Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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Are you searching for that perfect wedding anniversary gift? Whether you want to stick to the traditional wedding anniversary gift recommendations, or are searching for something a little more modern, it helps to know what the classics are.

List of Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Most traditional wedding anniversary gifts have been celebrated for at least one hundred years, and while many people don't follow the suggested list anymore, it's always fun to see what gifts should be given in accordance with the year of the anniversary. Traditional anniversary gifts are as follows:

  • First - Paper
  • Second - Cotton
  • Third - Leather
  • Fourth - Fruit/Flowers
  • Fifth - Wood
  • Sixth - Candy/Iron
  • Seventh - Wool/Copper
  • Eighth - Bronze/Pottery
  • Ninth - Pottery/Willow
  • Tenth - Tin/Aluminum
  • Eleventh - Steel
  • Twelfth - Silk/Linen
  • Thirteenth - Lace
  • Fourteenth - Ivory
  • Fifteenth - Crystal
  • Twentieth - China
  • Twenty-Fifth - Silver
  • Thirtieth - Pearl
  • Thirty-Fifth - Coral
  • Fortieth - Ruby
  • Forty-Fifth - Sapphire
  • Fiftieth - Gold
  • Fifty-fifth - Emerald
  • Sixtieth - Diamond

Modern Anniversary Gifts

For many couples, the traditional wedding anniversary gift just isn't practical. Many people look for more practical gifts to give. Modern anniversary gifts that coordinate with special anniversaries include the following:

  • First - Clocks
  • Second - China
  • Third - Crystal/Glass
  • Fourth - Appliances
  • Fifth - Silverware
  • Sixth - Candy/Iron
  • Seventh - Desk Sets
  • Eighth - Bronze/Pottery
  • Ninth - Linen/Lace
  • Tenth - Leather
  • Eleventh - Jewelry
  • Twelfth - Pearls
  • Thirteenth - Textiles/Furs
  • Fourteenth - Gold Jewelry
  • Fifteenth - Watches
  • Twentieth - Platinum
  • Twenty-Fifth - Silver
  • Thirtieth - Diamond
  • Thirty-Fifth - Jade
  • Fortieth - Ruby
  • Forty-Fifth - Sapphire
  • Fiftieth- Gold
  • Fifty-fifth - Emerald
  • Sixtieth - Diamond

History of the Wedding Anniversary Gift

Wondering who first came up with the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, such as gold for the 50 year anniversary and silver for the 25 year celebration? The silver tradition for the 25 year anniversary was first celebrated in Middle Europe in the late 1700's to early 1800's. Wood, the fifth anniversary gift, was first given around 1875.

Queen Victoria started the diamond anniversary, which is typically celebrated on the 60th anniversary, when she celebrated her 60th year on the throne, referred to as the Diamond Jubilee.

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts