Congratulations! 4 years of marriage is no small accomplishment, and make no mistake, you’ve got something special if you’ve made it this far! After 4 years of ups and downs, and growing completely accustomed to one another, it’s natural for the romance to start to fade a bit. That’s why it’s so important to take the chances you do have to go all out and show them you love them every bit as much as the day you married them!
We’re here to help you do just that, and find the perfect 4th anniversary gift this year. No matter who you’re shopping for, or what your budget, we’ve rounded up a ton of great ideas that should either work well as is, or get your creative juices flowing to brainstorm something special for your unique spouse.
From traditional and customary 4th anniversary gifts, to modern gifts for him or her or the couple, experiences, homemade gifts, and more, we’ve got you covered! Read on, and good luck!
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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.
Fruit & Flowers - The Traditional 4th Anniversary Gift
Fruit and Flowers are the traditional 4th anniversary gift according to custom. This is a unique theme among all the different ones through the years, which tend to focus more on a particular type of material like cotton or wood. This is a great opportunity to do a bit of creative cooking, or flower arrangement, and there are plenty of cool gifts that fall into this theme below!
Appliances - The Modern 4th Anniversary Gift
Home appliances are the modern 4th anniversary gift, and there’s never been a better time than now to find the perfect item to help aid in the day to day tasks like cooking and cleaning. Whether it’s a 7-in-1 instant pot for cooking, or an instant brew coffee maker for that caffeine fix, we’ve got some great options listed down below.
Topaz - The Jewelry and Precious Metal Gift
Topaz is a beautiful stone, and if your partner’s favorite color is blue, we strongly recommend considering some themed jewelry this anniversary. There are great options to choose from for both men and women alike, so take the opportunity to spoil them a bit with a nice luxurious item featuring topaz!
Color Theme - Blue
Blue is the official 4th 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 blue theme in your special day. It’s by no means required, but it can be a fun tradition to jazz up your home with the customary color for the occasion.
In This Guide:
- By Recipient
- Unique and Unusual
4 Year Traditional Gifts - Fruit & Flowers
- Belgian Milk Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
- A Forever Flower
- Glass Flower Garden Centerpiece
- Two Become One - Metal Rose
- Orchard's Abundance Gift Basket
Sumptuous Belgian Chocolate-dipped Strawberries transcend any you have seen or tasted before. These luscious berry baubles are hand-dipped using premium strawberries and luxurious Belgian Couvetures. A perfect Fruit and flowers themed treat to start the anniversary off right!
Your love is eternal, and on this anniversary give them a flower that's eternal too! This beautiful work of art and nature preserves the flower in an elegant jar that's perfect for display. The lid contains an LED light to help complete the scene. They'll love the thought and traditional theme of this gift!
Earth laughs in flowers, said Ralph Waldo Emerson, and artists have tried to capture their beauty in every form since art began. Scott Johnson's handmade glass flowers are remarkable specimens of the botanical genre. They have a spectacular radiance when the sun passes through their translucent petals.
Two roses, intertwined to become one. The perfect way to express your love this anniversary! Each rose is 12 to 14 inches long, with one leaf on each stem. Each blossom is about 2 1/2 inches across. The roses are subjected to high heat to create a unique, dark metal finish, bringing out the natural grays, blues, greens, and purples in the metal.
With something for everyone, its no surprise that this delightful gift is one of their most popular! Inside one of their signature baskets, they've artfully arranged juicy oranges, crisp apples, and sweet pears, along with an assortment of delicious gourmet foods. Complete with Vermont cheddar cheese, premium Virginia peanuts, and a salted caramel dip, this classic arrangement is perfect for the fruit portion of the traditional 4th anniversary theme!
4 Year Modern Gifts - Appliances
- A Stand Mixer
- The Instant Pot
- A Deluxe Griddle Press
- Keurig Instant Coffee Maker
- Hand Forged Dinner Set
If your significant other loves to cook and bake, and they don't have a stand mixer yet, this is a great choice for someone trying to stick with the modern appliance theme! These mixers are amazing compared to the hand-held type, and you'll never look back!
Odds are good you've at least heard of the Instant Pot by now, even if you don't own one yet. These little miracles are all the rage in the kitchen these days, and it's easy to see why... It combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer! Crazy!
The Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe takes grilling to new heights with six enticing cooking options! The reversible grill and griddle plates, combined with dual-zone temperature control, give home chefs complete control. This grill is perfect for making pancakes and eggs for breakfast, panini and open-faced sandwiches for lunch, and burgers or fajitas for dinner. With dishwasher-safe accessories, an elegant new look, and 1800 watts of power, deluxe is an understatement.
