6th Anniversary Gifts For 2022! A Relationship Stronger Than Iron!

Article by Anna Smith. Last Updated: Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022.

6 years is a major accomplishment, and a huge milestone in the life of any couple. You’ve seen it all by this point… the highs, the lows, and everything in between. What better way to celebrate than with the perfect 6th wedding anniversary gift! The theme this year is Iron, symbolizing strength and commitment, and you two have definitely demonstrated it!

Iron isn’t the easiest themed gift to shop for, but fear not! We’ve rounded up some of the best Iron gifts for your anniversary, no matter who you’re giving it to! No matter if it’s for him, her, or a happy couple, we’ve got you covered. Read on below for some great gift ideas to help you start brainstorming, and use your unique knowledge of the recipient to choose something they will truly love and cherish forever!

Customary 6th 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.

Iron - The Traditional 6th Anniversary Gift

Iron is the customary gift for a 6th wedding anniversary, symbolizing strength and commitment. Great gifts in this theme include things like cookware (e.g. cast-iron), sculptures and art, and even jewelry.

Wood - The Modern 6th Anniversary Gift

Wood is the more modern 6th anniversary gift if you’re looking to go with something customary, but not finding anything in iron. The 5th anniversary gift is also wood, so be sure to check out our 5th Anniversary Gift Guide if you want more inspiration on this theme!

Amethyst - The Jewelry and Precious Metal Gift

Jewelry and other luxury items featuring Amethyst are this years gemstone. These beautiful purple gems look great set in rings, necklaces, cufflinks, and other items for those fancy nights on the town.

Color Theme - Purple

Purple is the color of the sixth anniversary, according to custom. Combining the Purple theme with traditional or modern gifts is a great way to kill 2 birds with one stone. Another great option is to look for bows, giftbags and other wraps in these colors. We’ve rounded up some great choices for you below.

6 Year Traditional Gifts - Iron

Iron is the traditional sixth anniversary gift in the US (for the UK, it’s sugar or candy).

There are so many iron gifts to choose from, but our favorite has to be cast-iron cookware like a wok or skillet. There are also tons of really cool sculptures and other works of art made from iron. Check out a few below or head over to etsy for more.

  1. Le Creuset Cast-Iron Skillet
  2. Cast-Iron cooking instruments are a staple of the "Iron" Anniversary. Inspired by nearly a century of culinary craftsmanship, Le Creuset is proud to present the Signature collection as the next evolution of its enameled cast-iron cookware. Signature seamlessly blends Le Creusets classic form and feel with the latest ergonomic and functional innovations.

  3. Hand Forged Iron Rose
  4. Another classic six year gift, these awesome hand forged roses are a perfect keepsake. Remind yourselves of the love you share for years to come with these unique and beautiful gifts!

  5. Iron Couple Sculpture
  6. This beautiful sculpture evokes love and companionship between a man and a woman. It depicts a couple kissing, which shows their deep love, and the strength of iron is the same as the strength of their relationship. This fine piece of art looks beautiful in any room of the house, and serves as a great reminder of the love you share!

  7. Wood Burning Cast Iron Fireplace
  8. An Iron themed anniversary gift that's also functional! Add a little touch of rustic outdoor decor to your home, and think about the 6 year milestone each time you look at it. This sleek cast iron fire pit bowl and stand set will add instant warmth and contemporary elegance to any outdoor space, including the backyard, campsite, or cabin. The fire pit bowl comes complete with a stand so it is raised above the ground.

  9. 6th Anniversary Linked Hearts
  10. This Family of Hearts of Iron sculptures are interlinked to symbolize partnership and family bonds. Each Heart is approximately 10-12 cm (around 4 Inches), but they do vary as they are all handmade. They are burnished and given a coating of Renaissance wax which is a conservation grade protective finish. The finish is suitable for indoors , and you can also stamp a name and date on each heart!

6 Year Modern Gifts - Wood

The modern themed gift for this year is wood, and it’s a timeless classic full of great options! This also happens to be the traditional theme for year 5, so head over and check out our 5th Anniversary Gift Guide for these items and more!

  1. Wooden Wine Glasses
  2. 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 6 year anniversary together.

  3. A Bamboo Cheese Board
  4. A bamboo cheese board is a great gift for entertaining, and fits nicely with the modern 6th 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. Ambient Light Decorative Lamp
  8. This beautiful decorative wooden lamp is another great option for a themed 6th 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.

