It has become commonplace for brides and grooms to gift one another something small and meaningful on their wedding day. But, when it comes to anniversaries, the facts seem to get fuzzy. Everyone knows that couples often eat the top layer of their cake on their first anniversary—but what is one supposed to gift their spouse on that day besides a quite expired cake? You may also be asking yourself, what is a golden anniversary? Or, do these themed gifts have to be literal? Do not fear, we have answers to these questions and more. But first, here is a breakdown of the major anniversaries and both their traditional and modern day gift themes:
Some of the bigger anniversaries—twenty-five, fifty and sixty—are easy to gift because silver, gold and diamond are easy jewelry gifts. Or, if you are children planning an anniversary party for your parents it is easy to incorporate these colors into a party theme via decorations or cake. However, many of the anniversaries within the first ten years require some creative thinking. Luckily, Etsy is full of creative interpretations and ideas for gifts for every year of marriage. Plus, the modern interpretations of anniversary gifts are more practical if you prefer to go that route.
A couple’s first anniversary is important, and the idea of paper can seem boring or vague. However, paper can be utilized in countless ways to create a memorable gift. Framed wedding themed art and maps are popular gifts. For example, maps could be used to represent where a couple first met, got married, and where they live now. Additionally, if a couple writes their own vows they could have them printed into a beautiful piece of artwork to treasure for a lifetime. Similar ideas can be used for the wood anniversary—wedding vows, a date, monogram, or location could be carved into a wooden sign to hang in one’s home.
Some other anniversaries are self-explanatory as well—fruit, flowers, pottery, and candy are all simple gifts. One particularly important yet difficult anniversary is ten years because the theme is tin. Etsy saves the day again with a creative idea—a sign made out of tin license plates that displays a couples wedding date. It’s quirky and meaningful and definitely unique. For more creative ideas, be sure to look at Pinterest and Etsy. However, at the end of the day, the greatest gift of an anniversary is being with the one you love.