Congratulations! You’ve made it to another year of being married to the person of your dreams. If that’s not something to celebrate, then what is? Why not go the extra mile, and create a truly custom anniversary gift for your better half?
The traditional wedding anniversary gift list goes as far back as the Middle Ages, but it’s still very much in use today. There’s just something special about sticking to tradition.
Want to know the real meaning behind each gift? Need some anniversary gift inspiration? Read on.
What anniversary gift to give for what anniversary year?
A wedding anniversary is a special day for couples to reflect on their years together and appreciate all they’ve experienced. Whether you’re looking for a special gift to give your spouse on your anniversary this year or want to give a gift to a special couple to celebrate their anniversary, we have a great selection of personalised gifts for you to choose from.
When you give a personalised anniversary gift, you’ll show your partner how much you love and cherish your relationship, whether you’re celebrating your 1st, 10th or 50th year together. Personalised gifts are also a thoughtful way to celebrate the wedding anniversary of your parents or another couple in your life.
Whether it’s your 1st or your 50th, here’s a list of milestone wedding anniversary gifts by year with their meanings, so you can make sure you’re getting your gift right.
The themes for these notable years include:
1st Wedding Anniversary: Paper
The traditional gift for your first marriage is paper. No that’s not meant to represent ‘divorce papers’, but rather a ‘clean sheet’ for the two of you to write your own story. However, it also represents the ease at which your marriage can be torn. It has not yet stood the test of time.
While you may be thinking that paper is a pretty common, even boring material, there’s one clever way of making your first wedding anniversary gift an unforgettable one; and that’s with photo prints and enlargements of your favourite wedding or honeymoon memories.
2nd Wedding Anniversary: Cotton
Durable and versatile, cotton holds the qualities of a marriage that’s made it to its second year. The underlying meaning behind a cotton gift is that your marriage needs to be able to stay strong even when faced with difficult changes. Accomplish this, and the two of you will grow ever closer, your lives becoming intertwined like interwoven cotton fibres.
His and Her velour cotton / polycotton blend personalised beach towels are an excellent cotton themed anniversary gift. Practical but plush, there’s something romantic about his and hers beach towels marking out your territory by the pool.
3rd Wedding Anniversary: Leather (modern: glass)
Leather represents the shelter and security that has come from your three years of marriage together. Leather is seen as a durable material the protects us from the elements, just as you are both able to protect each other from external problems coming from outside your marriage. Through thick and thin, rain or shine, you have each other.
In honour of your leather anniversary, what better present than a stylish leather photo book, full of happy memories?
4th Wedding Anniversary: Linen (modern: fruit or flowers)
Four years! That means it’s time for some gorgeous fruit and flowers! After all, at this stage, your marriage has really started to blossom and ripen.
Nothing says “We made it to year four!” like a classic linen photo book full of happy memories and embellished with clip art of your loved one’s favourite flowers.
5th Wedding Anniversary: Wood
Trees symbolise strength, wisdom and time. Like a tree standing firmly in the wind, after five years of sharing the ups and downs, your relationship as husband and wife continues to grow from strength to strength. With deep roots firmly cemented in the ground, your marriage can endure anything.
10th Wedding Anniversary: Aluminium or Tin
Ten years have flown by since you said: “I do”! Can you believe it? To mark the special double digits, tradition states that the two of you exchange tin or aluminium gifts. Having reached a decade of staying faithful as husband and wife, tin symbolises the ability to last through time. Made from copper and bronze, tin does not rust, or erode over time.
Aluminium, on the other hand, is a malleable metal which represents the flexibility and durability in marriage. After ten years together, you can now handle any obstacles thrown your way.
The perfect ten year wedding anniversary gift is a custom metal tabletop photo print, personalised keepsake tin or even an aluminium ornament – which you can keep to display on the Xmas tree, or use as a decorative wall plaque all year-round.
Print a photo collage of the highlights of your ten years together on our metal photo wall prints using one of our pre-made collage template designs. Shuffle the photos and text around in the builder, to tell your story in a way that is unique as you.
You can save mementos of special events in your lives together in the keepsake tin, from photographs of your wedding to the birth of your children. After ten years together, you’re bound to have a whole lot of special memories!
Create a series of aluminium wall ornaments that showcase the special events in your lives and display your special memories in a shadow box frame, that you can add to as each year together passes.
20th Wedding Anniversary: China
After twenty years together, china is seen as an overall representation of your marriage after two decades. Do not take it for granted or mishandle it, or it shall break. The obvious gift for a china-themed anniversary gift is a porcelain mug or a set of Chinese Zodiac themed mugs that highlight your compatibility in the stars. Read our blog for more information on your Chinese Zodiac Animals.
25th Wedding Anniversary: Silver
Halfway to 50! Silver needs hardly any introduction, as one of the most popular precious metals around. Having reached your 25th wedding anniversary, the value of your marriage has reached new heights. May your marriage continue to shine just like silver.
Silver coloured metal prints are a sure-fire way to showcase your love for each other. Choose from wall mounted or table top options.
30th Wedding Anniversary: Pearls
Pearls are known for their beauty, and also the considerable amount of time required to form. After being married for three decades, a pearl gift repents something beautiful that has been created over time. It also symbolises the hidden beauty in your relationship that comes with maturity and from within.
As far as 30th wedding anniversary gifts go, you cannot go wrong with a gift that has pearls (of wisdom) – or just pearls. An elegant pearl necklace or pearl earrings for her is timeless. For him, a set of pearl cufflinks or a tailor-made suit or shirt with pearl buttons is always a win. Make sure to team it with a metal tin to keep them safe.
Or you could go with the pearls of wisdom idea, and create a custom piece of wall art that showcases your pearls of wisdom as a witty quote or anecdote.
40th Wedding Anniversary: Ruby
Your 40th wedding anniversary together calls for something special – and what could be more special than a glamorous blood-red ruby? Ruby is the stone of love and passion, a symbol of your deep and unwavering love for one another.
Show them how much they mean to you with a matching set of ruby-red personalised mugs that allow your creativity to shine and make them smile with every sip.
Need a little more warmth? How about a Ruby-Red “Lovestruck” photo blanket to snuggle up under? You’ll find it under the More Designs > Love section
50th Wedding Anniversary: Gold
Half a century of being married, and you’ve made it to the gold standard. Gold represents the strength, wisdom, prosperity and significance of your marriage. As the most prized metal, it is a symbol of your 50th wedding anniversary – something that cannot be replaced.
How about designing your own bespoke canvas print using our gold painted dots canvas design to celebrate togetherness?
60th Wedding Anniversary: Diamond
Shining bright like a diamond, your marriage has stood the test of time. This precious stone symbolises strength, affection and your undying love for one another.
For that extra special 60th anniversary present, gift the love of your life a unique canvas print or blanket with a custom diamond photo collage design to celebrate all those happy memories of time gone by.
Whatever milestone anniversary gift you create, remember to pair it up with a heartfelt personalised anniversary card. We have a range of pre-made card designs to get you started, or you can create your own.
Whatever gift you choose for your anniversary, nothing say “I love you” more than a personalised gift & card created with love.
Snapfish + Macmillan are working in partnership to raise vital funds. For every greeting card or flat card set sold, Macmillan receive up to 15p.
What did you create? We’d love to see your anniversary creations. Please tag us using @snapfishuk on Instagram or Facebook with photos or use the hashtag #snapfishuk. You can also follow us on YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest, too!