  9. A Personalized Wood Sign
  10. The sign is made using a two tone stain finish on 3Solid 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! Free shipping is usually available too!

6 Year Jewelry & Gemstone Gifts - Amethyst

Jewelry is never a bad choice for an anniversary, and the Amethyst is the traditional stone of year 6. The beautiful purple color helps symbolize love, and looks great in any piece. From rings to necklaces, to earrings, you’re sure to find something beautiful!

  1. An Amethyst Necklace
  2. Amethyst is a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide calm, balance, patience, and peace. In the psychic and spiritual realms, amethyst is an excellent all-purpose stone that can increase spirituality and enhance intuition and psychic powers of all kinds. It does this by making a clear connection between the earth plane and other planes and worlds. A perfect jewelry gift for your wife on your 6th wedding anniversary!

  3. Amethyst Stud Earrings
  4. The beautiful purple color of Amethyst goes great with many outfits, and will have your wife looking her best! Help her recall fond memories of your wedding each time she wears them. The strength and love you share in your relationship is fully displayed with these wonderful gemstones!

  5. Amethyst Clustered Gemstone Tree
  6. This beautiful handmade Brazilian Amethyst 15 pedal clustered gemstone tree, with faux Bonsai tree trunk is set on a grape purple Amethyst crystal cluster. Amethyst gemstone is the of stone spirituality and contentment, it magnifies the energies of love, forgiveness and healing. It's one of those unique gemstones that doesn't have to be set in jewelry to make a lasting impression! An epic gift!

  7. White Gold Amethyst and Diamond Ring
  8. A Timeless Treasure and Style Classic, these rings are always fit for a 6th wedding anniversary gift. Beautifully crafted and designed, the Amethyst ring is sure to win your way into her heart. This ring crafted in 10K White Gold that adds a polished look to any ensemble and outfit. As with all of their products, this item comes in packaging making it ready for gifting as soon as it is received.

  9. Amethyst Tennis Bracelet with Topaz Accents
  10. A wedding anniversary is the perfect time to splurge on a little something to make her look and feel like a million bucks. This brilliant Tennis Bracelet has all the looks and charm of jewelry 10x the price, at a much more affordable cost to you. Bring one home for her and watch her face light up this year. After all, 6 years is something to be celebrated!

6th Anniversary Gifts For Her

Finding a great present for your wife is tough enough when it doesn’t symbolize your undying love and eternal bond. There are dozens of great choices on this list that work well for men or women, but here are a few just for her!

  1. Forged Iron Spiral Necklace and Earring Set
  2. This necklace is on a simple oxidized sterling silver chain with a forged iron clasp in the back. The pendent is forged iron spiral and white pearl attached to a forged iron bail which allows the pendent to slide freely on the chain. The strong hand craftsmanship of the necklace will remind her of the strength of your marriage each time she wears it!

  3. Wrought Iron Monogram Wall Hanging
  4. Help her celebrate the day you became a family with a Wrought Iron wall hanging featuring your last initial. The hanging goes great inside or outside the house, and makes a perfect iron themed anniversary gift for her! Watch her face light up like Christmas morning as she opens this beautiful work of art!

  5. Heart-Shaped Picture Frame Collage
  6. This quaint collage picture frame is the perfect way to add a touch of classic, rustic decor to the living room, kitchen, farmhouse, bedroom, or cottage. The simple, iron heart is filled with spiraling scrolls, some of which are tipped with sweet little flowers made from gathered burlap sacking. Six slender picture frames are scattered in among the design, giving you space to display four vertical (portrait) 4x6" photographs, and two square 3x3" snapshots.

  7. Japanese Antique Cast Iron Teapot
  8. In Asia when they have good tea, they do not say "drink tea", they say "taste the tea" instead. You don't use big cups, you do not swallow. You sip like you sip your wine to feel the aroma and after taste that the tea brings. This is a great set that includes everything you need. Simply use it or put it out as a decorative display in your cabinet.

  9. Iron-Infused Cooking Fish
  10. What better way to improve your health than with your very own fish-shaped pal? Trust us, this little guy packs nutritional punch, infusing your grub with up to seven additional milligrams of iron. (That's more than a third of what you need each day to keep you feeling up to snuff.) Just drop him into a one-liter pot of liquid with a bit of citrus added, boil for ten minutes, and pull him back out.

