25th Wedding Anniversary Gifts For 2022: The Silver Anniversary

Article by Christine Williams. Last Updated: Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022.

25 years, the silver anniversary, and a major milestone any couple can be extremely proud of! After 2 and a half decades together, you know each other like the backs of your hands, and have seen each other through all the highs and lows of life. When such a landmark event rolls around, it’s hugely important to take a bit of time out to reflect on all the love and support they’ve shown, and try to express to them exactly how much that means to you.

How you go about that might be different from person to person and couple to couple, but most will try to find a perfect 25th anniversary gift to suit their partners unique tastes. We can’t tell you exactly what to go with, since everyone is unique. But, we can (and have) collect tons of great 25 year anniversary gift ideas across a broad variety of categories to help you brainstorm and find the perfect thing.

Whether it’s a traditional silver gift, or something more unique like an experience you can share or a handmade gift you made yourself, we’ve got a little something for everyone below!

Customary 25th Anniversary Gifts

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The History Of Customary Anniversary Gifts

Customary gift giving is a big tradition in many marriages. According to Wikipedia you can look all the way back to the middle ages for the origins of this practice. The modern incarnation of customary gift giving for each year dates back to 1937 when the Jewelers Association laid out customary gifts for each of the first 25 years, and then 5 year increments after that.

Most anniversaries have an assortment of customary themes to choose from. For example, the traditional 10th anniversary gifts are Aluminum, Tin, and Diamond. But not the 50th, oh no - it’s all gold gold and more gold! But don’t worry, we’ve helped categorize some of the best choices to make it easy to find the right item for the unique person or couple on your list!

Silver - Traditional 25th Anniversary Gifts

Silver is a great material, because there are tons of awesome items that feature this metal. This is especially true when it comes to traditional anniversary gifts. Things like tea and coffee sets, clocks, and commemorative plates are all great options in this category.

Silver - Modern 25th Anniversary Gifts

Modern gifts also frequently incorporate silver due to its classic beauty and sleek and sophisticated appearance. Some of our favorite gifts in this category are things like wall hangings / art, small appliances, items for the bar, and practical items like watches or bottle openers.

Silver - The Jewelry and Precious Metal Gift

There’s a good silver gold can be found in so many high end pieces of jewelry in one form or another - because it’s both beautiful and elegant. As mentioned above, there are so many great silver items for just about every budget, and as many fine pieces to choose from as you can imagine. Spend some time browsing this category to see if there’s something that catches your eye!

Color Theme - Silver

Silver is also the official 25th anniversary color. It’s often a great idea to consider decorations like balloons, paper plates, or gift wrap and gift bags as a way to incorporate the theme in your special day. It doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating quietly at home, or having a huge blowout party with your friends and family, a bit of silver decoration can really jazz up the event!

25 Year Traditional Gifts - Silver

Traditional and vintage gifts are a timeless classic at any anniversary. Giving items that are likely similar to the ones our parents and grandparents have before us can lend a touch of tradition to the big day that’s hard to measure. Here are some of our favorite traditional 25th anniversary gifts:

  1. Elegance Coffee Set
  2. One absolute classic 25th anniversary gift is a nice coffee or tea set in silver, and this is a great one. You and your spouse will both enjoy this on nice cozy mornings together sipping on a hot beverage. If this one doesn't suit your tastes exactly, there are tons of other great options to browse through as well!

  3. A Silver Dipped Real Rose
  4. Roses are always a symbol of love and appreciation. However, the 25th anniversary of a marriage calls for something far something above and beyond the ordinary, and this is it! Perfectly fitting with the silver anniversary theme, this beautiful rose will remind that special someone of this momentous occasion each time they see it.

  5. Commemorative Sundial
  6. This elegant sundial was designed and crafted specially for celebrating a 25th anniversary in style. Its fully functional when placed in the sun, and boasts beautiful silver features that keep with the traditional theme. Whether for this is for your spouse, or a couple that's close to you, this gift is definitely worht your consideration!

