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Anniversary Gift Ideas by Year: A Complete Guide For Years 1 – 60

Anniversary Gift Ideas by Year

Anniversary Gift Ideas by Year: A Complete Guide For Years 1 – 60

Discover symbolic wedding anniversary gift ideas & their meaning. Find traditional & modern anniversary gifts by year + anniversary colors, flowers & jewelry..

The tradition of celebrating wedding anniversaries dates all the way back to the Middle Ages [ Read: The History of Anniversary Gifts ]. Today, it’s common for couples to commemorate their special day with gifts, dinner, a night out, and even a romantic getaway or a second honeymoon.

For generations traditional, symbolic gift suggestions have guided us in finding meaningful, significant and appropriate ways to celebrate. The popular traditional and modern anniversary gift lists help us find special meaning in each anniversary year, making the occasion even more exceptional and memorable.

However, finding the right gift for your spouse (or another couple) can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to follow the traditional gift suggestions. Lace (the traditional gift for the 13th anniversary year) might have been a popular gift at some point, but today it’s not as common. Same goes for ivory (the theme for 14th year anniversary gifts), which is no longer an ethical gift option and can be a bit tricky.

Luckily, each anniversary year offers several different options, including modern gifts, jewelry and gemstones, flowers and even colors that can help you tie in your present to the corresponding year.

Anniversary Gift Ideas For Every Year

To help you quickly find what the different symbolic gifts and themes are for each anniversary year — and to offer some unique gift suggestions — we’ve put together a comprehensive anniversary gift guide that includes a section for each year: 1 through 60.

Here is what you will find in this comprehensive guide:

  • Full list of the traditional anniversary gifts – a complete list of traditional gifts, which exist for years 1 through 15, then every 5 years; anniversary themes fill in the years in between.
  • Full list of modern anniversary gifts – a comprehensive list of all modern gifts.
  • Full list of anniversary themes – these themes fill in the blanks for years without a traditional gift suggestion.
  • Full list of anniversary colors – find colors that tie into the overall theme of the anniversary to help you plan the celebration and gifts.
  • Full list of anniversary flowers – flowers are a natural anniversary gift, and this list includes suggestions for each year.
  • Full list of anniversary jewelry – jewelry lovers will appreciate the complete list of anniversary jewelry suggestions for both men and women.

In short, you’re getting every gift idea, symbol and meaning of each wedding anniversary. The colors, flowers, jewelry and gift themes that represent each anniversary year will help you plan the perfect gift or celebration.

And if you’re looking for specific gift suggestions, keep reading to find unique gift ideas for him, for her and for another couple, including some great ways to celebrate big milestone anniversaries. You will also learn what the specific materials associated with the different anniversary years symbolize. For example, paper (1st anniversary) symbolizes new beginnings and the fragility of a new relationship, while diamonds (60th anniversary) symbolize strength, affection and undying, eternal love.