Other great anniversary ideas abound in our epic list of Romantic Gifts For Her!

6th Anniversary Gifts For Him

That special guy in your life works so hard to show his love, and it’s fitting that you take a few minutes to show him you see it with a great gift. This list is full of awesome ideas, and here are a few just for him!

  1. Cast Iron Grill Press
  2. Tired of having underdone or overdone spots when cooking bacon, steaks, burgers or grilled sandwiches? Bacon crinkles and curls, leaving raw pockets. Steaks have uneven surfaces. Even a grilled cheese sandwich tends to burn at the edges. All these problems are caused by uneven contact with the pan or grill. There's one simple solution: the Bellemain Cast Iron Bacon Press! Food is held flat against the pan or grill, and all parts of it cook at the same rate.

  3. All-in-One Cast Iron Grill
  4. Nobody told this grill it could only cook on a grate. Wok, smoker, skillet, braiser, roaster, deep fryer, slow cooker, stock pot—the cast iron wonder wears a lot of chef hats. Plus, it packs together for easier transport, so you can have pancakes on the patio, chili at the tailgate, and stir fry with friends under the stars.

  5. Personalized Belt Buckle
  6. Celebrate your 6th wedding anniversary with this handmade, stamped belt buckle. Choose your anniversary date or coordinates of the location and they will make you this sleek belt buckle. They can also stamp the wedding date in Roman numerals, just let them know in note to seller what you would like! Handmade in Seattle.

  7. Rustic Computer Tech Iron Statuette
  8. If your husband is a computer guy, loves video games, or would just enjoy this cool looking statue, check it out! It's perfect as a 6th wedding anniversary gift, and goes great on a desk, shelf, or table. Also works in any room of the home, including the office, den, bedroom or garage!

  9. Backcountry Cast Iron Skillet
  10. BackCountry Iron's Cast Iron 20"x10" Pre-Seasoned Reversible Griddle / Grill Pan is rugged, and hand-made using a proprietary metallurgical alloy. It s also seasoned using the company's blend of the finest food grade oils available to ensure you've got the best quality skillet on the market. They take pride in our products and focus on quality and craftsmanship before all else.

For more awesome inspiration for gifts for your guy, check out our awesome list of Romantic Gifts For Him!

6th Anniversary Gifts For Couples

Couples gifts are fantastic, whether you’re a part of the couple or not! If you are, it can be a great opportunity to enjoy something special together just the 2 of you. If not, it’s incredibly thoughtful of you to show them your support. We’d also recommend you check out our Gifts For Couples list for more inspiration!

  1. Framed Heart Map
  2. This digital print is customized to "heart" their special day. Choose any location worldwide to feature on the personalized map. Your print comes beautifully framed in a 13" x 13" solid New Zealand Pine shadow box frame. The print design measures 12"x12", and comes in a choice of white or black frame.

  3. Couples Wall Clock
  4. This modern wooden wall clock features interlocking hearts, and the couple's first and last names with established year. Each clock is precision carved from 3/4" thick solid pine, so that the features are raised from the rustic background! The clock is hand stained on all sides in a charming barnwood gray color which looks great in any room of the home!

  5. Customized Cutting Board
  6. 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!

  7. Anniversary Family Tree Artwork
  8. Are you looking for a truly special anniversary gift that will touch the hearts of your loved one's for years to come? This personalized Family Tree and Lovebirds stretched canvas wall art is the perfect romantic gesture to commemorate a marriage! With the wording of your choice, this customized artwork will warm their hearts each time they look at it.

Experience Gifts For A 6th Anniversary

Some of the best gifts in life can’t be wrapped. A special experience can stick with us our entire life, and forging memories together is one of the best way to strengthen a relationship. Here are some great ideas for experiences you can share together!

  1. Tickets To A Comedy Show
  2. 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!

  3. A Cooking Class
  4. 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!

  5. A Romantic Getaway
  6. An anniversary is the perfect opportunity to take some time to travel together! 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!

  7. Wine Tasting
  8. 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!

  9. Go Camping In A National Park
  10. 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!

Giftwrap, Bags, and Decorations - Purple

Once you’ve come up with the perfect gift, take the next step and make sure the presentation matches the effort and thought you put into it. From decorations to that perfect wrap, the little touches really enhance the experience!

