85 of The Best Anniversary Gifts by Year

comments icon 62 comments

Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year


Did you know that the tradition of giving themed anniversary gifts by year dates all the way back to the 18th century? It’s true! And while we love anniversaries of all kinds here at The Dating Divas, we also love traditions! 


We get asked a lot for anniversary gift suggestions. We decided to help everyone out by compiling a list of the best ideas for wedding anniversary gifts by year to keep with the long-standing tradition!


Celebrate each other with anniversary gifts by year. | The Dating Divas
A happy couple celebrating their anniversary.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. To learn more about ’em, click here.


For each year below, you’ll find the traditional anniversary gift associated with that year. You’ll also find creative ideas based on the number to make your anniversary as memorable as possible! You can click on each of these links to be taken straight to the list of suggestions!


  • 1st YearYour first anniversary is DEFINITELY one for the books! You both deserve a huge celebration for what you’ve accomplished and overcome! With a traditional gift of paper, the 1st year is one where you can really let your creativity (and crafty side!) shine.


  • 2nd YearYour two-year anniversary is an exciting time! This is when the deep bonds start to form! Ring in that second year of joy with these cotton-based gifts!


  • 3rd YearAfter three years of marriage, you’re really starting to get into a groove. You know what makes each other tick and the best way to communicate. The traditional gift for the third anniversary is leather.


  • 4th YearFour years together!! Being married for four years is definitely a TRUE accomplishment, so be sure to set the time aside to celebrate. Classic gifts like fruit and flowers are perfect for this anniversary.


  • 5th Year – FIVE YEARS! You did it! With 5 years under your belt, you can now fully claim that you are no longer newlyweds and ready for the long road ahead.  The traditional gift for this year is wood and these ideas really bring that to life!


  • 6th Year – If you’ve made it six years being married, you REALLY deserve some chocolate. Make your sixth anniversary as sweet as can be with these candy-themed ideas.


  • 7th Year – Lucky seven! You’ve made it seven glorious years as a married couple and you’re starting to forget what life was like before your spouse. Let the traditional gift of copper take center stage with these clever ideas.


  • 8th Year – Eight years as a married couple?! What a HUGE accomplishment! For this anniversary, bronze is going to make a big appearance with these eighth-anniversary gifts!


  • 9th Year – Alright, nine years! Take the time to really reflect and celebrate all that you’ve accomplished together to get here. Get in touch with the beauty of pottery with these ninth anniversary gifts ideas.


  • 10th Year – You two are so for-‘tin’-ate to have made it 10 years! Celebrate with this list of 10th-anniversary gift ideas that are “tin” inspired classics.


  • 20th Year – TWENTY YEARS! You two have done what many couples can’t do. So with that, delicate and beautiful china is what makes the twentieth-anniversary special.


  • 25th Year – Twenty-five years… a quarter of a century! It feels like such an accomplishment! These ideas will make your silver twenty-fifth anniversary shine.


  • 30th Year – What you’ve accomplished together over the last 30 years is nothing short of a miracle! Show some appreciation and admiration for how far you’ve come as a couple in the last 30 years and get some inspiration from the sea with these pearl-inspired projects.


  • 40th Year – Another decade together… and you still continue to choose each other every single day. The traditional gift for the fortieth anniversary is the ruby.


  • 50th Year – This is a BIGGIE!! In the United States, only 7% of couples make it this far!! Celebrate winning GOLD with all your loved ones for your golden anniversary.


  • 60th Year – After sixty years together, your marriage is as strong as a diamond. Help your marriage sparkle and shine (literally!) with these diamond-infused ideas.


  • Anniversary Gift Ideas for Any Year – At the bottom of this list, we’ve also included links to our all-time favorite anniversary gifts. Additionally, we’ve added ideas that would work for ANY anniversary year. Make sure you scroll all the way down to check those out! 


Ready for a ton of anniversary gift suggestions by year? Let’s do this! 


Anniversary Gifts by Year (First)


This is a sentimental anniversary gift for the first year. | The Dating Divas
A paper journal with favorite memories for a 1-year anniversary gift.