  7. A Silver Vase
  8. With a strong reputation for unparalleled quality and customer service, Sullivans is dedicated to finding, developing and delivering the latest, most exciting items available for the home. Sullivans Silver Vase adds a beautiful decorative touch to any home or office. It features a silver hammered texture and makes a stunning accent piece for coffee tables or side tables.

  9. Silver Wedding Anniversary Platter
  10. The 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary Plate is the ultimate wedding anniversary gift. The anniversary plate features a silver finish and comes with a gorgeous plate stand. Personalized with the phrase"25 Years Together" and can also include the special couple's names, wedding date, and a short message. A fantastic traditional choice that any person or couple would treasure forever.

25 Year Modern Gifts - Silver

Silver is also featured in tons of modern gifts too! Things like small appliances often come in a silver finish, so things for the kitchen or other home decor are always a good option in this category. Here are some of our top picks for modern 25th anniversary gifts:

  1. A Wine Cooler
  2. If you and your special someone are wine lovers, then you probably already have all the special glasses, bottle openers and aerator. But now is a great time to think about the best way to store your favorite drink! The thermoelectric wine cellar will take care of your best wines when it comes to the perfect temperature and air precision!

  3. A Silver Tabletop Clock
  4. This beautiful Bulova Obelisk analog brushed finished clock sports an ebony dial, and looks oh so elegant! The silver finish fits perfectly with the 25th anniversary modern gift theme, and you and your spouse will look back fondly on this special milestone each time you glance at it. Looks great on a mantel, desk, or table! You can often find this item discounted at 10% off or more with coupon.

  5. A Decorative Silver Leaf Bowl
  6. This richly textured vessel is a treasure of kiln-formed glass adorned with radiant silver-toned leaf. Each piece is the product of a two week, multi-step process in which artist Mira Woodworth collects upcycled glass fragments and uses the annealing process to apply a vibrant layer of silver-toned leaf to the exterior.

  7. Personalized Sound Wave Print
  8. A custom made sound wave print canvas using any song of your choice! You could also record your wedding vows and use that as the source to make it a truly special and personal gift. The canvas design is made in silver, which is perfect for the 25th year anniversary. They can also add names, wedding date, and other text to the design as you see fit!

  9. A Silver Ice Bucket
  10. A nice bottle of champagne is certainly well suited for your 25th anniversary celebration! What better way to present it, than in a brand new chilling bucket with a silver shine. This gift is one you can both enjoy for years, and look back fondly on this day each time you use it.

25 Year Jewelry & Gemstone Gifts - Silver

Silver is a perfect precious metal for jewelry and accessories, so this is one category that definitely deserves your attention. It’s frequently used as a metal in settings for other precious stones, so feel free to find a nice diamond or pearl with a silver backing if that catches your eye. Here are some of our favorite 25th anniversary jewelry pieces:

  1. Sterling Silver Infinity Ring
  2. This modern infinity ring is made all the more elegant by the diamonds. This is beautifully rendered from lustrous sterling silver and accented with sparkling diamonds. The beautiful infinity loop symbolizes eternity, and never ending love.

  3. Sterling Silver Pink Pearl Earrings
  4. Some refer to the Freshwater pearl as the "icon" of cultured pearls. These beautiful and classic pink Freshwater pearl earrings is a staple of exquisite pearl earrings and is sure to be a favorite of yours for years to come. These earrings are AAA in quality with a very high luster, and feature sterling silver settings which fit in with the customary theme of this landmark anniversary.

  5. Hammered Silver Cuff
  6. Inspired by this powerful omen's lucky charms, Chicago-based jewelry designer Dana Reed created this series of sophisticated pieces that evokes the horseshoe's iconic shape in a subtly beautiful fashion. In this delicate cuff, bands of shimmering sterling silver are hammered into a u-shape and bound with twists of fine14 karat rose-gold-filled thread, hinting at the horseshoe's well-known shape for double the luck.

  7. Sterling Silver Diamond Jewelry Set
  8. Lend any ensemble classic elegance with this diamond infinity jewelery set. The intricate design and shimmer of sterling silver convey timeless sophistication. And at that price you cant resist it consists of pendant with chain, ring, earrings, and bracelet.

