Wedding Anniversary Gift Year by Year Guide

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!) …

wedding anniversary gift

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
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal, Glass
4th Linen, Silk Electrical Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron Wood
7th Wool, Copper Desk Sets, Pen and Pencil Sets
8th Bronze Linen, Lace
9th Pottery, China Leather
10th Tin, Aluminium Diamonds, Jewellery
11th Steel Fashion Jewellery, Accessories
12th Silk Pearls, Coloured Gems
13th Lace Textiles, Furs
14th Ivory (note: now banned) Gold, Jewellery
15th Crystal Watches
16th Silver hollowware
17th Furniture
18th Porcelain
19th Bronze
20th China Platinum
21st Brass, Nickel
22and Copper
23rd Silver Plate
24th Musical Instruments
25th Silver Sterling Silver
26th Original Pictures
27th Sculpture
28th Orchids
29th New Furniture
30th Pearl Diamond
31st Timepieces
32nd Conveyances
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Coral Jade
36th Bone China
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl, Tourmaline
39th Lace
40th Ruby Ruby
41st Land
42nd Improved real Estate
43rd Travel
44th Groceries
45th Sapphire Sapphire
46th Original Poetry Tribute
47th Books
48th Optical Goods
49th Luxury items
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
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.

personalised bracelet

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.

Sweet Heart Sterling Silver Cufflinks

Another popular  wedding anniversary gift is our Magestic Charm Personalised bracelets with choices of copper, brass, or sterling silver handstamped beads.

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!



  1. Lena Florance July 5, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

    So informative and a great idea for a wedding anniversary gift!

    • owner July 5, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Lena

  2. Pam Hutton July 5, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

    A personalised gift for an anniversary is a great idea!

    • owner July 5, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply


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