5th Anniversary Gifts: A Milestone To Remember!

Article by John Abrams. Last Updated: Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022.

My goodness! 5 Years! Your first major milestone anniversary, and just such an incredible triumph of love. Marriages are hard work, and to make it this far makes it clear that you and your spouse are doing it right! On such a huge milestone, it’s well deserved and incredibly important that you take a bit of time out to celebrate what you’ve done.

Finding the right 5th Anniversary Gift can be a tough task, even though you know each other better than anyone on the planet. Finding the right thing to communicate what they mean to you is tough any time, but all the more so with the weight of a major anniversary behind it.

But relax, we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up dozens of great 5 year anniversary gifts across a broad variety of categories. While we can’t tell you exactly what the perfect gift for your unique spouse and relationship is, our list of epic ideas is sure to help you get your creative juices flowing and find the perfect present.

Customary 5th 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.

Wood - The Traditional 5th Anniversary Gift

Wood is the traditional 5th anniversary gift, and it’s such a versatile material you almost can’t help but find a great present for your spouse along this theme. From wooden signs, to cutting boards, to accessories like watches and sunglasses, there’s something for everyone. As a bonus, if you’re feeling crafty, it’s simple to find a great homemade or DIY wood gift you can make for them too!

Silverware - The Modern 5th Anniversary Gift

Silverware isn’t quite as broad a category as wood, but there are still some great items along this theme that you should consider. Especially if you didn’t get a nice flatware set as a wedding gift, this can be a good opportunity to step up your entertaining game with a nice 12 person set.

Sapphire - The 5th Anniversary Jewelry and Precious Metal Gift

Sapphire is a beautiful stone, and if your partner’s favorite color is blue, we strongly recommend considering some themed jewelry this anniversary. If the last piece of jewelry you bought them was on your wedding day, it’s high time to give this some thought!

Color Theme - Blue

Blue is the customary 5th 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. As a milestone anniversary, there are also some great decorations centered around 5 years as well (for example, cake toppers or banners). It’s definitely not a mandatory part of an anniversary celebration, but it can show you’re putting extra thought and effort into making the day special!

5 Year Traditional Gifts - Wood

  1. A Personalized Wood Sign
  2. The sign is made using a two tone stain finish on Solid Pine that's finished with a sealer. Each sign includes a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy hanging. Notice the 3D lettering and images that pop right out of the sign. This unique and beautifully crafted sign is truly one of a kind!

  3. A Bamboo Cheese Board
  4. A bamboo cheese board is a great gift for entertaining, and fits nicely with the traditional 5th anniversary theme of wood. This set contains the serving tray, along with all the cuttlery and accessories you need to throw the perfect classy party featuring wine and cheese pairings.

  5. Six Wooden Puzzle Gift Set
  6. The ultimate puzzler's variety pack, this beautiful wood crafted collection contains some of the most popular and challenging puzzles of today. Including Falling Star, Star Puzzle, 3D Squares Cube, Snake Cube, Ball in Jail and Burr Puzzle, it will surely dazzle and delight everyone from the dabbling novice to the serious puzzler.

  7. Wooden Wine Glasses
  8. Sip on sweet chardonnay or enjoy an aged cabernet sauvignon with these beautiful wooden wine glasses crafted from gorgeous black walnut wood. This is a truly unique present that will bring you both years of enjoyment to come, along with fond memories of your 5 year anniversary together.

  9. Ambient Light Decorative Lamp
  10. This beautiful decorative wooden lamp is another great option for a themed 5th anniversary present. It features 2 lovers embracing as they watch the sunrise (or sunset). Each lamp can be personalized with a word or phrase, making it truly unique and special.

5 Year Modern Gifts - Silverware

  1. A Flatware Set
  2. This stunning 75 piece flatware set features everything you need for dinner service for 12. Each piece is constructed using the finest quality materials, with craftsmanship and finishing that has been perfected for more than a century! Constructed with 18/10 stainless steel, this flatware is durable and stylish...and built to last for generations.

    For too long you've been eating ice cream and stirring coffee with metal spoons. Those days are over, friends. Introducing this genius pan that turns cookie dough into delicious, edible spoons. Fill each mold about half way with dough (pro tip - try it with brownie batter), and bake the same way as regular cookies. This is a super fun take on the modern 5th anniversary theme!

  3. Personalized Wood Spatula
  4. This is a solid beechwood spatula, engraved with your own choice of name, initial and year in this lovely design. It'll be engraved on the back (more flat) side of the turner. This beautiful spatula blends the modern (silverware) and traditional (wood) themes seemlessly for a memorable and practical gift!