1 . First Anniversary Printable Kit (The Dating Divas) – This downloadable pack has three complete anniversary gift ideas that you can prepare for your spouse. Inside the kit is an Anniversary Picture Frame, 365 Days of Love Traditional Paper Gift, and a Book of Love.


2 . Love Letter of the Month Club (The Dating Divas) – Gift your sweetheart a whole YEAR of love letters! Who wouldn’t LOVE receiving a heartfelt love letter every month of the year? If you love this idea, you might also want to check out our Love Letter Kit 2.0.


3 . Anniversary Newspaper (Newspaper Club) – Choose pictures and write articles highlighting your favorite memories. You might also want to check out how to make your own personalized magazine!


4 . 100 Reasons Why I Love You (The Dating Divas)- Why not make a romantic paper book with “100 Reasons Why I Love You” for your paper wedding anniversary gift? The free printables make it a super simple DIY gift.


5 . Anniversary Journal (Uncommon Goods) – This gorgeous anniversary journal would make the perfect first-anniversary paper gift! In addition, you can use it for all of your anniversaries to come!


Anniversary Gifts by Year (Second)


A bedroom game for a 2nd anniversary gift | The Dating Divas
The Game of Love Bedroom Game for a 2nd-year anniversary gift.

6 . Game of Love (The Dating Divas) – Here’s a cotton anniversary gift your spouse is guaranteed to love! Grab the Game of Love, a sexy bedroom board game that’s printed on a COTTON fitted bed sheet!


7 . Second Anniversary Printable Kit (The Dating Divas) – This downloadable pack has three complete anniversary gift ideas that you can prepare for your spouse. In the kit, you’ll find an anniversary picture frame, an iron-on pillow design for your traditional cotton gift, and a creative “We Go 2-gether” gift basket with cute, coordinating tags.


8 . Cotton Sole-Mate Socks (Not On the High Street) – Matching His and Hers Sole-Mate sock sets are PERFECT for a cotton gift! These would also go perfectly with our Sole Mate printable card and DIY Foot Rub Kit!


9 . Scripted Pillows (A Subtle Revelry) – These sharpie scripted pillows would make the perfect DIY second-anniversary gift on cotton pillowcases. Just use a sharpie marker to write down your vows, the lyrics to your love song, a love letter, or a favorite love poem. And if hand script is not your style, consider custom designing your own unique pillowcase with Printful!

10. His and Hers Cotton Bath Robes (jfy Bride) – Cotton bathrobes make a great cotton gift for your second anniversary, especially this fun “Wifey” and “Hubby” set. A romantic Anniversary Spa Date Night would be perfect to go with it too!


Anniversary Gifts by Year (Third)


A leather anniversary gift for your 3rd wedding anniversary | The Dating Divas
A leather journal and card to celebrate a 3rd wedding anniversary.

11 . Third Anniversary Printable Kit (The Dating Divas) – This downloadable pack has three complete anniversary gift ideas that you can prepare for your spouse. Inside your kit you’ll find an anniversary picture frame, a couple’s journal, in addition to a darling “All About Us” gift basket.


12 . Personalized Leather Calendar Keychain (Create Gift Love) – This personalized leather keychain calendar is sure to be a timeless keepsake. Just personalize it with your anniversary month and day.


13 . His and Hers Couple’s Leather Bracelets (Cristen Bradshaw) – Leather bracelets are great for a couple’s anniversary gift! The leather makes it “manly” enough for the husband, and the lover’s knot makes it sentimental enough for the wife.


14 . Leather Bookmark (Love That Leather) – If you’re married to a book lover, this leather bookmark would be a great choice for a third-anniversary gift.


15 . His and Hers Leather Passport Holders (Coastal Room Decor) – If you dream of traveling the world together and going on a lifetime of adventure, these his and her leather passport holders would be a great third-anniversary gift!


Anniversary Gifts by Year (Fourth)


Fruit is the traditional 4th anniversary gift. | The Dating Divas
4th anniversary date night with fondue.

