Gift Guides

Gift Guide: Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year

June 23, 2016

Just as there aren’t official rules that fit every romantic partnership, the “appropriate” wedding anniversary gifts by year aren’t written in stone–nor iron, copper, bronze, tin, steel, gold, or diamond. The origins of the traditional anniversary gift list are shrouded by the mysterious, misty mists of time, anyway.

The “traditional” guide for anniversary gifts by year featured mostly practical items, to help couples set up their new homes. The modern list, created by the American National Retail Jewelers Association in 1937, is (surprise!) big on precious metals and gems. As much as we adore sparkly baubles, we don’t believe that jewelers have the authoritative last word on this subject.

However, an anniversary gift guide of what’s generally considered appropriate can be a lifesaver: without one, it’s easy to succumb to mental paralysis when you need to come up with anniversary gift ideas for friends or relatives celebrating X years of marriage.

With all this in mind, here is our own fresh guide of anniversary gifts by year: traditional, modern, and, of course, uncommon.

Shortcuts to anniversary years:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 15 20 25 30 40 50 60


1st Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Paper

Intersection of Love - Photo Print | UncommonGoods

Intersection of Love Photo Print (only at UncommonGoods)

Modern | Clocks

Infinity Wooden Wall Clock | UncommonGoods

Infinity Wooden Wall Clock


Floral Wood Watch


2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Cotton


Upcycled Cotton Sari Robe and Mens Cotton Ikat Wrap Robe (only at UncommonGoods)

Modern | China

Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set | UncommonGoods

Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set (only at UncommonGoods)


Personalized Mixtape Pillow (only at UncommonGoods)


3rd Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Leather (Note: UncommonGoods does not sell products containing leather, feather, fur, or pearls. The items below are made of vegan leather and cork.)

Cork Backpack and Black and Grey Ombre Tote

Modern | Glass and Crystal

Yours, Mine, and Ours Engraved Decanter Set (only at UncommonGoods)


State Love Glasses | UncommonGoods

State Love Glasses (only at UncommonGoods)


4th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Fruit and Flowers

Spring Blossom Serving Bowl

Modern | Appliances

Duo Coffee and Tea Steeper


Flower Stemmed Wine Glasses – Set of 6 (only at UncommonGoods)


5th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Wood
Amethyst Serving Platter | UncommonGoods

Amethyst Serving Platter

Modern | Silverware

Spread the Love Butter and Cheese Knife | UncommonGoods

Spread the Love Butter and Cheese Knife


Wood Stem Champagne Flutes | UncommonGoods

Wood Stem Champagne Flutes


6th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Candy and Iron
One Heart Candle Holder | UncommonGoods

One Heart Candle Holder

Modern | Wood

Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game | UncommonGoods

Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game


Hand Forged Cheese Set | UncommonGoodsHand Forged Cheese Set


7th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Wool and Copper

Copper Hummingbird Feeder | UncommonGoods

Copper Hummingbird Feeder

Modern | Desk Sets

Nesting Desktop Display - Set of 3 | UncommonGoods

Nesting Desktop Display – Set of 3


Heart Book Box | UncommonGoods

Heart Book Box (only at UncommonGoods)


8th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Pottery and Bronze

Pottery Oil Candle | UncommonGoodsPottery Oil Candle (only at UncommonGoods)

Modern | Linens and Lace

Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace | UncommonGoods

Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace (only at UncommonGoods)


Lace Pedestal Earring Bowl | UncommonGoodsLace Pedestal Earring Bowl


9th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Willow and Pottery

Healing Stone Mugs | UncommonGoods

Healing Stone Mugs

Modern | Leather (Note: UncommonGoods does not sell products containing leather, feather, fur, or pearls. This bag is made of cork and vegan leather.)

Fresh Floral Cork Crossbody Bag | UncommonGoods

Fresh Floral Cork Crossbody Bag


Rooted in Love Planter | UncommonGoodsRooted in Love Planter (only at UncommonGoods)


10th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Tin and Aluminum

Wire Sculpture Jewelry Tree | UncommonGoodsWire Sculpture Jewelry Tree (only at UncommonGoods)

Modern | Diamond Jewelry

Rough Diamond Solitaire Ring | UncommonGoods

Rough Diamond Solitaire Ring


Farm Fresh Spa Experience Tin | UncommonGoodsFarm Fresh Spa Experience Tin


15th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Crystal

Constant Sparkling Champagne Flutes - Set of 4 | UncommonGoods

Constant Sparkling Champagne Flutes – Set of 4

Modern | Watches

Trail Wood Watch | UncommonGoods

Trail Wood Watch


Crystal Ring Holder Dish | UncommonGoods

Crystal Ring Holder Dish


20th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | China

Summertide Stoneware Dishware Collection | UncommonGoodsSummertide Stoneware Dishware Collection

Modern | Platinum


A Tree Grows Necklace



Porcelain Bird Bud Vase


25th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Silver


Sea Glass Bangle Bracelet

Modern | Silver


Latitude Longitude Cufflinks (only at UncommonGoods)



Shadow Heart Necklace


30th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Pearl (Note: UncommonGoods does not sell products containing leather, feather, fur, or pearls.)


Sea Glass Stacking Earrings (only at UncommonGoods)

Modern | Diamond


Diamond Yin Yang Necklace



Wine Pearls


40th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Ruby


Ruby Crystal Talisman Pendant

Modern | Ruby


Wanderlust Bicycle Necklace



Crimson Heart Umbrella


50th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Gold


Gilded Branches Jewelry Tree (only at UncommonGoods)

Modern | Gold

Full Moon Necklace | UncommonGoods

Full Moon Necklace (only at UncommonGoods)



Gold Leaf Upcycled Beer Bottle Glasses


60th Anniversary Gift Ideas

Traditional | Diamond


Milestone Bracelet (only at UncommonGoods)

Modern | Diamond


Druzy Sparkle Earrings



Gem and Mineral Collection Print (only at UncommonGoods)


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  • Reply Cheryl C. July 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    My husband found a custom made anniversary sundial online (a clock that uses the sun to tell time) that sits on the windowsill and makes rainbows in the room when the sun shines. He had the guy who made it add a special date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary each year. It does something cool every year and it is fun to watch the shadow get closer and closer as the day approaches – I thought it was a great gift!

    • Reply Marisa July 20, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Cheryl —
      What an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing that. We are very curious about how that worked, it sounds like something we would love here at UncommonGoods!
      Thanks for reading our blog.

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