    For any author, writer, or lover of letters, these distinguished sterling silver cufflinks are made from the keys of real vintage typewriters. Pick two of the first letter of a name, or go with two different letters to form initials - either your own or those of someone you love, so you can really wear your heart on your sleeve.

25th Anniversary Gifts For Her

She’s been with you for over 25 years, and it’s not every day you get to express your gratitude for her love and support like you should. It’s important to take the time out to do just that, and we’re here to help. Here are some of our top choices for 25th anniversary gifts for your wife:

  1. Precious Moments Figurine
  2. It has been 25 years and this happily married couple hasn't missed a beat! A loving and devoted husband, he is about to surprise his wife with a lovely little bouquet to say "thanks" for her years of encouragement. Together they are a thoughtful anniversary present to honor a special couple's silver anniversary. Meticulously hand painted and crafted of fine bisque porcelain, each one is perfect and sure to bring joy!

  3. Fitbit Versa Smart Watch
  4. Help her track her fitness levels and other awesome health information with this beautiful and functional smart watch! It does everything from step counting to heart rate monitoring, so she'll have all the information she needs to remain in tip-top shape!

  5. Hand Engraved Compass Necklaces
  6. Featuring a working compass encircled with sterling silver, Kevin and Deborah Healy's adventurous pendants serve as reminders that no matter how trodden or winding your path, it's the one you were meant to travel. Each delicate way-finder hangs around the neck from a sterling silver chain, inspiring repeat glances as the wearer recalls and creates the footfalls along their own journey.

  7. Silvertone Jewelry Music Box
  8. Cottage Garden inspirational and sentimental products are both lovely and classic in style. Be encouraged by a message that reads, "If I know what love is... it is because of you." Designed by artists in the Heartland of America, Cottage Garden's Collections reach a variety of tastes and have a wide range of occasions for gifting. Features a beautiful decorative jeweled inlay photo frame lid and brushed silver finish.

25th Anniversary Gifts For Him

The man of your dreams has shared 25 wonderful years with you, and it’s a great chance to show him how much that means to you. There are so many great options out there, but here are our top 5 best 25th anniversary gifts for your husband:

  1. An Engraved Pocket Watch
  2. If your spouse or loved one who is celebrating the silver anniversary carries (or would be suited to carry) a pocket watch, this is a fantastic gift idea. It's beautiful and functional, and works in both formal and casual attire. A great traditional item that's fit for the occasion!

  3. Diamond Whiskey Decanter
  4. This unique and creative whiskey decanter is a great choice for a man who enjoys a nice glass of delicious whiskey every now and then. The diamond shape sets it apart from other decanters with elegance and style. He'll love this gift and think back on your marriages many accomplishments each time he uses it.

    Secure and accent your cuffs with these cufflinks, handmade from sand gathered from your choice of one of thousands of picturesque world beaches. Jewelrymaker Holly Daniels Christensen sets a pinch of sand from your favorite seaside spot in silver bezels sealed with jewelry-grade resin. Organic and utterly modern, they're a unique sculptural way to add a tangible reminder of a laid-back, sunny day at the beach to an occasion that's more buttoned-down.

  5. Michael Kors Silver-Tone Watch
  6. A classic Michael Kors chronograph watch with roman numerals and thick markers to count the hours. 3 subdials and a date window detail the dial, giving it a sophisticated look and making it a perfect choice for any man. Whether he's headed to work or out for a night on the town, he'll look great in this watch!

  7. An Engraved Money Clip
  8. This silvery money clip is a great choice for a man who prefers to go without a full blown wallet. You can have it engraved with names and wedding date, or a special word or phrase that holds special meaning for you both.

  9. Sterling Silver Ballpoint Pen
  10. The Cross brand was founded by jewelry makers and artisans of usable luxury, and is the longest-standing company crafting fine writing instruments in the Western world. Today's Luxury Collection is the culmination of this pursuit. It includes four iconic Cross designs in precious metals like silver, gold and platinum as well as beautiful details like inset precious stones.