16 . Fondue Date Night (The Dating Divas) – Nothing goes better with fruit than some chocolate, so celebrate your fruit anniversary with an at-home fondue date night.


17 . Fourth Anniversary Printable Kit (The Dating Divas) – The gifts in this kit include an anniversary picture frame and a fun Fruit Basket as a traditional fruit gift. It also has printables for a FOUR-mal four course dinner.


18 . Fruit Bouquet (Edible Arrangements) – Flower bouquets are always nice, but an edible fruit bouquet is even better. Here is another site with cute options! If you’re on a budget, you can even try this DIY version.


19 . Keepsake Bouquet (The Paisley Moon) – Getting flowers that never die is an anniversary gift you’ll always treasure. It would be fun to get a bouquet featuring your wedding colors.


20 . Trail of Rose Petals (The Dating Divas) – A box of rose petals can turn any ordinary evening into an extraordinary one! Leave a trail of rose petals to a special surprise.


Fifth Year Anniversary Ideas

Celebrate your 5th wedding anniversary with a gift of wood. | The Dating Divas
A couple celebrates their 5th anniversary.

21 . Fifth Anniversary Printable Kit (The Dating Divas) – This downloadable pack has three complete anniversary gift ideas that you can prepare for your spouse. Inside your kit, you’ll find an anniversary picture frame, an anniversary Jenga game for a traditional wood gift, and a unique hand love note.


22 . 5 Senses Gift (The Dating Divas) – In honor of your 5th anniversary, give your sweetheart this darling 5 Senses Gift to show your love in every SENSE of the word! They’ll really be knocked ‘senseless’ with these wedding anniversary gifts.


23 . Wood Watch (Tree Hut) – We love that you can personalize this wood watch with a special message for your 5th anniversary like, “5 years later and I’ve loved every SECOND!” We also love this customizable wood watch!


24 . Wood Postcard (Personalization Mall) – Give a love note that will last forever on this personalized wood postcard. You could even go crazy and create a whole set!


25 . Wood Clock (Denim Heels) – This natural pallet wood clock is beautiful, but our very favorite part is the phrase on it, “Time spent with family is worth every second!”


Sixth Year Anniversary Gift Ideas


Anniversary gift by year - year 6 | The Dating Divas
Giant, printable anniversary candy-gram.

26 . Anniversary Candy Gram (The Dating Divas) – An anniversary-themed candy gram is the PERFECT gift idea for your sixth anniversary. We even have a printable engineer print and template to make it super easy to pull off!


27 . Anniversary Candy Bar Love Notes (The Dating Divas) – These printable candy bar love notes are so clever and witty. There are 10 different versions specifically for your anniversary too!


28 . Sexy Candy Bar Love Notes (The Dating Divas) – If you’re looking for more of a sexy sixth-anniversary gift, this is the one for you! You can download 5 whole pages of sexy candy bar love note tags for FREE!


29 . Love is Sweet Bedroom Game (The Dating Divas) – This sexy date night is great for your anniversary night, and its candy theme makes it an especially perfect addition to your sixth wedding anniversary gifts. And, even better, it’s totally FREE!


30 . Chocolate Tasting Date (The Dating Divas) – Celebrate the traditional anniversary gifts of candy with a romantic chocolate tasting date! If you wanted to you could even end the night with some DIY chocolate body paint!


Seventh Year Gift Ideas


Spoil your spouse for 7 days for your 7th anniversary. | The Dating Divas
A bubble bath idea to spoil your sweetie for your 7th anniversary.

31 . Seven Days of Spoiling (The Dating Divas) – In honor of your 7th anniversary, give your sweetie SEVEN Days of Love! Instead of just celebrating for one day, celebrate by counting down to your big day all week long.


32 . Happy Seventh Copper Keychain (Jewelry Everyday) – This hand-stamped copper keychain is perfect for a traditional seventh-anniversary gift. You can even customize the message on the front.


