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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

This list has been compiled from an extensive list of sources. Most agree on the basics, but have slight variations. (The only significantly different list was the alternative modern anniversary list of jewelry... that came from the Jewelry Industry Council.)

Coming up with creative gift ideas can be a challenge. Jewelry is always safe (especially for the milestone 25th, 30th, 40th 45th or golden 50th anniversary), but an original gift can work, too! Then there are combinations of traditional and modern anniversary gfits that work for the early anniversaries.

Keep in mind that these are gift ideas. They are just suggestions to make it easier to choose a gift. If you decide to give an anniversary gift that doesn't fit the list, that's fine. The only way to really go wrong with a wedding anniversary gift not give one at all!

Anniversary Traditional Modern
    1st Paper Clocks, Plastic, Gold Jewelry
    2nd Cotton China, Cotton, Calico, Garnet
    3rd Leather Crystal, Glass, Pearls
    4th Fruit, Flowers Appliances, Linen, Silk, Nylon, Blue Topaz
    5th Wood Silverware, Sapphire
    6th Sugar, Iron Wood, Candy, Amethyst
    7th Wool, Copper Brass, Desk Sets, Onyx
    8th Bronze, Pottery    Appliances, Linens, Lace, Tourmaline Jewelry
    9th Pottery, Willow Leather, Lapis Jewelry
  10th Tin, Aluminum Diamond Jewelry   
  11th Steel Fashion, Turquoise Jewelry
  12th Silk, Linen Pearls, Jade
  13th Lace Textiles, Furs, Citrine
  14th Ivory Gold Jewelry, Opal
  15th Crystal Glass, Watches, Ruby
  16th   Silver hollowware, Peridot
  17th   Furniture, Watch
  18th   Porcelain, Cat's Eye Jewelry
  19th   Bronze, Aquamarine
  20th China Platinum, Emerald
  21st   Brass, Nickel
  22nd   Copper
  23rd   Silver plate
  24th   Musical instruments
  25th Silver Sterling silver
  26th   Original pictures
  27th   Sculpture
  28th   Orchids
  29th   New furniture
  30th Pearl Diamond
  31st   Time Pieces
  32nd   Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)
  33rd   Amethyst
  34th   Opal
  35th Coral (Jade) Jade
  36th   Bone china
  37th   Alabaster
  38th   Beryl, Tourmaline
  39th   Lace
  40th Ruby Ruby, Garnet
  41st   Land
  42nd   Developed real estate
  43rd   Travel
  44th   Groceries
  45th Sapphire Sapphire
  46th   Original poetry tribute
  47th   Books
  48th   Optical goods
  49th   Luxuries, any kind
  50th Gold Gold
  55th Emerald Emerald, Turquoise
  60th Diamond Gold, Diamond
  75th Platinum Diamondlike Stones, Gold
  80th   Diamond, Pearl
  85th   Diamond, Sapphire
  90th   Diamond, Emerald
  95th   Diamond, Ruby
100th   10 Carat Diamond

also see -> Gift ideas for husbands   Gift ideas for wives

More about anniversary gift ideas around the Web:

Anniversary guide: Gift ideas for milestone anniversaries - When it's a big one, go big with these helpful tips on what to give for the 1st, 5th, 10th, 25th, and 50th anniversaries.

Awesome Anniversary Gift Ideas for Under $25 - Strapped for cash this year? Check out a thoughtful and creative list of ideas submitted by members.

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