The Classic Keurig K-Cup Single Serve Coffee Maker, and a perennial best-seller, the Keurig K-Classic brews a rich, smooth, and delicious cup every time with the quality you expect from Keurig. Simple touch buttons make your brewing experience stress free, and multiple K-Cup pod brew sizes help to ensure you get your perfect cup. Whether you like your coffee strong, mild, decaf, or flavored, you can brew all of your favorites with the Keurig K-Classic!
Ok, these technically aren't an appliance, but they're so cool we just had to include them. These great pieces are made completely by hand without any modern metalworking tools or techniques! A completely authentic set of dining tools is great for display in your kitchen or dining room. Amazing!
4 Year Jewelry & Gemstone Gifts - Topaz
- Blue Topaz & Diamond Pendant
- A Topaz Tennis Bracelet
- Blue Topaz Stud Earrings
- White Gold and Topaz Accent Ring
- Blue Topaz Men's Bracelet
This beautiful London Blue Topaz pendant features exceptional Design, Craftsmanship and finishing. IT comes with a money back satisfaction guarantee, and includes a Signature Gift Box. Also included is a matching 18 inch Sterling Silver Rhodium Finish Box Style Chain.
This epic bracelet is the perfect compliment to any outfit! Whether she is headed to work or out on the town, she'll look great in this beautiful bracelet that's a perfect match for the traditional 4th anniversary gemstone theme.
These elegant and versatile earrings are another great option if you're going the jewelry route. They are made with high-quality materials and expertly crafted to ensure her enjoyment. They are also shipped in a complimentary gift box, so it's simeple to find a great wrap or gift bag to complete the look!
A Timeless Treasure and Style Classic, these rings are always fit for any occasion. Beautifully crafted and designed, this Topaz ring is sure to win your way into her heart this year. This ring crafted in 10K White Gold that adds a polished look to any ensemble and outfit.
Even if you're shopping for your husband, the topaz jewelry theme can be a good choice! Take this amazing men's bracelet for example. It's elegant and simple, and for the right guy, would be the perfect present! Also in this space, consider cufflinks, watches, and similar items inlaid with topaz if this bracelet isn't doing it for you!
4th Anniversary Gifts For Her
- Fluffy Sheep Outdoor Planter
- A Funny 4 Year Wine Glass
- Spa In a Box For Couples Set
- A Gold Dipped Rose
- A Wine Subscription
This sweet guy was the "metal sheep" of his family. He preferred landscaping and gardening to selling wool. Now he comes home with you to spruce up your outdoor space! If your wife has a green thumb, or you just want a unique way to stay on theme with Flowers and Fruits, look no further!
Show your wife how awesome she is with this hilariously funny and unique wine glass which is sure to put a smile on her face every time she reaches for it. It makes a perfect 4th anniversary gift, and will keep her laughing for years to come.
Bring the relaxing magic of a spa day home this Anniversary for a fun way to spend the day together! This awesome set will help you unwind together and pamper each other. Contents include 2 oversize his & hers towels, 2 champagne flutes, tea candles, USB aromatherapy diffuser, 5 piece bath set, bath caddy, and rose petals.
These unique pieces use a real flower as the basem and adds 24k gold plating on the surface layer to achieve an effect that will never die. It takes over 4 days handwork and 65 steps to make one piece. Each 24k gold rose is naturally different, a one of a kind art piece in the world. It's an incredible, thoughtful, and romantic gift that fits the traditional theme!
Bright Cellars is the monthly wine club that matches them with wine that they’ll love. Take the taste palate quiz to see personalized matches, and then they’ll ship 4 unique bottles each month, direct to their door! What’s more romantic than a night in with a nice bottle!
4th Anniversary Gifts For Him
- A Personalized Glass Decanter
- A Stylish Watch Case
- Flaviar Whiskey Subscription
- Wooden Valet & Amplifying Speaker
- Something Naughty
The Cathy's Concepts Personalized Glass Decanter A-Z is absolutely stunning. It has a narrow neck for easy handling and a flared tip for directed pour. Its wider base has clean, straight lines that cradle the whiskey and showcase its natural color. Both the stopper and the neck of the decanter have been lightly ground to create a tighter seal to keep air away from your liquor, preserving its quality longer.
Is your man struggling to keep his watches organized, protected and easy to find? A Watch case is a fantastic way to help him organize and display his collection, and makes an incredibly thoughtful gift. Fine craftsmanship and materials make this a particularly good choice, and click through to see other great options to suit his individual style!