33 . Copper Wire Photo Holders (Homemade Ginger) – This is a fun and easy DIY seventh-anniversary gift idea. Make your own copper wire photo holders! Then just add your favorite photos of the two of you for new bedroom decor.


34 . “Days that Changed Everything” Penny Wall Art (The Dating Divas) – Make your own DIY seventh-anniversary gifts by creating a wall art display using pennies from the years that have significant memories and meaning to your relationship! After giving your sweetie your gift, you could even go on the accompanying Penny Date.


35 . Solid Copper Mugs (Amazon) – These solid copper, hammered, mule mugs would make a great traditional seventh-anniversary gift! These ones keep the drink inside nice and cold without getting the handle too cold for your hand.


Gifts Ideas for Your 8th Year Anniversary 


Movie dates for the whole year are a great for an 8th anniversary gift by year! | The Dating Divas
A Year of Movie Dates as an 8th anniversary gift idea.

36 . Year of Movie Date’s (The Dating Divas) – Playoff the number 8 and give your sweetheart a whole year of movie “D8’s”. This post has tons of different options to choose from.


37 . Eighth Anniversary Scavenger Hunt (Play. Party. Plan.) – When it comes to wedding anniversary gifts by year, how cute and creative is this eighth-anniversary scavenger hunt? We just adore the little bronze-themed gifts she leaves along the way too.


38 . Bronze Infinity Keychain (Jewelry Everyday) – The infinity symbol is great for your eighth-year wedding anniversary gifts since it signifies your love lasting forever and resembles the number eight! And a sentimental keychain works for both men and women!


39 . Romantic Couple Sculpture (Novica) – This romantic, wooden sculpture of a couple is perfect for an eighth-anniversary gift since their bodies form the shape of the number 8!


40 . Coordinates Bronze Buckle (Steel Toe Studios) – If your husband is a huge belt wearer, this bronze buckle may be the perfect eighth-anniversary gift for you. You can even customize it with your choice of coordinates.


Ninth Year Anniversary Gifts


Ninth anniversary's traditional gift is pottery. You can celebrate with a paint night! | The Dating Divas
Paint night invitations for a 9th anniversary gift.

41 . Painting Date (The Dating Divas) – Have a painting night together and choose to paint some pottery! You can also find great deals for pottery classes on Groupon. And who wouldn’t love to try out the potter’s wheel?


42 . Pottery Barn Shopping Date (Pottery Barn) – Even if traditional pottery isn’t your thing, you can still keep with the pottery theme and go on a shopping date to Pottery Barn! How fun would it be to pick out something new for your bedroom or home?


43 . 9th Anniversary Mug (YouNique Designs Store) – Count the days that you have loved each other with this beautiful 9th-anniversary mug AND pay homage to the gift of pottery.


44 . Pottery Rose (Just Paper Roses) – What could be more appropriate for your pottery anniversary than beautiful pottery rose in a terra cotta pot? This one stands 7″ tall and lasts forever.


45 . Number Nine Cake Topper (Ladada Designs) – Bake a cake for your sweetheart for your anniversary and top it off with this number nine cake topper. This is a super easy but still thoughtful gift, especially when placed on a new piece of pottery –a beautiful cake plate!


Tenth Year Anniversary Gifts


Gift an "All About You" basket on your 10th Wedding Anniversary | The Dating Divas
10th anniversary gift idea with an “All About You” basket.

46 . “All About You” Gift Basket (The Dating Divas) – In honor of your 10th anniversary, let your spouse know 10 things you love about them. The printable gift tags for this 10-year anniversary gift make it pretty easy to pull off.


47 . Tin For Ten (Giggles Galore) – When it comes to wedding anniversary gifts by year, the traditional 10th-anniversary gift is tin. Fill a DIY tin can with your top 10 favorite married memories and 10 reasons “why I love you.”


48 . The Man Can (The Dating Divas) – If you need more of a sexy 10th-anniversary gift for your husband, this Man Can is perfect- just use a tin can! It’s the perfect blend of traditional, yet sexy.


