Every relationship is different. While some couples prefer to pave a new way and kick tradition to the curb, others still cherish the “old days.” One unique tradition that has stood the test of time in many relationships is the gifting themes for each anniversary year. You may be familiar with this, but for those who are new to it, we’ve got you covered.
The History of Anniversary Gifting
This tradition dates back to medieval times with gifts of silver and gold between partners and was more recently discussed in the 1922 Blue Book of Social Usage, by Emily Post. This book on etiquette and taste listed milestone wedding anniversaries and gift themes to accompany them.
In 1937 the list of anniversary gifts was updated and expanded to include more years and more modern items. Now, you’ll commonly see 2 very different themes to choose from each year. The 8th year is a great example of this, offering a choice between pottery ideas or bronze anniversary gifts.
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Traditional Anniversary Gifts
Here we’ve listed out all of the traditional anniversary gifts for years ranging from one to fifty!
- China or Cotton
- Candy or Iron
- Wool or Copper
- Pottery or Bronze
- Willow or Pottery
- Tin or Aluminum
- Silk or Linen
- Gold Jewelry
- Coffee or Tea
- Wine or Spirits
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- Office or Desk Decor
- Clocks & Watches
- Garden or Plants
- Home Improvement
Where to Shop for Unique Anniversary Gifts
While some of these anniversary themes are straightforward, others may leave you wondering where to start. We’ve searched around and compiled a list of our favorite websites to source unique gifts for each and every one of the traditional anniversary themes mentioned above!
When you shop on Etsy, you are supporting small craftsmen and artists all around the world! This means no matter what you find, you can feel good about your purchase, knowing you are supporting someone’s small business.
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The first time I stumbled upon Uncommon Goods, I knew I had found the answer to all of my gifting needs for years to come. From themed drink making sets to customizable wall art, there is truly something unique to be found no matter what anniversary you’re celebrating!
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Specializing in personalized and custom-made gifts, Things Remembered is perfect to source something meaningful for your loved one. For over 50 years they have worked to engrave and embroider countless items fit for your special day.
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Another great place for personalized gifts is Shutterfly! Here you can order gifts centered around your most precious photographs. With items ranging from carefully crafted paper products to warm blankets and mugs, you’re able to keep the photos you cherish most, close at hand.
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We Know You'll Find the Perfect Gift
Whether it be a traditional gift or something that’s more meaningful to just the two of you, we have no doubt that your loved one will love whatever you find. Check out our blog for more anniversary gift ideas and tips on how to celebrate your special day!