Traditional & Modern Anniversary Gifts

Our one-year anniversary came and went!  Sigh…I’m officially no longer a newlywed.  The traditional first year anniversary gift is paper, and the modern gift is clocks.  For those of you celebrating this autumn and winter, here’s the list:

Anniversary # Traditional Gift Modern Gift
First Paper AnniversaryPaper Clocks AnniversaryClocks
Second Cotton AnniversaryCotton China AnniversaryChina
Third Leather AnniversaryLeather Crystal / Glass AnniversaryCrystal / Glass
Fourth Fruit / Flowers AnniversaryFruit / Flowers Appliances AnniversaryAppliances
Fifth Wood AnniversaryWood Silverware AnniversarySilverware
Sixth Candy / Iron AnniversaryCandy / Iron Wood AnniversaryWood
Seventh Wool / Copper AnniversaryWool / Copper Desk Sets AnniversaryDesk Sets
Eighth Bronze / Pottery AnniversaryBronze / Pottery Linens / Lace AnniversaryLinens / Lace
Ninth Pottery / Willow AnniversaryPottery / Willow Leather AnniversaryLeather
Tenth Tin / Aluminum AnniversaryTin / Aluminum Diamond Jewelry AnniversaryDiamond Jewelry
Eleventh Steel AnniversarySteel Fashion Jewelry AnniversaryFashion Jewelry
Twelfth Silk / Linen AnniversarySilk / Linen Pearls AnniversaryPearls
Thirteenth Lace AnniversaryLace Textiles / Furs AnniversaryTextiles / Furs
Fourteenth Ivory AnniversaryIvory Gold Jewelry AnniversaryGold Jewelry
Fifteenth Crystal AnniversaryCrystal Watches AnniversaryWatches
Twentieth China AnniversaryChina Platinum AnniversaryPlatinum
Twenty-Fifth Silver AnniversarySilver Silver AnniversarySilver
Thirtieth Pearl AnniversaryPearl Diamond AnniversaryDiamond
Thirty-Fifth Coral AnniversaryCoral Jade AnniversaryJade
Fortieth Ruby AnniversaryRuby Ruby AnniversaryRuby
Forty-Fifth Sapphire AnniversarySapphire Sapphire AnniversarySapphire
Fiftieth Gold AnniversaryGold Gold AnniversaryGold
Fifty-Fifth Emerald AnniversaryEmerald Emerald AnniversaryEmerald
Sixtieth Diamond AnniversaryDiamond Diamond AnniversaryDiamond

Get creative with these!  At your 45th year, rather than sapphire earrings, what about a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin?  Okay, so maybe the earrings would be nice, but gin martinis are, too!  For our one-year “paper” gift, I got my husband a Sunday subscription to the New York Times.  Today is our third Sunday.  I think I’m enjoying the gift a little bit more then he is.  Oh well- I can try harder for cotton next year!

Does anyone have any creative anniversary gift ideas?

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  • October 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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