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Dec 13

Wedding Anniversary Gift List

Wedding Anniversaries are a special time in a couple’s live to relive the love they expressed on their wedding day in celebratory fashion.

Historically, back in the age of the Roman Empire, Husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath for their 25th wedding anniversary and a gold wreath for the 50th. In Germany The couple was presented with a silver wreath if they lived to reach their 25th anniversary and a gold one on the 50th. In the 20th century more anniversaries were added with a named gift much due to commercialism and probably the fact that the divorce rate was so high and not as many people were making it to the 25th year of marriage. The origins of the current gift conventions date back to 1937. Before that, only the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries had an associated gift. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association (now known as Jewelers of America)  introduced an expanded list of gifts. The revamped list gave a gift for each year up to the 25th, and then for every fifth anniversary after that. In Canada and Australia couples who are married 25 years get a letter from the Governor-General and Roman Catholics can apply for a Papal Blessing on the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversary.

 

Here is Hallmark’s List of Anniversary gift suggestions:

Anniversary Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit/Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Candy/Iron Wood
7th Wool/Copper Desk Sets
8th Pottery/Bronze Linens/Lace
9th Willow/Pottery Leather
10th Tin/Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk/Linen Pearls
13th Lace Textile Furs
14th Ivory Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
60th Diamond Diamond

 

I DO Weddings by Sheri more realistic Anniversary gift list:

While the list is a great suggestion, I think most wedding anniversaries go a little more like this:

Anniversary Traditional Modern
1st Flowers and a card Trip, Flowers, card, lingerie and great sex
2nd Flowers and cards Candy, Flowers, Dinner, Gift card, Jewelry, lingerie, electronics
3rd Dinner and a card Dinner, Gift Card, Movie, New Flatscreen, Tablet, Pet
4th Flowers sent to work, Card Flowers sent to work…possibly dinner out, presents from children, Wine
5th Dinner, Earrings Dinner, movies, jewelry, buy new home, Pandora Charm Bracelet
6th Card, Nice Watch Dinner at home and Card, home made cake, concert tickets, Charm
7th Dinner and Card Dinner and Gift Card, movie, Breakfast in bed, Exercise equipment, Charm
8th Dinner and Flowers New Appliances, New bedroom set, Spa treatment, Charm
9th Flowers and Card New Living room set, New Car, Charm
10th Flowers, Trip Vow renewal, Party, Jewelry, Gifts from friends and Family, Trip or Cruise
11th Gift card to Favorite Store New roof for the house or added room/patio
12th Gift Card Show or Concert, Trip to Winery
13th Dinner,  Card Flowers, Jewelry, Chocolates on the day after as was forgotten
14th Dinner and Movie Gold Jewelry, New Washer and Dryer,  Possibly not celebrated
15th Upgrade wedding band Upgrade Kitchen, Upgrade wedding band, diamond jewelry, Dinner
20th Dinner, Jewelry Vow renewal, Party thrown by Family and Friends, Vacation, Second home
25th New ring, vow renewal New car, Vacation Condo, Grandkids, vow renewal, party, Cruise
30th Travel Just confess how much they are in love while traveling
35th No Gifts exchanged They have pretty much have everything they need in each other
40th No Gifts exchanged Gifts and parties are instigated by family and friends in awe of their longevity
45th No Gifts exchanged Family and friends Refer to Hallmark’s List
50th No Gifts exchanged Family, friends Refer to Hallmark’s List, Huge anniversary party, vow renewal
60th No Gifts exchanged Quiet contentment of finding their life partner and enjoying the golden years

And what happens in the in between years? ….Life. Anniversaries are forgotten, or postponed, Children and grandchildren are reared. Anniversaries past the fifth year sometimes not even barely recognized. Some women get huge floral gift baskets every year for their desk while others get nothing at all. It is necessary for some to make sure other women are envious and the flower arrangements get larger every year. Men rarely get gifts at work and settle for sex, sex coupons, a boy’s night out or new electronics. Thank goodness for Facebook or some people would have no annual recognition.

