Roses are red, violets are blue. Which wedding anniversary gift should you choose? A great one, of course! But did you know that for each year a couple is married, there is a traditional gift which goes with it? Somebody many years ago, allocated the type of gift a couple should get on their anniversary. I found it almost impossible to remember them all, so I created this handy guide for you (and me!) …
Which Anniversary Gift Goes with Which Year?
Did you know that there are many different types of traditional anniversary gifts? While the name of the person who created the list and the creation date are unknown, historians have made their best guess. It probably originated in the 1800’s during the Victorian era in the UK. During the 20th century it then headed over to the USA. Here in NZ, it probably came with the first European settlers. They cover up to the 75th wedding anniversary, but only for modern gifts. Some traditional gifts are missing for some of the years, with only major anniversaries allocated a gift.
Is anniversary gift giving a tradition we should continue with? I guess it is up to both the couple and the giver. It’s quite fun to know which gift type goes with which year anyway! Here are the wedding anniversary gift ideas, both traditional and modern up to 75 years of marriage:
|Year||Traditional Gift||Modern Gift|
|4th||Linen, Silk||Electrical Appliances|
|7th||Wool, Copper||Desk Sets, Pen and Pencil Sets|
|10th||Tin, Aluminium||Diamonds, Jewellery|
|11th||Steel||Fashion Jewellery, Accessories|
|12th||Silk||Pearls, Coloured Gems|
|14th||Ivory (note: now banned)||Gold, Jewellery|
|42nd||Improved real Estate|
|46th||Original Poetry Tribute|
|75th||Diamonds, gold||Diamonds, gold|
Choosing the Perfect Anniversary Gift
Nowadays many of us prefer to give an anniversary gift of our own choosing. It’s often something we know the couple really needs, wants or likes. When it comes to choosing a wedding anniversary gift for our husband or wife, we often like to buy something personal. Jewellery makes a fabulous choice. It can be worn daily, can be personalised and is a gift from the heart.
Our Personalised Bracelet is made with sterling silver, but it’s not something you need to wait for your 25th wedding anniversary to give! We can hand stamp a message inside just for your loved one too. For the man in your life, how about our sterling silver Sweet Heart Cuff Links? You pick a colour for the hand stamped heart and we’ll take care of the rest.
We have many other fabulous personalised gifts, all of which make wonderful anniversary gifts. Look around, we are certain you’ll love our jewellery just as much as we do!