A guide to wedding anniversary gifts

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Celebrating each year of marriage is a romantic ritual that dates way back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth – hence the terms silver and gold anniversaries. This has continued to this day, but we’ve evolved the gifts over time and included other significant years too.

The key idea behind anniversary gifts is that a long marriage signifies stability, so the greater the milestone, the more ‘stable’ (read: valuable) the reward should be.

1ST ANNIVERSARY
The traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper. The thinking behind this is that sacred documents such as your marriage certificate are on paper. This is actually a very versatile gift option – think concert, show or airline tickets, gift vouchers, a book, magazine subscription, or perhaps even something a little sparkly wrapped in paper! If you’re going for the modern interpretation, clocks, you could opt for a beautiful antique clock or perhaps a new watch for yours truly.

10TH ANNIVERSARY
The traditional gift theme for 10 years of marriage is tin or aluminium. Both tin and aluminium are flexible and long-lasting, just like a marriage which has lasted for a decade. You might need to get a bit more creative with this, perhaps tin or aluminium ornaments and accessories or items for the home. The modern alternative is diamonds, the most common gift is a diamond eternity ring – commonly given at either a 1st or 10th wedding anniversary, or opt for diamond earrings, a pendant or a bracelet.

40TH ANNIVERSARY
Historically, the ruby has been used to enhance romance, devotion and passion. The inner fire of a ruby is thought to represent the burning flame of passion in the hearts of a couple who have been together for 40 years. Rubies are a stunning gemstone and the second hardest only to a diamond. Ruby jewellery is always a popular choice, choose a ring, necklace, bracelet, or pendant.

YearTraditionalModern
1stPaperClocks
2ndCottonChina
3rdLeatherChrystal/Glass
4thFruit/FlowersAppliance
5thWoodSilverware
10thTin/AluminiumDiamond
15thCrystalWatch
20thChinaPlatinum
25thSilverSilver
30thPearlDiamond
35thCoralJade
40thRubyRuby
45thSapphireSapphire
50thGoldGold
60thDiamondDiamond

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