25th Anniversary Gifts For Couples

Whether you’re looking for a gift you and your spouse can enjoy together or shopping for a couple that’s close to your heart, a couples gift is a great choice. You can also check out our epic list of Gifts For Couples for more inspiration! Here are some of our favorite 25th anniversary gifts for couples, which they can both enjoy:

  1. Champagne Toasting Flutes
  2. Toasting 25 years of happiness with these silver anniversary glasses. These 8 3/4-Inch Toasting flutes are designed to hold 6 ounces of your favorite beverage. Bring back the magic of your wedding toast with these commemorative glasses you can use and enjoy for years to come and remind you of this landmark occasion.

  3. Personalized Anniversary Clock
  4. This clock is made from beautiful cherry wood and finished for an elegant look that's great in any room of the house. Personalization is included in the price of the clock and includes one line of script for the names and one line of print font for the date.

  5. Custom Collage Photo Canvas
  6. This incredible personalized gift is a great choice for any couple on their 25th! Email digital copies of the photos you'd like to use, and they'll be placed on high quality canvas that will look great in any room of the house and last a lifetime!

  7. Engraved Wine Tumbler
  8. If you're shopping for a couple who loves to share an occasional glass of great wine, then these engraved tumblers might be right up their alley! They're made of stainless steel, and work great to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot! Whether it's coffee or a fine wine, these elegant tumblers will have them drinking in style with fond memories of this epic event.

  9. 25 Year Anniversary Picture Frame
  10. Honor the happy couple with a personalized 25th wedding anniversary photo frame with the words "Every Love Story is beautiful but our is my favorite". A treasured and lasting personal keepsake they will treasure forever!

25th Anniversary Gifts For Parents

If your parents are celebrating 25 years, congratulations are in order! It hasn’t always been easy on them, and it’s a huge accomplishment. Here are some top picks for 25th anniversary gifts for parents that are heartfelt (but won’t break the bank):

  1. Silver Wind Chimes
  2. These beautiful wind chimes fit nicely with the silver anniversary theme, and play beautiful music as well! Their hearts will be warmed each time the wind blows as they hear these chimes and think of you, and their love for one another. 25 years is a huge accomplishment, and they deserve a treat to show them how proud you are!

  3. A Woven Throw Blanket
  4. This cotton throw is a beautiful, unique gift they'll surely treasure. With its stylish blue border, the central message reads - "Two hearts as one. 25 years together." Wrap it as a gift, or display it at the couple's party. Afterwards, your loved ones can enjoy the comfort of the throw all year long. In the cold months, stay warm with the layered cotton.

  5. 25 Year Flashback Poster
  6. Flashback 25 years to 1994 with this chalkboard style anniversary poster! This fun poster is filled with facts, events, and tidbits from 1994 (USA). If the happy couple is having a party, the poster makes an excellent decoration that guests will enjoy looking through!

  7. Custom Beach Art
  8. This customized photo design features all of the important moments that they have shared with one another! You can have it personalized with the their names and wedding date, or your own ideas. Remind them of their huge milestone each time they see it, and their hearts are sure to swell with pride!

  9. Custom Family Tree Art
  10. This personalized Family Tree and Lovebirds stretched canvas wall art is the perfect romantic gesture to commemorate your parents marriage and your family. They'll love it as a gift which incorporates the most important bonds in their life, between themselves and their kids.

Experience Gifts For A 25th Anniversary

  1. Go Hiking In A National Park
  2. Whether you’re an active couple who are always on the go or not, an adventure hiking or camping in a National Park (or other scenic area) is a great way to spend time together and strengthen your relationship. Being alone with nature and your significant other is a magical experience, and you should make it a point to enjoy it once in a while. Since this is a major milestone anniversary, consider traveling to one of America’s historic parks thats a little further from home then you might normally roam.

  3. A Beach Getaway
  4. Whether you live on the coast already or somewhere further away, a romantic beach getaway is an awesome choice for any anniversary, and especially great for a major milestone like the 25th. Spend some quality time together relaxing in the sun and just pulling back from the day to day rut you might find yourself in after so many years together. AirBnB typically has plenty of romantic beach properties to choose from, or go with a more traditional hotel.

