Wedding Anniversaries are a time for a couple to celebrate their love and the time they've spent together as man and wife. Traditionally, gifts are given to each other and to couples celebrating an anniversary. The Anniversary Table can be a useful guide in deciding what types of gifts to give for each anniversary. The Table includes both the Traditional Anniversary Gifts and the Modern Anniversary Gifts.
If you're looking for an anniversary gift for your girlfriend or boyfriend, the Giftypedia has put together a Dating Anniversary Table for couples who are dating and want to celebrate their anniversaries.
Traditional and Modern Anniversary Gifts
|Anniversary||Traditional Gift||Modern Gift||Anniversary||Traditional Gift||Modern Gift|
|3rd||Leather||Crystal, Glass||32nd||-||Conveyances, Vehicles|
|7th||Wool, Copper||Desk Sets||36th||-||Bone China|
|8th||Bronze, Pottery||Linens, Lace||37th||-||Alabaster|
|9th||Pottery, Willow||Leather||38th||-||Beryl, Tourmaline|
|10th||Tin, Aluminum||Diamond Jewelry||39th||-||Lace|
|13th||Lace||Textiles, Furs||42nd||-||Improved Real Estate|
|17th||-||Furniture||46th||-||Original Poetry Tribute|
|23rd||Imperial Topaz||Silver Plate||60th||Diamond||Diamond|
|24th||-||Musical Instruments||75th||Diamonds, Diamond-
Like Stones, Gold
|26th||-||Original Pictures||85th||-||Diamond, Sapphire|
|29th||-||New Furniture||100th||-||10-Carat Diamond|
History / Origins of Anniversary Table
While not much has been documented about the Anniversary Table, historians have traced the silver (25th) and gold (50th) anniversaries to medieval Germanic Europe. It is said that the husbands presented silver and gold garlands on the appropriate anniversary, to their wives.
References have also associated the 5th wedding anniversary to the material wood, beginning around 1875.
In 1937, the American National Retail Jewellery Association created a list which associated a material with each year anniversary up to the 15th, then every 15th year up to the 60th. This is known at the Traditional Wedding Anniversary Table.
The Modern Wedding Anniversary Table seems to have been created by various commercial companies over the years. These list have been combined and introduce more contemporary gift ideas. This list also covers every year up to the 100th anniversary.
Substitutes for Furs (13th)
- Faux Furs
Substitutes for Ivory (14th)
- Tagua Nut
- African Theme