A wedding anniversary is a celebration of love that recalls past joy and the promise of beautiful memories in the future.

In the early years of marriage, friends and family gave practical household articles to help the couple build a home. In the later years, luxury gifts were the norm when it was assumed that the couple had most of the household goods they needed.

Below is a list of the recognized gift suggestions.

The first year’s anniversary is paper. Think of what you can give as a gift that incorporates paper. If you’re stumped, check out some of the suggestions at the end of the article.

Year

Traditional

Modern

 1st wedding anniversary  Paper  Clocks
 2nd wedding anniversary  Cotton  China
 3rd wedding anniversary  Leather  Crystal/Glass
 4th wedding anniversary  Linen  Fruit and Flowers/Appliances
 5th wedding anniversary  Wood  Silverware
 6th wedding anniversary  Iron  Sweet and Sugar
 7th wedding anniversary  Copper/Wood  Desk Set
 8th wedding anniversary  Bronze/Pottery  Bronze/Pottery
 9th wedding anniversary  Willow/Copper  Linen/Lace
 10th wedding anniversary  Aluminium/Tin  Leather
 11th wedding anniversary  Steel  Jewellery
 12th wedding anniversary  Silk/Linen  Pearls
 13th wedding anniversary  Lace  Textiles/Fur
 14th wedding anniversary  Ivory  Gold Jewellery
 15th wedding anniversary  Crystal  Watches
 20th wedding anniversary  China  Platinum
 25th wedding anniversary  Silver  Silver
 30th wedding anniversary  Pearl/Ivory  Diamond
 35th wedding anniversary  Coral  Jade
 40th wedding anniversary  Ruby  Ruby
 45th wedding anniversary  Sapphire  Sapphire
 50th wedding anniversary  Gold  Gold
 55th wedding anniversary  Emerald  Emerald
 60th wedding anniversary  Diamond  Diamond
 65th wedding anniversary  Blue Sapphire  Blue Sapphire
 70th wedding anniversary  Platinum  Platinum

Paper Gifts

  • Tickets to theatre, opera, night club, or the couples favourite venue.
  • A photograph by a professional photographer
  • A subscription to a favourite magazine
  • A book voucher
  • Shares in a company
  • Tickets for a glider trip or hot air balloon ride

If you’re stuck for choice … try this out

If your wedding anniversary is coming up, you may want to consider spending it in luxury holiday accommodation overlooking the warm Indian Ocean in one on South Africa’s most exclusive playgrounds, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban.

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