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Clocks and Timepieces for an Anniversary Gift

Just before our 31st Wedding Anniversary our Carriage Clock that had sat on our mantle piece for many years went wrong. It started to gain about 75 minutes a day. This was a gift when we married so it had lasted a good time especially as it was a battery powered quartz clock. Compared to today’s Clocks it was not a top notch item although not bargain bucket either. This was actually our second carriage clock, we got two for our wedding. The 1st Clock died a good few years earlier and this one got a promotion to the prime spot.

I was going to repair the clock by changing the innards for a new mechanism however as we knew that the 31st wedding anniversary has a theme of Timepieces we thought why not shop a solution.

Shopping for a Timepiece

We initially thought it would be a easy job of replacing the clock with a nice shiny new clock. With 31 years looking at the same clock I must admit I preferred a change to the Carriage Clock. Especially with my ageing eyesight I struggled, in certain light to see the dial well. We was also surprised at the poor choice of options available. There seemed to be either low quality plastic cased clocks or high value craftsman built timepieces. There didn’t seem to be something in the middle, which was frustrating.

It was at this time (no pun intended) that Amazon came to the rescue in the shape of the Echo Spot. Their design LED smart speaker. It’s primary use seemed to be as a beside clock/ smart speaker however with the addition of the stand it is transformed into a great clock that’s suitable for any place in the home and especially on a mantelpiece.

Amazon Echo Spot Alexa powered smart speaker on stand.The Echo Spot has a selection of clock faces that you can easily select via its setting menu and it has the modern benefit of being a full-featured Alexa smart speaker, display portal and video calling portal. You can default the Echo Spot to your preferences very easily and set up was a breeze.

There are a number of wedding anniversaries that suggest a clock or timepiece as the gift theme. The Modern Wedding Anniversary list has the 1st anniversary with a theme of Clocks. The 31st with a theme of Timepieces. Other anniversaries also have a theme that enable a Clock to fit the theme such as a Desk Set, Furniture, Optical goods and Luxuries of any kind all could fit this great mid-range gift idea.

More on the Echo Spot

The Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in an all-new stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a video flash briefing, set a music alarm (Amazon Music, Spotify & TuneIn supported), see lyrics (available in UK only) with Amazon Music, see your calendar, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. Personalise your Spot with a collection of clock faces to suit your style or set a photo background from Prime Photos. Plus, make calls to friends and family between supported Echo devices or the Alexa App, or make video calls to anyone with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App.

Echo Spot features second-generation far-field technology with four microphones, beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation, so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

This is our third Alexa device and so far (we’ve had is 3 weeks at the time of writing) it is by far the best of the bunch. It just seems to respond and understand voice commands better than the other devices.

Our Anniversary Journal ~ 1st Wedding Anniversary gift idea

Personalised Our Anniversary Journal front cover

Our Anniversary Journal is a great way to celebrate a wedding or first anniversary with this beautiful personalised keepsake book that you add to year after year.

The purpose of the book is to record your life together. Designed so you can create great memories of your years together. This will make a great keepsake to look back on in future years to fondly remind you of those times.

Furthermore we will add the couple’s names and wedding date to the front cover in embossed in silver foil. Plus it comes with 64 commemorative pages to record key memories from when you met through to the 30th Anniversary with room to add photos and other mementos as you see fit.

A unique and bespoke book, beautifully presented with a cream, silver fleck finish, foil embossed with the title, couples names and wedding date. Inside is further personalisation with a greeting or message of your own choice.

The perfect wedding, engagement or anniversary gift. This personalised journal can include a message from you (cheeky or otherwise) on the opening page of the book.

Our Anniversary Journal Personalisation requirements.

  • Couple’s Names 22 characters max.
  • Wedding date
  • Message Line 1 (appears on preface page) 40 characters max. [optional]
  • Message Line 2 (appears on preface page) 40 characters max. [optional]
  • Optional Presentation Gift Box

Please note:

  • Punctuation and capitalisation will be printed exactly as entered so please double check your wording.
  • Accents and other symbols cannot be printed

Our Anniversary Journal Product details

Dimensions: 203mm x 283mm x 9mm

Presentation: Hardback.

A great gift idea for the first anniversary with it’s traditional theme of paper.  Although with the 4th Anniversary having a theme of Books also it may be a great time to get this journal and fill in the previous years before the memories fade.

Wedding Anniversary Etiquette – how?

Anniversary Celebration Parties and Gifts

We’ve been asked plenty of ‘how’ type questions and have repeated the regular ones below, if we have not addressed your concern then please email us via our contact page and we will endeavour to answer your question.

