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Anniversary Gift Guide: What to Get Your Spouse for Every Anniversary
Stumped when it comes to anniversary gifts? We've got you covered! We found fun, functional takes on traditional anniversary presents from year one to 60!
1st Anniversary: Paper
A new cookbook is a great way to get inspired in the kitchen. As a gift to your spouse, it’s also a wonderful way to bond and learn how to work together. Plus, it really fits the bill for the paper anniversary. We love Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat ($20), the book that inspired the Netflix series. It’s a great volume for beginners and experienced foodies alike. If you have something more specific in mind, try one of our favorite regional cookbooks.
2nd Anniversary: Cotton
Cotton Napkins and Table Linens
Table linens are a fairly traditional wedding and anniversary gift, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with them! Ditch your paper napkins and invest in some gorgeous cotton ones like these ($40). They’ll make your tablescape look super polished—great for that next dinner party—and they’re a great way to go green at home.
3rd Anniversary: Leather
Leather Grilling Gloves
Married to a passionate griller? They’ll be so happy to open these leather grilling gloves ($35) on your anniversary. These durable gloves are just the thing for tending to a hot grill and turning kabob skewers and corn on the cob without tongs.
4th Anniversary: Fruit or Flowers
Fruit and flowers are both so fleeting. Instead of going literal for the fourth anniversary, treat your spouse to something pretty to savor for years to come, like this cheerful print (starting at $15). It’s got a lot of personality to perk up your kitchen (or any other room in your home) just like these other kitchen design ideas.
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5th Anniversary: Wood
Custom Wood Cutting Board
Wood is the traditional fifth wedding anniversary gift. Treat your husband or wife to a customized cutting board from Circle City Design Co. (starting at $29). Whether you use it for prepping your favorite recipes or serving up a gorgeous cheese tray, it’ll serve as a heartwarming reminder of the day you said, “I do.”
6th Anniversary: Iron or Candy
The sixth anniversary can be a tough one for gifts. Candy might be too simple and iron seems a bit over the top. But you can draw inspiration from the theme and treat your husband or wife to some trendy iron-colored flatware ($20). It looks ultra sleek in modern kitchens. If you decide to get some candy as a bonus, here are our favorite chocolate brands.
7th Anniversary: Wool or Copper
Copper Small Appliances
Copper and rose gold accessories have been all the rage lately in kitchens. Embrace this trend and treat your spouse with a gorgeous copper-colored appliance, like this KitchenAid stand mixer ($480)—it’s one of our all-time favorite gadgets.
8th Anniversary: Bronze
You might be looking to trade in your pots and pans after almost a decade of marriage. Your eighth anniversary is the perfect time to do it, especially with this five-star-rated bronze cookware set from Anolon ($400). It’s gorgeous and durable, with plenty of sizes for all your one-pan, one-pot meals.
9th Anniversary: Pottery
Pottery makes a fabulous gift even after nine years of marriage. Shop local artisans or invest in a pretty ceramic dish like this one ($42). It’ll make all your dishes—especially these pretty salads—look absolutely divine.
10th Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum
This theme can be a tough one, but you can stop searching now that you’ve seen these pretty, vintage-inspired aluminum tumblers and stemless wine glasses ($6 each). They are so perfect for retro-style cocktails.
11th Anniversary: Steel
After 11 years of marriage, it might be time to upgrade the knives you got as a wedding gift. These Wüsthof knives ($400)—a Test Kitchen favorite—are great for couples that love to cook.
13th Anniversary: Lace
If the idea of lace table linens or doilies isn’t your idea of a great wedding anniversary gift, that’s OK. Instead, take inspiration from the theme. These delicately patterned goblets ($56) and matching carafe ($32) give a nod to the traditional 13th-anniversary theme but are much more stylish. Use them to serve up your favorite bottle of wine or even a great iced tea.
14th Anniversary: Gold Jewelry
Love Knot Earrings or Gold Accessories
For your 14th anniversary, give your wife love knot earrings ($550)—a sign of unbreakable love. For men, the gold jewelry anniversary gift can be a bit trickier. Try a gold-tone tie bar, money clip or even matching cufflinks like these ($50).
