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Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 by in Commentary | 0 comments

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I’m always having trouble remembering what presents to give to people for their wedding anniversaries (I gave up long ago on remembering for my own spouse). To help myself and anyone interested to remember, here is a simple guide to the different wedding anniversaries.

The First 10 Years

The first 10 anniversaries are easy enough to remember, and start out simple with paper, plastics and clocks. The decade ends with the bang of diamond jewelry, or the much cheaper alternatives of tin and aluminum.

yeargift
1paper, plastics, clocks
2cotton, china, calico
3leather, crystal, glass
4books, electrical appliances, silk, fruit, flowers
5wood, silverware
6sugar, candy, wood, iron
7wool, copper, desk sets
8bronze, pottery, linens, laces, electrical appliances
9pottery, willow, leather
10tin, aluminum, diamond jewelry

Table Setting - Impression

Years 11 to 25

Years 11 to 25 get a bit more complicated, culminating in the well-known silver anniversary at year 25.

yeargift
11steel, fashion jewelry, accessories
12silk, linen, pearls, colored gems
13lace, textiles, furs
14ivory, gold jewelry
15crystal, watches, glass
16silver hollowware
17furniture
18porcelain
19bronze
20china, platinum
21brass, nickel
22copper
23silver plate
24musical instruments
25silver

Year 26 and Beyond

After many decades of marriage, couples might have trouble coming up with creative ideas. Some of the suggested themes for the later years get inventive or downright bizarre. Bone china? Improved real estate? Original poetry tributes? They’re all in there.

yeargift
26original pictures
27sculpture
28orchids
29new furniture
30pearl, diamond
31timepieces
32conveyances
33amethyst
34opal
35coral, jade
36bone china
37alabaster
38beryl, tourmaline
39lace
40ruby
41land
42improved real estate
43trips
44groceries
45sapphire
46original poetry tributes
47books
48optical (spectacles, microscopes, telescopes)
49luxuries of any kind
50gold
55emerald
60diamond
75diamond

Bride Impression

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