Traditional & Modern Anniversary Gifts
Pictured: Stuck on what to get for her? Try a pressed flower necklace, like these from Etsy Australia
If you don't feel comfortable free-styling it, there is a traditional guide to what anniversary gifts should be according to the number of years the couple in question have been together. The guide itself will alter slightly depending on where you source it from, mainly because it's been around so long, but for the most part, major years like couple's 1st and 50th wedding anniversary remain the same. The traditional list below is according to the greeting card giant, Hallmark Cards. The company was founded in 1910, so we figured they know whaat they're talking about!
1st Wedding Anniversary: Paper
Brand: All The Ways to Say
The gift for a 1 year anniversary is paper and this offers you a lot of flexibility when shopping for a gift. You can keep things traditional and go for a beautiful journal or stationary set if your partner is a fan of all things handwritten. If you want to put a more modern, creative twist on things, consider something a bit different like origami set or have a portrait commissioned
2nd Wedding Anniversary: Cotton
Brand: The Hare in Winter
The gift for a 2 year anniversary celebration is cotton, and a logical step is to splash out on some sheets with a high thread count. You've been together 2 years, so your love life should still be popping! Source some comfortable manchester online or browse a few homeware stores to find a set that suit you both.
5th Wedding Anniversary: Wood
Brand: Stamp Nouveau
Wood is a steadfast, sturdy element, perfect for representing the 5 years a couple has spent together. Why not opt for some customised carving to celebrate this special anniversary? Or, if you've become parents in the 5 years you've spent together, try a wooden photo frame that you can put an updated family portrait in.
10th Wedding Anniversary: Tin or Aluminium
Brand: The Vintage Bubble
Tin or aluminium is the theme for a 10 year anniversary. This one may sound kind of lack lustre, but there are so many modern takes on this tradition. Pictured is a copper stamping (the element for a 7 year anniversary) from The Vintage Bubble, but they offer tin versions for 10 year anniversaries too.
17th Wedding Anniversary: Wine or Spirits
Brand: Sandy Leaf Farm
For men and women who love a tipple, the 17 year anniversary gift will be a welcome one! You can go the traditional route and splash out on an aged bottle of wine or whiskey, or you can purchase make your own kits like the ones on offer at Sandy Leaf Farm.
20th Wedding Anniversary : China
If one or both of you are tea drinkers, a traditional gift is a fine china tea service. If you're more of a coffee-couple, you could always do a complete 180 and to China (the country) for an anniversary holiday instead!
25th Wedding Anniversary: Silver
Brand: Curious Owl Shop
Jewellery is very personal, so if the person you have in mind is not a fan of silver accessories, like this stunning stacking set, you'll have to get creative. Try a money clip, cuff links, or some classic silverware for the home instead.
60th Wedding Anniversary: Diamond
Brand: Ali Munn
Being married for 60 years is a major achievement, so it's only fair that the traditional theme is diamond. You can go to a popular chain jewellery store, or you can look to get something custom made if you have a specific design in mind. Either way, there's no getting out of this one. If they've stuck by you for 60 years, you're getting them a diamond!