Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gifts in the US and UK

As you can imagine many of the traditional gift types we enjoy today have a long history. Being transported to the New World by settlers. Because of this we have taken many of our ideas from these traditions, but not all of them. It is especially interesting to see where things don't overlap. Where cultural differences have shifted the type of gifts we give.

YearTraditional US Gifts
1stPaper
2ndCotton
3rdLeather
4thLinen, silk
5thWood
6thIron
7thWool, copper
8thBronze
9thPottery
10thTin or Aluminum
11thSteel
12thSilk
13thLace
14thIvory
15thCrystal
16th
17th
18th
19th
20thChina
21st
22nd
23rd
24thOpal
25thSilver
30thPearl
35thCoral, jade
40thRuby
45thSapphire
50thGold
55thEmerald
60thYellow Diamond
65thBlue sapphire
70thPlatinum
75thDiamond or gold
80thOak
85thMoonstone
90thStone
YearTraditional UK Gifts
1stCotton
2ndPaper
3rdLeather
4thFruit & flowers
5thWood
6thSugar
7thWoollen
8thSalt
9thCopper
10thTin
11thSteel
12thSilk and fine linen
13thLace
14thIvory
15thCrystal
16th
17th
18th
19th
20thChina
21st
22nd
23rd
24thOpal
25thSilver
30thPearl
35thCoral
40thRuby
45thSapphire
50thGold
55thEmerald
60thDiamond
65thBlue sapphire
70thPlatinum
75thDiamond, gold
80thOak
85thWine
90thStone

Modern Gifts

If you feel that these list are, well, a little bit dated we're with you. These gifts tend to show their age. Or better the age that they were assigned to the given year. Thankfully for us we don't need to give tin for our tenth anniversary. No, thanks to the librarians at the Chicago Public Library we have an updated list with more useful suggestions. Suggested modern gift list created by

AnniversaryGift Type
1stClock
2ndChina
3rdCrystal, glass
4thElectrical appliances
5thSilverware
6thWood objects
7thDesk sets/pen and pencil sets
8thLinens and lace
9thLeather goods
10thDiamond jewelry
11thFashion jewelry and other accessories
12thPearls or colored gems
13thTextiles or furs
14thGold jewelry
15thWatches
16thSilver holloware
17thFurniture
18thPorcelain
19thBronze
20thPlatinum
21stBrass, Nickel
22ndCopper
23rdSilver plate
24thMusical instruments
25thSilver
30thPearl
35thJade
40thRuby
45thSapphire
50thGold
55thEmerald
60thYellow Diamond
65thBlue sapphire
70thPlatinum
75thGold
80thDiamond, pearl
85thThe wife's birthstone
90thEngraved marble or granite*

*The 90th anniversary gift has always left me a little bit confused.

And for those of you who, this may be new to (anniversary gifts), well all we can say is. We hope you like sleeping on the couch.

Other Gift Ideas

Don't worry, these are the only types of gifts you can give.