The History Behind Traditional Anniversay Gifts
Nobody can say with any amount of certainty when the
tradition of giving anniversary gifts started. Most probably it evolved over
time. Traditionally, each wedding anniversary is celebrated by giving a gift made from
a different material.
first anniversary is symbolized with paper, and
subsequently anniversary gifts become more precious or scarce to reflect the growing number
of years a couple has remained together. Some say
calling the twenty-fifth anniversary Silver Anniversary and the fiftieth anniversary Gold anniversary may
have originated in medieval Europe, where wives were given a silver
wreath to celebrate their twenty-fifth year of marriage and a gold wreath for
their fiftieth anniversary.
Diamonds are traditional in both the sixtieth and seventy-fifth
years. The traditional anniversary gifts list may seem somewhat boring, but it doesn't
have to be.
There are many ways you can turn each
year's theme into a special gift. The traditional paper and
cotton gifts for the first years can include a lovely origami
booklet, paper tickets to a movie or a scrapbook with a plush
cotton cover, filled with memories.
A bit of creativity can twist tradition to give an enchanting
new flavor. For instance, you can celebrate the yearly tradition
even if you want to break away from it to give another type of
gift. Or use the yearly theme to wrap your gift or trim it with
any item made from that year's material.
You can go a step further and make the theme material of your
traditional anniversary gift a carrier for your gift, like
tucking a ring in a leather wallet, or tying a cluster of roses
together with a bracelet. You can even try hiding a necklace
inside the pocket of a silk robe or fold a cozy woolen shawl
around another gift.