49 . “One Decade Down, A Lifetime to Go!” Keychain (Gems By Johnna) – This dime stamped keychain is such a sweet and unique 10th-anniversary gift. It’s the perfect way to commemorate a decade together.


50 . Anniversary Time Capsule (The Dating Divas) – Use a tin can and create an Anniversary Time Capsule to bury for the next 10 years. Pack it with some 10-year-friendly wedding anniversary gifts to ‘seal’ the deal!


Twentieth Year Gift Ideas for Your Anniversary 


Traditional 20th anniversary China-themed date. | The Dating Divas
Modernize the 20th traditional anniversary gift with a China-themed night.

51 . China Date Night (The Dating Divas) – If China dishes aren’t your thing, you can still put a spin on the traditional china gift and plan a Chinese-themed date night.


52 . Heart-Shaped China Mugs (Amazon) – China is the traditional anniversary gift of twenty years so these heart-shaped china mugs definitely fit the bill. Or if you prefer something more practical, you could opt for the traditional China dinnerware set.


53 . Personalized 20th Anniversary Word Art (Words and Rainbows) – Order your own unique artwork that features your choice of words or phrases in the shape of the number 20.


54 . Make a Cash Roll with $20 Bills (Crafts a la Mode) – When it comes to anniversary gifts by year, for your 20th anniversary, surprise your spouse with a cash roll made out of $20 bills. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make.


55 . Anniversary Tea Pot (Macy’s) – A special teapot made just for a 20th anniversary.


Twenty-Fifth Year Gift Ideas


Silver gift idea for 25th wedding anniversary | The Dating Divas
A personalized keychain 25th anniversary gift by year idea.

56 . 25th Anniversary Keychain (So Simply Quaint) – When it comes to anniversary gifts by year, this hand-stamped anniversary keychain is sure to be a gift that will last a lifetime.


57 . His and Hers Sterling Silver Ring Bands (A and L Engraving) – This set of sterling silver rings bands is perfect for your silver wedding anniversary gifts. You can customize them with your wedding date.


58 . 25th Anniversary Silver Spoons (Impressions Stamped) – Silver spoons are a great idea for your silver anniversary gifts, and these ones are even better with the added message, “Spooning Since ….” with a personalized date (Or go the more practical route and get a new set of silverware.)


59 . 25th Anniversary Cupcakes (Target) – Position cupcakes to form the shape of the number 25 for a silver anniversary surprise! It’s SO simple but looks quite impressive.


60 . Silver-Dipped Natural Rose (The Eternity Rose) – A natural rose is coated in pure silver! Talk about a beautiful symbol of a love that will last forever. This is the quintessential 25th-anniversary gift!


Thirtieth Year Anniversary Gifts


Create a beautiful and meaningful anniversary gift with words that represent your years together. | The Dating Divas
Personalized 30th anniversary print.

61 . Personalized 30th Anniversary Word Art (Domestic Goddess Craft) – This word collage is a great gift for your 30th anniversary. Personalize it with words and phrases that are meaningful to your relationship.


62 . Counting Keychain  (Marmar) – If you’re looking for a great idea, this funny “Who’s Counting” keychain has 30 hash marks for each year of your marriage.


63 . Framed Pearl Heart (Button Art by Sophie) -This heart made out of pearlized buttons is a great choice for your pearl anniversary. On the other hand, you might consider pearl cufflinks for him and pearl earrings for her.


64 . Personalized Porcelain Pearl Bowls (Melissa Ceramics) – These beautiful porcelain bowls are the perfect pearl color. In addition, they can be personalized with your initials.


65 . Pearl Tree Sculpture (Josoko) – You’ll score big time with this pearl tree to symbolize how much you’ve grown as a couple!

For even more ideas, check out this list of The Best 30th Anniversary Gift Ideas and Party Planning Tips!

Fortieth Year Gift Ideas

40th Wedding Anniversary Gift Idea of Ruby Rings | The Dating Divas
40th-anniversary ruby ring gift.