  5. Blessed & Thankful Serving Set
  6. This is a lovely set of 2 small serving pieces, hand stamped with blessed & thankful and tiny hearts. These are stainless steel pieces, meaning they'll last as long as your love for one another. The pattern is a pretty beaded one from Lenox.

  7. Sterling Silver Spoon Ring
  8. Traditionally, the Lily is a symbol of nurturing, fertility, partnerships and unions. In other words, perfect for presenting as an anniversary gift! Flatware (well in this case roundware) is the modern theme, and this is a super unique take on it - turning a beautiful spoon into a fashion accessory they can wear every day.

5 Year Jewelry & Gemstone Gifts - Sapphire

    These are High Quality 925 Sterling Silver Cuff-links in an elegant Satin/ Brushed finish Design with a beautiful filigree back. Each cufflink has 5 Princess Cut natural Sapphire Gemstones, channel set in a chic square layout, measuring approx. 15mmX15mm. The cuff-links are rhodium polished and look exactly like white gold.

  1. White Gold & Blue Sapphire Diamond Pendant
  2. 5 years is an occasion worth celebrating, and you can never go wrong with quality jewelry! This romantic sapphire diamond pendant necklace will help her look her best no matter where she's headed, and qill quickly become a favorite accessory!

  3. A Sapphire Bracelet
  4. A perfect addition to any woman's jewelry collection! This beautiful bracelet will keep her looking great whether she's headed off to work or a night on the town! Sapphire is the traditional 5th anniversary gemstone, and happens to be one of the most beautiful stones out there!

  5. Sapphire Dangle Earrings
  6. These lovely 14k White Gold Created Sapphire Dangle Leverback Earrings are the perfect compliment to any outfit, and a great choice for a customary anniversary present. She'll love the way they look, and you'll love the smile it puts on her face!

  7. 3-Stone Sapphire Ring
  8. Beautifully crafted and designed, this Sapphire ring is sure to win your way into her heart. This ring crafted in 925 Sterling Silver that adds a polished look to any ensemble and outfit. If the last ring you gave her was on your wedding day, take a moment to consider this!

5th Anniversary Gifts For Her

  1. Anniversary Wine Box
  2. The box has three separate compartments for wine (not included), to be opened and enjoyed on the couple's anniversary. Engraved along the front with a flowing faux bois tree trunk, personalized with the "carved" initials of the happy pair, and the words "love" and "adore" hidden in the tree bark. The box is made from unfinished birch and aspen wood in Kirkwood, Missouri.

  3. Wooden Celtic Box
  4. This handcrafted Celtic Box is a beautiful gift she will be able to put to good use. Whether she uses it to store jewelry, keepsakes, recipie cards, or anything else, she'll think of you and your special relationship each time she opens it. Truly a wonderful way to mark the occasion!

  5. Precious Moments - 5th Anniversary Figurine
  6. Commemorate this milestone with an interpretation of a love still blossoming after five years of marriage. As they stand before one another with their hands clasped together, this couple seems to know that a lifetime of happiness lies ahead. Surely after five years, you truly know one another and you are even more sure that you could never live without the other.

  7. Walnut Wood Cutting Board
  8. A multipurpose, yet stunning minimal design. This board was thoughtfully crafted to be a work of art in your kitchen with our premium selection of rich American Black Walnut, vibrant Cherry and Oak wood. The reversible design offers the use of either side for prepping and chopping with a dual purpose built-in well that can be used as a catch for chopped and diced veggies but is also perfectly sized to hold your crackers and sliced baguettes for entertainment use.

  9. A Wooden Puzzle Box
  10. Each one of these unique boxes has 6 pieces. The "key" piece is a heart you slide up to remove, and the lid then slides sideways, the inner lid lifts out revealing the inner compartment. There is an additional small box concealed within that compartment. The boxes are made of aromatic cedar, and are unfinished on the inside to preserve that lovely smell!

5th Anniversary Gifts For Him

  1. A Personalized Whiskey Barrel
  2. More than just a handsome homage to a whiskey-loving couple, this miniature oak barrel ages spirits to peak flavor, just like its full-sized siblings found in professional distilleries. Its petite proportions accelerate the aging process, meaning that the recipient's choice of liquor will hit its prime up to ten times faster.

  3. An Engraved Wooden Watch
  4. For the wood anniversary, consider one of these beautiful engraved wooden watches. The text on the back is fully customized, so consider putting your names and wedding date, or other affirming message of love. He's sure to think of this incredible milestone each time he looks down to check the time!

