Gift Ideas for Your Wedding Anniversary

The husband and I have been married for just over seven years. We are a little bit rubbish when it comes to wedding anniversary gifts if I’m honest. Our anniversary is quite close to Christmas, so we have usually decided that we will go and do something rather than spend the money on gifts. I know not everyone is like us, though, and they choose to get something special for each other.

I quite like the idea of the classic anniversary gifts. I think it would be such a cute thing to start from the beginning of your marriage. Too late for us now haha! I think we all know that the ‘big’ anniversaries are called but not the smaller numbers. So I did a little research and here are the first ten years, in the UK anyway.


The first anniversary is the cotton anniversary. A suggested gift for the first anniversary is to get a clock. Such a sweet gift idea, no?

The second anniversary is the paper anniversary, and the suggested gift is some china, like crockery. I think a cute tea set could be a great gift idea for this anniversary.

The third anniversary is the leather anniversary, and the classic gift suggestion is something that is crystal or glass. So why not toast your third year with some new crystal champagne glasses and a bottle of bubbles?

The fourth wedding anniversary is the fruit or flowers anniversary. A suggested gift for the fourth anniversary is some form of electrical appliance. I don’t see why flowers wouldn’t work for this anniversary, though!

febinsta5The fifth anniversary is called the wood anniversary. I’d be interested to know how all of these anniversaries got their names? A suggested gift for your ‘wooden’ year is silverware.

The sixth anniversary is called the sugar anniversary, and a suggested gift for them is a wooden object. I’m not sure why that isn’t the suggested gift for the fifth year, but hey ho. I think those wooden Willow Tree ornaments would work well.

The seventh anniversary is the wool anniversary. A suggested gift for that year is a pen and pencil set. I think this is quite random but as a stationary fan, it is cute all the same.

The eighth anniversary year is called salt. For this year, you traditionally give something that is lace. So depending on your other half’s taste, a lacey dress could be a great gift.

The ninth wedding anniversary is called the copper wedding anniversary. The suggested traditional gift for this is something leather. I think a well-made leather wallet or handbag would suit this year perfectly.

The tenth anniversary year is your tin anniversary. It seems like it is the year when you start getting to the good stuff as the suggested gift is diamond jewellery. I think something special like eternity rings would be a fantastic option for this year. Such a special gift.

Have you ever had any memorable wedding anniversary gifts? I’d love to hear how you celebrate your anniversaries, married or not.



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  1. 17th March 2016 / 7:10 pm

    It’s our fourth this year, I think I’d be happier with flowers than an electrical appliance….. Unless a MacBook counts…. It does count right? Goodness knows what we will get each other though, it’s set right between Easter and the other halls birthday…. Hopefully there will be some chocolate egg sales…. That’ll do!!
    Congrats on seven years+ you’re over the itch so they say

  2. 17th March 2016 / 7:54 pm

    We’ve only had one wedding anniversary so far (been together 10 years!), for our first I got him a book on us and he got me some word art which was beautiful! xxx
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  3. 17th March 2016 / 9:06 pm

    I do always look up each anniversary meanings, but we haven’t stuck to it. We did do ‘leather’…no nothing kinky! he got me a beautiful leather bracelet…6 years this year!
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  4. 21st March 2016 / 10:42 am

    We celebrate each year of being together but only get a card and something small. We were supposed to get married this summer but had to postpone it 2 days ago because our venue closed down.
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  5. 22nd March 2016 / 10:08 am

    You do wonder where these things come from don’t you!? Haha! We normally just get each other a card and something small and then go out for a nice meal or something to celebrate! xo
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  6. 22nd March 2016 / 7:58 pm

    we celebrate with gifts on some years and not others. depends what we’ve got going on – but we always acknowledge the day with either a card or a nice meal together xx
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  7. 2nd June 2016 / 9:17 am

    Hey Rebecca. I like how you define every single of your anniversaries, truly I had no idea for that :). Me and my husband are still in the “paper anniversary”, so I am thinking of using the tea set as a gift. However, is their anything else that you can suggest us for our second anniversary? Thank you in advance!
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