Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Looking for an anniversary gift for your spouse or that special couple in your life? This list of traditional and modern gifts for Wedding Anniversaries includes alternatives in parentheses, but keep in mind that these are just suggestions – the best idea is always to give a gift that’s not just meaningful, but useful as well, so if you know they are in need of furniture in their second year of marriage, don’t feel compelled to wait until their 17th anniversary to get them that lovely table from Pier 1.

And for a couple who already has everything – why not consider the gift of a trip? Instead of buying an item that could get lost or broken, give them a memory that will last a lifetime – a trip of their dreams!

Anniversary Modern Traditional
1st Clocks Paper
2nd China Cotton
3rd Crystal, Glass Leather
4th Appliances Linen (Silk)
5th Silverware / revisit Honeymoon location Wood
6th Wood objects Iron
7th Desk sets Wool (Copper)
8th Linens, Lace Bronze
9th Leather goods Pottery (China)
10th Diamond / revisit Honeymoon location Tin, Aluminum
11th Fashion jewelry Steel
12th Pearls, Colored gems Silk
13th Textiles, Furs Lace
14th Gold jewelry Ivory
15th Watches / revisit Honeymoon location Crystal
16th Silver holloware
17th Furniture
18th Porcelain
19th Bronze
20th Platinum / revisit Honeymoon location China
21st Brass, Nickel
22nd Copper
23rd Silver plate
24th Musical instruments
25th Sterling silver / renewal of vows Silver
26th Original pictures
27th Sculpture
28th Orchids
29th New furniture
30th Diamond / revisit Honeymoon location Pearl
31st Timepieces
32nd Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Jade / revisit Honeymoon location Coral (Jade)
36th Bone china
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl, Tourmaline
39th Lace
40th Ruby / revisit Honeymoon location Ruby
41st Land
42nd Improved real estate
43rd Travel
44th Groceries
45th Sapphire / revisit Honeymoon location Sapphire
46th Original poetry tribute
47th Books
48th Optical goods (e.g., telescope, microscope)
49th Luxuries, any kind
50th Gold / renewal of vows Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
75th Diamond, Gold Diamonds, Gold
80th Diamond, Pearl
85th Diamond, Sapphire
90th Diamond, Emerald
95th Diamond, Ruby
100th 10-carat Diamond


This list was compiled by the librarians at the Chicago Public Library’s Information Center.
Anderson, Charles. “The Exchange,” RQ 25 (1985): 175.
The World Almanac and Books of Facts. Mahwah, New Jersey: World Almanac Books, 1997.
World Book Encyclopedia, 1997 ed., s.v. “wedding anniversary.”

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