Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional names exist for all of them: for instance, 50 years of marriage is called a “golden wedding anniversary” or simply a “golden anniversary”; 25 is called a “silver wedding anniversary” or “silver anniversary”. Sixty years is a “diamond wedding anniversary” or “diamond anniversary”. Traditionally in the United States, the first year anniversary is called a “Paper Anniversary”.
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

There are a lot of anniversary gift lists out there. Most hit the major milestones with traditional and modern themes. But this is the one and only, official Hallmark wedding anniversary gifts list. It blends tradition with fresh inspiration, and since we think every year is important, there are creative gift ideas for every single anniversary, from the first to the sixtieth. A couple celebrating anniversaries after that can start all over again! For each year, we give you not only the themes, but also gift suggestions you can really use. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and over-the-top ideas. Some of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read through the whole list. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you lots of days worth celebrating, all through the year.
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Celebrate your love with a unique wedding anniversary gift. we’ve got great anniversary gifting ideas for your partner. Find personalized gifts for any type of anniversary with our selection of traditional or modern picks by year. From customized keepsake jewelry to personalized wall art make it the most uncommon anniversary ever with our collection. For your 1st,10th,or 20th anniversary wow your significant other with a gift that shows how much you care.
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

In the 1920s, Emily Post, an American writer, attempted to solve the issue of what gift to give on the occasion of an anniversary by drawing up lists of anniversary themes in a book titled “Etiquette”, published in 1922. However, only some anniversary years were included in the book, the first, fifth, then every fifth year up to the 25th wedding anniversary. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association added additional years to the list, including all years up to 14 years of marriage, and every 5th year up to 50 years of marriage. These are known as traditional themes linked with each marital year. More recently, a contemporary list was created, and today, all the anniversary years from 1 up to 30 have been linked with a theme or material, and then every fifth year up to 75 years of marriage.
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other; if there is a party these can be brought by the guests or influence the theme or decoration. These gifts vary in different countries, but some years have well-established connections now common to most nations: 5th Wood, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 40th Ruby, 50th Gold, 60th Diamond, 70th Platinum. In English speaking countries the first, wooden, gift was cut on the day of celebration and then presented to the wife as a finished article before the next two quarter days had passed. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbors with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life. The symbols have changed over time. For example, in the United Kingdom, diamond was a well known symbol for the 75th anniversary, but this changed to the now more common 60th anniversary after the Diamond Anniversary of Queen Victoria. The current monarch Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne was widely marked as her Diamond Jubilee and commemorated in 2012.
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

When you look at our table, you can see a complete guide to each anniversary year, outlining all traditional and modern themes, as well as the gemstones, colours and floral* symbols for each year. Further detail can be discovered by clicking the link located in the last column of each year. You can find information here relating to each anniversary year right up to 30 years of marriage, and then each 5th year up to the 60th year of marriage. You can also read on the background of the symbols linked to every theme, together with any additional aspects relating to the anniversary, and useful gift suggestions for each milestone. You will find lots of exciting ideas to browse through, which makes finding the perfect anniversary present a breeze.
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

There are a lot of anniversary gift lists out there. Most hit the major milestones with traditional and modern themes. But this is the one and only, official Hallmark wedding anniversary gifts list. It blends tradition with fresh inspiration, and since we think every year is important, there are creative gift ideas for every single anniversary, from the first to the sixtieth. A couple celebrating anniversaries after that can start all over again!
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Not only are anniversary years symbolised by traditional and contemporary gifts, but they often also have a flower, colour and gemstone associated with them as well. The gemstones associated with marital years 1 to 25, and then every 5th year up to the 60th anniversary, are published in the Information Manual on Gemstones by the American Gem Trade Association. In some instances, other countries have suggested a different gemstone for certain anniversary years, so those alternate gemstones are outlined in our table.
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Gift-giving on the occasion of a wedding anniversary has its origins in the medieval period. In the Holy Roman Empire, husbands would give their wife a silver garland to mark their 25th anniversary, and a golden wreath when they reached 50 years of marriage.
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For each year, we give you not only the themes, but also gift suggestions you can really use. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and over-the-top ideas. Some of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read through the whole list. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you lots of days worth celebrating, all through the year.
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You will note that after 20 years, there aren’t traditional gifts associated with every marital year, however, there is a modern theme for each year right up to 30 years of marriage. This reflects the need for a couple to continue to sustain romance and commitment as they progress through married life. Some years also have no floral symbol, gemstone or colour associated with them. We do, however, suggest useful gift ideas for every wedding anniversary year.
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Different marital years also often have colours and flowers associated with them, however, these vary dependent on the source. Usually, however, the rose is considered to be the perfect substitute for any anniversary if a woman adores roses, and often its shade can be matched with the colour linked to the anniversary year.
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In most cultures, the wedding anniversary is thought to be an important occasion, and it is generally celebrated in meaningful and significant ways. Couples are reminded of their marital commitment, and a lot of effort often goes into sourcing the perfect gift that will be symbolic and meaningful for one’s partner, or the happy couple.
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The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth. Later, principally in the twentieth century, commercialism led to the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a named gift.
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Whether you want to go down the traditional wedding anniversary route with paper, cotton, silver etc. or you’re looking for a modern alternative to remember your special day you’re in the right place. We have a lovely selection for all anniversaries from 1st to 50th, for him or for her. Our Personalised Love Gifts are a unique and thoughtful gift, as is the Personalised Love Contract which pretty much ‘seals the deal’. Alternatively, how about a second honeymoon at a romantic Thames Lunch Cruise For Two or a delightful Short Break?
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In the Commonwealth realms, one can receive a message from the monarch for 60th, 65th, and 70th wedding anniversaries, and any wedding anniversary after that, currently sent as a greeting card. This is done by applying to Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom, or to the Governor-General’s office in the other Commonwealth realms.
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Weddings are a key event in any couple’s life, as they bring together friends and relatives to celebrate the happiness and joy of the couple. Wedding anniversaries are also perfect opportunities to celebrate the love of two people, commemorating the joy that they take in each other’s company, despite the trials and tribulations of the marital journey.
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Find the best ideas for men, women and kids at UncommonGoods. We carry thousands of unique and unusual gifts, from fun jewelry and cool accessories to creative home decor and kitchen items.

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