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Anniversaries

Below is a list of the Traditional and Modern gift for each Anniversary.

1st

Traditional:
Paper

Modern:
Clocks

2nd

Traditional:
Cotton

Modern:
China

3rd

Traditional:
Leather

Modern:
Crystal, Glass

4th

Traditional:
Linen (Silk)

Modern:
Appliances

5th

Traditional:
Wood

Modern:
Silverware

6th

Traditional:
Iron

Modern:
Wood Objects

7th

Traditional:
Wool (Copper)

Modern:
Desk Set

8th

Traditional:
Bronze

Modern:
Linens, Lace

9th

Traditional:
Pottery (China)

Modern:
Leather Goods

10th

Traditional:
Tin, Aluminum

Modern:
Diamond

11th

Traditional:
Steel

Modern:
Fashion Jewelry

12th

Traditional:
Silk

Modern:
Pearls, Colored Gems

13th

Traditional:
Lace

Modern:
Textiles, Furs

14th

Traditional:
Ivory

Modern:
Gold Jewelry

15th

Traditional:
Crystal

Modern:
Watches

16th

Traditional:
Silver

Modern:
Holloware

18th

Traditional:

Modern:
Porcelain

19th

Traditional:

Modern:
Bronze

20th

Traditional:
China

Modern:
Platinum

21st

Traditional:

Modern:
Brass, Nickel

22nd

Traditional:

Modern:
Copper

23rd

Traditional:

Modern:
Silver Plate

24th

Traditional:

Modern:
Musical Instruments

25th

Traditional:
Silver

Modern:
Sterling Silver

26th

Traditional:

Modern:
Original Pictures

27th

Traditional:

Modern:
Sculpture

28th

Traditional:

Modern:
Orchids

29th

Traditional:

Modern:
New Furniture

30th

Traditional:
Pearl

Modern:
Diamond

31st

Traditional:

Modern:
Timepieces

32nd

Traditional:

Modern:
Conveyances (e.g. Automobiles)

33rd

Traditional:

Modern:
Amethyst

34th

Traditional:

Modern:
Opal

35th

Traditional:
Coral (Jade)

Modern:
Jade

36th

Traditional:

Modern:
Bone China

37th

Traditional:

Modern:
Alabaster

38th

Traditional:

Modern:
Beryl, Tourmaline

39th

Traditional:

Modern:
Lace

40th

Traditional:
Ruby

Modern:
Ruby

41st

Traditional:

Modern:
Land

42nd

Traditional:

Modern:
Improved Real Estate

43rd

Traditional:

Modern:
Travel

44th

Traditional:

Modern:
Groceries

45th

Traditional:
Sapphire

Modern:
Sapphire

46th

Traditional:

Modern:
Original Poetry Tribute

47th

Traditional:

Modern:
Books

48th

Traditional:

Modern:
Optical Goods

49th

Traditional:
Gold

Modern:
Luxuries of any kind

50th

Traditional:
Emerald

Modern:
Gold

55th

Traditional:
Diamond

Modern:
Emerald

60th

Traditional:
Diamonds

Modern:
Diamond

75th

Traditional:
Diamondlike Stones, Gold

Modern:

80th

Traditional:

Modern:
Diamond, Pearl

85th

Traditional:

Modern:
Diamond, Sapphire

90th

Traditional:

Modern:
Diamond, Emerald

95th

Traditional:

Modern:
Diamond, Ruby

100th

Traditional:

Modern:
10-Carat Diamond

Anniversary Gifts by Year

A Wedding Day is an incredibly important occasion when two people celebrate the beginning of their marriage in the presence of family and friends. Following this significant occasion, anniversary celebrations each year commemorate the continuation of each person’s love for the other.

It is generally considered important that each wedding anniversary is celebrated in a memorable and meaningful way, because the anniversary is like an annual renewal of the commitment between two people. This is one time of the year when time and effort needs to be invested into finding a suitable gift, and a gift that is romantic, unique, or symbolic in some special way for the couple.

In the earlier years of a marriage, it is often simple to think of a meaningful gift when two people tend to have plenty of things on their wish lists they want to purchase someday. However, as the years go by and the assets build up, it becomes increasingly more difficult to think of an anniversary gift that will be treasured.

The tradition of giving gifts for a wedding anniversary extends back to medieval times. It is known that during the time of the Holy Roman Empire, a man would crown his wife with a silver wreath on the 25th anniversary, and a gold wreath on the 50th anniversary, however, there was little else documented in terms of themes for gift giving on other anniversaries.   

To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled ‘Etiquette’. In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary. The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.

These gift suggestions for each year of marriage are today referred to as the ‘Traditional’ themes for each anniversary. This list was later reviewed and updated to incorporate a ‘Modern’ theme for each anniversary.

As time progressed, this list was broadened even further by other authors who suggested gift themes for every year from the first to the 25th, as well as every five years up to the 75th wedding anniversary.

We have put together a comprehensive and accurate list detailing the most recognized traditional and modern gift themes by anniversary year.

Let Bechtold Jewelry help you find the perfect gift. Visit us today or call 605-332-7151

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