15th Anniversary: Crystal
Crystal Champagne Flutes
Toast 15 years together with a new set of gorgeous crystal champagne flutes. This set from Waterford ($135) really says special occasion. So grab your favorite bottle of bubbly—be sure to open it the right way—and say cheers to 15 years and beyond.
16th Anniversary: Coffee or Tea
If your spouse is serious about good coffee, they’ll be excited to open up a five-star-rated burr grinder ($100). This style grinder gives you the most uniform grind on your coffee, and this model can give you fine, medium or coarse grounds to suit your preferred brewing method.
17th Anniversary: Wine or Spirits
Your Signature Drink
Think back to your wedding day or even one of your favorite memories—was there a special type of bubbly or signature cocktail that you enjoyed? Recreate those moments and treat your partner to a top-shelf version of their favorite spirit or a great bottle of champagne. You can always start new traditions, too, like with a wine subscription service that will have you toasting to something new every month. Try Winc—this company sends you new bottles based on your preferences (bottles start at $13).
18th Anniversary: Appliances
A New Oven
After 18 years, you might be hankering to upgrade an appliance or two. Your anniversary is a great excuse to start making these kitchen changes. Treat your spouse (and yourself) to the range of your dreams. We’ve got our eyes on the new matte black and black stainless steel trend—it looks great on this fingerprint-resistant oven from Samsung ($2600).
19th Anniversary: Jade
Jade jewelry is a beautiful gift, but why not depart from the classic with Jadeite serveware instead? This set of three bowls ($70) is great for serving up snacks and side dishes (you can use them as elegant mixing bowls, too). Plus, this vintage style is great for anyone that appreciates a retro aesthetic.
20th Anniversary: China
China (or New Dinnerware)
There’s nothing wrong with going the traditional route for anniversary gifts. If you regularly host formal gatherings, a gift of new china—how gorgeous is this pattern from Noritake ($135)?—is a great present. If you consider yourselves more of a casual couple, look at refreshing your dishes. It’s always a joy to have something new in the cupboards.
25th Anniversary: Silver
Shiny New Bar Tools
Gifts like silver jewelry, cufflinks and money clips are all great options for this anniversary. If you and your spouse are more entertainers than fashionistas, though, you might want to use this anniversary to gift one another some great silver-toned barware. Quality tools like these ($100) and a nice ice bucket ($125) will serve you well for years to come. Plus, you’ll garner many compliments from friends at your next cocktail party.
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30th Anniversary: Pearls
A Pearl Diving Experience
If you want to go all out for your pearl anniversary, take a trip to Hawaii and dive for pearls yourself! Rent out a villa and wake up to ocean views. It’s a vacation you’ll never forget. Plus, you might come back with some amazing recipes, like these from the islands.
35th Anniversary: Coral
A Trip to the Reef
Looking for the ultimate anniversary gift? Treat you and your spouse to a relaxing yet adventurous cruise of Australia. You’ll see all the sights, including the Great Barrier Reef and all the gorgeous coral and fish there.
40th Anniversary: Ruby
Ruby Countertop Appliances
Our best-loved brand has a ruby-hued blender that’s an absolute must for serious cooks. This blender ($529) is a great step up from basic blenders and is just what you need for smoothies, soups, cocktails and so much more. It’s an investment for sure, but one worthy of this milestone anniversary.
45th Anniversary: Sapphire
For this gem-inspired anniversary, you could certainly opt for the traditional stone. However, we think this sapphire-hued Dutch oven from Le Creuset ($385) is just as gorgeous as any piece of jewelry. Plus, with all these delicious recipes, it’s sure to get its use.
50th Anniversary: Gold
Gold Anniversary Bundt Pan
55th Anniversary: Emerald
Emeralds are gorgeous, so we don’t blame you if you want to go with jewelry for this anniversary. If you’d like to think outside the box, though, give your spouse the gift of something green, like an AeroGarden ($96). This powerful indoor garden will have your kitchen brimming with gorgeous leafy herbs and greens in no time.
60th Anniversary: Diamond
Diamond Bracelet or Watch
After 60 years, treat your spouse to the real deal. A diamond bracelet like this one ($595) is pretty and elegant—plus, it can be engraved with a wedding date, initials or a special message. This watch ($475) is perfect for him with its diamond accents. This is certainly an anniversary to celebrate.
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