Celebrating a wedding anniversary is essential to maintain a strong and healthy relationship. Usually this involves a private romantic celebration and intimate exchange of gifts between the anniversary couple. But, on special milestone anniversaries, it is common to throw a party and involve friends and family in the celebrations. So, whether you are celebrating your own anniversary, or looking for a gift for a friend or relative, here are some tips on finding that perfect anniversary gift.
There is a long-established anniversary gift guide which associates traditional and modern gifts with every anniversary year. These guides differ slightly between countries and cultures but are generally very similar. For example, the traditional gift for year one is paper (think books, photos, posters, banknotes) and year five is wood (think carvings, saunas, furniture, wooden flowers, chess sets). The modern gift for year one is clocks (think cuckoo clock, grandfather clock, mantle clock or a wrist watch) and year five is silverware (cutlery, candlesticks, photo frames and more). There is even a flower associated with each anniversary year, orange blossom for year one, and pansies for year five.
Of course, you don’t have to follow the traditional and modern anniversary gift guide. Instead you can go it alone. For the anniversary couple, you’ll be looking for a romantic gift such as jewelry, flowers (of course) and chocolates for her, or a state-of-the-art BBQ, power tools, or leather coat for him. Even better, take a romantic getaway to rekindle your relationship. Whether it is a long-weekend at a local inn or an extended stay in an exotic location, there are many great destinations to suit all budgets. And these romantic getaways can be combined with a trip to the theatre or a live sporting event. Among my personal favourites for those milestone anniversaries are New York, San Francisco, Paris, Toronto, Hawaii and Bali. If you’re a friend or relative invited to an anniversary party, chances are it’s one of the big ones, for example the 25th or 50th. So check out the anniversary gift guide, identify the gift for that year and think creatively. Here are some ideas for the 25th anniversary, which is a silver gift in both the traditional and modern anniversary gift guide, and yellow roses for the anniversary flower:
- An American Eagle 1 oz pure silver coin – try to match issue year with anniversary year
- Photo frames for 25th wedding anniversary
- Silver cocktail shaker
- Cuff links
- Silver watch
- A silver vase for those yellow roses!
The 50th anniversary gift, both traditional and modern, is gold with red roses for the anniversary flower. Now I’ll leave it to you to follow these gift buying tips to select the perfect anniversary gift!