Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
Posted on July 6th, 2020
Whether you are looking to treat your other half or looking for a gift for the perfect couple, finding a wedding anniversary gift can often be a challenge. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the traditional wedding anniversary gift list is still very much followed today and offers lots of gift ideas to mark the special occasion. Whether you choose to follow it or not, you cannot deny that it gives you so much inspiration!
1st Anniversary – Paper
Paper comes from the idea that after 1 year your marriage is still fragile and can easily be torn apart but is also a clean sheet, just like paper itself. Some of the most popular gifts include books, personalised prints or gift vouchers/experiences. As an interesting spin on this tradition, last year a customer had these bespoke origami cufflinks made to represent paper.
2nd Anniversary – Cotton
As your marriage grows your lives become increasingly intertwined just like cotton itself. Cotton also offers lots of gift inspiration including personalised pillowcases, bath robes, blankets or even cotton flowers.
3rd Anniversary – Leather
Leather is said to protect so what better way to mark your third anniversary! By this time your marriage will be so much stronger than when you first tied the knot and Leather is the perfect gift to symbolise this! Think Leather handbags, wallets or even a hip flask.
4th Anniversary – Fruit/Flowers
Tradition says that by your 4th anniversary your marriage will be in full bloom… so flowers and or fruit make a great choice to symbolise just this!
For a stunning floral bouquet we'd recommend the amazing, local, award winning Hannah Burnett Florist. Just check out some of her beautiful creations below.
5th Anniversary – Wood
Wood is said to symbolise that fact that by this point, the marriage has firm roots. There are so many wood inspired gifts out there such as signage, photo frames that will represent how strong the marriage is!
6th Anniversary – Sugar
The saying goes that things get sweeter over time, so after 6 years together some sweet treats are the perfect way to celebrate!
7th Anniversary – Copper and or Wool
Copper and wool are both excellent heat conductors and it is said that by 7 years of marriage your commitment to each other is warm and comforting. Gift ideas could include a beautiful throw to snuggle under on an evening or there are some beautiful copper gifts including teapots and mugs.
8th Anniversary – Bronze
Bronze is said to be a mixture or copper (representing luck) and tin (durability). What a beautiful combination to celebrate 8 years together. Bronze is a lot stronger than copper or tin so it represents that the couple is stronger together with two hearts. Anything bronze here goes! The more modern alternative here is lace and linen so this could help you find a great gift if you’re finding bronze a challenge.
9th Anniversary – Pottery
Pottery perfectly symbolises the journey you have been on as a couple by your 9th anniversary. Through the good and the bad with hard work and determination you’ve turned your marriage into something beautiful just like pottery. Think how pottery starts as a lump of clay and by the end of the delicate process it has been turned into something you’d love to own. Think pots, crockery, vases or even a pottery class for two!
10th Anniversary – Tin/Aluminium
Ten year of marriage… one whole decade, can you believe it?! Tin is said to not rust or wear down whereas Aluminium represents the durability of your marriage. Popular gifts include garden accessories, keep sake boxes and much more.
15th Anniversary – Crystal
Beautiful crystal is said to represent how clearly you see one another after 15 years and Swarovski crystal is a great way to celebrate! Choose a beautiful piece of jewellery with Swarovski crystals or treat yourselves to a Swarovski Crystal ornament you can admire for years to come!
25th Anniversary – Silver
Silver is said to be timeless just like your 25 years of love and marriage plus there are so many gift options for silver. If you have no luck in store finding just what you’re looking for, you could work with our Drakes team to create something completely bespoke in silver.
30th Anniversary – Pearl
Pearls are known as the hidden beauty which is cultivated over time from the depths of the ocean. After 30 years of marriage pearls are the perfect gem to symbolise the longevity of your marriage! Just like pearls hidden inside an oyster, it’s what is on the inside that counts.
You’ll find many gorgeous pearl products at Drakes, Plymouth including bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. Perhaps the first place to look would be our stunning Jersey Pearl collection.
40th Anniversary – Ruby
Ruby is the gemstone of love, happiness and passion… what a special way to celebrate 40 years together! Rubies are as hard as sapphires making them the second hardest gemstone next to diamonds and a great way to represent the strength of you two as a couple. Find a beautiful Ruby at Drakes today.
45th Anniversary – Sapphire
Sapphire is said to be the gemstone of royalty and after 45 years together this luxurious gem is exactly what you deserve. It is said to represent true and loyalty, the perfect combination after over four decades together! Although Sapphire is commonly known for its dazzling blue colour, this gemstone is also available in an array of other colours including pink, black and yellow.
50th Anniversary – Gold
After 50 precious years together there is only one thing that will do… gold! It represents so many things including strength, wisdom and prosperity as well as being a prized possession, it cannot be replaced! Gold gives so many options for fabulous gifts. Pop into Drakes where one of our team will be happy to help you find the perfect gold item to celebrate!
55th Anniversary – Emerald
The Emerald is said to preserve love and be a symbol of hope. It is also said to be one of the most calming of coloured gems. A beautiful gift to celebrate a lifetime of love! Drakes, Plymouth is home to an array of stunning emerald jewellery items which will help you celebrate in a memorable fashion.
60th Anniversary – Diamond
The word diamond in Greek translates to ‘unconquerable’ which couldn’t be more true after an incredible 60 years of marriage! Diamonds flourish under pressure and the only thing that can break another diamond, is a diamond. What an incredible milestone to reach! Lucky for you, diamonds are our speciality! Pop into Drakes, Plymouth and speak to our knowledgeable and passionate team who can help you find, just the diamond for you!
70th Anniversary – Platinum
Wow, 70 years of marriage and a whole lifetime of love and memories! 70 years is marked by Platinum, one of the rarest metals so one of the best ways to symbolise the length of your marriage. It is also incredibly hard wearing and hard to tarnish. Celebrate with a platinum gift or two! We have so many gorgeous platinum products in store. Many of the items you see in our Diamond and Bridal Lounge are also available to order in Platinum.