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Wedding Anniversary Gift List

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Looking for an anniversary gift for your spouse or that special couple in your life? This list of traditional and modern gifts for Wedding Anniversaries was compiled by the librarians at the Chicago Public Library's Information Center.

The list of traditional gifts includes alternatives in parentheses, but keep in mind that these are just suggestions - the best idea is always to give a gift that's not just meaningful, but useful as well, so if you know they are in need of furniture in their second year of marriage, don't feel compelled to wait until their 17th anniversary to get them that lovely table from Pier 1.

 

Modern Traditional
1st Clocks Paper
2nd China Cotton
3rd Crystal, Glass Leather
4th Appliances Linen (Silk)
5th Silverware / revisit Honeymoon location Wood
6th Wood objects Iron
7th Desk sets Wool (Copper)
8th Linens, Lace Bronze
9th Leather goods Pottery (China)
10th Diamond / revisit Honeymoon location Tin, Aluminum
11th Fashion jewelry Steel
12th Pearls, Colored gems Silk
13th Textiles, Furs Lace
14th Gold jewelry Ivory
15th Watches / revisit Honeymoon location Crystal
16th Silver holloware  
17th Furniture  
18th Porcelain  
19th Bronze  
20th Platinum / revisit Honeymoon location China
21st Brass, Nickel  
22nd Copper  
23rd Silver plate  
24th Musical instruments  
25th Sterling silver / renewal of vows Silver
26th Original pictures  
27th Sculpture  
28th Orchids  
29th New furniture  
30th Diamond / revisit Honeymoon location Pearl
31st Timepieces  
32nd Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)  
33rd Amethyst  
34th Opal  
35th Jade / revisit Honeymoon location Coral (Jade)
36th Bone china  
37th Alabaster  
38th Beryl, Tourmaline  
39th Lace  
40th Ruby / revisit Honeymoon location Ruby
41st Land  
42nd Improved real estate  
43rd Travel  
44th Groceries  
45th Sapphire / revisit Honeymoon location Sapphire
46th Original poetry tribute  
47th Books  
48th Optical goods (e.g., telescope, microscope)  
49th Luxuries, any kind  
50th Gold / renewal of vows Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
75th Diamond, Gold Diamonds, Gold
80th Diamond, Pearl  
85th Diamond, Sapphire  
90th Diamond, Emerald  
95th Diamond, Ruby  
100th 10-carat Diamond  

 

Sources:
Anderson, Charles. "The Exchange," RQ 25 (1985): 175.
The World Almanac and Books of Facts. Mahwah, New Jersey: World Almanac Books, 1997.
World Book Encyclopedia, 1997 ed., s.v. "wedding anniversary."

 


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