The Complete List of Wedding Anniversary Gifts: From Year One to One Hundred

On Sunday Wayne and I will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. I got to wondering what kind of gift is associated with year 12. I knew year one was paper, the 25th Silver, and (thanks to Wayne’s grandparents) the 50th is Gold and 60th Diamonds. But what’s 12? Or any of the others for that matter?

So I started hunting around. Another blogger had my same train of thought a year or so ago and wrote Anniversary Gifts and Their Meanings, but she only covered anniversaries one through ten.

So I dug farther and eventually found what I was looking for, which I’ve listed below. You’ll see there are two lists, one traditional and one modern. Sometimes the years have gifts in common, sometimes they’re very different. I don’t know how useful these lists are, but they’re kind of fun to look at…and get ideas from.

Traditional

1st Paper

2nd Cotton

3rd Leather

4th Linen (Silk)

5th Wood

6th Iron

7th Wool (Copper)

8th Bronze

9th Pottery (China)

10th Tin, Aluminum

11th Steel

12th Silk

13th Lace

14th Ivory

15th Crystal

20th China

25th Silver

30th Pearl

35th Coral (Jade)

40th Ruby

45th Sapphire

50th Gold

55th Emerald

60th Diamond

75th Diamonds

Modern

1st Clocks

2nd China

3rd Crystal, Glass

4th Appliances

5th Silverware

6th Wood objects

7th Desk sets

8th Linens, Lace

9th Leather goods

10th Diamond

11th Fashion jewelry

12th Pearls, Colored gems

13th Textiles, Furs

14th Gold jewelry

15th Watches

16th Silver holloware

17th Furniture

18th Porcelain

19th Bronze

20th Platinum

21st Brass, Nickel

22nd Copper

23rd Silver plate

24th Musical instruments

25th Sterling silver

26th Original pictures

27th Sculpture

28th Orchids

29th New furniture

30th Diamond

31st Timepieces

32nd Conveyances (transportation, like a car or maybe bike)

33rd Amethyst

34th Opal

35th Jade

36th Bone china

37th Alabaster

38th Beryl, Tourmaline

39th Lace

40th Ruby

41st Land

42nd Improved real estate

43rd Travel

44th Groceries

45th Sapphire

46th Original poetry tribute

47th Books

48th Optical goods

49th Luxuries of any kind

50th Gold

55th Emerald

60th Diamond

75th Diamonds, Diamond-like stones, gold

80th Diamond, Pearl

85th Diamond, Sapphire

90th Diamond, Emerald

95th Diamond, Ruby

100th 10-carat Diamond

Things I Found Interesting:

• That the list went all the way to 100 years. Can you imagine? I wonder if anyone ever celebrated that one?

• The traditional list lists gifts for every year up to anniversary 15. After that it lists gifts for every five years. The modern list, however, lists gifts for every year up to the Golden Anniversary of 50. After that it joins the traditional list in only associating gifts every five anniversaries.

• I couldn’t find any gift designations for years 65 and 70, but it seems that after 60 diamonds remain the popular gift since anniversaries 75-100 all list them.

• Years 44 and 48 in particular cracked me up. I can see maybe needing vision enhancement tools by a 48th anniversary. (“Here, honey, I got you some glasses to see me better with.”), but if I get a sack of groceries on my 44th it better be full of chocolates!

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