  5. BBQ Smoker Wood Chip Grill Set
  6. This incredible 6 piece set includes everything you need to smoke meat on a gas or charcoal grill! This kit includes a premium stainless steel smoker box, specialty BBQ thermometer, three flavors of smoking wood chips, easy to follow step by step instructions, our favorite smoking recipes, and a flavorful hickory smoked sea salt.

  7. Bamboo Wooden Sunglasses
  8. Handcrafted from bamboo with a style that looks good on everyone, these Cloudfield sunglasses will help your husband stand out from the crowd! Each pair of Cloudfield sunglasses comes with a high-quality bamboo sunglasses case and pouch to protect the wood grain sunglasses, and a microfiber cloth to keep them clean!

  9. A Wooden Valet Stand
  10. A nice bedside valet is a great gift any time, and one of these beautiful personalized ones made of wood are just perfect for the wood anniversary! Each one can be customized with text and choice of stain color. These practical items will see daily use, and are a good reminder of your love for him!

5th Anniversary Gifts For Couples

  1. Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game
  2. The couple who plays together, stays together. Challenge your other half to some lighthearted competition with Kasey and Justin Pearson's lovingly crafted four-across game. They carve their handsome, heirloom-quality activity set from maple wood. Amid a field of incised hearts, up to four lines (seven characters each) can be personalized with your names, anniversary date, or a sweet message to surprise the one you adore.

  3. Customized Cutting Board
  4. A standard size cutting boardthat provides a good amount of real estate to chop, and also makes for an elegant display! These boards come with a display stand to help you show it off when not in use. Looks great in any kitchen as a reminder of their love!

  5. Bamboo Wind Chime
  6. Enjoy the low resonant tones of bamboo tubes gently rustling together creating a breezy island Symphony that relieves stress & soothes the soul. This 22" coconut top simple wind chime has 6 hand tuned bamboo tubes. Each tube is stained a rich natural brown. Add the quiet calming sounds of nature to your favorite outdoor retreat today.

  7. Acacia Serving Bowl
  8. These unique bowls are made from durable acacia wood that is perfect for any decor. Use them to hold fruit, serve salads, or just to decorate around the home. Perfect for the young couple who loves to entertain!

  9. Personalized Serving Tray
  10. This personalized wood breakfast tray is a beautiful piece of rustic kitchen decor, and perfect for the couple celebrating 5 wonderful years together! The handles make it easy to carry, and is perfect for a breakfast in bed, or as a cheese board for entertaining. Made from high quality materials to be long lasting, just like their love!

Experience Gifts For A 5th Anniversary

  1. Wine Tasting
  2. If you and your significant other enjoy a fine glass of wine, consider a wine tasting tour! You don’t have to be a wine-snob to appreciate a flight or 2 of amazing wines. This can be a fun way to forge your bond even stronger, and if you don’t live near wine-country, it’s a good opportunity to get away for a few days as well!

  3. Tickets To A Concert
  4. Concerts can be among the most memorable experiences in our lives, and it’s as much about the people we’re with as it is who’s performing. If your significant other has a favorite band touring near you, picking up a set of tickets for the 2 of you is a fantastic option! You’ll look back fondly at the evening for years to come!

  5. A Cooking Class
  6. A cooking class is a great time to bond and learn something new! Typical classes focus on one or 2 dishes or a full meal you can prepare together that evening. Knowing how to create a wonderful meal can really come in handy the next time you can’t figure out what to eat!

  7. Go Camping In A National Park
  8. 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 experience it for your anniversary if it’s been a while! The great outdoors with trees fit into the wood anniversary theme quite well too!

  9. A Romantic Getaway
  10. An anniversary is the perfect opportunity to take some time to travel together, and the 5th is time for something truly special! No matter what your tastes, a few days alone away from the day to day grind is great for just about any relationship. Whether you go halfway around the world, or just book a room for the night across town (maybe away from the kids), this is time tested winner! AirBnB can be a great choice for travelers, letting you experience a bit more of the local culture and life, or a traditional hotel is always a pleaser too!

DIY and Homemade 5th Anniversary Gifts

  1. There are a number of wooden serving trays on our list, but if you’re feeling a bit crafty, this one is sure to be the most meaningful. Making a homemade anniversary present is a fantastic way to show you care, and this one is sure to impress!

  2. A Decorative Box
  3. Whether for jewelry, random trinkets, or nothing at all, a decorative wooden box is another relatively simple woodworking project you can tackle for your 5th anniversary. 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!

  4. Cedar is a beautiful wood, and this is another relatively easy project you can tackle for your spouse. The plans are fairly easy, and these planters look great, whether on their own or in a pair! You don’t have to be a carpenter to build something that will impress on your anniversary!

