9th Anniversary Gifts: Nearly A Decade Of Love!

Article by Jennifer Lee. Last Updated: Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022.

My goodness! 9 Years! Nearly a decade, and 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 each other and all you’ve accomplished.

Finding the right 9th Wedding Anniversary Gift can be a tough task, even though you know each other better than anyone on the planet. Finding the right item 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 9 year wedding anniversary gift ideas from across a broad variety of traditional, modern and general romantic 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 to find the perfect present.

Customary 9th 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 gift ideas for each of the first 25 years, and then 5 year increments after that.

Pottery - The Traditional 9th Anniversary Gift

Pottery is the traditional 9th 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 pots, to vases, for cooking and barware, there’s something for everyone. As a bonus, if you’re feeling crafty, you could always try to hand-throw a bit of pottery and make something yourself!

Willow - The Alternate Traditional Gift

Willow is the alternate traditional wedding anniversary gift for this year, if pottery doesn’t suit your tastes. This is another fun material, and popular gift ideas in this category are things like baskets, decorative branch arrangements, and hand carved statues.

Leather - The Modern 9th Anniversary Gift

Leather is the modern 9th anniversary gift, and it’s an easy choice! With everything from leather shoes, to belts, to handbags, there are so many options to choose from for every person (and every budget). We love leather as an anniversary present, and hope you’ll give it a strong consideration.

Lapis Lazuli - The 9th Anniversary Jewelry and Precious Metal Gift

Lapis Lazuli 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 - Terracotta

Earthen tones and terracotta are the color theme for the 9th anniversary, and this one is actually a bit tricky. Most often, we recommend decorations like balloons or gift wrap that fit the theme, but selection here tends to be limited. It’s not to say it can’t be done if you get a little creative though!

9 Year Traditional Gift Ideas - Pottery

Pottery is the traditional ninth anniversary gift in the US.

There are so many pottery gifts to choose from, but our favorite has to be pottery cookware like the casserole dish below. There are also tons of really cool vases, pots, and similar hand-thrown pottery items available. Check out a few below or head over to etsy for more.

  1. Blue Dusk Casserole Dish
  2. Is a casserole ever not made with love? Of course not, which is why it deserves this baking dish. Alan Yarmark hand throws the substantial piece, glazing it in a gradient of blue shades that resemble the sky at dusk and dawn (he lives in Colorado, where beautiful scenery was invented). It makes a thoughtful gift!

  3. Hand-Thrown Wine Decanter
  4. This elegantly designed decanter that is a real statement piece. It is designed to both look great and be functional. It is a simple design finished off with a Celtic spiral and displays the true skills of the master potter. An excellent pottery gift for your spouse!

  5. Hand-Glazed Heart Shaped Bowl
  6. The heart is the symbol of love, and makes a perfect 9th wedding anniversary wedding gift! This bowl is designed and made for everyday use. Due to the high temperature glazing process it is both dishwasher and microwave safe. It's perfect for use in the kitchen, or to hold mementos and keepsakes.

  7. Personalized Pottery Planter
  8. This beautiful 2 gallon pot can be customized with a name and date to make it a treasured heirloom. The writing is etched into the pottery to make it last forever! This is a perfect item for both indoors and outdoor plants, and the 2 gallon size makes it work well for small and medium flowers, etc.

  9. Personalized Pottery Wedding Vase
  10. Sheree Burlington's personalized wedding vase is a pretty, but practical way to commemorate the special couple. Submit the bride and groom's names and the wedding date, and Burlington will hand-write them in cursive on a white, earthenware vase. The look is stylishly vintage, and the effect is subtle, making this vase perfect for everyday use in the home.

Alternate Traditional Gift Ideas - Willow

If pottery doesn’t suit your tastes, this is one of the rare years with 2 Traditional anniversary gift themes, so you’re in luck. The alternative traditional 9th wedding anniversary gift them is willow!

  1. A Willow Picnic Basket
  2. This deluxe willow picknick basket makes a terrific 9th anniversary gift idea! It comes with 4 stainless steel knives, forks, and spoons. 4 ceramic 7" dinner plates, 4 wine glasses, 4 cotton napkins, 1 stainless steel waiter's corkscrew. Also includes a fleece blanket, insulated food cooler, wine cooler, and a set polypropylene food boxes!

  3. Willow Sculpted Figure
  4. These lovely sculptures are made from the branches of the willow tree, and convey your love and undying affection to your spouse on this landmark occasion. They look great in any room of the home, and your special someone will think about you and the love you share every time they glance at it.

  5. Bonsai Willow Tree Bundle
  6. Receive 3 very unique live Bonsai trees of the Willow family. 1 Weeping, 1 Hybrid, and 1 Dragon Claw. These Rooted Trees are healthy, large, and ready to grow. With care, these Rare Trees can look like mature Bonsai very fast. All trees have nice full trunks that will be a minimum 1/2 inch thick up to to 1 1/2 in. thick.