  1. Purple Party Decorations
  2. This 50-piece party decoration kit includes everything you need to set the right atmosphere and impress the most important guest, your spouse of 6 years! It includes 9 tissue paper flowers Pom Poms, 6 paper Honeycomb Balls, 33 latex Balloons, 1 glitter dot circle paper Garland, and 1 bag of purple Confetti.

  3. Large Purple Gift Box
  4. Celebrate the 6th anniversary with an elegant self-closing gift box with lid in the traditional color - purple! Perfect for a variety of smaller gifts, this box pairs perfectly with Hallmark greeting cards and tags for an unbeatable gift presentation. The Hallmark brand is widely recognized as the very best for greeting cards, gift wrap, and more. For more than 100 years, Hallmark has been helping its customers make everyday moments more beautiful and celebrations more joyful.

  5. Balloon and Garland Kit
  6. Set the perfect mood for your sixth wedding anniversary with this fantastic balloon and garland kit in the themed colors of white and purple. Blow them up and set a scene in your living room or bedroom, and your spouse won't soon forget this years festivities!

  7. Purple Matte Wrapping Paper
  8. Your gifts will instantly stand out on a table or underneath a Christmas tree, because this gift wrap is a luscious matte purple that certainly catches the eye. It'll make a present look too good to unwrap! It's a simple, solid color, yet stylish and decorative. It's also high quality paper, so it won't easily and messily tear while you're in the process of wrapping. This roll of wrapping paper measures an ample 25 square feet, providing plenty of material that will enable you to wrap multiple presents!

  9. Lavender Gift Tissue Wrap
  10. Colorful and printed tissue paper makes gift boxes festive, gift bags and baskets beautiful. Each sheet measures 20 x 20 Inches. This premium quality tissue paper is perfect for gift wrapping, paper crafts, packing and more! No matter what you're giving, they'll appreciate the presentation with this excellent wrap!

DIY and Homemade 6th Anniversary Gifts

Making something by hand is a great way to show your significant other that they’re worth the extra effort. It doesn’t have to be a professional level work of art to be special! Here are some great ideas for DIY sixth anniversary gifts that just about anyone can do!

  1. A Homemade Anniversary Card
  2. A homemade card is a super easy yet still impressive way to show off your creative side. Even after 6 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!

  3. An Online Cooking Class
  4. 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!

  5. 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 6th 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!

  6. A Boudoir Album
  7. 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 tri-pod, a few select undergarments, and you’ll have a steamy book that will ignite their passions in no time!

  8. A Decorative Box
  9. 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!

Personalized Sixth Anniversary Gifts

The iron and wood anniversary is an epic opportunity for a personalized gift. With blacksmithing, artists can take just about any item and make it truly special and personal.

We’ve outlined some great choices above, but here are our favorite Personalized Sixth Anniversary Gifts:

  • An engraved heart sculpture with your names.
  • A Wooden wall hanging with your last initial.
  • A monogrammed wrought iron wall hanging.
  • Wooden coasters with your wedding date.
  • A personalized belt buckle.
  • A wall hanging with the words to your first dance song.
  • A wooden sign with your names and anniversary.
  • An iron picture collage frame.

Creative Sixth Anniversary Gifts

By the time the sixth anniversary rolls around, you’ve got several years of Valentines, Birthdays, Christmas, and more behind you. Don’t get stuck in a gift-giving rut!

Our picks for the most Creative Sixth Anniversary Gifts are:

  • A DIY gift basket of treats
  • A homemade Boudoir album
  • Romantic toys for the bedroom
  • A cotton wall hanging
  • A heartfelt handwritten card
  • A craft beer subscription box
  • A night of home cooking
  • Monogrammed bath robes or towels

How To Find The Perfect 6 Year Anniversary Gift

6 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 6th anniversary gift?

The first choice you should make is whether to go with a traditional gift (Iron, wood, Amethyst, purple items) for year 6 or not. There are plenty of non-themed ideas they may have had their eyes on, but occasions like Christmas or Birthdays are also good opportunities for non-themed gifting.

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 6th anniversary theme of iron or wood can lend itself to a DIY gift quite nicely! 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:

  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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