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Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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The celebration of wedding anniversaries dates back to Roman times when husbands gave their wives a silver wreath for 25 years of marriage, and a gold wreath for 50. Twentieth century commercialism then led to the addition of more gifts to represent names for other years. By the 1930's there was a material representing the year as a gift suggestion for the first year and milestone years such as 10th, 20th, 25th and 50th. Over the years more materials were added and the gift list updated and modernised by various American and British greeting card companies.


Year Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clock
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Linen Fruit/Flowers
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron Sugar
7th Copper/Wool Desk Set
8th Bronze/Pottery Bronze/Pottery
9th Pottery Linen/Lace
10th Aluminium/Tin Leather
11th Steel Jewellery
12th Silk/Linen 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