  7. Willow Branch LED Decorations
  8. These decorations fit the 9th anniversary willow theme wonderfully, and can help make a romantic evening at home even more special. A few of these at a romantic dinner for 2, and you're all set! They look great displayed year round, and will always give them warm fuzzy feelings of your 9 years together when they see them lit up.

  9. Willow The Movie
  10. What list of Willow themed gifts would be complete without the classic, Willow on blue ray! In the dungeons of the castle of the evil Queen-sorceress Bavmorda, a prisoner gives birth to a child who, according to an ancient prophecy, will put an end to the reign of the Queen. A midwife saves the child from the wrath of Bavmorda, but is forced to throw her cradle in a river, when reached by the Hounds of the Queen.

9 Year Modern Gift Ideas - Leather

The modern themed gift for this year is leather, and it’s a timeless classic full of great options! This also happens to be the traditional theme for year 3, so head over and check out our 3rd Anniversary Gift Guide for these items and more!

  1. A Leather Travel Duffel
  2. On the go to the gym or around the globe, a great leather duffel bag is a practical and beautiful way to tote your gear! This makes a great Leather anniversary present for a husband or wife (or get a pair so you can each have a matching one!).

  3. A Custom Leather Engraving
  4. How cool are these? You can get a customized leather engraving of your wedding song music for your wall! Just supply the song title and artist, along with the the names and wedding date, and they'll handle the rest. Made with lasers, for a surefire perfect print!

  5. Leather Photo Frame
  6. A great leather anniversary gift that comes to you engraved in this beautiful and classy font, laser etching included! It has a glass front, leatherette frame, black felt backing, and is ready to hang or stand. Photos are easily placed in the picture frame, so you can complete the look with a special image of the 2 of you!

  7. A Leather Vallet Tray
  8. These leather vallet trays are one of the most popular anniversary gifts on the market today (3 yr pictured, request 9 yr at checkout). They will remind you and your significant other of the huge milestone you've reached together each time you go to grab your keys or other items. Wording features the amount of time you've spent together along with names and wedding date custom engraved!

  9. Vintage Leather Laptop Bag
  10. The laptop bag has become a daily carry item for men and women alike, whether its to the workplace, school, or just out to a coffee shop. Now they can carry their computer and all their other items in style, and they'll think of your relationship each time they grab it to go!

9 Year Jewelry & Gemstone Gift Ideas - Lapis Lazuli

Jewelry is never a bad choice for an anniversary, and Lapis Lazuli is the traditional stone of year 9. The beautiful blue color helps symbolize love, and looks great in any piece. From rings to necklaces, to earrings, you’re sure to find something beautiful!

  1. Men's Lapis Lazuli Bracelet
  2. This bracelet features lapis lazuli beads accented against a brushed sterling silver "Bali Beads" logo bead. They use silicon stretch cord for superior strength and resilience. The bracelet comes in a beautiful gift box, ready to wrap or place lovingly in a gift bag.

  3. Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace
  4. This is the perfect blue and silver, wear every day kind of pendant. Dainty and lightweight, it features a highly reflective silver background to the natural Lapis Lazuli accent. All sides of these rings are flat - which creates a highly reflective mirrored surface. Each pendant comes with an adjustable 20" chain with a spring ring clasp.

  5. Lapis Lazuli Handcrafted Cocktail Ring
  6. Lapis lazuli emanates a deep blue mystique, showcased in argent settings. Surrounded by a halo of silver, the elegant stone graces a handcrafted ring by Shanker. Lapis is believed to purify the soul and thoughts by tapping into inner power. It's a wonderful 9th wedding anniversary gift for the woman who loves rings!

  7. Lapis Lazuli Dangle Earrings
  8. These are the perfect pair of every day blue earrings. Dainty and lightweight, they feature a highly reflective silver background to the natural Lapis Lazuli accent. These earrings are just long enough to be interesting, but not long enough to be bothersome. Each earring comes with complimentary rubber stops.

    This jewelry adds a touch of nature-inspired beauty to your look and makes a standout addition to your collection. It fits your lifestyle and perfect piece for any outfit. It adds a gorgeous/sophisticated/stylish glow to any outfit and show off your trendsetting style when you wear this.

9th Anniversary Gift Ideas 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 9th wedding anniversary gift choices on this list that work well for men or women, but here are a few just for her!

  1. Pedestal Jewelry Holder
  2. Imprinted with vintage fabrics and then formed by hand in a press mold, Tracy Shea's ceramic jewelry stand offers up to 40 hand-cut holes for earrings and surface space for your favorite bracelets and baubles. An iridescent glaze reflects the fabric's texture, lending intriguing luster to your home.

  3. A Silk Kimono Robe
  4. The pinnacle of her collection, this kimono is nothing less than wearable art: inspired by acclaimed art collections from China, the hand-painted collection features silk kimonos brought to life by skillful artisans. Each original design takes seven days to create - first sketched by hand, then saturated in rich watercolors using a traditional brush. Crafted to make her feel confident and beautiful.

  5. A Wine Subscription
  6. Bright Cellars is the monthly wine club that matches you with wine that you’ll love. Take your taste palate quiz to see your 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!

