50 Years of Anniversary Gifts

The perfect gift for every year together.

December 26, 2019

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Find Inspiration for Your Next Anniversary Gift

Another year of wedded bliss and another anniversary gift to think about. If you follow traditional anniversary gift giving, each year comes with a special theme. Here are ideas for celebrating your love and the time you’ve spent together.

1st Anniversary: Paper

Letter writing may be a lost art but there’s no reason it can’t be brought back. Get a letter writing kit as a gift for penning romantic letters or a journal to log memories the two of you share.

Leather Writing Kit

BUY IT: Paper Seahorse, $69

2nd Anniversary: Cotton

What could be more cozy to celebrate your second anniversary than his and her robes? There are many great ones to choose from and a spa treatment could be coupled with the gift to make the celebration even more special.

Robe

BUY IT: Nodstrom, $63 - $145

3rd Anniversary: Leather

You could go for a snazzy new leather coat, a pair of driving gloves, a guitar strap or something more sentimental like this leather tray, which is customizable with everything from your vows to your wedding date. It can be used to hold all of your important things like keys, rings, phones and remote controls.

Leather Tray

BUY IT: Etsy, $79

4th Anniversary: Fruit or Flowers

Skip the traditional flower delivery and go for something different, like a fruit tree! These cute little Kesar mango trees can grow indoors and yield fruit. Don’t trust your green thumb? Harry and David has some wonderful fruit of the month clubs and deliver amazing fruit boxes to your door.

Mango Tree

BUY IT: Plant-O-Gram, $139

Harry and David’s Fruit of the Month

BUY IT: Harry and David, $100 for 3 months

5th Anniversary: Wood

There are so many cool and sentimental things you can get made out of wood, including custom city wood maps and anniversary wine boxes, as well as furniture you’ve been eyeing together.

Wooden Maps

BUY IT: Etsy, $28

Anniversary Wine Box

BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $180

6th Anniversary: Candy or Iron

You can choose candy or iron for this anniversary, but what is sweeter than sugar? Go ahead and order a trunk full of your favorites at 1800-Baskets or personalize your own candy wrappers. If you really love chocolate, take a trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania to experience their world cocoa that includes rides, spa items and plenty of chocolate-laden food.

Trunk of Candy

BUY IT: 1800-Baskets, $40 - 80

Personalized Anniversary Candy Wrappers

BUY IT: Just Candy, $0.49/wrapper

7th Anniversary: Wool or Copper

If you’re a kitchen geek you’ll love all of the fun copper accents that are showing up on everything from pots and pans to Kitchenaid mixers and pasta attachments. If wool is more your speed, there are plenty of ways to get cozy for anniversary number seven, like cuddling under a wool blanket. We love the endless variety here.

10-Piece Cookware Set

BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $1,300

Wool Blanket

BUY IT: Pendleton, $149 - $249

8th Anniversary: Pottery or Bronze

The 8th anniversary comes with another choice: pottery or bronze. After eight years it may be nice to invest in some new plates and mugs. There are many cool artisan potters out there, so it’s easy to get something chic and unique. For bronze lovers, opt for stunning jewelry or customizable cufflinks.

Limited Edition Hand-Thrown Vase

BUY IT: Keith Kreeger, $800

8-Year Anniversary Cufflinks

BUY IT: Etsy, $69

9th Anniversary: Willow or Pottery

If you went the pottery route for your eighth anniversary, you may want to make number nine a willow gift. Willow is a bit tricky but you could choose this light-up willow tree or a woven basket filled with treats.

Willow Tree

BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $142

10th Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum

How nice would it be to wake up to freshly squeezed OJ? Say yes to mornings in bed with an aluminum juicer, or be more sentimental with this tin song wave art that takes a meaningful song of choice and turns it into ever-lasting art.

Citrus Juicer

BUY IT: Nordstrom, $90

Sound Wave Art

BUY IT: Etsy, $80

11th Anniversary: Steel

Why not make anniversary number 11 an interactive one? Ooni has a lightweight, stainless steel pizza oven that is easy to use and offers a whole lot of fun. It won’t take long before you are both expert pizza makers.

Portable Pizza Oven

BUY IT: Ooni, $275

12th Anniversary: Silk or Linen

Silk pajamas are a nice way to treat each other on anniversary 12. Why not make it a day of relaxation with breakfast in bed and new linens as well.

Silk Pajamas

BUY IT: Nordstrom, $99

Linen Core Set

BUY IT: Brook Linen, $249

13th Anniversary: Lace

Lace definitely lends itself more to women with clothing and lingerie, but you could get creative and redefine lace as funky shoelaces for any sneakerhead.

Navy and Garnet Striped Shoelaces

BUY IT: Whiskers, $15

14th Anniversary: Gold Jewelry

Lucky 14 is an easy one–gold jewelry! There is no going wrong for him and her on this one. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, watches–the possibilities are endless.

15th Anniversary: Crystal

If you haven’t already gotten a pair at your wedding you can choose classic crystal candlesticks or something Swarovski to celebrate your 15th anniversary.

