Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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A wedding anniversary, whether the fifth or the fiftieth, is a milestone worth celebrating. Everybody knows there's a list out there somewhere that tells you the perfect gift to give for any wedding anniversary. But who can remember what's on that list? Here, at your fingertips, are the gift-giving clues you need, along with links to find these items.



In Victorian England, it was quite fashionable to have large celebrations for anniversaries, and it's likely that this list of traditional anniversary gifts came from that time, although no one knows the exact origin for certain. The traditional gifts became popular in the United States soon after, with a few alterations.



Even if you don't consider yourselves a very traditional couple, you can use the list for inspiration and put a personal spin on the gift. A few contemporary interpretations of the ideas are offered below.



For even more gift ideas, be sure to read our guides to modern wedding anniversary gifts and anniversary gemstones.

Traditional Anniversary Gift List:

Year Traditional Gift Gift Ideas
1st Paper Journals »
Photo albums »
2nd Cotton Sheets »
Quilts »
3rd Leather Wallets »
Leather furniture »
4th Linen Table linens »
Bed linens »
5th Wood Wood furniture »
Wood handmade jewelry »
6th Iron Iron patio furniture »
Iron home accents »
7th Wool Wool blankets »
Wool area rugs »
8th Bronze Bronze statues and sculptures »
Bronze faucets »
9th Pottery Ceramic serving pieces »
Pottery tools »
10th Tin, aluminum Aluminum cookware »
Aluminum world jewelry »
11th Steel Stainless steel jewelry »
Decorative swords »
12th Silk, linens Silk scarves »
Silk ties »
13th Lace Lace window treatments »
Lace lingerie »
14th Ivory Estate jewelry »
Pianos »
15th Crystal Crystal chandeliers »
Crystal vases »
16th Peridot Peridot jewelry »
17th Watch Women's watches »
Men's watches »
18th Cat's eye Cat's eye jewelry »
19th Aquamarine Aquamarine jewelry »
20th China Formal dinnerware »
25th Silver Sterling silver jewelry »
Sterling silver flatware »
30th Pearl Pearl necklaces »
Pearl earrings »
35th Coral Coral jewelry »
40th Ruby Ruby rings »
Ruby earrings »
45th Sapphire Sapphire rings »
Sapphire earrings »
50th Gold Gold rings »
Men's gold jewelry »
55th Emerald Emerald rings »
Emerald earrings »
60th Diamond Diamond rings »
Diamond necklaces »

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