  5. A Boudoir Album
  6. After 5 long years, it’s not uncommon for the romance to begin to fade a bit, even in the bedroom. There’s a great opportunity to get things back on track with your 5th, and a tasteful Boudoir Photo Album can be just the thing to help you do that. With a print on demand photo service, no humans see your photos, so you can feel free to get a bit… risque… with it to help ignite those passions!

  7. A DIY Wooden Picture Frame
  8. Pictures of your family are a great gift to consider any time, but on the 5th anniversary of your wedding, consider going the extra mile and building a unique and beautiful wood frame for it by hand! It’ll be more meaningful than any store bought frame ever could be, and can stay in your family for years to come!

Giftwrap, Bags, and Decorations - Blue

  1. Happy 5th Anniversary Banner
  2. A great way to surprise your significant other, this anniversary banner looks great in any room. Hang it up over a nice home cooked meal, or above the bed with some romantic flower petals spread around for a magical night of fun.

  3. Elegant Rose Petals
  4. 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!

  5. Reversible Wrapping Paper
  6. Each of these three rolls of elegant reversible wrapping paper feature two different designs for a total of six! The blue theme is perfect for the 5th anniversary, and your spouse is sure to appreciate the effort. 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.

  7. Blue Metallic Balloons
  8. 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, and the high quality construction will help you dazzle them!

  9. Blue Swirl Decorations
  10. 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 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. This item also has free shipping with prime!

Personalized 5th Anniversary Gifts

The 5th anniversary was basically made for personalization. Wood is super easy to customize, so almost everything on this list can be enhanced with a bit of custom text.

Here’s the best Personalized 5th Anniversary Gifts:

  • A cutting board
  • A wall hanging featuring names and wedding date
  • A wooden valet tray
  • Anything handmade
  • A decorative box
  • A wooden watch or sunglasses
  • An etched wine box set
  • A family spatula

Creative 5th Anniversary Gifts

5 years together means countless gift giving occasions have already come and gone. Don’t get in a gift-giving rut! Mix it up with something truly unique and creative this time around!

Our picks for top Unique Fifth Anniversary Gifts are:

  • Tickets to a concert or show
  • Cookie spoon baking set
  • Wooden Wine Glasses
  • A trip to a local brewery
  • A commemorative wooden sign
  • Wooden sunglasses or watch
  • A romantic getaway
  • A funny themed T-Shirt

How To Find The Perfect 5 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift

5 years is the first major milestone anniversary (well, except maybe the first year), and a hearty congrats on making it this far! By now, no doubt, you’ve come to know your partner better than you even know yourself!

That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to figure out that perfect anniversary present for them, far from it in fact! As time goes on it can often start to seem like they already have everything, or like you’ve already given them so many gifts there’s just nothing good left.

Luckily, that’s not true! There are literally millions of gift options out there, and all it takes is a bit of creative thinking to come up with something they’re sure to love. That’s where we come in… We’ve rounded up a ton of great options across a broad variety of 5th anniversary related categories, all to help you jump start that brain and come up with the right idea.

After all, nobody knows your partner like you do!

Here are some questions that can help you shortcut your decision making and narrow down your choices:

1) Should you go with a traditional 5th anniversary gift?

Traditional anniversary gifts can be a little hit and miss… The 4th year gift of fruits and flowers for example can be a little tough to find something meaningful (especially for a guy). On the other hand, wood is a super versatile material, and there are so many great artisans out there we think it’s worth a very strong consideration to stick with tradition this year.

2) Should you go with a couples gift?

The next thing you choose should be whether you plan to give something that’s special just for them, or something you can enjoy as a couple. There are lots of examples of great couples themed gifts, like personalized wall art or cutting boards featuring your names and wedding dates. While you can’t go wrong there, it’s also worth thinking about something they can enjoy for themselves.

3) Should you give an experience?

As a major milestone anniversary, it’s worth considering an experience you can share together rather than a physical object. Maybe it’s a trip around the globe to somewhere you’ve always wanted to see together, or maybe it’s as simple as a night on the town away from the kids. Whatever your circumstances, forging memories together rather than physical objects is always worth a bit of consideration.

4) Should you make something by hand?

Wood is such an awesome material you should strongly consider giving something homemade for the 5th anniversary. Even if you aren’t a natural born carpenter (and especially if you are), there are tons of beginner level projects that still look great when completed. It’s a great way to keep costs down while still giving something meaningful and from the heart. After all, if you’re willing to put hours of work and elbow grease into something, there’s no way your spouse will fail to appreciate the effort - no matter how it turns out.

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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