How do I ….

Q. I am making a anniversary speech/toast any suggestions

Q. How do I celebrate my Anniversary ?

Q. Helping a person plan an anniversary party?

Q. I am looking for information on the 75th wedding anniversary?

Q. How do I convey requests for money to the guests?

Q. We are renewing of our vows for our 50th anniversary, are there any do’s or don’ts?

Q. Would it be proper to put on the invitation RSVP or proper to enclose a response card?

Q. My mother wants to have an anniversary celebration and was told that it was not good manners to invite family?

Q. How long is the Longest Marriage on Record?

Q. I am making an anniversary speech/toast any suggestions

Yes, a few actually! One key thing that we’ve learnt whilst trying to find non derogatory jokes about wedding anniversaries for our web site (you’ll notice there is none on our site because we couldn’t find any!). Take great care not to include a joke which will slight/insult either partner. Remember it is both of them that are celebrating their anniversary and they should be able to enjoy it. If you do want to include a joke that may be considered risky make sure it is told in a third party i.e. I knew a couple who were married……

Q. How do I celebrate my Anniversary ?

Well, the first thing is don’t ignore or forget your Anniversary. This is the one day a year that is special for you and your partner.Traditionally celebrations often involve giving and receiving of cards and gifts that match the anniversary year being celebrated. Often these gifts are made of a specific material that symbolises the year being celebrated. To find your anniversary symbol select your anniversary via our anniversary by year page and all the details  including suggestions of ways to celebrate will be given to you.

Q. How do I plan a party

A. There are plenty of resources available such as books, web sites and videos that will detail how to plan a party, you could even employ a specialist party planner who will take all the stress of party planning away from you. We’ve expanded the answer to this question on our anniversary planning pages

Q. I am looking for information on the stones/metals and/or colours associated with the 75th wedding anniversary.

A. The 75th Anniversary has the following materials associated against it; diamonds, diamond-like stones, gold. Source; Chicago Public Library

Q. Money as an Anniversary gift ~ My sisters and I are throwing my parents a 30 year anniversary party.  My parents already told me that they do not want any gifts, but would prefer money.  How do I convey that to the guests?

A. It is difficult to ask for money on invitations to an anniversary celebration. I assume your parents have a specific goal for asking for money such as a holiday or a specific gift. If this is the case then it is best to use this fact. i.e. on the invitation state that your parents are saving for whatever.. and a contribution towards this would be gratefully received…. or the most appropriate gift….

Q.We are trying to plan a celebration and renewing of our vows for our 50th. anniversary, are there any do’s or don’ts to be consider, we  were married very young, so we are not really that old; still young at heart. Are there any suggestions for this  we would like to do it the proper way.

A. There is not a fixed way to have a 50th celebration and it can be up to you, the couple celebrating the anniversary, how you would like to celebrate. Even with your decision to renew your vows can be done in many ways from a low key celebration up to a re-creation of a full wedding breakfast.

Q I am have a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for my parents in February. I will be sending out invitations for this.  It will be an Open House at my parents’ home starting approximately  6 pm .  There will be food and beverages.  Would it be proper to put on the invitation to RSVP as to how many will be attending or proper to enclose a response card as to how many will be attending? — Even though it is an Open House event?   It would help in knowing how much food to prepare.

A. As you are having an open house I think that an RSVP would be most suitable.  Depending on your Social cycle it may be appropriate to put a note after the RSVP to say that it is to ensure that sufficient food is available

Q My mother wants to have an anniversary celebration and was told that it was not good manners to invite family.  This cannot be correct is it?

A. I’m not sure how this idea came about but it is not true. A lot of Anniversary Celebrations are arranged by the family especially ones above the 25th. Wedding Anniversaries can take the form of a intimate celebration for just the couple right up to a full recreation of the original wedding with a blessing service in church followed by a Anniversary Breakfast.

Q. How long is the Longest Marriage on Record?

In Australia the longest marriage on record is that of Wesley Arney (Wes) and his wife Vanetta who in 2003 celebrated their 79th anniversary unfortunately Wes passed away the same year. A brief news story on their marriage is available here.

In Britain the longest marriage on record was a couple from Bradford who celebrated their 87th Wedding Anniversary together in January 2012 (News story
here).

