The Ultimate Guide to finding Perfect Anniversary Gifts

Just when you thought all the drama was over after the Wedding along comes the conundrum of buying anniversary gifts which can be a huge challenge.

To help I’ve teamed up with I just Love it to share this handy guide to keep you ahead of the game.

In this anniversary gift guide, you’ll find an idea for the first 5 wonderful years and then the major milestones anniversaries, so you’ll never be stuck again finding the perfect gift for your someone special.

However lists of wedding anniversary gifts vary country by country too so keep this in mind, maybe adopting another countries tradition.

These gift ideas will suit every budget, big or small, and if you’re still stuck for ideas, personalised wedding gifts are always a great option.

Anniversary gifts - Image Ali Yahya

1st Anniversary – Cotton

Colour: Yellow

Popular Gift Suggestion: Blanket

Our Suggestion: Personalised pillow cases

For your first anniversary, you’ll want something to remember the occasion with.

A traditional gift for cotton would be a blanket, but go one step further with personalised pillow cases.

These can be personalised with your initials, a quote that you both love or simply ‘his’ and ‘hers’.

Either way, you’ll look at these pillows with a smile as you remember the joy of that special day one year ago.

anniversary gifts - Cotton - Image marianne krohn

Photo by Marianne Krohn

2nd Anniversary – Paper

Colour: Gold/Yellow

Popular Gift Suggestion: Framed wedding photo

Our Suggestion: Paper flowers

Paper seems a bit of an odd gift choice but it’s so varied that anyone could choose a great gift under this brief.

A popular gift to give is a framed wedding photo from the big day, or a simple book.

If you’re looking to go outside the box, get paper flowers that can be enjoyed for years to come – to really go with the theme, get yellow or gold flowers to signify your two years together.

3rd Anniversary – Leather

Colour: Light Brown

Popular Gift Suggestion: Wallet or keyring

Our Suggestion: Leather journal

Like paper, leather seems an odd choice for an anniversary gift but it signifies that the relationship is durable, strong and flexible, as there’s no doubt in your three years you’ve had to overcome a few issues together.

The traditional gift to give for this year is a wallet or keyring, but we suggest something slightly more special and gift your spouse a leather journal.

This can be used as a diary, a notebook or simply a place to keep notes to remember those special moments.

Anniversary gifts - Leather - Image-Julius Drost

Photo by Julius Drost

4th Anniversary – Fruit and Flowers

Colour: Lime Green

Popular Gift Suggestion: Bouquet of flowers

Our Suggestion: Grow your own plant

Giving someone a plant as a gift is much better than flowers – they can nurture the plant and really take care of it.

If it can go in the garden, the recipient will be proud of this whenever they see it and will be reminded of you and their fourth wedding anniversary.

5th Anniversary – Wood

Colour: Turquoise

Popular Gift Suggestion: Wooden photo frame

Our Suggestion: Wooden keepsake box

You’re probably thinking wood isn’t a very exciting gift to give someone for their wedding anniversary, but the meaning is actually quite nice…

Wood represents a strong, long-lasting relationship and signifies the strength of your marriage that has lasted for 5 years so far, so why not celebrate this occasion with a beautiful wooden keepsake box to fill with memories of your marriage?

This will become a great way to remind you of the things you got up to, and you can add to it throughout your marriage.

If that’s not your style, why not update your garden with a new wooden bench, or splash the cash and get a new bed for your fifth year of marriage.

 Wood - Image Sven Scheuermeie.

Photo by Sven Scheuermeie

After those first 5 years of newlywed bliss we focus on the more milestone anniversaries such as the 10th, 20th, 25th, 40th and the Big One – 50 magical years of marriage…

10th Anniversary – Tin

Colour: Silver

Popular Gift Suggestion: Diamond jewellery

Our Suggestion: Tea set

Tin doesn’t strike you as worthy of a ten year anniversary, but the meaning is great – it’s durable and flexible, it can go the mile (much like your marriage!).

You can still make this anniversary special by treating yourselves to something that you wouldn’t normally buy.

A tea set would be a lovely way to celebrate your ten years of marriage, so why not buy some nice tea and biscuits to enjoy at home?

20th Anniversary – China

Colour: Emerald Green or White

Popular Gift Suggestion: China tea sets or plates

Our Suggestion: China flowers

20 years! 2 decades. The traditional gift for this anniversary is China, so the one everyone thinks of straight away is a China tea set or plates.

We’re sure after 20 years you’ve got some lovely crockery, so we suggest china flowers. These can be on display all year round, marking the occasion well.

If your budget allows, why not go to China and have an unforgettable experience…

25th Anniversary – Silver

Colour: Silver

Popular Gift Suggestion: Silver jewellery

Our Suggestion: Silver photo frame of all your family

A quarter of a century, that’s a great achievement and one you should definitely celebrate!

By 25 years, we’re sure you’ll have a lovely family that you’d love to have photos of around your home.

To invest in a silver photo frame would be a great way to celebrate, and create a potential heirloom that your family would want to keep for generations.

40th Anniversary – Ruby

Colour: Ruby Red

Popular Gift Suggestion: Ruby tie pin, cufflinks or ring

Our Suggestion: Wine tasting

What better way to celebrate a Ruby wedding anniversary than to drink ruby beverages.

Wine tasting is a great way to celebrate a Ruby wedding anniversary, and a day out you’ll (hopefully) remember for years to come.

Yes, cufflinks, tie pins and rings are useful and would be a nice way to remind your spouse of your 40 years of marriage, but sometimes it’s nice to experience activities together rather than something material.

Wine - Image Kym Ellis

Photo by Kym Ellis

50th Anniversary – Gold

Colour: Gold

Popular Gift Suggestion: Gold jewellery or accessories

Our Suggestion: Golden themed party

A golden wedding anniversary is the big one! Celebrate with a big party with all your friends and family, and make it gold themed.

Congratulations to any married couple that has celebrated 50 years of marriage!

Anniversary gifts - Love - Image Mandy von Stahl

Photo by Mandy von Stahl


To get the full list all the way from one to Fifty take a wee look over at I Just Love Its full guide.

Its important to celebrate these milestones.

Marriage is about being a formidable force, nurturing and supporting each other through every situation and remaining steadfast in our relationships.

Showing that small token of appreciation to each other is just one small part but everyone loves a thoughtful gift.



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