Modern and Traditional Anniversary Gifts by Year

Summer is an incredibly popular time to get married, so whether you’re shopping for your bride-to-be, your bridesmaids, or for the perfect anniversary gift for your lovely wife, it’s always wise to shop with a plan.

Happy Anniversary

Did you know that each year in a marriage is typically represented by a type of anniversary gift? Check out the list below for the modern and traditional anniversary gifts by year.

Year Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit/Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Candy/Iron Wood
7th Wool/Copper Desk Sets
8th Pottery/Bronze Linens/Lace
9th Willow/Pottery Leather
10th Tin/Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk/Linen Pearls
13th Lace Textile Furs
14th Animals* Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
60th Diamond Diamond

* Historically, the traditional 14th anniversary gift was ivory, but endangered elephant populations make this an unethical choice.

Now that you know the traditional and modern anniversary gift theme for each year, check out this list from Hallmark on creative anniversary gift ideas that are sure to make your loved one feel wonderful!

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