Anniversary Gift Ideas By Year

Anniversary Year 1
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Paper
Clocks
Gold or Yellow
Carnations or Pansies
Gold
Anniversary Year 2
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Cotton
China
Red or Linen White
Cosmos
Garnet
Anniversary Year 3
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Leather
Crystal or Glass
White or Jade Green
Sunflowers or Fuchsia
Pearls
Anniversary Year 4
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Fruit or Flowers
Appliances
Blue or Green
Geranium or Hydrangea
Blue Topaz
Anniversary Year 5
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Wood
Silverware
Blue, Pink or Turquoise
Daisy
Sapphire
Anniversary Year 6
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Iron or Candy
Wood
Purple, Turquoise or White
Calla Lilies
Amethyst
Anniversary Year 7
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Copper or Wool
Desk Sets
Onyx, Yellow or Off-White
Freesia
Onyx
Anniversary Year 8
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Bronze or Pottery
Linens or Lace
Bronze
Lilac or Clematis
Tourmaline
Anniversary Year 9
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Pottery or Willow
Leather
Terracotta
Poppy or Bird of Paradise
Lapis Lazuli
Anniversary Year 10
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Tin or Aluminum
Diamond Jewelry
Silver or Blue
Daffodils
Diamond
Anniversary Year 11
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Steel
Fashion Jewelry
Yellow or Turquoise
Morning Glory or Tulips
Turquoise
Anniversary Year 12
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Linen or Silk
Pearls
Jade, Opal or Oyster White
Peony
Jade
Anniversary Year 13
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Lace
Fur and Textiles
White or Citrine
Chrysanthemum
Citrine
Anniversary Year 14
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Faux Ivory
Gold Jewelry
Opal or Ivory
Orchids or Dahlias
Opal
Anniversary Year 15
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Crystal
Watches
Ruby Red
Roses
Rubies
Anniversary Year 16
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Coffee and Tea
Silver Holloware
Emerald, Red or Silver
Statice and Lavender
Peridot
Anniversary Year 17
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Wine and Spirits
Furniture
Yellow
Red Carnation
Watches
Anniversary Year 18
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Appliances
Porcelain
Blue
Cacti
Cat’s Eye
Anniversary Year 19
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Jade
Bronze
Bronze
Bronze Mums
Aquamarine
Anniversary Year 20
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
China
Platinum
Emerald Green or White
Aster & Day Lily
Emerald
Anniversary Year 21
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Fire
Brass or Nickel
Orange
Iris
Iolite
Anniversary Year 22
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Water
Copper
Green
Pothos
Spinel
Anniversary Year 23
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Air
Silver Plate
Air Plants
Silver
Topaz
Anniversary Year 24
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Stone
Musical Instruments
Lavender
Lavender
Tanzanite
Anniversary Year 25
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Silver
Silver
Silver
Iris
Silver
Anniversary Year 26
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Art
Picture
Jade Greens or Rose Pinks
Rose
Jade
Anniversary Year 27
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Music
Sculptures
Black and Gold
Cosmos
Jet Stone
Anniversary Year 28
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Linens
Orchid
Orchid Or Lavender
Orchids
Amethyst
Anniversary Year 29
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Tools
Furniture
Deep Red
Celosia
Garnet
Anniversary Year 30
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Pearl
Diamond
Green
Lily or Sweet Pea
Pearls
Anniversary Year 31
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Travel and Tourism
Timepieces
White and Black
White Flowers
Ebony
Anniversary Year 32
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Bronze
Transportation Accessories
Metallics
Copper Colored Flowers
Lapis Lazuli
Anniversary Year 33
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Iron
Amethyst
Violet
Strawberry Plant
Amethyst
Anniversary Year 34
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Food
Opal
Opal, Poppy Red and Amber
Poppy
Amber
Anniversary Year 35
Traditional:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Coral
Jade
Coral
African Violets
Emerald
Anniversary Year 36
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Antiques
Bone China
Soft Pinks and Off-White
Tea Rose
Cameo
Anniversary Year 37
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Books
Alabaster
White Alabaster
Alabaster Garden Rose
Alabaster
Anniversary Year 38
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Luck
Beryl or Tourmaline
Red
Lucky Plant Potted Shamrock
Beryl
Anniversary Year 39
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Laughter
Lace
Coffee and Cream
Lace Flower
Agate
Anniversary Year 40
Traditional
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
 Ruby
 Ruby
 Ruby Red
 Gladiolas or Nasturtium
 Rubies
Anniversary Year 41
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Office and Desk
Land
Pale Blue
Nasturtium
Topaz
Anniversary Year 42
Theme:
Modern:
Jewelry:
Clocks and Watches
Home and Real Estate
Jasper
Anniversary Year 43
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Jewelry:
Entertainment
Travel
Opal
Opal
Anniversary Year 44
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Jewelry:
Electronics
Gourmet
Turquoise
Turquoise
Anniversary Year 45
Traditional
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Sapphire
Sapphire
Sapphire Blue
Blue Iris
Sapphire
Anniversary Year 46
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Games
Poetry
Yellow
Daffodil
Pearl
Anniversary Year 47
Theme:
Modern:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Garden and Plants
Books
Camellia
Amethyst
Anniversary Year 48
Theme:
Modern:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Home Improvement
Optical Goods
Aster
Feldspar
Anniversary Year 49
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Copper
Luxury Goods
Purple
Purple Orchid
Zircon
Anniversary Year 50
Traditional
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Gold
Gold
Gold
Yellow Roses & Violets
Gold or Golden Topaz
Anniversary Year 51
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Photos and Cameras
Framed Photos
Deep Blue
Blue Roses
Blue Sapphire
Anniversary Year 52
Theme:
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Bath and Spa
Ruby
Ruby Red
Red Roses
Star Ruby
Anniversary Year 53
Theme:
Modern:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Plastic
Romantic Getaway
Cherry Tree
Resin Jewelry
Anniversary Year 54
Theme:
Modern:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Glass
Glass
Rhododendron
Murano Glass
Anniversary Year 55
Traditional
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Emeralds
Emeralds
Emerald Green
Calla Lily
Emeralds
Anniversary Year 56
Theme:
Flowers
:
Day
Box Plant
Anniversary Year 57
Theme:
Flowers:
Night
Azalea
Anniversary Year 58
Theme:
Flowers:
Faith and Hope
Maple Tree
Anniversary Year 59
Theme:
Flowers:
Charity
Olive Tree
Anniversary Year 60
Traditional
Modern:
Colors:
Flowers:
Jewelry:
Diamond
Diamond
Diamond White
Orchids
Diamond

