Anniversary Gift Inspiration

Anniversaries aren’t just for weddings anymore. Unmarried couples also like to pay tribute to some important milestones in their relationship, such as their first date, or the day they moved into their first apartment together. It’s never too early to start thinking about gift, especially if you’re celebrating an important year. Unfortunately, it’s always tough to find that perfect present to honor the occasion. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Anniversary Gift Inspiration

First anniversary
It might not seem like a great deal of time in the grand scheme of things, but it’s still pretty significant considering where you were a year ago. The first anniversary was traditionally celebrated with paper, so it’s a chance to really let your creativity shine. A heartwarming gift could be a journal, a handwritten message in a bottle, or even just a card if you’re keeping things low key. However, there is a more contemporary option available if you want to splurge a little more. A more contemporary gift for a first anniversary is any gold jewelry with no specified stone, so why not get your loved one a name necklace made of gold. It’s both personal, and has a beautiful message implied in the symbol. Make it more meaningful by engraving both your names on the necklace.

Fifth anniversary
The traditional fifth anniversary is commemorated with wooden presents, which can feel a little limiting in terms of what you can buy. Fortunately, you’ll have gotten to know you partner better after half a decade, so this should also be easy. Wooden frames might seem like a simple gift, but your favorite pictures will look perfect inside them. You could even have the frames engraved if you’d like them to feel a bit more personal. If your loved one has a large collection of books, you could also buy some wooden bookends to keep their collection securely on the shelves. If you’re feeling creative, sign up for a wood carving class in your area and make a statue of something meaningful to your relationship. Alternatively, sign up for the class together and show how you’ve learned to work together over the years.

Tenth anniversary
So much can happen in ten years, yet through it all you’re still together. This is certainly a year to go all out with the gifts. You can also try some wedding sketch as  an Anniversary Gift Traditionally, this year is celebrated with tin or aluminum, but it will be easier to buy them jewelry they can wear around the office if you don’t limit yourself to a specific metal. However, if you want to stick to tradition, you could buy them a personalized tea or coffee tin, an engraved trinket box, or an adorable teddy bear in a gift tin. If these don’t quite sound right, contemporary gift suggestions include diamond jewelry and accessories, anything with a daffodil motif, or colored blue or silver. This significantly opens up your options; you could buy them a beautiful blue sweater to wear when you go out to a celebratory dinner.

Twentieth anniversary
Two decades is nothing to laugh at; by now you’ve probably raised children together or supported each other through big career progressions. Your years together might now outnumber your years apart, or at the very least the gap is closing. The commemorative gift for this year is china, so you could surprise them with a new bone china kitchen set. Alternatively, you could be very liberal with the interpretation of china, and treat your loved one to dinner at a Chinese restaurant, or even book a couples holiday to China. After all, you don’t often get to celebrate spending twenty years with the same person.

Twenty-fifth anniversary
Celebrating your Silver anniversary is truly a momentous milestone that most couples choose to share with friends and family. However, the gift exchange should always remain between yourself and your partner. Silver is an appropriate theme for this anniversary; radiant, beautiful, and symbolizes lucidity and vision in the future. Some gifts also include rose motifs to suggest hope, wisdom and faith, and promising an enduring happy relationship. Engraved silver jewelry is a perfect way to mark the occasion, especially if the engraving features the date of your wedding in some way. If you want to get all your loved ones in on the love, include this activity during your celebration; everyone has to write down something they love or admire about your relationship and put it in a mason jar. This gift is yours to keep for the rest of your lives.

A Sketch of Her Wedding Dress as an Anniversary Gift


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