The tradition of giving gifts for a wedding anniversary extends back to medieval times.It is known that during the time of the Holy Roman Empire, a man would crown his wife with a silver wreath on the 25th anniversary, and a gold wreath on the 50th anniversary, however, there was little else documented in terms of themes for gift giving on other anniversaries.
It is generally considered important that each wedding anniversary is celebrated in a memorable and meaningful way, because the anniversary is like an annual renewal of the commitment between two people.
This is one time of the year when time and effort needs to be invested into finding a suitable gift, and a gift that is romantic, unique, or symbolic in some special way for the couple.
It is the thought that counts, especially the intention to commemorate each anniversary as a unique anniversary in its own right.
It is important to note that there is some variation in traditional gift materials for specific years of marriage, due to the country in which the list was compiled.
This manual has been adopted within the trade as the gold standard for disclosure of pearls, cultured pearls and natural gemstones.
In that manual, the gemstones or precious metals that are associated with each wedding anniversary are listed for every anniversary year from the first to the 25th, and every five years thereafter up until the 60th wedding anniversary.
After much research, we believe it to be the most detailed list of anniversary gift theme information available on the Internet today.
Traditionally, anniversary gifts that were given or exchanged in the early years of a marriage tended to be practical household items to assist the couple in establishing their home.
Below we have put together a comprehensive and accurate table detailing the most recognized traditional and modern gift themes by anniversary year.
You can click in the far right column to get a full overview for each year.
In the earlier years of a marriage, it is often simple to think of a meaningful gift when two people tend to have plenty of things on their wish lists they want to purchase someday.