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Anniversary Gift Ideas and Information


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All About Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Whether you're celebrating a first romantic anniversary or your 25th Wedding Anniversary, there's a gift idea for each special occasion. Tradition has developed a list of types of anniversary gifts for most of the important years of one's life. Traditional gift giving can be traced back to the middle ages. In Germanic regions it was tradition for a husband to gift his wife on their 25th Anniversary a silver garland. the silver wreath was used to symbolise harmony and on their 50th anniversary the wife would be gifted with a gold garland. During the Victorian era these gifts were expanded to include 1st, 5th, 10th, 20th and 75th anniversaries. Each year the gift becomes becomes greater. The idea behind this way to celebrate their stability and the greater the stability to bigger the gift!

Marriage Stages

  • 1-5 years - Newlyweds
  • 6-25 years - Truly Devoted
  • 26-50 years - Golden Years
  • 51-75 years - Soul Mates
  • 76-100 years - Together Forever

Listed below are the generally accepted traditional gifts for each anniversary and a more modern equivalent. We've also included a list of flowers you can send on a special anniversary. If you're stuck on what to send for an anniversary just take a look at the list to find some inspiration:

Year Traditional Gift Modern Gift Type of Flower
1st Paper Clocks Pansy
2nd Cotton China Cosmos
3rd Leather Crystal or Glass Fuchsia
4th Fruit or flowers Appliances Geranium
5th Wood Silverware Daisy
6th Candy Iron Calla Lily
7th Wool or Copper Desk Sets Jack-in-the-pulpit
8th Bronze Linens or lace Clematis
9th Pottery Leather Poppies
10th Tin or Aluminium Diamond Daffodils
11th Steel Fashion Jewellery Morning Glory
12th Silk Pearls Peonies
13th Lace Textiles or Furs Hollyhock
14th Ivory Gold Jewellery Dahlia
15th Crystal Watches Roses
20th China Platinum Day Lilly
25th Silver Silver Iris
30th Pearl Diamond Sweet Pea
35th Coral Jade None
40th Ruby Ruby Nasturtium
45th Sapphire Sapphire None
50th Gold Gold violet
55th Emerald Emerald None
60th Diamond Diamond None
65th Blue Sapphire Star Sapphire
70th Platinum Platinum None
75th Diamonds Diamond or Gold None
80th Oak Diamond or Pearl None