What better way to celebrate an anniversary than by giving your significant other an amazing present? In fact, there are age-old anniversary gifts based on the amount of years you’ve been married. From your first to your 60th wedding anniversary, check out some of traditional gifts for all of the important milestone years.

Customary Anniversary Gifts by Year

1st Anniversary

For a couple’s first anniversary, the standard gift is paper. That’s because, like a new marriage, it is fragile.

Therefore, from a handwritten love letter to ornate stationary, you have many things to choose from. If you want to get a little more unique or creative with it, take out a full-page ad in the newspaper.

Gift box with empty glasses

5th Anniversary

Since the roots of a relationship are still growing, wood is the traditional fifth anniversary gift. Many couples take inspiration from nature for a fun present. If you don’t want to build or buy something, planting a tree, plant or bush is the next best thing!

10th Anniversary

Symbolizing the ability of a marriage to bend but not break, aluminum or tin is great for 10th anniversaries. Luckily, there are all kinds of fun housewares, trinkets, jewelry and gifts that couples can choose from.

Jewelry inside a gift box with flowers

 

20th Anniversary

For the 20th anniversary, delicate, fragile fine China is usually what’s given. If fancy China is outside of your budget, you can opt for picture frames, figurines, dishes or anything else your partner might enjoy.

30th Anniversary

All the way at the bottom of the ocean, pearls, a traditional 30th anniversary gift, can be found. They are chosen for this milestone, because they represent the hidden beauty and lasting nature of a long-term relationship.

Pearl necklace

40th Anniversary

Rubies are considered to have an everlasting flame, just like couples celebrating their 40th anniversary. If these precious gemstones are a little too much, simple glass goblets, jewelry or a fine basket of grapefruits should do the trick.

50th Anniversary

Almost everyone knows that gold is the designated 50th anniversary gift. After all, what else can you even give to match such an incredible milestone?

Gift box with bow surrounded by glitter

60th Anniversary

Although many couples go beyond their 60th anniversary, this milestone is unfortunately where our list will end. So, when you and your significant other make it to 60 years, it’s time to bring out the big guns with a diamond anniversary gift.

Designated anniversary gifts by year are always a great way to celebrate marriage with tradition and elegance. Not to mention, if you’re looking for gifts to give a couple for their anniversary, all of these ideas work just as well!