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Anniversary Gifts by Year

Have you ever wondered where the idea came from to give specific marriage anniversary gifts by year? And who came up with the list in the first place? I mean, it’s kind of a weird list.

Some historians say that the tradition of giving anniversary gifts by year began in medieval times in the Germanic regions of Central Europe. They say that silver was a symbol of harmony and that the husband would present his wife with a silver wreath on their 25th wedding anniversary. And if the couple were lucky enough to reach their 50th anniversary, the wife would receive a gold wreath.

By the Victorian era, in the 1800s, the 5th anniversary was recognized with wood and the 60th anniversary was declared the diamond anniversary in honor of Queen Victoria of the British Empire. She celebrated her 60th year on the throne as her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

We can likely thank Emily Post for noting trends to celebrated anniversaries with a symbolic gift in each of the first 15 years of marriage, beginning with paper anniversary gifts in celebration of the first anniversary, and in 5-year increments thereafter. Which leads us to the list we have today.

Giving the traditional or modern gift by year can be a creative gift-giving approach to wedding anniversary gift ideas. Here are a few to get you started:

1st Anniversary Gift Ideas: Paper, Clock

The traditional first anniversary gift is paper, and the modern gift is a clock. There are a million ways you can go with paper anniversary gifts, such as tickets to an event, a rare book, or a map of a special place you have enjoyed together. A sweet one year anniversary gift for her could be a photo collage of your first year together. A unique twist on the modern 1st anniversary gift is a clock made out of paper like this personalized origami clock.

5th Anniversary Gift Ideas: Wood, Silverware

For the 5th anniversary, tradition calls for wood, but modern sensibilities allow for silverware. Wood symbolizes the strength of your bond, while silverware is a reminder of the connection you form over shared meals. A 5th anniversary Jenga game is a playful wedding anniversary gift idea to give to a couple. A personalized engraved pocket knife is a practical yet thoughtful fifth anniversary gift idea for your husband.

10th Anniversary Gift Ideas: Tin, Diamonds

Tin or aluminum is the traditional 10th anniversary gift, and the modern gift is diamonds. If you’re inclined to go in the modern direction for a wedding anniversary gift for her, you can never go wrong with a pair of diamond stud earrings or a solitaire diamond necklace. Timeless and elegant, she will cherish them forever.

To honor the traditional gift idea, look no further than KindNotes. KindNotes silver tin boxes of notes are filled with 31 romantic love letters you choose or write yourself that your husband or wife can open and read all at once, once a day, every year on your anniversary, or anytime they need to be reminded of your love and devotion.



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