66 . His and Hers Rings With Rubies (Averie Glamour) – These stunning his and her rings are solid 14K white gold. They complement each other perfectly, and the five tiny, princess-cut rubies in her ring make it perfect!


67 . Personalized 40th Wedding Anniversary Sign (Fairplay Printables) – This beautiful wedding anniversary sign can be totally personalized to celebrate your ruby anniversary.


68 . Ruby Red Anniversary Paper Art (Caroline Rees Papercut) – When it comes to traditional anniversary gifts by year, this ruby red cut paper art is perfect for a 40th-anniversary gift. You can hang and treasure it for years to come.


69 . “Her Worth Is Far Above Rubies” Bangle (Redeemed Jewelry) – Since the traditional anniversary gift for year 40 is ruby, the scripture Proverbs 31:10 fits perfectly! “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Let your wife know how amazing you really think she is with this treasured piece of jewelry.


70 . Ruby Anniversary Party (Catch My Party) – Invite your friends and family over to celebrate the big 4-0 with you! We just love these cute ruby-colored centerpieces featuring pictures from then and now.


Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas


Your 50th Wedding Anniversary Sign Idea | The Dating Divas
A golden, 50th-anniversary sign.

71 . Golden Together Sign (By Jen Rose) – We just adore this hand-painted sign by Salty Bison. It’s simply perfect for a 50th-anniversary gift or party decoration. You might even include this “50 Reasons Why I Love You” Jar!


72 . Gold Number 50 (Mary Jo’s Party Pics) – This sparkly gold number 50 is perfect for a party decoration or as a fancy cake topper for your 50th anniversary.


73 . Golden Gift Basket (World Market) – This golden gift basket would work perfectly as a 50th-anniversary gift. Of course, if money doesn’t allow, you could also make your own DIY version.


74 . 50th Anniversary Memory Book (Amazon) – This 50th-anniversary memory book is a photo album, scrapbook, and guest book combined! Truly a keepsake!


75 . Gold and Glittered Anniversary Frame and Print (Becoming Martha) – Among our anniversary gifts by year list, this is a favorite. Follow the DIY tutorial to make your own personalized gold and glittered anniversary frame and print!


Sixtieth Anniversary Gift Suggestions


Give a gift that is all about memories for your 60th wedding anniversary. | The Dating Divas
60th wedding anniversary with a couple holding their wedding photo.

76 . Take a Picture Holding Your Wedding Picture (Style Me Pretty) – Isn’t this anniversary photo just gorgeous?! We’re totally in love!


77 . 60th Photo Collage (Work To Shop) – Take your favorite pictures from the last 60 years of marriage and turn them into a fun photo collage in the shape of the number 60!


78 . Personalized 60th Anniversary Print (Digital Board) – This one-of-a-kind print includes events, facts, and more from the year you were married!


79 . 60th Anniversary Photo Frame (Amazon) – This beautiful keepsake photo frame is perfect for displaying a photo taken on your 60th wedding anniversary!


80 . Sparkly Diamond Personalized Card (Sarah Louise Designs) – Address it to your sweetie with a pet name and your personalized anniversary.


Our Favorite Anniversary Gift Ideas for ANY Year


No matter how long you’ve been married, we’ve got a handful of ideas that will be perfect for any time! 


The 52 Dates for 2 is a perfect anniversary gift for ANY year. | The Dating Divas
52 dates for 2 anniversary gift idea.

81 . 52 Dates for Two (The Dating Divas) – 52 date cards with 52 date night ideas! That’s one for every week of the entire year!


82 . Anniversary Countdown (The Dating Divas) – Countdown to your anniversary and celebrate all week long with this fun Anniversary Countdown Kit! In addition to being super cute and fun, it includes an anniversary pocket banner.


83 . The Ultimate Anniversary Kit (The Dating Divas) – The Ultimate Anniversary Kit has everything you could ever want, or need, to plan your next anniversary. The anniversary journal is my favorite part, but you’ll have to go check out everything that it includes.


