Anniversary Gifts By Year

Article by Anna Smith. Last Updated: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019.

Customary Anniversary Gift Themes

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.

Here at GiftTable, our experts have meticulously explored each of the gift themes for the major anniversary years, to help construct comprehensive gift guides. Each is packed full of awesome anniversary gift ideas to help you find the perfect item for your significant other! Anniversaries are a special time, and the perfect opportunity to show them how much you care with a thoughtful gift they will love!

Here is our list of Traditional Anniversary Gift Themes By Year:

  1. Anniversary
    Traditional
    Modern
    Jewelry
    Color
    Guide
  2. Year 1
    Paper
    Clocks
    Gold
    Gold
  3. Year 2
    Cotton
    China
    Garnet
    Red
  4. Year 3
    Leather
    Crystal
    Pearl
    White
  5. Year 4
    Fruit & Flowers
    Appliances
    Topaz
    Blue
  6. Year 5
    Wood
    Silverware
    Sapphire
    Blue
  7. Year 6
    Iron
    Wood
    Amethyst
    Purple
  8. Year 7
    Copper
    Brass
    Onyx
    Yellow
  9. Year 8
    Bronze
    Linen & Lace
    Tourmaline
    Bronze
  10. Year 9
    Pottery | Willow
    Leather
    Lapis Lazuli
    Terracotta
  11. Year 10
    Aluminum
    Diamond Jewelry
    Diamond
    Silver
  12. Year 25
    Silver
    Silver
    Silver
    Silver
  13. Year 50
    Gold
    Gold
    Gold
    Gold

Detailed Anniversary Gifts By Year

First Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Paper

For those looking to go the traditional route, Paper themed gifts are the 1st anniversary gift of choice. Consider items like art prints, books, love notes, journals, and similar gifts for your loved partner.

Modern Gift: Clocks

For those looking to go the traditional route, Paper themed gifts are the 1st anniversary gift of choice. Consider items like art prints, books, love notes, journals, and similar gifts for your loved partner.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Gold

Another great option is to go with jewelry or other items made from the customary first anniversary metal - Gold. This could include everything from Gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets, to gold plated watches (also fits the modern gift theme), cufflinks, or belt buckles.

For more great info, check out our: 1st Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Second Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Cotton

Cotton is the customary gift for the second year anniversary, and a versatile choice if you’re thinking about going this route. Some great cotton themed gifts include things like clothing, sheets, robes, bags, and more!

Modern Gift: China

China is the more modern 2nd anniversary gift if you’re looking to go with something customary, but not finding anything in cotton. This can be a good opportunity to pick up additional place settings of your Wedding China if needed, or round it out with things like serving bowls or other accessories. Figurines, vases, and other options are also great if you don’t need anything in the kitchen.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Garnet

Jewelry and other luxury items featuring garnet stones are the thematic 2 year anniversary gift. These beautiful red gems look great set in rings, necklaces, cufflinks, and other items for those fancy nights on the town.

For more great info, check out our: 2nd Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Third Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Leather

Leather is the traditional 3rd anniversary gift, and it’s an extremely versatile choice! With everything from leather shoes, to belts, to handbags, there are so many great 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.

Modern Gift: Crystal

Crystal is the modern version of the 3rd anniversary present, and it’s another great material that presents a ton of options. You’ll typically find ideas like champagne flutes, vases, or figurines in this category. Swarovski and Waterford are some big names in crystal if you’re browsing around.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Pearl

You can’t go wrong with jewelry or other fancy accessories, and the traditional gemstone for year 3 is peal. Every woman should have a strand of pearls in her collection, so if your wife doesn’t yet, we definitely suggest you take a look at the options here. You don’t have to break the bank to find an attractive piece she’ll love.

For more great info, check out our: 3rd Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Fourth Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Fruit & Flowers

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!

Modern Gift: Appliances

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.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Topaz

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!

For more great info, check out our: 4th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Fifth Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Wood

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!

Modern Gift: Silverware

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.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Sapphire

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!

For more great info, check out our: 5th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Sixth Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Iron

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.

Modern Gift: Wood

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!

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Amethyst

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

For more great info, check out our: 6th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Seventh Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Copper

Copper is the traditional 7th anniversary gift, symbolizing warmth and an ability to be flexible in your relationship and life. It’s also an extremely versatile gift choice! With everything from barware, to jewelry, to kitchen items, there’s something for everyone (and every budget). We love Copper as an anniversary present, and hope you’ll give it a strong consideration!

Modern Gift: Brass

Brass is the modern version of the 7th anniversary present, and it’s another material that presents (no pun intended) a ton of options. You’ll typically find ideas like pens, picture frames, or lamps in this category.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Onyx

You can’t go wrong with jewelry or other fancy accessories, and the traditional gemstone for year 7 is Onyx. Every woman should have a bit of Onyx in her collection, so if your wife doesn’t yet, we definitely suggest you take a look at the options here. Black is versatile and can go with many different outfits. Also, you don’t have to break the bank to find an attractive piece she’ll love.

For more great info, check out our: 7th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Eigth Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Bronze

Bronze is the traditional 8th anniversary gift, and it’s a pretty versatile material that lends itself to some excellent gift ideas. Perhaps they’d love a bronze sculpture or bookends? Jewelry featuring the metal? A nice wall hanging? Check out some ideas below!

Modern Gift: Linen & Lace

Linens and lace are the modern 8th anniversary gift. We focus mostly on lace options in our guide, because it’s elegant and perfect for intimate gifts. If you’re looking for linen ideas, new bedsheets are a classic option you might want to consider!

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a beautiful stone, and if your partner’s favorite color is pink, 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 Tourmaline!

For more great info, check out our: 8th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Ninth Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Pottery | Willow

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!

Modern Gift: Leather

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.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Lapis Lazuli

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!

For more great info, check out our: 9th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

Tenth Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Aluminum

Aluminum is the customary traditional 10th anniversary gift in the USA (Tin is the U.K. version, and is often given in the United States as well). Great options include things like aluminum appliances, metal artwork for the walls, or drink mixing kits for the home bar. Some great options can be found down below if you read on!

Modern Gift: Diamond Jewelry

If the last Diamond you gave her was 10 years ago in her wedding ring, then you should definitely consider going with the customary modern 10th anniversary gift of Diamond Jewelry! Whether it’s a necklace, a nice pair of earrings, or a new bracelet, diamonds are a classic and timeless stone that will help you show the world your love!

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Diamond

Not only the modern customary gift, Diamonds are also the themed jewelry and precious stone gift of the 10 year anniversary. As mentioned above, there are so many great diamond items for just about every budget. You can’t go wrong with a diamond, who symbolizes undying love that will last as long as your marriage!

For more great info, check out our: 10th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

25th Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Silver

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

Modern Gift: Silver

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

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Silver

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

For more great info, check out our: 25th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

50th Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift: Gold

Gold makes an excellent traditional gift, because it’s timeless and elegant. It’s incorporated into all sorts of traditional items, like tea sets, porcelain plates, clocks, and more. If your recipient would love something vintage and traditional, we’ve got you covered!

Modern Gift: Gold

Modern gifts also frequently incorporate gold due to its beauty and projection of elegance and wealth. Some of our favorite gifts in this category are things like wall hangings / art, items for the bar, and practical items like watches or bottle openers.

Jewelry & Gemstone Gift: Gold

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

For more great info, check out our: 50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

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