Wikipedia have started a page on long marriage here: Longest Marriages

Wedding Anniversary Speeches & Toasts

Making a Speech

If you are having a gathering of friends and family to celebrate your wedding anniversary whether formal or informal, speeches and toasts are often expected. If following formal etiquette then a speech and toast is required, if informal then it is not required however it would be a nice gesture for someone to do.

The people expected to give a speech are the hosts and the guests of honour, if the hosts are the children then one of them should be appointed the spokesperson to deliver the speech and toast on behalf of the rest of the children.

In a formal setting it would be expected that the Man of the couple would give the response speech as spokesman for the guests of honour. In an informal setting then either partner or both may give a speech.

If a toast is made then it should be short and to the point e.g. To Jack and Jill congratulations on 45 years of marriage, here’s to the next 45, Jack & Jill.

There are a number of things to keep in mind when making speeches at wedding anniversaries. One key thing that I learnt whilst trying to find jokes about wedding anniversaries for our web site (you’ll notice there is no jokes on our site because we couldn’t find any non-derogatory ones!). Take great care not to include a joke which will slight or insult either partner. Remember it is both of them that are celebrating their wedding anniversary and they should be able to enjoy it. If you do want to include a joke that may be considered risky make sure it is told in a third party i.e. I knew a couple who were married……

The content of the speeches are very flexible however they should include a toast to the guests of honour and the hosts if different.

The replies a couple would make to any speeches made are very dependent upon your family circle & culture; Typically anniversary speeches follow along similar lines to a wedding celebration and thus thanking those who organised the event and for the people who turned up to join you in your celebration.

Speech Writing Resources.

Below are some books available from Amazon that we recommend to help you write speeches that not only captivate they also help to make them humorous.

 

Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

Two silver metal lovehearts intertwined seamlessly

Themes for modern wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of materials that are associated with each specific year. The different years, the majority of the time, have different themes or materials associated with that year along with different lists, here we are talking about the Modern Anniversary List, other popular lists include the the Traditional, Gemstone or Flower lists. The general idea behind this is so that you can select a gift with the theme of the material mentioned for the year thus making it easier to select an appropriate gift.

The Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts Listhashtag loveheart and kiss emojis

The Modern wedding anniversary list was first launched in 1946 into the one shown below, some of the years have variations on the theme depending upon who has published the list subsequently. More history of how the wedding list evolved is available on our Modern Wedding List History page.

The reason it is called the modern list is simply because at the time it was published it included modern gift theme designed to encourage and promote sales of items in a time of austerity.

Below in the list the anniversary year will link you to pages with ideas available from all the Gift lists (e.g. Traditional, Modern, Gemstone and Flower) or choose the modern material for the year you are celebrating, or buying for, for a list of wedding anniversary gifts specific to that modern material and year.
The Modern Anniversary gifts list has a material theme against every year up to the 50th year and there after every fifth year until the 75th Wedding Anniversary. 

Modern Wedding Anniversary Material List

1st year wedding anniversary Clocks
2nd year wedding anniversary China
3rd year wedding anniversary Crystal or Glass
4th year wedding anniversary Electrical Appliances
5th year wedding anniversary Silverware
6th year wedding anniversary Wood
7th year wedding anniversary Desk Set
8th year wedding anniversary Linen or Lace
9th year wedding anniversary Leather
10th year wedding anniversary Diamond Jewellery
11th year wedding anniversary Fashion Jewellery
12th year wedding anniversary Pearls or Coloured Gems
13th year wedding anniversary Textiles or Furs
14th year wedding anniversary Gold Jewellery
15th year wedding anniversary Watches
16th year wedding anniversary Silver Holoware
17th year wedding anniversary Furniture
18th year wedding anniversary Porcelain
19th year wedding anniversary Bronze
20th year wedding anniversary Platinum
21st year wedding anniversary Brass or Nickel
22nd year wedding anniversary Copper
23rd year wedding anniversary Silver Plate
24th year wedding anniversary Musical Instruments
25th year wedding anniversary Silver
26th year wedding anniversary Original Pictures
27th year wedding anniversary Sculpture
28th year wedding anniversary Orchids
29th year wedding anniversary Furniture
30th year wedding anniversary Diamond Jewellery
31st year wedding anniversary Timepieces
32nd year wedding anniversary Conveyances
33rd year wedding anniversary Amethyst
34th year wedding anniversary Opal
35th year wedding anniversary  Jade
36th year wedding anniversary Bone China
37th year wedding anniversary Alabaster
38th year wedding anniversary Beryl
39th year wedding anniversary Lace
40th year wedding anniversary  Ruby
41st year wedding anniversary Land
42nd year wedding anniversary Improved Real Estate
43rd year wedding anniversary Travel
44th year wedding anniversary Groceries
45th year wedding anniversary Sapphire
46th year wedding anniversary Original Poetry Tribute
47th year wedding anniversary Books
48th year wedding anniversary Optical Goods
49th year wedding anniversary Luxuries, any kind
50th year wedding anniversary Gold Jewellery
55th year wedding anniversary Emerald
60th year wedding anniversary Diamonds
70th year wedding anniversary Platinum
75th year wedding anniversary Diamonds

