Anniversary Gifts by Year

Although some may find the list of tradition and modern gifts don’t allow for creativity, others think just the opposite. And then there are also the people who are just happy to have a starting point! With so many differing opinions, it makes you wonder how two of these lists came to be in the first place. That’s where the trail goes cold. No one is entirely sure when or why the first traditional list was created. It’s estimated that it was during the Victorian Era when anniversary parties were popular.

As for the modern list, it was updated to provide more practical options. They also added gifts for years that the traditional list didn’t cover, all the way to 75 years.

Whether or not you chose to use these lists are completely up to you. Chances are your spouse will be fine with anything you get, or perhaps they don’t even know the lists exist. It does provide a nice starting point if you’re not quite sure what to get though. Rather than having millions of item to pick from, you can narrow it down to only those that involve “paper”. And on the flip side, some people will enjoy the challenge of finding a unique gift within the category that will be appreciated.


Anniversary Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clock
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Glass
4th Linen, Fruit Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron, Sugar Wood
7th Wool, Copper Pen or Pencil Set
8th Bronze Linens, Lace
9th Pottery Leather
10th Tin Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Jewelry, Accessories
12th Silk Pearls
13th Lace Fur
14th Ivory Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearle Diamond
35th coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Turqoise
60th Diamond Diamond


When all else fails, there’s always chocolate and flowers!

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • limewire September 23, 2013, 4:08 pm

    I need anniversary gifts ideas.

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  • Mary September 23, 2014, 11:24 pm

    My, how times have changed! From tin to diamond jewelry (for the 10th anniversary) is quite the upgrade.

  • Emily October 28, 2014, 1:02 am

    I’ve been blogging about anniversary gifts for a couple years now and one of my favorite unique anniversary gifts for just about any milestone is

    “MyDayRegistry is an exclusive online registry where you can dedicate and register a specific date by month, day, and year in honor of a special event or person in your life.”

  • Kit August 2, 2015, 12:33 am

    Oh! Thank you for this! I have been using that table for quite a while for my anniversary gifts lists!


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