The Ultimate Guide To Traditional And Modern Anniversary Gifts

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First Anniversary

Your first anniversary is one of the most fun to celebrate. Not only will you take the top layer of your cake out of the freezer, but you'll also exchange gifts with each other to celebrate your first year of wedded bliss. Paper is the traditional gift for the first anniversary. With this gift, you have many different options. Great gift ideas for paper would include a wonderful framed photo, personalized stationary, a book, or tickets to a special event.

A modern anniversary gift for the first year is a clock. A beautiful wall clock is a great idea for a gift. Something decorative will also be a wonderful gift as well. Antique clocks that are special or have some sort of meaning to your spouse are great ideas, too. With today's technology, you can personalize a clock or alarm to make it more special for your spouse.

Second Anniversary

For the second anniversary, cotton is the traditional gift to give. Clothing is a more personal thing that can't be shared between you, but is a great gift for the second anniversary. Other great ideas include linens, towels, table décor such as tablecloths and place mats, or even an area rug for the living space. A more modern take on the second anniversary can include china. Usually tableware comes to mind when you think of china, but this can also include china jewelry, décor, or art.

Third Anniversary

The traditional gift for the third anniversary is leather. This can come in the form of leather clothing, a leather jacket or coat, or even leather accessories such as shoes, a belt or even a wallet or purse. A leather desk set is something that both of you could enjoy as well.

Crystal and glass are modern gift ideas for the third anniversary. Some wonderful gift ideas for this year are crystal candle holders, vases, stemware, or decanter sets. Any type of crystal or glass décor or art is perfect for this milestone as well. A decorative wall mirror is a beautiful gift idea for the third year of marriage.

Fourth Anniversary

Traditionally, fruit and flowers are given on the fourth anniversary. What girl doesn't love a bouquet of roses? A beautiful floral arrangement for the home is always a wonderful gift. A fruit basket is a gift that can be enjoyed by everyone. Delicious in-season fruit arranged in a beautiful basket is going to entice anyone's sweet tooth. If you want to combine the two, there are edible fruit "bouquets" you can have delivered, some of which have chocolate and yogurt covered fruit. If your spouse has a green thumb, a house plant or new flowers for the garden can be a great idea, too.

For a modern flair on the fourth year, give the gift of an appliance. This can be any household appliance that you use in the home. Personal grooming appliances like hair styling tools, electric razors, and spa accessories are terrific options. Home appliances, including anything from a vacuum cleaner (not very romantic) to a sewing machine, are also possibilities. Kitchen appliances like a specialty coffee maker or a new dishwasher (also not terribly romantic) could work, as well.

Fifth Anniversary

Wood is the traditional gift for the 5-year mark. Great gift ideas include any type of wooden furniture or home décor. You may find some incredible wooden art that can add an interesting touch to the home. Evergreen plants or shrubs can be a wonderful wooden gift for the fifth year, as well.

Silverware is the modern gift for the fifth year of marriage. There are many different things that you can get as a gift that are silver. Any type of silver table ware will be appreciated, as will silver accessories such as a silver serving set, silver tools like an engraved ladle or salad spoons, or even silver candlestick holders. Silver art is also a great idea to commemorate this wonderful milestone.

Sixth Anniversary

There are two very different traditional gifts for the sixth anniversary. The first, candy, is a fun (and delicious) gift idea for someone you love. A box of chocolate-covered candies or gourmet candy is a wonderful way to tell someone that you love them. The other traditional gift is iron. This can come in an array of different gift ideas for someone that you love. Home décor that is made of cast iron can be a beautiful addition to the home. A cast iron skillet for the chef in the family is a wonderful idea. If you love golfing, new golf clubs can be a wonderful gift made of iron. The modern take on the sixth anniversary is wood. Any type of wooden home décor, art or furniture is a wonderful gift for this special year.

Seventh Anniversary

The seventh year of marriage can be celebrated by two different traditional gifts. Wool is a wonderful gift and can be given in the form of clothing or accessories. Copper is the other traditional gift usually given at the seventh anniversary. There are many different ideas for copper gifts for around the home. Copper accessories can include a copper tray or bowl or copper vase. A wonderful gift for the one who enjoys cooking is copper cookware. You may also choose to get a new copper mailbox or copper wall décor. Desk sets are the modern gift idea for this anniversary. Any type of leather desk set is beautiful, as is a personalized set. Different types of wooden desk sets are also available.

Eighth Anniversary

For the eighth year celebration, the traditional gift is bronze or pottery. Any type of bronze home accessory, home décor, or artwork is a great idea for this special date. Pottery is a gift that is also easy to find. Any type of home décor, decorative art or kitchen accessory can be a wonderful idea for a traditional eighth anniversary gift.

A modern gift idea for this anniversary would be linens or lace. Decorative lace table runners, doilies, or antique decorative blankets would be an ideal modern gift idea. Every home always needs extra linens. Table cloths, towels, or sheet sets are great gifts for this anniversary celebration.

Ninth Anniversary

Willow is the traditional gift for the ninth anniversary. Special wicker furniture, baskets and art are great ideas for a gift for this year. A beautiful wicker rocker, a wicker bed side table, or a fun picnic basket are wonderful treats for any couple. Leather is the modern gift for this date. Leather clothes, jackets, desk accessories, or furniture are each great ideas for spouses.

Tenth Anniversary

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Tin and aluminum share the tenth anniversary spot for ideal traditional gift ideas. Home décor items made of these, such as wall décor, wall art, candle tins, tin flower vases, or tin and aluminum tableware are great ideas for this special celebration.

The more modern gift ideas for the tenth anniversary are most likely more desirable. Diamond jewelry is an excellent gift for your tenth wedding anniversary celebration. Earrings, pendants, bracelets and rings are all top on the list of the best types of diamond jewelry. A diamond anniversary band to match the wedding set is a perfect idea, as well.

Twentieth Anniversary

The traditional anniversary gift for the twentieth anniversary is china. China table accessories, such as a serving dish, spoon rest, or bowl set are wonderful gift ideas. Frames, figurines, and even jewelry also make great anniversary gifts.

The modern take on this anniversary is the gift of platinum. Platinum jewelry is one of the most meaningful gifts for the twentieth year of marriage. A platinum anniversary band to add to the wedding set is a great way to say "I love you" after twenty years. Other great platinum gift ideas include a platinum picture frame, table accessories, drinkware, kitchen tools, or home décor.

Thirtieth Anniversary

The pearl is the traditional gift for this special anniversary. Mother of pearl home accessories, jewelry, or simply pearls are each a great gift. Diamonds are a more modern gift for the thirtieth anniversary. Diamond jewelry, such as diamond earrings, pendants, or special anniversary bands, is the best idea for a gift this year.

Fortieth Anniversary

The ruby is both the modern and traditional gift for this very special anniversary. Ruby jewelry is an ideal present for celebrating 40 years of marriage. Ruby bracelets, pendants, earrings, or anniversary bands are perfect gifts to show how much you care.

Fiftieth Anniversary

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Celebrating fifty years of marriage is a big deal. It deserves a very important gift. Gold is both the traditional anniversary gift and the modern anniversary gift for this great celebratory date. Gold jewelry is the most popular gift idea, but gold-leafed tableware is also a great way to say "I love you."