There are a few variations with the modern wedding anniversary gifts list shown

 

All Important Modern wedding anniversary gifts

The modern wedding anniversary gifts list converge with the Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List on what are deemed to be the major Anniversaries e.g 25th Anniversary is Silver, 40th Anniversary Is Ruby and the 50th Anniversary is Gold on both lists.

 

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

Themes for traditional wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of materials that are associated with each specific year. The different years, the majority of the time, have different themes or materials associated with that year along with different lists, here we are talking about the Traditional Anniversary List, other popular lists include the the Modern, Gemstone or Flower lists. The general idea behind this is so that you can select a gift with the theme of the material mentioned for the year thus making it easier to select an appropriate gift.

The Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

The traditional wedding anniversary list has developed over the generations into the one shown below, some of the years have variations on the theme depending upon who has published the list. More history of how the wedding list evolved is available on our Traditional Wedding List History page.

Knight and his Lady with flowersThe reason it is called the traditional list is simply because it is the oldest wedding anniversary gifts list in existence, there is evidence that prior to the modern anniversary list being produced the list was known as the Wedding Anniversary List.

Below in the list the anniversary year will link you to pages with ideas available from all the Gift lists (e.g. Traditional, Modern, Gemstone and Flower) or choose the traditional material for the year you are celebrating, or buying for, for a list of wedding anniversary gifts specific to that traditional material and year.
Some years have no material or theme under the traditional anniversary list, below the fiftieth these anniversaries will have a theme in the Modern Anniversary List. Above the 50th they have no theme or material.

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Material List

There are a few variations with the traditional wedding anniversary gifts list shown above possibly the largest one being that for the first wedding anniversary as, in the United Kingdom and Europe, the 1st anniversary traditionally used to be Cotton with the second year being Paper themed. This has however been reversed now to follow the american traditional theme of Paper for the 1st year anniversary and Cotton for the 2nd year. The reason behind this is attributed to globalisation and the internet making data more accessible.

There are other variations on the traditional theme and again these tend to be local (read Country) based, for example in Germany there is also a tradition to celebrate  the Copper Anniversary which is 12 and a half years or half way through a Jubilee (which is 25 years)

All Important traditional wedding anniversary gifts

The traditional wedding anniversary gifts list is where all the important and major anniversaries come from and indeed the 25th anniversary and 50th anniversary are the oldest known anniversaries being celebrated as having symbols with the forma being the Silver Wedding and the latter Golden Wedding these can be traced back into early European history.

 

41st to 50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

senior married couple smiling, cuddling and facing cameraThese years are effectively the run up to what is one of the largest celebrations of married life, that being the Golden Wedding which is 50 years of marriage.

41st Wedding anniversary

The forty-first wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Land.

42nd Wedding anniversary

The forty-second wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Improved Real Estate.

43rd Wedding anniversary

The forty-third wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Travel.

44th Wedding anniversary

The forty-fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Groceries.

45th Wedding anniversary also known as the Sapphire Wedding

The traditional forty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Sapphire. The modern forty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Sapphire. The gemstone forty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Alexandrite.

46th Wedding anniversary

The forty-sixth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Original Poetry Tribute.

47th Wedding anniversary

The forty-seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Books.

48th Wedding anniversary

The forty-eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Optical Goods.

49th Wedding anniversary

The forty-ninth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Luxuries, any Kind.

50th Wedding anniversary also known as the Golden Wedding

The traditional fiftieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Gold. The modern fiftieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Gold Jewellery. The appropriate flowers for the fiftieth wedding anniversary are Violets.

1st Anniversary to the 10th Anniversary Gifts

kissing couple celebrating their wedding anniversaryWith the exception of the 1st wedding anniversary the early year wedding anniversaries are typically celebrated by the couple only. The first anniversary is always a great way for family and friends to remind the couple that they are still in their thoughts and to perhaps thank them for a memorable day.

