Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts
What most people don't realize is that the traditional wedding anniversary gifts list didn't exist in it's current form before 1937. In that year the American National Retail Jeweler Association published the list below. That list is generally treated as the "official" list, but there is some disagreement (and the list is a little dated in some places). It's also likely that the traditional anniversary gift list existed in some form before 1937 - the 25th year has been the Silver anniversary and the 50th year has been the gold anniversary since medieval Europe. Regardless, it's fun to get a traditional wedding anniversary gift for your partner, and it's considered to be good etiquette to select a gift in that year's category.
Here's the list:
|1st||Paper||Clocks||1st Anniversary Gifts|
|2nd||Cotton||China||2nd Anniversary Gifts|
|3rd||Leather||Crystal/Glass||3rd Anniversary Gifts|
|4th||Fruit/Flowers||Appliances||4th Anniversary Gifts|
|5th||Wood||Silverware||5th Anniversary Gifts|
|6th||Candy/Iron||Wood||6th Anniversary Gifts|
|7th||Wool/Copper||Desk sets||7th Anniversary Gifts|
|8th||Bronze||Linens/Lace||8th Anniversary Gifts|
|9th||Pottery||Leather||9th Anniversary Gifts|
|10th||Tin/Aluminum||Diamond Jewelry||10th Anniversary Gifts|
|11th||Steel||Fashion Jewelry||11th Anniversary Gifts|
|12th||Silk/Linen||Pearls||12th Anniversary Gifts|
|13th||Lace||Textiles/Furs||13th Anniversary Gifts|
|14th||Ivory||Gold Jewelry||14th Anniversary Gifts|
|15th||Crystal||Watches||15th Anniversary Gifts|
|20th||China||Platinum||20th Anniversary Gifts|
|25th||Silver||Silver||25th Anniversary Gifts|
|30th||Pearl||Diamond||30th Anniversary Gifts|
|35th||Coral/Jade||Jade/Agate||35th Anniversary Gifts|
|40th||Ruby||Ruby||40th Anniversary Gifts|
|45th||Sapphire||Sapphire||45th Anniversary Gifts|
|50th||Gold||Gold||50th Anniversary Gifts|
|55th||Emerald||Emerald||55th Anniversary Gifts|
|60th||Diamond||Diamond||60th Anniversary Gifts|
Note that there's no rule that says for your first anniversary you can only buy your partner paper gifts. Go easy on yourself - make it your tradition to trade only one traditional wedding anniversary gift each year. You'll thank yourself in year seven when you have to buy a bunch of wool or copper gifts (not to mention years 13 through 15)!
Keep in mind that you don't need to follow the guide to the letter. If you are celebrating your parent's 14th Anniversary, you don't need to go to the local game preserve and shoot an elephant for ivory tableware! You can do a piano-related gift (tickets to see their favorite pianist), or just get an ivory-colored gift. It's not that hard if you don't take the gift suggestions too literally.
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