84 . Anniversary Sticky Notes (The Dating Divas) – These printable sticky notes are darling and there is a whole section JUST for your anniversary! Stick them all over your bedroom, your spouse’s car, or make a heart shape out of them on your bathroom mirror.


85 . Anniversary Interview (The Dating Divas) – These sweet anniversary question cards make for the perfect (quick and easy) anniversary date night! Take them to dinner with you or use them for a romantic, at-home anniversary date.


We hope this list of anniversary gifts by year has been helpful in giving you ideas for your anniversary! For more anniversary inspiration check out these pages:



I am a reading, singing, shopping queen! (I'm very lucky that my handsome hubby likes shopping as much as I do) Married for 9 years and ready for forever, I love spending time with Brigham (my husband) and our 4 kiddos. I teach high school English during the school year and in the summertime, we love to go on adventures in the great outdoors.

Learn more about Shanelle
Free 7-day Program

One week to a better marriage.

Sign up now and get our 7 Days of Love Program absolutely free!

Husbands or Wives
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

You Might Also Like

diamond iconWe love your comments

We LOVE hearing from our readers! Thanks for leaving us some love!

Recent Comments

  1. I think wood blocks such as the Engraved Wooden Wedding Anniversary Personalized baby blocks found on Etsy could be on the 5th year list. Especially if there are already kids in the house 🙂

  2. These ideas are MONEY!!! SOOOO smart! I wish I had this for my first 10 years of marriage! Guess I’d better go make up for it! 😉 haha

  3. My husband got me a special gift certificate (paper) for an anniversary sundial (a cool clock that uses the sun) and did both traditional and modern 1st anniversary gifts in one! I thought he was pretty clever doing that, but the sundial was wonderful – it is made of glass and sits on the windowsill indoors in our family room, and it makes beautiful rainbows in the room whenever the sun shines. It also has a personalized date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary day each year, and a special mark on that line that the shadow touches at the actual time that we got married, and if we are both home we drink a toast together when it happens. I don’t remember what it’s called but you can find it online with a search. I thought it was a brilliant idea!

  4. Lots of good ideas here, thanks for the great list! I thought you might like to hear about something special that my husband did several years ago. He got me a special gift certificate (paper) for an anniversary sundial (a cool clock that uses the sun) and did both traditional and modern 1st anniversary gifts in one! I thought he was pretty clever doing that, but after I had it made for one of our sunny windows the sundial came and it was wonderful – it is made of glass and sits on the window sill indoors in our family room, and it makes beautiful big rainbows move across the room whenever the sun shines. The man who made it for us added a date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary day each year, and a special mark on that line that the shadow touches at the actual time that we got married, and if we are both home we drink a toast together when it happens. I don’t remember what it’s called but you can find it online with a search. I thought it was a brilliant idea!

  5. I’m coming up on my 25th wedding anniversary, and I love that cute keychain. I’ll have to show it to my husband. 😉

  6. Lovely Ideas here…Specially that 50th Anniversary ideas…I love that picture where written behind the car “just married 50 years ago” this is so lovely quote….As my mom’s aunt is gonna celebrate her 50th Anniversary So we are planning surprise party for them…We can use this quote on decoration of party.

  7. Barbara, that is such a fun idea- we LOVE personalized hand stamped jewelry (so much that we posted about it a few months ago). I bet she is going to love that! XO

  8. I really love your ideas very much. I’d go for wooden jewelry box. I know women are fond of these things, and very useful in organizing their precious items.

  9. An anniversary sundial is a great idea for any anniversary. You can get an indoor one that sits on the windowsill and makes rainbows in the room when the sun shines, and personalize it with a date line that the time shadow will follow on the anniversary day, then it will do something special for the couple every year!

