Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gift Ideas (By Year!)

Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gift ideas (by Year!)


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It’s here! After many reader requests through the years, we’ve finally put together an Anniversary Gift Guide with both fabulous and thoughtful gifts! Our gift guide is sorted by anniversary themes but we’ve selected both modern and more traditional anniversary gift ideas that fit each year. Today we are highlighting some of our favorite ideas for years one through ten but we have gifts for years beyond that in our Anniversary Gift Guide

We’ve found such beautiful gifts for the first ten years of marriage based on the “traditional” gift ideas. 

1st Anniversary: Paper

Artifact Uprising Layflat Photo Album
Have Your Wedding Photos Put In An Album
Anniversary Journal
Recap Each Year With This Keepsake Journal
Letterpress Vows
Display Your Vows in A Beautiful Way
Whether They or For a Show or Trip, Tickets Are Perfect for Paper Anniversary

2nd Anniversary: Cotton

His and Hers Pajamas
A Matching Set of LAKE Pajamas is the Coziest Gift for Your Cotton Anniversary
Monogrammed Throw
A Beautiful Throw is a Practical Gift that Will Last for Years to Come
His and Hers Robes
Celebrate With a Spa Day and These Luxury Bath Robes
Heirloom Handkerchief
These Keepsake Handkerchiefs are a Thoughtful Way to Remember Your Second Anniversary

3rd Anniversary: Leather

Family Bible
This Family Story Bible is Perfect for Documenting Big Moment's in Your Family's Story
His and Hers Leather Duffel
Plan an Anniversary Trip and Pack with These Duffel Bags
Custom Cowboy Boots
Find a Custom Cowboy Boot Maker in Your Area or Head to Customize a Pair for Your Man
Designer Shoes
A Pair of Louboutins or Other Designer Shoes is a Special Way to Remember Your Leather Anniversary

4th Anniversary: Linen

In the U.S., the traditional gift is flowers, but in the UK it is linen. We are going with the British since linens are a more permanent gift!

Linen Tie
There are So Many Beautiful Linen Ties!
Embroidered Dinner Napkins
Start a Collection of Beautifully Embroidered Dinner or Cocktail Napkins
NEST Fragrances Linen Candle
A Creative Alternative to the Linen Anniversary
Serena & Lily Linen Sheet Set
These Luxury Set of Linen Sheets is Perfect for the Fourth Anniversary!

5th Anniversary: Wood

Rattan Breakfast Tray
Start Off Year 5 With Breakfast in Bed With This Tray
Wooden Keepsake Box
Collect Keepsakes from Your Marriage in This Personalized Wooden Box
Wicker Picnic Basket
Commit to More Picnics in Year 5 With a New Picnic Basket
Personalized Tray
A Beautiful Piece to Display in Your Home

6th Anniversary: Iron

Cast Iron Dutch Oven
This is an Essential for Anyone Who Likes to Cook!
Iron Wine Rack
For the Couple Who Loves Wine
Cast Iron Kitchen Aid Mixer
The Popular Kitchen-Aid Mixer in Cast Iron is a Great Addition to Your Kitchen
Iron Wall Art
A Favorite of Joanna Gaines!

7th Anniversary: Copper

Celebration Wine Bowl
I Love Using My Celebration Wine Bowl for All Different Occasions
Moscow Mule Mug Set
Gift This Mug Set With a Moscow Mule Cocktail Set
Copper Fire Pit
A Memorable Addition to Your Backyard
Copper Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker
This Coffee Maker Comes Highly Recommended By My Coffee Connoisseur Friends

8th Anniversary: Bronze

Bronze Picture Frame Set
Display a Photo from Your 8th Year of Marriage in These Bronze Picture Frames
Patio Furniture
Pick Out New Bronze Patio Furniture Together
Bronze Shinola Watchh
Loving the Bronze Accents on This Men's Watch
Gucci Bag with Bronze Accents
A Bag She'll Have Forever!

9th Anniversary: Pottery

Sasha Nicholas Cake Stand
This Cake Stand Would Look Beautiful on Display in Your Home
Susan Gordon Pottery
Select of Piece of Pottery and Add Personalization to Remember Your 9th Anniversary
Ceramic Dip Pitcher
Display a Beautiful Bouquet in This Ceramic Pitchehr
Tricia Lowenfield Wedding Platter
Have a This Platter Personalized With Your Wedding Date

10th Anniversary: Aluminum

Aluminum Apple Watch
Gift One Another Apple Watches to Commemorate This Anniversary
New Bicycles to Ride Together is a Fun and Creative Anniversary Gift
Pots and Pans Set
It May Be Time for a New Set of Pots and Pans and the Aluminum Anniversary is the Perfect Occasions
AWAY Luggage Aluminum Luggage Set
Celebrate a Decade of Marriage with a Vacation and a New Set of Luggage


Stay tuned for another post filled with extra special gifts for milestone anniversaries like 25, 50 and 60 years or browse them in our Anniversary Gift Guide now. 

Don’t forget: experience gifts and travel excursions make great anniversary presents as well! If you are taking your loved one a trip, be sure to see our top 10 travel gifts post.

Do you have any creative ideas to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below and head to the Anniversary Gift Guide to see more!

And don’t forget to pin this post (or hold on to this graphic we made) for quick reference! 



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10 thoughts on “Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gift ideas (by Year!)

  1. Love this, I wish I had it during our first 10. I was able to get creative with gifts. This year Lord willing will be 16 years. Can you do a list for 11-20?😊

  2. An anniversary sundial is a good idea, it is a clock that tells time using the sun. We have one that sits on the window sill in our family room and it makes big bright rainbows move through the room when the sun shines. It was handmade for us with a special date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary day each year, and there is also a mark on that line that the shadow touches at the actual moment of our ceremony. We’ve had it for several years, it works great, and we enjoy it every sunny day. I don’t remember what it is called exactly, but you can find it online with a search. It is one of the best anniversary gifts that I have ever heard of, and every year when the shadow hits the mark we drink a toast together!

  3. Love your blog! I have one to share, as each year we give gifts based on each year. My favorite thus far has been from Dreamlines Wedding Dress Sketch. My husband gave me a sketch of my wedding dress, my shoes, bouquet, and his suit. It was the most lovely gift he could have given me.

  4. Really awesome gift ideas! I really like the Cast Iron Dutch Oven this time I give two gift on our anniversary. A few days back, a friend suggested me to gift a jar with little love messages to her. I loved it and have purchased it from KindNotes. the Cast Iron Dutch Oven is also I am going to buy. Thanks for sharing these awesome gifts ideas.