The traditions of gifts for an anniversary has gone back centuries,
right through to the middle ages when it was custom for a husband to
give his wife a silver garland after 25 years of marriage. Here is more history of the traditions of marriage!
It is believed that the gift giving has underlying superstitions of bringing luck to the couple and when you look at the anniversary lists you can see that as the years go by, your gifts are more valuable. That must be lucky?!
Every Anniversary has it's own symbol with a hidden meaning behind each gift.
The Victorians who seemed to have loved collecting and symbolising everything are the ones who started adding different anniversary gifts on top of the silver and gold for your 25th and 50th anniversaries.
You can also look at ways to include the traditional theme into your gift. One lovely way are these lovely anniversary roses.
The modern gift list was introduced in 1937 by the American National Retail Jewellery Association, and you have guessed right it has a large amount of jewelry on it!
There are also a few gifts that are very practical and at the time you would have really made it if you had some of these. Nowadays most of us have the practical gifts, but you can still have fun trying to think of a romatic idea to add to them.
Since the modern list was written there have been a number of other lists that have emerged;
When you look back to your own wedding day and the years that you
have been together it's the shared memories and love that you will
remember, wedding anniversary gifts are just that a symbol of your love. You could even have yearly gifts.
Here are some extra gift ideas to help you find the best gift.