    1. Congrats on 16 Years! You could do a “Sweet 16” theme. I also think a lot of the ideas could be adapted to any year. For example, you could write down “16 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Married You” OR give him 16 love notes, each with one of your top 16 memories from 16 years of marriage OR give him 16 small gifts. If you did the new pair of shoes idea you could attach a note, “For 16 years RUNNING strong!” or “So glad you RAN into my life 16 years ago.” If you did a new watch, you could attach a note, “16 years together and I’ve loved every SECOND! After all this TIME, I’m still in love with you.” OR “I will love you until the end of TIME!” A LOT of the ideas on here could be adapted to fit any year, and make sure you check out the ideas at the bottom that are specifically for ANY year. Hope that helps and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  10. Hello,Thanks for sharing a such a lovely wedding anniversary gift ideas ,I like all lovely ideas. This will help everyone to take wedding anniversary gifts ideas before and after marriage.

    1. Avas, after a lot of research it turns out these cards were just a set owned by the gal who wrote the post and she doesn’t have them anymore! Darn it! We are trying to find something similar because they are definitely so cute!

  11. Just want to say I just love your ideas , but we are getting ready to celebrate our 23 rd wedding anniversary on the 24 of this month and I need gift ideas for him can you please help

  12. Thank you for the ideas! My 1 year anniversary is in a couple weeks & I’d love to make the CD cover. Do you have a company or website to reference for the fantastic example pic? Thank you SO much!!

  13. I was excited when I found this and then disappointed when you quit going year by year after 10! All those other anniversaries are important and do have details as well….

    1. Holly – you can still celebrate ANY anniversary after 10 years.. by using these ideas. Use the “4” ideas for “40 years”… the “2” ideas for “22nd” and etc. We just give the tools to get the ideas spinning. 🙂

  14. I love your ideas. These would be nice to include as a shower gift. We will celebrate 40 years a few weeks after Christmas. Do you have any good ideas for making 40 special?

  15. Our song is Love will keep us alive from the eagles… for the first anniversary i said we were going out and then went to an eagles concert and presented him with “paper” tickets to get in the concert. We are celebrating #8 on Oct 30, and that is still my favorite one we have done!

  16. Love these! My 1 year wedding anniversary is coming up and I’d love to make the CD cover, where do I customize one? Is there a company that will create for me to make it look as professional as your example pic? Thanks!!

  17. I started an Anniversary Journal for my husband when we got married. Each year I write about / list my favorite memories from the year and include a picture of us together. We have faced some difficult challenges together as well through the years. I don’t rehash those, but include my gratitude for his support. I also glue in a penny from that year in the corner of the page. (For our 5 year I did a nickel and for our 10 year I did a dime!) It has become a treasure and I always look forward to adding to it! Looking forward to adding a quarter soon!

  18. The thirtieth anniversary is the \pearl.\ My Dad had 30 people write a \pearl of wisdom\ they learned from my Mom and each person sent them the 30 days before their anniversary. He gave each person a fake pearl to include in the letter.

    He was the 30th person and gave her the 30 pearls as well as a real strand of pearls. So proud that he came up with that all on his own!

    1. Mandy, that is amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that idea. Good for your Dad, very creative. Thanks for sharing!

  19. H and I just celebrated our 21st year of marriage. I took the 1derful year idea and made it into 21derful years. I made him a gift where I wrote a list of memories from each year we have been married. I printed them on card stock and cut them out and put them in a jar on his desk with a little secret help from his office partner. He loved IT! Thanks for helping

    1. Barbara, so glad you could use that idea! It sounds like it turned out great. Happy 21 years to you and your husband!

  20. I really LOVE the cards for the 2nd anniversary!! Is there anyway to get those?? SO cute. Please email me and let me know. mandiroth@gmail.com LOVE your website and you girls, you always have the best idea. Thanks so MUCH!!

  21. I LOVE all these ideas. But one in particular are the cards, for 2nd anniversary! Did you girls make those? If so, where can i get them? or are they downloadable?? LOVE them. Please email me and let me know where i can get them. mandiroth@gmail.com Love you girls, love this website.

  22. Oh my goodness I am in love… With your blog!!! Thank you for posting! I just randomly stumbled upon this blog and I am so glad that I did!
    I am following you and can’t wait to read more. I am a new blogger and I’m having so much fun with it!
    Hope that you have a great week!