Choosing the Perfect Anniversary Gift

Spring and summer have traditionally been synonymous with wedding season. And if you’re one of the many who are planning to get married this time of year (or have so recently), it’s also ever after your anniversary season!

Of course, as most newlyweds know, finding a gift to celebrate the Mr. or Mrs. Right in your life amidst all of life’s many changes and financial stresses can be difficult. Thankfully, tradition dictates categories of gifts for these important marriage milestones. And if you’re celebrating an anniversary sometime in the new few months (or know someone who is), a little creativity can help you choose the perfect traditional – and cost-effective – gift.

First anniversary: Paper

You’ve only been married for one year, and chances are you still haven’t properly sorted through the hundreds of photos from your wedding and/or honeymoon. Consider creating a photo book on Shutterfly that captures the magic of your special day and will finally give your Instagram snaps a permanent, printed home. Choose from hundreds of personalization options and add your own captions that capture special memories or inside jokes from your wedding. These also make great thank-you gifts for your bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents.

Second anniversary: Cotton

You have many options in the cotton category as you make your home together as a married couple. Etsy offers a wide variety of handmade, personalized cotton gifts for your home, from embroidered pillows to personalized, matching t-shirts! Plus, you can feel good about supporting up and coming designers and creating a unique keepsake for your spouse. I especially like the “sole mate” socks!


Third anniversary: Leather

Leather symbolizes sophistication and durability, features that reflect how your marriage begins to mature and strengthen in its third year. Perhaps a personalized leather wash bag would be the perfect accessory as you travel together. Or, select a monogrammed zip-up briefcase or tote for your sweetie to take to work. Either way, now that you’ve been married for a few years, a leather gift indicates that your love is lasting and here to stay and perfect for your third wedding anniversary.


Fourth anniversary: Fruit or Flowers

You can’t ever go wrong with a fresh flower arrangement or even a selection from Edible Arrangements. But why not creatively interpret the “fruit” category by surprising your spouse with a bottle of his or her favorite wine? Or, take it one step further and plan a trip to local winery for a tour and tasting. Continue to celebrate by purchasing a subscription to a Wine of the Month club, which is a gift you both can enjoy. Not a drinker? Harry and David also offers delicious fruit of the month shipments, available for three, six, nine or 12-month memberships.

Fifth anniversary: Wood

Congratulations! You’ve made it to five years! Honor this milestone now and for years to come with a personalized cutting board. Practical and attractive, this item will make a striking addition to your kitchen and remind you of your union every time you prepare a meal together. Things Remembered offers a variety of versions, including boards shaped like your home state or perhaps the state where you were married, where you met or where you went to school. Enjoy and raise a toast to the next five – or fifty – years!

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