We’re all familiar with silver and golden wedding anniversaries, but did you know that there’s a special symbolic material for almost every year of a marriage? Whether it’s the first, seventh or seventieth year, there’s a gift that’s traditionally given on every milestone. Here are just a few of them, including some you might not know, so you always can pick out that perfect gift for your perfect partner.
1st – Paper
You’ve breezed through your first year of marriage, so celebrate with some paper! However, that doesn’t mean that you should give your partner a notepad. Instead, why not put together a photo album of your favourite memories together, as well as a wedding anniversary card from the greetings card specialist Hallmark.
3rd – Leather
For the third wedding anniversary, treat each other to luxurious leather, which could be in the form of gloves, a handbag for her, a unique wallet for him, or even a delightful new pair of designer shoes. Oh, and for the guys that are reading this – yes, we do mean those shoes with a certain red sole!
5th – Wood
On the fifth year of marriage, it’s customary to give your partner a gift of wood, which could be a piece of expertly crafted furniture, some stylish carved wooden jewellery, or even a romantic escape to a tree-house hotel.
7th – Wool
After seven years of cosy, wedded bliss, wool certainly seems an appropriate gift, and there are plenty of options to choose from. From sweaters to scarves, or even snuggly blankets for those nights on the sofa, you can find plenty of special wedding anniversary gifts crafted from this tactile fabric.
10th – Aluminium
This versatile metal might not seem like the most romantic of materials, but plenty of wonderful things are made from aluminium that also make great gifts. How about getting matching bicycles, which are often made from aluminium, or if your partner is more of a gadget geek many appliances, such as laptops, are encased within this material.
25th – Silver
Jewellery, cufflinks and other delicate silver trinkets are all popular gifts on this fantastic occasion, and sometimes it’s best to stick with tradition. Nevertheless, you can make these gifts unique by commissioning a custom piece of jewellery or a silver accessory from a silversmith, and give the one you love a gift that’s as distinctive as they are.
45th – Sapphire
When we think of sapphire, the twinkling blue gemstone, we can’t help but also think of shimmering blue oceans reflecting the sunshine. So, for the sapphire wedding anniversary, what could be better than a relaxing beach holiday together! After all, with 45 years of wedded bliss under your belts, you certainly deserve it.
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