Jul 19 2011

What are the traditional & modern anniversary gifts by year?

Category: Society & Culture,Weddings


Anniversary GiftsMost people are familiar with the traditional gifts that couple’s give during their anniversary; paper for the first year, cotton for the second, and leather for the third. There are however other gifts, modern anniversary gifts, that can be given as an alternative. These modern gifts were created to allow for a choice since many of the materials on the traditional anniversary gift list may be challenging to convert into an actual present. The modern gift list also provides gifts for each year from 1-50 instead of just every five years. See Below.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Modern Anniversary Gifts
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal – Glass
4th Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Candy – Iron Wood
7th Wool – Copper Desk Sets
8th Bronze Linens – Lace
9th Pottery Leather
10th Tin – Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk – Linen Pearls
13th Lace Fur
14th Ivory Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
16th Silver Hollowware
17th Furniture
18th Porcelain
19th Bronze
20th China Platinum
21st Brass – Nickel
22nd Copper
23rd Silver Plate
24th Musical Instrument
25th Silver Silver
26th Original Pictures
27th Sculptures
28th Orchids
29th Furniture
30th Pearl Diamonds
31st Time Pieces
32nd Conveyance (Car, Motorcycle)
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Coral Jade
36th Bone China
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl/Tourmaline
39th Lace
40th Ruby Ruby
41st Land
42nd Home Improvement
43rd Trips – Travel
44th Groceries
45th Sapphire Sapphire
46th Poetry
47th Books
48th Optics (telescope, binoculars)
49th Miscellaneous Luxury
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
65th Blue Sapphire Star Sapphire
70th Platinum Platinum
75th Diamonds Diamonds

As you can see, the new modern list keeps the spirit of the traditional anniversary gift list, but loses some of the etiquette that many have become used to. It is definitely more convenient but may sacrifice the ingenuity and creativity that was previously necessary to make a good gift from the materials on the traditional list.

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