Traditional wedding anniversary gifts, date back hundreds of years and is probably the gift list that most of us first hear about. It is common knowledge that 25 years is silver and 50 years is gold but when it gets to the more obscure years who knows?
We didn't start thinking about the symbols for each year until we were married. On our first both of our mothers announced that it was our paper anniversary, Simon's Mom even managed to produce a tea towel with every year on it and from then we were hooked.
There is something so romantic about the traditional list as you really have to think hard about what you could buy or make. Plus what would fit with the theme that you know that they would love.
To help you we have put together ideas for all of your traditional anniversaries, for your husband, your wife, your parents and your grandparents.
There are serious gifts and funny gifts, romantic gifts and even gifts for those that romance is just not their thing!
There are gifts that you could spend a fortune on and also ideas for homemade gifts.
In other words we have the best traditional gift ideas for everyone, have fun finding the perfect gift for you and the love of your life.
Your 1st will be memorable as it is your first, traditionally you celebrate with paper and as well as a card there are lots of ways to incorporate this into your celebrations.
Your 2nd Anniversary is Cotton or Straw! You will probably find it easier to find things to fit the cotton theme unless you are planning on splashing out on a beautiful thatch cottage or a more modest straw dolly. Pure cotton is a luxury and can mean anything from a cotton hanky to new bed linen.
You could even write a message on cotton, place it in a bottle and set it out to sea. If you put your name and address on it you may even find someone sends it back. Imagine if it floated for hundreds of miles, you could then promise a trip to where it was found. Remember this could end up being down the road!
Traditionally your 3rd Anniversary is celebrated with leather and from the modern list your gift would be crystal.
With 4th Anniversaries you have quite a choice; fruit or flowers or linen. You can organize flowers or a basket of fruit to be sent to their work, which is a great embarrassing but fun gesture, or you could celebrate in the evening with strawberries and Champagne. Linen could be a linen suit, one that definately needs to be taken away on holiday or shown off at a great restaurant! ;o)
There is also the gemstone list your 4th anniversary gemstone is Blue Topaz
5th Anniversaries are wood, this can mean lots. From a weekend in a log cabin to a romantic walk in local woodlands. If are looking to impress you could buy your own woodland! Or there are some great funky wooden sculptures.
On the modern list your 5th is silverware and on the gemstone list it is Rose Quartz.
6th wedding anniversary is with sugar or iron. Not the steam iron variety, domestic appliances are not a romantic gift, ever! This iron is the heavy black metal, maybe a new gate, or a fun candlestick.
7th Anniversary and tradionally the gifts are wool or copper, both lend themselves to great gifts. Wool could be you knitting a scarf or jumper to great woollen rugs from India or Turkey. Copper can be engravings or pictures and if you are a keen cook then copper pans are a luxury. The no domestic appliances rule can be broken here as cooking is a fun thing to do when you are cooking a romantic dinner for two.
Your 7th wedding anniversary from the modern list is celebrated with desk sets! Makes you think that the traditional list is a bit more romantic!
Traditional 8th Anniversary Gifts can be celebrated with Bronze which is fine if you want a new statue in the garden or are a collector of bronze coins. Have a look at our ideas for inspiration if you are not already into Bronze!
For ideas from the modern list for your 8th wedding anniversary you will be looking at linen or lace.
Your 9th Anniversary, nearly into double figures and in this year celebrating with traditional wedding anniversary gifts of pottery is a must! You could visit one of the many famous potteries and have a go yourself, followed by a visit to the gift shop after. If a daytrip is not your thing how about starting to collect a beautiful dinner service or collector plates. A word of warning make sure it is something that you will be able to live with for years, as it would be horrible to not like the design anymore. If you have chosen wisely some of the items are great financial investments.
On the modern list your 9th is celebrated with leather.
Traditional Anniversary Gifts List from your 1st to your 65th anniversary!
Traditional wedding anniversary gifts are fun to receive and it shows your love more than any other gift because sometimes they are just so tricky. Take our 13th wedding anniversary which is lace not the easiest of gifts to buy a man, after much searching I found some great cufflinks that had a lace design on them as my gift.
Here is the full list of traditional anniversary gifts by year.