For the whiskey enthusiast, consider this epic subscription box by Flaviar. They’ve compiled a database of over 15,000 different spirits and each year hundreds of craft distilleries open their doors for club members - all delivered direct to their door!
Drop off everything in your pockets, then turn on the tunes. Handcrafted and oh-so handy, Matt Thomas' clever cherry and walnut piece is designed to be a natural amplifying speaker for your phone, creating a chamber that boosts sound and makes it more focused.
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4th Anniversary Gifts For Couples
- Personalized Champagne Milestone Vase
- A Bamboo Cheese Board Set
- Our Moments Couples - Game
- An Insulated Picnic Basket Set
- Matching Stainless Steel Flasks
Made from an upcycled champagne bottle, this keepsake vase is a reminder to always celebrate with bouquets and bubbly. The olive green glass is etched with a "label" that can be personalized with names, a special year, or number to commemorate a special event (like a 4th anniversary!). It's a timeless toast to a special milestone worth raising a glass to.
This modern bamboo cheese board is the key to enjoying slices of Italian Ricotta, English Cheddar, or French Vacherin with a glass of wine! Bordered by grooves that hold crackers, nuts, or olives and designed with a hidden drawer with four utensils and cheese knife, this bamboo tray will make a perfect serving board for entertaining guests!
The game that's fun to play and strengthens relationships! The questions here are intended to open up your hearts and minds and to really hear what your partner is telling you. There are no hard and fast rules except that you have to listen and try really hard not to judge. Discover new and interesting things about your partner you never thought to ask, even after 4 years!
The Plush Picnic Blackberry two person backpack is a true all in one mobile picnic set that ensures picnicking will be fun and effortless! Featuring a luxurious black polycanvas that is stain resistance to outdoor elements and waterproof for any unexpected rain, this high quality backpack will endure many years of memorable picnic experiences.
An adorable couples present for an anniversary or any time really. These funny stainless steel flasks are both practical and hillarious. They'll keep their beverages hot (or cold), and help them display their love for one another!
Experience Gifts For A 4th Anniversary
- A Beach Getaway
- A Romantic Dinner At Home
- A Brewery Tour
- A Couples Spa Day
- Tickets To A Sporting Event
Whether you live on the coast already or somewhere further away, a romantic beach getaway is an awesome choice for a first anniversary. 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 a happy first year of marriage. AirBnB typically has plenty of romantic beach properties to choose from, or go with a more traditional hotel.
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.
If your significant other (or you) have a favorie 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. This is a fun way to fill an afternoon, and is an activity you can look back on for years to come!
Take a little time to pamper yourselves together with a luxurious spa day! Unwind and relax at the local spa as a couple to help strengthen your relationship and enjoy each other’s company. There are usually some great deals on Groupon, or check out the local spa’s website directly!
If your partner loves a sports team, consider tickets to a game! Or, if the team is far away this can be a great opportunity for a little get-away. They’ll love the experience and sharing it with you will make it all the more memorable!
DIY and Homemade 4th Anniversary Gifts
- A Boudoir Album
- An Online Cooking Class
For the fruit and flowers anniversary, an edible arrangement of fruits can be a great way to stay on theme. If you’ve looked at the price tag on some of these, you might be a little sticker shocked. Good news! With a bit of extra work on your part, you can create one of these at home for a fraction of the price. Read on to find out how.
These awesome infused Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are a fun and budget friendly way to add some romance to the 4th anniversary, and fits nicely with the traditional gift theme. The list of ingredients is fairly simple, and you can add your own flare if you’re a baking wiz! Even if not, your partner will be sure to appreciate the effort you put in!
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!
One of the great things about print on demand photo services, is that anyone can produce a professional looking album - and no human has to see the photos. This makes for a great opportunity to produce a seductive Boudoir photo shoot album for your significant other (yes, guys can do it too). All you need is a friend or a good tripod, a few select undergarments, and you’ll have a steamy book that will ignite their passions in no time!
If you’re looking for an economical yet fun way to spend an evening together, consider doing an online cooking class together! As with the more expensive instructor-led classes, this can be a super romantic activity to do with a partner. For no more than the cost of ingredients, you can turn making dinner into an evening you’ll never forget!
Giftwrap, Bags, and Decorations - Blue
- Blue Metallic Balloons
- Blue Swirl Decorations
- Romantic Rose Petals
- Elegant Reversible Wrapping Paper
- Blue Polka Dot Gift Bag
Get the party started with these beautiful blue metallic themed balloons. Suprise your husband or wife with a beautiful bouquet or spread them around the house! The blue matches the traditional colors of a fourth anniversary, and the high quality construction will help you dazzle them!
