wedding-anniversary-giftsEvery couple has their own unique tastes and it’s a probably best to keep that a priority when choosing a gift for your betrothed on your wedding anniversary.

However, if you’re a little stuck for ideas or simply like following tradition, check out the list of traditional Wedding Anniversary Gift types for each year.

Year Traditional (U.S.) Traditional (UK) Suggested Modern Gifts
1st Paper Cotton Clock
2nd Cotton Paper China
3rd Leather Leather Crystal, glass
4th Linen, silk Fruit and flowers Appliances (electrical)
5th Wood Wood Silverware
6th Iron Sugar Wood objects
7th Wool, copper Woollen Desk sets/pen and pencil sets
8th Bronze Salt Linens, lace
9th Pottery Copper Leather goods
10th Tin, Aluminium Tin Diamond jewelry
11th Steel Fashion jewelry, accessories
12th Silk Silk and fine linen Pearls, colored gems
13th Lace Textiles, furs
14th Ivory Gold jewelry
15th Crystal Crystal Watches
16th Silver holloware
17th Furniture
18th Porcelain
19th Bronze
20th China China Platinum
21st Brass, Nickel
22nd Copper
23rd Silver plate
24th Opal Musical instruments
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl Pearl Diamond
35th Coral, jade Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond (yellow) Diamond Diamond
65th Blue sapphire
70th Platinum
75th Diamond, gold Diamond, gold
80th Oak Diamond, pearl
85th Moonstone Wine Diamond, Sapphire
90th Granite Diamond, Emerald

A couple lesser know gift traditions center around gemstones and flowers. These can give you some good inspiration if you’re looking for a more generic starting point, and small add-on accent or maybe something for that last minute gift.

Year Gemstone
1st Mother of Pearl
2nd Garnet
3rd Moonstone
4th Blue Topaz
5th Rose Quartz
6th Amethyst
7th Onyx
8th Tourmaline
9th Lapis Lazuli
10th Crystal or green Tourmaline
11th Turquoise
12th Jade
13th Citrine
14th Opal
15th Rhodolite
20th Emerald
25th Tsavorite
30th Pearl
40th Ruby
50th Gold
60th Diamond
65th Sapphire
Year Flower
1st Carnation
2nd Lily of the Valley
3rd Sunflower
4th Hydrangea
5th Daisy
6th Calla
7th Freesia
8th Lilac
9th Bird of paradise
10th Daffodil
11th Tulip
12th Peony
13th Chrysanthemum
14th Dahlia
15th Rose
19th Sweetpea
20th Aster
25th Iris
28th Orchid
30th Lily
40th Gladiolus
50th Yellow rose, violet

We looked around at a number of sources and there are some differences between some of the lists, but the one at wikipedia was the most complete and the best aggregate of the other sources. There really isn’t an “official” list, but it’s still fun to keep these old traditions around.