Wedding Anniversary Gifts


There are a range of traditional gifts to celebrate wedding anniversaries. Many of these items include precious gemstones or metals, or high net worth items.

Precious metals

Silver is used to celebrate 25 years of marriage and gold is the traditional symbol for celebrating 50 years together. Platinum would be given after 70 years of marriage.

Precious stones 

While there are individual gemstones that can be given as a gift for each year a couple is together, the first precious stone traditionally given to celebrate a long wedding anniversary would have been a pearl, after 30 years together. Going up in incremental numbers of five, the precious stones given would be jade or coral, after 35 years, then ruby for 40 years and sapphire for 45 years. Emeralds are traditionally given after 55 years together, followed by diamond on the 60th wedding anniversary. A blue sapphire would be given on the 65th anniversary, and for celebrating 85 years of marriage, a moonstone is traditionally given.

High net worth items

The traditional gift for celebrating the first year of marriage is paper. This could include first editions of favourite books.

Leather is given to celebrate three years together, which could include bespoke luggage, shoes or bags.

Crystal, perhaps in the form of a vase or decanter set, or as part of an item of jewellery, is given to celebrate 15 years of marriage. Traditionally no expensive gifts would be given then until the 20th wedding anniversary, which would have been China.

What are the Wedding Anniversary Gifts For Each Year?

If your wedding anniversary is coming up soon or if you’re buying a gift for friends or parents and you want to know the traditional anniversary gifts, we’ve got them listed below.

Anniversary Year Traditional Gift Modern Gift
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit & Flowers Linen/Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Sugar Iron
7th Copper/Wool Desk Set
8th Bronze/Pottery Linen and Lace
9th Willow/Copper Leather
10th Tin/Aluminium Diamond
11th Steel Jewellery
12th Silk Pearls
13th Lace Textiles/Fur
14th Ivory Gold Jewellery
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl/Ivory Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
65th Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire
70th Platinum Platinum
80th Oak Oak
85th Wine Wine
90th Stone Stone