A bit of extra decor can really enhance the experience of your special day. These blue swirls will help set the mood and align with the traditional 4th anniversary color - blue! Go the extra mile to show them exactly how much they mean to you this year and all the years to come.
Kick the romance into high gear by spreading some of these beautiful rose petals around the bed or kitchen this anniversary. They come in all sorts of colors, so pick your favorite, or go with the blue theme! Whatever you choose, some of these petals plus a few candles equals one romantic night, gauranteed!
Each of these three rolls of elegant reversible wrapping paper feature two different designs for a total of six unique designs! The blue theme is perfect for the 4th anniversary. Six designs in total, including 'Mr. & Mrs.' lettering, gray and white stripes, polka dots, tonal gold triangles, traditional floral with gold polka dots, and geometric pattern.
The Extra large size of this gift bag makes wrapping big presents a breeze. In customary colors, a high quality bag is the perfect way to put the finishing touches on once you've found the perfect present. Don't forget to pick one up before the big day!
Personalized Fourth Anniversary Gifts
The Fruits and Flowers anniversary is an epic opportunity for a heavily customized gift. With a bit of thought, you can take their favorite flowers or fruits and make it truly special and personal.
We’ve outlined some great choices above, but here are our favorite Personalized Fourth Anniversary Gifts:
- A personalized small home appliance
- An edible arrangement of favorite fruits
- A push pin travel map
- A laser etched champagne bottle
- Coasters with your wedding date and names
- A wall hanging with the words to your first dance song
- A custom flower arrangement
- A monogrammed robe
Creative Fourth Anniversary Gifts
By the time the fourth anniversary rolls around, you’ve got many years of gifting occasions behind you. Coming up with a great idea each time can be tough, don’t get stuck in a gift-giving rut!
Our picks for the most Creative Fourth Anniversary Gifts are:
- A heartfelt handwritten card
- A commemorative wall hanging
- A decorative planter box
- Infused chocolate strawberries
- A DIY fruit gift basket
- A homemade Boudoir album
- Romantic toys for the bedroom
- A craft beer subscription box
How To Find The Perfect 4 Year Anniversary Gift
4 years is an amazing accomplishment you should both be proud of! Through highs and lows, you’ve faced everything life has to throw at you and more. There’s no better time than your wedding anniversary to take a few moments aside and be thankful you’ve found your true partner in life.
Showing them what they mean to you is important, and it can be tough to come up with the perfect present to do that year after year, and event after event. Luckily, we’re here to help! We’ve come up with some great ideas that are sure to either be a hit or help you get the creative juices flowing.
Answering a few simple questions can help you narrow down your search quickly:
1) Should you go with a traditional 4th anniversary gift?
The first choice you should make is whether to go with a traditional gift (Fruits and Flowers, Appliances, Topaz, or blue items) for year 4 or not. A word of warning, be careful with appliances! It can be easy to offend (e.g. a vacuum cleaner can be a very poor choice)! On the other hand, there are tons of really useful items that can help make your partner’s day to day life easier, so it’s really worth a thought.
2) Should you go with a couples gift?
Couples gifts are great! Giving something you can both enjoy together will make the experience more memorable and meaningful. Be careful to choose something your partner will love as much as (or more than) you do, otherwise it can appear to be a bit selfish.
3) Should you give an experience?
Experiences are great, and we strongly recommend considering them whenever possible. It’s important to get out of the day to day routine and enjoy each other’s company from time to time, and a good experience gift can help you do just that. Whether it’s a romantic home cooked dinner or a trip around the globe, you can’t go wrong with a great shared experience!
4) Should you make something by hand?
If you have a bit of a creative side, the 4th anniversary theme of flowers and fruit can lend itself to a DIY gift quite nicely! From flower arrangements to delicious fruit platters or chocolate covered strawberries, it shouldn’t be hard to come up with something they’ll love all the more because you made it by hand!
Our Time Tested Gifting Principles
Beyond the brainstorming basics, there are a few guiding principles you should keep in mind:
- Price isn’t everything - sometimes the best gifts are handmade, inexpensive, or free.
- Practical isn’t always best - treating him to something he may not buy for himself is always a good idea.
- Give from the heart - something that holds deeper meaning for him is sure to make a lasting impression.
- 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.
- 50th Anniversary Gifts
- 25th Anniversary Gifts
- 10th Anniversary Gifts
- 5th Anniversary Gifts
- 1st Anniversary Gifts
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!