So I’m coming up to my 2nd wedding anniversary this week, and no idea what to get my husband… We’ve been together coming up to 12 years, married for 2. There’s not a lot of surprises left.
I like the idea of the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, having a theme let’s me get a little creative with the gift. I’m not sure I can see myself following through with this tradition for the next 50 years – that’s a commitment – but for now I’m going to give it a go.
Traditional wedding anniversary gifts date back to the Holy Roman Empire when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary, and gold on their 50th. And in the Commonwealth you can even get a letter from the Queen if you make it to your 60th wedding anniversary, 65th and 70th. Very fancy. You can also apply to the Governor-General on your 50th anniversary for a letter from the Prime Minister – not as exciting as the Queen, sorry Malcolm – but recognition all the same.
For reference I thought I would write this post as a quick go-to each year, I’ve included every year up to 10 years with a few creative ideas. I’ve then just spaced it out to the milestone anniversaries – these are pretty straight forward (if it’s gold, she wants gold as much gold as you can afford).
1st – Paper
Foreign money. Paper money from a country you’d like to travel to or even better a country you are planning to go together.
2nd – Cotton
Bunch of dried Cotton. Get your Dried Cotton from Sydney Flower Markets.
Image – Terrain
3rd – Leather
Leather Key Chain or Laptop Cover. P.S our Man Gift Box has a beautiful leather key chain. Must-have.
4th – Fruit & Flowers
Grab a beautiful bunch of florals, add fresh fruit for breakfast in bed.
Image – @frauherzblut
5th – Wood
6th – Sugar
7th – Wool
Merino Wool Socks. Seriously who doesn’t love these.
Image – Local Gatherings
8th – Salt
9th – Copper
I have a love affair with antique copper.
Image – Von Zerschlitz
10th – Tin | 15th – Crystal | 20th – China | 25th – Silver | 30th – Pearl
35th – Coral | 40th – Ruby | 45th – Sapphire | 50th – Gold
55th – Emerald | 60th – Diamond
I hope you’ve found a little out-of-the-box inspiration for your wedding anniversary gifts to surprise your favourite person in memory of your favourite day.