Candlesticks

BUY IT: Macy’s, $97

Angelic Square Set

BUY IT: Swarovski, $229

16th Anniversary: Coffee or Tea

Coffee and tea lovers, there is so much you can do with this anniversary! Whether it’s s subscription, a Chemex pour-over or a fun new tea pot, there are many ways to show your love.

Coffee Subscription

BUY IT: Verve, $20 for a 12 oz. Bag

Chemex 8-Cup Coffee Maker

BUY IT: Crate&Barrel, $44

Brew Enamel Teapot

BUY IT: CB2, $28

17th Anniversary: Wine or Spirits

The same goes for wine and spirits. There are luxurious bottles out there, some really cool wine clubs or wine accessories. You could also venture off to wine country, or take a cocktail making class together.

Firstleaf Wine Club

BUY IT: Firstleaf, $15 – 21 per Bottle

Coravin Model Two Wine System

BUY IT: Bloomingdale’s, $300

18th Anniversary: Appliances

Few things sum up 18 years of marriage like the practicality of appliance shopping. Now is the time to finally get the new appliance you’ve been eyeing, whether it’s a refrigerator or a new toaster oven.

Toaster Oven

BUY IT: Home Depot, $90

19th Anniversary: Jade

There’s something unique about the bright green hue of jade and its beauty in jewelry. Your partner may love this jade bracelet or dig this ultra-luxe dog tag style necklace.

Soul Journey Jewelry Loving Energy Jade Bracelet

BUY IT: Amazon, $40

Men’s Exotic Stone Tag in Nephrite Jade

BUY IT: Neiman Marcus, $790

20th Anniversary: China

This is a huge milestone–20 years! You could buy a new set of China or go a little off cuff and take a trip to the country itself. If that’s not in the cards, talk about future travel plans while sipping from these bone china mugs.

Love You to The Moon & Back Gift Coffee Tea Mug

BUY IT: Amazon, $15

21st Anniversary: Fire

There is still fire in your relationship after 21 years, and that should be the theme for your gift. Whether you take it literally with something like a backyard fire pit or sign-up for a cooking class, this is sure to be a hot anniversary!

Outdoor Concrete Fire Table

BUY IT: Arhaus, $999

Sur la Table Cooking Class

BUY IT: Sur la Table, $69 - $79

22nd Anniversary: Water

We’d take this anniversary on the water–literally! Whether it’s a romantic sunset boat ride, scuba lessons, a picnic on the beach or a midnight swim, enjoy time in the water together. If you want something more tangible, yeti offers great waterproof coolers and things to take on a boat.

Waterproof Cooler

BUY IT: Yeti, $300

23rd Anniversary: Air

For number 23, you could fly the friendly skies or breathe in a breath of fresh air by doing yoga or meditating together. A yoga kit can get you started, and a travel kit will get you in the air.

6-Piece Yoga Kit

BUY IT: Amazon, $36

Travel Kit

BUY IT: Amazon, $20

24th Anniversary: Stone

After 24 years, your love is pretty rock solid. To follow the stone theme, you could indulge in whiskey stones for him or a stone ring for her.

Whiskey Stones Double

BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $22

Five Stone Stacking Ring

BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $48

25th Anniversary: Silver

Why not gift something sentimental for this momentous anniversary? River and Birch creates beautiful silver jewelry with handwritten messages on them like, “my love forever” or “love you always.” Anything you choose will be a keepsake for years to come.

River and Birch Personalized Silver Necklace

BUY IT: River and Birch, $122

30th Anniversary: Pearls

There’s nothing more classic than a string of pearls for her and a pearl tie tacks for him.

14K Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl and Diamond Necklace

BUY IT: Macy’s, $659

Men’s Pearl Tie Tack

BUY IT: Etsy, $26

35th Anniversary: Coral

What is the ultimate 35th anniversary gift? Exploring the Great Coral Reef while you can still see the beauty of the ocean.

40th Anniversary: Ruby

We are seeing red for the 40th anniversary! The crimson colored gemstone adds a real pop to jewelry like in this David Yurman bracelet, or cuff links. Or, if jewelry isn’t your thing, you could opt for this personalized ruby poster.

Cable Spira Bracelet with Rubies in 18K Gold

BUY IT: David Yurman, $2,000

Personalized 40 Year Anniversary Art Print

BUY IT: Amazon, $23

45th Anniversary: Sapphire

The bright blue gemstone commemorates 45 years and its hue adds a pop to more than just rings and bracelets. This phone case is a daily reminder of your love. Or you could go more luxe with this diamond and sapphire necklace.

Sapphire Dripping Agate Phone Case

BUY IT: Casetify, $29

Blue Sapphire Diamond and Oval Pendant Necklace in 14K White Gold

BUY IT: Bloomingdale’s, $900

50th Anniversary: Gold

50 years and your relationship is as solid as gold! Jewelry is again the obvious choice here but you could also go for a personalized gold plated record, gold sneakers or a gold bartender set.

Personalized Gold LP Record

BUY IT: Uncommon Goods, $175

Nike Women’s Running Shoes

BUY IT: Amazon, $90

Gold 23-Piece Bartender Kit

BUY IT: Amazon, $60

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