  7. A Beautiful Wine Decanter
  8. This crystal wine decanter is a beautiful way to show her your love! The 8.5in wide bottom diameter is the largest diameter you can find in the market, which is important because it allows for maximum oxygenation of your wine to enhance the purity, aroma and taste! This decanter is hand blown and strategically designed to hold a standard 750ml bottle of wine at the widest point of the decanter.

  9. Romantic Dinner For 2 Box Set
  10. Romantic Dinner for Two Box is a perfect way to surprise your significant other on your 9th wedding anniversary! Have a cozy night for 2 celebrating in style, followed with a little romance afterwards. The Box contains everything you see in the image (except for champagne)!

9th Anniversary Gift Ideas 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 9th wedding anniversary gift ideas, and here are a few just for him!

  1. A Cozy Bathrobe
  2. A luxurious bathrobe is a great choice of attire for a romantic evening or morning around the house together! Most men won't go out of their way to pamper themselves, so this is a great way to do that for him. This particular one features cozy high quality materials, deep pockets, and a hood for extra warmth, but there are tons of great options out there to suit your man's tastes!

  3. Flaviar Whiskey Subscription
  4. 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!

  5. Men's Basics Subscription Box
  6. This awesome subscription box will deliver men's basic apparel direct to his door each month! Keep him in style, and help him avoid those unseemly holes in his socks and underwear! Each month, they ship you a new t-shirt, boxer-briefs and a pair of socks. Fantastic!

  7. A Deluxe Wet Shave Kit
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  9. A New Sweater
  10. Whether for office or home wear, a nice sweater can help form the cornerstone of a Man's Wardrobe. Whether it's a Birthday, Valentines Day, Christmas, or any other occasion, a nice cotton or wool sweater is a fantastic way to show your love!

9th Anniversary Gift Ideas 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 two of you. If not, it’s incredibly thoughtful of you to show them your support. See also our list of Gifts For Couples for more ideas!

  1. Personalized Faux Bois Vase
  2. Some may say it’s “I do” that solidifies true love. We say it’s when your initials are carved into bark. Ceramicist Laurel Begley creates a fresh take on a romantic tradition with this keepsake vase. Laurel crafts an intricate faux bois texture inspired by the winding furrows in a tree's bark, shaping each “trunk” out of thick stoneware and adding a personalized heart with the couple’s initials.

  3. Framed Heart Map
  4. 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.

  5. Couples Wall Clock
  6. 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!

  7. Our Moments Couples - Game
  8. 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 9 years! Free shipping is usually available too!

  9. An Insulated Picnic Basket Set
  10. 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.

Experience Gift Ideas For A 9th 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 ways to strengthen a relationship. Here are some great ideas for experiences you can share together!

  1. Tickets To A Concert
  2. 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!

  3. A Romantic Getaway
  4. An anniversary is the perfect opportunity to take some time to travel together, and the 9th 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!

  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!

  9. Wine Tasting
  10. 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!

DIY and Homemade 9th Anniversary Gift Ideas

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 9th anniversary gifts that just about anyone can do!

  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 9th wedding 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. 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 beautiful layouts, and then find the perfect pictures spanning the past 9 years to fill it out.

  3. Creating your own flower arrangement can be a nice way to jazz up a romantic dinner or evening at home, or even act as your gift if you choose. There are many 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 tips anyone can learn from!

  4. A Boudoir Album
  5. After 9 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 9th, 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!

  6. A DIY Wooden Picture Frame
  7. Pictures of your family are a great gift to consider any time, but on the 9th 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!

Personalized 9th Anniversary Gifts

Personalized wedding anniversary gifts are great any year, and year 9 is no exception. Adding something personal can transform an otherwise ordinary item into a treasured heirloom.

Here’s our picks for the best Personalized 9th Anniversary Gifts:

  • A pottery planter with custom etching
  • A wall hanging featuring names and wedding date
  • A hand-thrown bowl with couples initials
  • Engraved leather coasters
  • Personalized glassware for a nice drink
  • A personalized leather wristwatch strap
  • An etched wine box set
  • A family spatula

Creative 9th Anniversary Gifts

9 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 the most Unique Ninth Anniversary Gifts are:

  • Tickets to a concert or show
  • Hand thrown wine decanter
  • Pottery Wine Glasses
  • A trip to a local brewery
  • A commemorative sign with couples names
  • A romantic date night in a box
  • A romantic getaway
  • A wine or wiskey subscription box

How To Find The Perfect 9 Year Wedding Anniversary Gift

9 years a major anniversary marking almost a decade of love and life together. Let us be the first to wish you a heartfelt congratulations! 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 9th anniversary theme 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 9th anniversary gift?

Traditional anniversary gifts can be a little hit and miss… The 9th year gift of pottery for example can be a little tough to find something meaningful (especially for a guy). On the other hand, leather is a super versatile material, and there are so many great pottery 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?

It’s always 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?

Pottery is such an awesome material you should strongly consider giving something homemade for the 9th anniversary. Even if you aren’t a natural born potter (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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