Have you ever found yourself in a bind because you forgot your anniversary? Maybe you didn’t even realize it until your partner said something that morning. Or maybe not until you noticed it on the calendar where you (luckily) wrote it down some time ago.

No matter how late in the game you are, the most important thing is that you did remember and you have at least a little bit of time before you need to present a gift to your significant other. So, what should you be doing to celebrate the occasion? That’s going to depend on your partner and just what anniversary this is.

General Gift Ideas

If you just want something sweet and nice but you don’t really feel the need to go all out there are still plenty of options that you can choose from. Things like:

  • Wine
  • Chocolates
  • Flowers
  • Jewellery
  • Stuffed Animals

Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him

There are a number of different types of gifts that you can get for your male significant other. While they may not always be as interested in gifts that match the specific theme of your anniversary year, you can find a number of truly unique and fun options.

  • Tickets to an event
  • Cuff links
  • Watch
  • Wallet

Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her

For a female significant other you may want to stick with the theme of a particular year, though you could swap back and forth between modern and traditional gifts based on each year and what you think they would like the best.

  • Couples experiences
  • Jewellery
  • Decorative pieces
  • Photo frames w/photographs
  • Flowers
  • Subscriptions for flowers/chocolates/etc.

Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year

What if you want to get something special and unique? What if you’re looking for something that fits the year of the anniversary that you’re celebrating? Well, each year actually has a specific theme tied to it. Or rather, they have two. Most years have a traditional theme and a modern theme.

What gifts for 1st wedding anniversary?

  • Eternity Band – Common for brides on their first anniversary to wear with their wedding set
  • Paper – The traditional gift theme; tickets, artwork, photo books, journal
  • Clocks – The modern gift theme
  • What gifts for 2nd wedding anniversary?
  • Cotton – The traditional gift theme; pillowcase, blanket, apron, plant hanger
  • China – The modern gift theme; dinner set, keychain, figurine
  • What gifts for 3rd wedding anniversary?
  • Leather – The traditional gift theme; belt, wallet, purse
  • Cotton – The modern gift theme; pillowcase, blanket, apron, plant hanger

What gifts for 4th wedding anniversary?

  • Linen/Silk – The traditional gift theme; sheets, pyjamas
  • Appliances – The modern gift theme; small appliances

What gifts for 5th wedding anniversary?

  • Wood – The traditional gift theme; picture frame, writing set
  • Silverware – The modern gift theme

What gifts for 6th wedding anniversary?

  • Sweets – The traditional gift theme; favourite candies, desserts
  • Wood – The modern gift theme; picture frame, writing set

What gifts for 7th wedding anniversary?

  • Wool – The traditional gift theme; blankets, sweater, scarf, socks
  • Desk Sets – The modern gift theme

What gifts for 8th wedding anniversary?

  • Salt – The traditional gift theme; salt lamp, salted caramels, salt & pepper set
  • Linens/Lace – The modern gift theme; sheets, pyjamas

What gifts for 9th wedding anniversary?

  • Copper – The traditional gift theme; dice, pen, keychain
  • Leather – The modern gift theme; belt, wallet, purse

What gifts for 10th wedding anniversary?

  • Tin – The traditional gift theme; tin can (with anything inside), coins, keychain
  • Diamond Jewellery – The modern gift theme

What gifts for 11th wedding anniversary?

  • Steel – The traditional gift theme; BBQ set, hooks, pots & pans
  • Fashion Jewellery – The modern gift theme

What gifts for 12th wedding anniversary?

  • Silk/Linen – The traditional gift theme; pyjamas, sheets
  • Pearls – The modern gift theme

What gifts for 13th wedding anniversary?

  • Lace – The traditional gift theme; dress, decorative piece, doilies
  • Faux Fur – The modern gift theme; coat, sweater

What gifts for 14th wedding anniversary?

  • Ivory – The traditional gift theme; jewellery, cuff links
  • Gold Jewellery – The modern gift theme

What gifts for 15th wedding anniversary?

  • Crystal – The traditional gift theme; stemware, serving plates, candle holder
  • Watches – The modern gift theme

What gifts for 16th wedding anniversary?

  • Silverware – The traditional & modern gift theme

What gifts for 17th wedding anniversary?

Furniture – The traditional & modern gift theme

What gifts for 18th wedding anniversary?

Porcelain – The traditional & modern gift theme; figurine, serving plates

What gifts for 19th wedding anniversary?

Bronze – The traditional & modern gift theme; cuff links, picture frame, watch

What gifts for 20th wedding anniversary?

  • China – The traditional gift theme; dinner set, keychain, figurine
  • Platinum – The modern gift theme; jewellery, keychain

What gifts for 25th wedding anniversary?

Silver – The traditional & modern gift theme; jewellery, photo frame, cuff links

What gifts for 30th wedding anniversary?

  • Pearl – The traditional gift theme; jewellery, cuff links, serving dishes
  • Diamond – The modern gift theme; jewellery

What gifts for 35th wedding anniversary?

  • Coral – The traditional gift theme; jewellery, cuff links, decorative pieces
  • Jade – The modern gift theme; decorative pieces, luck talisman, jewellery

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What gifts for 40th wedding anniversary?

Ruby – The traditional & modern gift theme; jewellery

What gifts for 45th wedding anniversary?

Sapphire – The traditional & modern gift theme; jewellery

What gifts for 50th wedding anniversary?

Gold – The traditional & modern gift theme; jewellery

What gifts for 60th wedding anniversary?

Diamond – The traditional & modern gift theme; jewellery

Whether you’re looking for 40th wedding anniversary gifts or 50th wedding anniversary gifts or anything for the years surrounding, you can take a look at the traditional and modern options here to see just what the best choices are. Your loved one will definitely be happy that you remembered (even if you were a little late) and that you even remembered something special for the year of your anniversary.