Wedding & Anniversary Gifts

Memories can invoke very strong emotions. At a young age our memories take hold and later in life these can be sparked by sights, sounds, touch, tastes, and smells. Special occasions tend to hold the deepest memories, ones birthdays’, Christmas, first date, graduation, and matrimony, to a couple’s first born and then the cycle begins again in another’s memories.

The memory of ones wedding celebration marks a special passage of time. Ones own memories that were once exclusive to only you are now shared with another and the two become one in thought, emotion and in this way all future memories change and are never remembered again as exclusively your own. No longer is it “my” memories but “our” memories.

The yearly anniversary which now marks that sharing of time has such special meaning, over the years much thought has gone into the giving of gifts for a couple’s wedding anniversary. This guide offers suggestions for gift giving for both men and women and insight into traditional and modern gifts and offers purchasing opportunities from trusted merchants that assisted in producing this guide.

Marriage Anniversary Gifts in the early years of marriage were small remembrances, or tokens, such as 1st (paper), 5th (wood), and 10th (tin). In later years of matrimony, gifts gained value (which tends to correspond with society status and professional security), including 15th (crystal), 20th (china), 25th (silver), and 50th (gold).

By the time her publication was reprinted in 1957, the growing importance of wedding anniversary celebrations in America required more guidance and the traditional gift list had been expanded to include all of the first 15 years, and multiples of five thereafter. Additionally, as 35 years had passed since the original publication modern alternatives were again added and updated to include more socially acceptable gift options.

The traditional and modern anniversary gift guides have changed very little during the past half-century where traditional gifts are deeply rooted in heritage yet modern gifts greatly assist to offset cultural differences. The giving of a gift to your partner on the memorable occasion of shared thought is so symbolic that this guide has been developed to assist making the occasion truly one worth marking the passage of time from here.

The right gift can bring a sparkle to every eye and can delight the hearts of all. Our Anniversary Guide will help you celebrate with gift ideas. The quick chart below tells you the Gemstone Anniversary Gifts for each year.

01 Anniversary – Gold Jewelry

02 Anniversary – Garnet Rings

03 Anniversary – Pearls

04 Anniversary – Blue Topaz

05 Anniversary – Sapphire

06 Anniversary – Amethyst

07 Anniversary – Onyx Rings

08 Anniversary – Tourmaline

09 Anniversary – Lapis Rings

10 Anniversary – Diamonds

11 Anniversary – Jewelry

12 Anniversary – Pearls

13 Anniversary – Citrine

14 Anniversary – Gold Jewelry

15 Anniversary – Ruby Rings

20 Anniversary – Platinum

25 Anniversary – Silver

30 Anniversary – Pearl

35 Anniversary – Jade

40 Anniversary – Ruby

45 Anniversary – Sapphire Rings

50 Anniversary – Gold

55 Anniversary – Emerald Rings

60 Anniversary – Diamond Rings

65 Anniversary – Diamond

Comments (23)

SzenoveraJuly 9th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

I really like the weddings atmosphere. For that I always prepare every wedding gift with a vengeance.

smithJuly 15th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

As you know women love jewelery so that the best gift for them. I always gift different types of jewelery to my wife on our wedding anniversary and she loves to have these gifts.

New Balance 620July 16th, 2009 at 6:09 am

I’m getting Married on Oct 10 and we recently bought our wedding bands. We paid under $800 for both bands. They are white gold and fabulous. Thanks for the great post!

MylesJuly 30th, 2009 at 4:34 am

My friend just got married. I bet she would love this list as something to guide her and her new hubby on gifts for the may happy years to come

Craigslist DallasAugust 10th, 2009 at 9:45 am

Gifts always present our love and personality so they should be carefully be chosen and a wedding gift should be memorable

AlexAugust 20th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Diamond Rings is what i like to present to my wife

floristsNovember 6th, 2009 at 5:54 am

I’ve gotten a few items online from cheaponlineshop and my girlfriend thinks I’m the best thing since sliced bread. Not that sliced bread is very impressive!

expiring domainDecember 29th, 2009 at 1:34 am

I know that the first wedding anniversary gift is paper but that’s all i know..

CaricoJanuary 12th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Its hard to believe we have not come up with a new anniversary gift list. I guess the classics are just that classic and timeless.

RussRMarch 3rd, 2010 at 4:24 am

Woman really love to get gifts and surprises. I buy some jewelery for my wife on the wedding anniversary. So it can be both a surprise as well as a gift too.

Rock T ShirtsMarch 17th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

At the time of aniversary and party functions we have to wear bright clothes.So for that we must have to follow firstly then the upcoming generation able to learn.

EugeneApril 13th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

these marriage anniversary tips are awesome, I liked the list in the bottom it’s smartly chosen

gutScheinApril 20th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hey there,
quite a nice idea, using some kind of jewelery circle- but hopefully my husband won’t see this because it is merely our second aniversary this year but I love to have the Sapphire, so this would mean to wait three more years :)
Nevertheless I honestly like your post!

Spenco InsolesMay 12th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for suggestion.

Teresa@perfect giftsMay 17th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Wow that’s a lovely list. But, the ones i want my hubby to get me are way down below. So have to wait for some more years :(

Mobility AidsMay 24th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Year 6 anniversary is just round the corner – with this sites guidance I now know what to buy.

SheriMay 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This is a great article and every guy should be paying attention to the information provided above!

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towergemJune 5th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

my marriage will reach 04 Anniversary – Blue Topaz on this Jun

BongsJune 11th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Thank you very much for your help because many of m,y friends marriages are approaching and i need to buy a gift for them. i will definitely use your ideas for the same.

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Silver JewelleryJuly 3rd, 2010 at 3:17 am

I try and get and wife a piece of jewellery every year and now I can use this list to make it meaningful, thanks.

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