  5. Tickets To A Comedy Show
  6. Couples who laugh together stay together, no doubt about it! If you have a favorite comedian in common, a pair of tickets to an upcoming show can be a great option for your anniversary gift this year. Laugh the night away and forge a memory you’ll not soon forget!

  7. A Brewery Tour
  8. Brewery tours can be an exciting and fun way to spend an afternoon! If they’ve got a favorite local brew they enjoy, why not go see where it’s made! Tours typically come with a glass or 2 (or more) of tasty adult beverages fresh off the line.

  9. A Romantic Dinner At Home
  10. A nice home cooked meal can be a real treat, especially if you don’t cook often. Even if you do, kicking it up a notch and going all out with a fancy dish or cut of meat can be an extremely special treat. This can be a great option for a budget friendly anniversary as well if money is a bit tight this year.

DIY and Homemade 25th Anniversary Gifts

  1. Another great opportunity to show off your creative side, these exploding memory boxes make for a magical treat your spouse is sure to enjoy. Surprise them with this homemade 25th anniversary gift that comes straight from the heart and is sure to leave an impression. You don’t have to be a master crafter to make something beautiful they are bound to love!

  2. A Homemade Anniversary Card
  3. A homemade card is an easy yet impressive way to show off your creative side. Even after 25 years, show them you’re willing to take the time to go that extra mile to make their day special! A bit of craft paper and some odds and ends of tools you probably already have around the house are all you need to complete one of these great cards!

  4. A Decorative Box
  5. Whether for jewelry, random trinkets, or nothing at all, a decorative wooden box is another relatively simple woodworking project if you’re feeling inclined to try it! They’re versatile enough that almost anyone can find a use for them, and special enough that the work you put in is sure to be appreciated by your significant other for years to come!

  6. It’s never been easier to create a personalized and high-quality photo memory album than it is today. With services like shutterfly, all you need it to pick from one of their great layouts, and then find the perfect pictures spanning the past 25 years to fill it out. You can also use these as a guestbook if you’re having a big celebration party. Guests can flip through amazing memories and leave messages of love and affection.

  7. Creating your own flower arrangement can be a great way to jazz up a romantic dinner or evening at home, or even act as your gift if you choose. There are many great ways to present flowers, and everything from the setting to the type of flowers used can be customized to suit their taste. This article has some great tips anyone can learn from!

Giftwrap, Bags, and Decorations - Silver

  1. Silver Baloon Set
  2. This balloon set is a must have for kicking the party up a notch, whether it's an intimate one at home or a blowout with all your friends and family. These make a great background piece for photos, or as a decorative setting for the head table. The happy couple will love the extra touch these wonderful balloons add to their special day.

  3. We Still Do - Banner
  4. This "WE STILL DO" banner will give your anniversary decorations a special touch, and let everyone know that you'd do it all over again today. The cardstock measures 5.7" x 4.7", with black font printed on white background card, so the banner really stands out. The rope is about 3 metres long, which means you have more room to adjust the gap of the cards freely, so you can get the banner in a perfect curved shape.

  5. A Giant Party Banner
  6. Add glitz and eye-catching shimmer to the table with the sparkle and shine collection. Available in gold, silver and Ruby, enjoy plates and napkins with Dazzling dot patterns on white that add festive fun to your next celebration.

  7. Silver Party Decorations
  8. This awesome pack has everything you need to get the party started right! It comes in a beautiful silver color that's a perfect match for the traditional anniversary color at year 25. Whether it's a huge party with friends and family, or a nice romantic night for 2, adding a bit of flare with these decorations is a great choice!

  9. Happy 25th Cake Topper
  10. A cake is the staple of any major milestone anniversary, and it's important to dress it up right. Turn any boring old cake into a magical and delicious treat that's sure to please all who taste it with one of these great themed anniversary toppers. It's sparkly and silver and reads "Happy 25th", so everyone knows why they're there!

Silver Anniversary Gifts

The Silver Anniversary is an epic opportunity for a great gift. Show them your love and admiration at this epic achievement with something they’re sure to love!

In addition to the choices above, here are some of our favorite Silver Anniversary Gifts:

  • A table clock
  • A personalized family cutting board
  • Silver cufflinks (men) or jewelry (women)
  • A silver watch or fitness tracker
  • A commemorative silver platter
  • A mug set for him and her
  • Wall art personalized just for them
  • A silver dipped rose

Unique 25th Anniversary Gifts

50 years of Birthdays, Christmases, Valentines, and Anniversaries add up to a whole lot of presents. Don’t give the same old thing year after year! Stay out of that rut with something unique and creative!

Our picks for the most Unique 25th Anniversary Gifts are:

  • A craft beer or wine subscription
  • A personalized whiskey decanter
  • A cooking class
  • A heartfelt handwritten card
  • A silver wine cooler
  • A decorative silver bowl
  • A commemorative wall hanging
  • Infused chocolate strawberries

How To Find The Perfect 25th Anniversary Gift

25 years is a major accomplishment in any couples life, and the sad truth is many marriages don’t make it this long. If you or your loved ones have reached this milestone, you better believe it’s a great reason to celebrate! The theme for 25 years of marriage is silver, and it’s a great one! There are tons of great silver items ranging from jewelry to housewares to home decor. You can also cheat a bit and go with stainless steel or similar metals that have a silvery finish, so the choices are really endless.

So how do you go about choosing the best 25th anniversary gift given all the options, and the unique tastes of your spouse or loved ones? The truth is, there’s no one right answer, if there were our job would be much easier. The fact is, only you know what the person you’re shopping for will love, and what’s appropriate for you in terms of budget and other factors.

However, we won’t leave you hanging! Just because we can’t tell you the 1 right answer doesn’t mean we can’t help. We’ve rounded up some surefire hits across a variety of categories to help you brainstorm and get those creative juices flowing. From traditional to modern, gifts for your parents, jewelry, and more, we’re sure to have something that either works or sparks a great idea in your head.

There are a few questions you should consider answering early on in the decision process to help narrow down the choices:

1) Should you go with a traditional 25th anniversary gift?

Silver is the 25th anniversary theme, and there are tons of great gifts in this category. We typically suggest people stick to the theme, but like we said, you know them best! If there’s something they’ve had their eye on for a long time that isn’t silver, you should feel free to stray from the beaten path!

2) Should you go with a couples gift?

If you’re a member of the happy couple, it might still be worth it to consider a gift you can both enjoy. There are tons of great options for things like personalized artwork or other that you can both enjoy and look upon fondly. That said, getting your partner something extra special just for them is always a good bet too!

3) Should you give an experience?

The milestone anniversaries are a great opportunity to break out of the routine and get away from it all for a few days. Whether it’s just the 2 of you on a romantic trip, or bringing the whole family somewhere, a great experience like a vacation is always worth considering! Forging memories that will last a lifetime can often be better than a physical object.

4) Should you make something by hand?

DIY and handmade gifts are a great way to show them how much you love them, and that even after 25 years they’re still the most important thing in the world to them. Whether you’re a skilled craftsman (or woman) or not, gifting something you make by hand is always appreciated and a heartfelt way to show you care.

Our Time Tested Gifting Principles

Beyond the brainstorming basics, there are a few guiding principles you should keep in mind:

  1. Price isn’t everything - sometimes the best gifts are handmade, inexpensive, or free.
  2. Practical isn’t always best - treating him to something he may not buy for himself is always a good idea.
  3. Give from the heart - something that holds deeper meaning for him is sure to make a lasting impression.
  4. Be inventive - truly unique and creative presents mean thinking outside the box.

Milestone Anniversary Gift Ideas

Every 5 years is what we consider to be a major milestone anniversary. If you or a couple you love has made it to one of these, it’s a huge cause for celebration.

We have a ton of other great gift ideas on our milestone anniversary gift guides, so if you didn’t quite find what you were looking for here, please consider one of these!

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