If you’ve ever forgotten an anniversary present for your wife, that’s a lesson you don’t want to repeat! But how do you find her a gift that’s unique or meaningful enough to celebrate your love? Here are some suggestions and some history behind this practice.
The giving of anniversary gifts goes all the way back to the Middle Ages. In those days, only two anniversary gifts were given, a silver wreath at 25 years and a golden wreath at 50. Traditional gifts have become more complicated since then.
These two core gifts were later expanded to a set of ten to celebrate milestones, involving materials as humble as wood for the 5th anniversary all the way to platinum for a 70th year anniversary. If you are approaching a milestone anniversary (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, or 70), you absolutely cannot go wrong with the traditional gift for those years.
In the 30s, thanks to growing commercialism and availability of goods, an expanded list of traditional gifts was developed for between-years, especially during the first 25 years of marriage. Jewelers and department stores know these lists well and can help you find an appropriate gift if you like tradition.
While traditional anniversary gift lists give a theme, they don’t help much to decide what to get in that theme. Here are some guidelines that we suggest. An anniversary gift is supposed to symbolize the enduring nature of your love. That’s why metals and jewelry are so common as anniversary gifts, especially for later years. You can get away with a card as the paper gift for the first year, but that’s not going to work for your 10th!
If you’re coming up on a year for jewelry or a particular stone, why not create a custom piece of jewelry for her? Our design a ring page can help you through the process, or you can come into our shop to talk about specific ideas. Depending on your partner’s tastes, you can even make the design together so you can get the perfect gift, or even create matching pieces of jewelry. Unlike an engagement ring, it doesn’t have to be a sudden surprise!
If you know that she doesn’t want jewelry or the traditional gift, you’re going to have to use your knowledge of her to create the perfect gift. One example might be to recreate aspects of your wedding day in a way that was better than the original. It’s a great idea if your big day didn’t go so smoothly, or it was all such a blur that you can’t remember it!
Another thing to try is to help them progress in a hobby they enjoy. If they like to dance, sign them up for dance instruction. Or if they enjoy cooking, find lessons or pick up that piece of kitchen gear they keep drooling over.
It’s hard to go wrong with an anniversary gift if you stick with something that’s meaningful to them or goes with tradition (unless she’s really non-traditional!) If you would like to brainstorm some ideas, talk with one of our expert jewelers today by stopping in one of our locations.