Table Notes:

As noted above, the different anniversary lists aren’t complete and don’t offer suggestions for every year. In order to create a more complete list, we offer suggestions for items that are missing that tie into the overall anniversary theme or other gift suggestions.

  • The 18th anniversary does not have a specific flower associated with it. Because the theme for this year is so practical, our suggested 18th anniversary year flower is: Cacti.
  • The 22nd anniversary does not have a specific flower. Our recommendation is Pothos, which thrives when grown in water – and water is the 22nd anniversary year theme.
  • The 23rd anniversary does not have a flower specified. However, the choice was obvious since the theme for the 23rd year is air – the 23rd year flower choice is: Air Plants.
  • The 26th anniversary year color suggestions come from the jewelry and flowers tied to this year, which include Jade Green and Rose Pink.
  • The 27th anniversary color recommendations are Blank and Gold, derived from the jewelry and flowers for that year.
  • The 29th anniversary color ties into the flower and jewelry recommendations for the year. We suggest the 29th year color to be Deep Red or Pink.

Finding The Perfect Anniversary Presents

The traditional anniversary gifts and their symbolic meanings are listed for years 1 through 15. After that only milestone anniversaries occurring every 5 years have traditional symbols and meanings. However, the years in between are recognized with an anniversary theme and a modern gift, so you still have plenty of gift options and great ways to celebrate.

As you’ll notice, the traditional gifts tend to increase in value and substance along with the years, from common paper and cotton all the way to emeralds and diamonds. The modern gift suggestions tend to be more practical (clocks, appliances, silverware, etc) and some might be a bit outdated (like desk sets, bone china or silver holloware) but you can always take the general idea and just run with it.

The important thing is to find something that’s personal, intimate and tailored specifically to the individual or couple. With this in mind, please use our gift suggestions as a starting point to create the perfect personalized anniversary gifts to make each wedding anniversary a day to remember.

Anniversary Gift Ideas by Year
4 Comments
  • Saad Baig
    Posted at 01:35h, 12 March Reply

    The best list so far. Giving your partner an anniversary present is a feeling of gratitude for your partner.

  • Louise
    Posted at 08:46h, 25 May Reply

    is there an idea for 21 years anniversary gift? I am having a hard time finding.

    • Kasia
      Posted at 11:16h, 26 May Reply

      Hi Louise,

      Although there is no traditional 21st anniversary gift, there are some theme and ideas to tie in your gift:

      – Theme: Fire
      – Modern gift: Brass and Nickel
      – Color: Orange
      – Flower: Iris
      – Jewelry: Opal or Iolite

      Here are some specific 21st anniversary gift ideas:

      – An outdoor fire pit
      – A monogrammed nickel money clip or cuff links
      – Tickets to a brass & percussion concert, or Jazz performance
      – A custom brass or nickel house plaque
      – Nickel or brass barware and accessories

      You can also celebrate at a hibachi place or any restaurant that cooks with open fire!

      Please see the complete gift guide for more gifting ideas for the 21st anniversary and others.

  • Nikki Gentry
    Posted at 16:55h, 29 June Reply

    A great gift idea from Dreamlines – a sketch of her wedding dress, the suit, bouquet, veil and so much more.

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