1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional 1st wedding anniversary has a gift theme of Paper. The modern first wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Clocks. The gemstone 1st wedding anniversary has a gift theme of Fresh Water Pearl. The appropriate flowers for the first year wedding anniversary are Pansies.

2nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional second wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Cotton; an alternative traditional second wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Straw. The modern second wedding anniversary gift has a theme of China. The appropriate gemstone for the second wedding anniversary has a theme of Rose Quartz; an alternative gemstone for the second wedding anniversary can be themed with Garnet. The appropriate flowers for the second wedding anniversary are Cosmos.

3rd Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional third wedding anniversary has a theme of Leather. The modern third wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Crystal; an alternative modern third wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Glass. The appropriate gemstone for the third wedding anniversary has a theme of Crystal. The flowers for the third wedding anniversary are Fushsia.

4th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Fruit & Flowers; an alternative traditional fourth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Books. The modern fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Electrical Appliance. The gemstone fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Amethyst; an alternative gemstone fourth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Topaz. The appropriate flowers for the fourth wedding anniversary are Geranium.

5th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Wood. The modern fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Silverware. The gemstone fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Turquoise. The appropriate flowers for the fifth wedding anniversary are Daisies.

6th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional sixth wedding anniversary has a theme of Sugar; an alternative traditional sixth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Iron. The modern sixth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Wood. The appropriate gemstone for the sixth wedding anniversary has a theme of Amethyst; an alternative gemstone for the 6th wedding anniversary can be themed with Garnet. The appropriate flowers for the sixth wedding anniversary are Calla lilies.

7th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Wool; an alternative traditional seventh wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Copper. The modern seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Desk Set. The appropriate gemstone for the seventh wedding anniversary has a theme of Lapis Lazuli; an alternative gemstone for the seventh wedding anniversary can be themed with Onyx. The appropriate flowers for the seventh wedding anniversary are Jack-in-the-pulpit.

8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Bronze; an alternative traditional eighth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Pottery. The modern eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Lace; an alternative modern eighth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Linen. The appropriate gemstone for the eighth wedding anniversary has a theme of Aventurine; an alternative gemstone for the eighth wedding anniversary can be themed with Multi-coloured Tourmaline. The appropriate flowers for the eighth wedding anniversary are Clematis.

9th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional ninth wedding anniversary has a theme of Pottery. ; an alternative traditional ninth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Willow. The modern ninth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Leather. The appropriate gemstone for the ninth wedding anniversary has a theme of Tiger Eye; an alternative gemstone for the ninth wedding anniversary can be themed with Lapis Lazuli.The appropriate flowers for the ninth wedding anniversary are Poppies.

10th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

The traditional tenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Tin; an alternative traditional tenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Aluminium. The modern tenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Diamond Jewellery. The  appropriate gemstone for the tenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Black Onyx. The appropriate flowers for the tenth wedding anniversary are Daffodils.

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4th Wedding Anniversary gifts & ideas

Traditional 4th wedding anniversary gifts have a theme of Fruit and Flowers or Books. Modern 4th anniversary gift has a theme of Electrical Appliances. The flowers associated with the 4th anniversary are Geranium. The Gemstone list shows Amethyst or Topaz associated with this Wedding Anniversary.

Personalised Ladybird ‘How it Works’ Style Book – The Husband

Personalised the Husband Ladybird book

The Husband is written in the style of the classic children?s books we all loved, this delightful little book has a wicked sense of humour. Did you know that Husbands run on sausages and beer?

Clear text and repetition gives the tone of a children?s book, but the content highlights stereotype of how adults cope (or don?t cope) with married life. Featuring original Ladybird artwork alongside brilliantly funny, brand new text this cheeky book shows the inner workings of a Husband. With the names of your husband printed on the front, “The Husband” will love it!

There is space to add two lines of text as a preface below the book title. This officially licensed Ladybird book is reproduced as close as possible to how the original design of these Ladybird books were? made.

View the Book and read the story

As the title of this book is ‘The Husband’, his name will appear on the cover.

How to Order

Enter his name in the appropriate husband box plus any message if you wish.

Proceed through checkout. We will then print and bind the book in the Ladybird How it works style shown. Once completed we will dispatch it to the shipping address you provide.

Notes

  • Your text will be printed exactly as you have entered it, so please double check spelling, punctuation and capitalisation.
  • Not all accents and symbols can be printed. Here are the special characters we support:???????? ?;:,.!-& ????????1234567890′<>?@
  • 12 Characters maximum for his name.
  • 40 Characters maximum per line on 2 lines for the preface message.