparel and Bombay Sapphire gin could be
Gold is for the fiftieth through fifty-fourth wedding
anniversaries traditional gift. Without doubt gold jewelry or
new wedding bands are in order. A gold themed party, golden
oldie CD collection, gold watch, gold colored frames with a
photo of the couple, gold clock or gold fabric accent pieces for
their bedroom are good choices.
A fifty-fifth through fifty-ninth anniversaries traditional gift
is emerald. A few ideas could include a trip to the Emerald
Coast, emerald jewelry or cuff links and emerald colored night
The traditional gift for sixtieth through one hundredth wedding
anniversaries are diamonds! For the inspirational couple making
it through life together they certainly deserve all the diamonds
they receive! To vary from year to year adding the stone from
the couplesí favorite year of marriage would be lovely such as
diamond and ruby earrings. Bring on the diamond jewelry.
Tradition is wonderful and I hope this list helps in your
anniversary gift choices. Many times these anniversary gifts end
up as our family heirlooms of tomorrow.
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