As the years move forward our hope is that love continues to grow, life remains an adventure. Children grow up, grandchildren are born. Retirement comes happily and the holidays are still a time for family and friends to get to together. In the in between anniversaries try to be creative and unique so that each year’s celebration is memorable. Even if it is something as wacky as pitching a tent in the back yard and snuggling around your tablet to watch a movie on Netflix while you roast marshmallows. Doing an activity together like running a marathon or doing a zombie run or visiting a place on your bucket list are good ways to keep the years interesting.

Don’t let the honeymoon phase die off. Learn to listen to your partner and anticipate their needs and desires. Keep surprising them each and every year. If a card is all you can afford or think of, make sure the words truly show you care. Write something from your heart. Make sure that you make time to celebrate your love. And for the couples that have anniversaries on major holidays, celebrate the day before or after. You will save money on dinner and not have to fight the crowds. If you get special email offers and text messages by retailers you will also get discounts on retail items and restaurants for your anniversary. You could make it a week of no cooking, while enjoying great discounts at your favorite places to eat and shopping at your favorite retailers.

While you can never put a price on your love, you can definitely find unique ways to show you care.


Here are a few anniversary lists from Wikipedia:

Anniversary Gifts:

Year

Traditional (U.S.)

Traditional (UK)

Suggested modern gift list created by

librarians at Chicago Public Library

1st

Paper

Cotton

Clock

2nd

Cotton

Paper

China

3rd

Leather

Crystal, glass

4th

Linensilk

Fruit and flowers

Appliances (electrical)

5th

Wood

Silverware

6th

Iron

Sugar

Wood objects

7th

Wool, copper

Woollen

Desk sets/pen and pencil sets

8th

Bronze

Salt

Linens, lace

9th

Pottery

Copper

Leather goods

10th

Tin, Aluminium

Tin

Diamond jewelry

11th

Steel

Fashion jewelry, accessories

12th

Silk

Silk and fine linen

Pearls, colored gems

13th

Lace

Textilesfurs

14th

Ivory

Gold jewelry

15th

Crystal

Watches

16th

Silver holloware

17th

Furniture

18th

Porcelain

19th

Bronze

20th

China

Platinum

21st

BrassNickel

22nd

Copper

23rd

Silver plate

24th

Opal

Musical instruments

25th

Silver

30th

Pearl

Diamond

35th

Coral, jade

Coral

Jade

40th

Ruby

45th

Sapphire

Sapphire

50th

Gold

55th

Emerald

Emerald

60th

Diamond (yellow)

Diamond

65th

Blue sapphire

70th

Platinum

75th

Diamond, gold

Diamond, gold

80th

Oak[17][18]

Diamond, pearl

85th

Moonstone

Wine

Wife’s birthstone

90th

Stone

Engraved marble, Granite

 Flowers:

Year

Flower

1st

Carnation

2nd

Lily of the Valley

3rd

Sunflower

4th

Hydrangea

5th

Daisy

6th

Calla

7th

Freesia

8th

Lilac

9th

Bird of paradise

10th

Daffodil

11th

Tulip

12th

Peony

13th

Chrysanthemum

14th

Dahlia

15th

Rose

20th

Aster

25th

Iris

28th

Orchid

30th

Lily

40th

Gladiolus

50th

Yellow rose, violet

    Gemstones:

Year

Gemstone

1st

Mother of Pearl

2nd

Garnet

3rd

Moonstone

4th

Blue Topaz

5th

Rose Quartz

6th

Amethyst

7th

Onyx

8th

Tourmaline

9th

Lapis Lazuli

10th

Crystal

11th

Turquoise

12th

Jade

13th

Citrine

14th

Opal

15th

Rhodolite

20th

Emerald

25th

Tsavorite

30th

Pearl

40th

Ruby

50th

Gold

65th

Sapphire



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