11th wedding anniversary gifts and ideas

11th wedding anniversary gifts have a traditional theme of Steel. A Contemporary or Modern Eleventh anniversary gift has a theme of Fashion Jewellery. The flowers associated with the 11th anniversary are Morning Glories. The Gemstone list shows Turquoise associated with the 11th Wedding Anniversary.

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.

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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.

 

Anniversary Ideas every year

Anniversary gift givingWelcome to Anniversary Ideas, your number one resource for celebrating any wedding anniversary.

We help guide you through the questions that need answering in order to have the best anniversary possible.

  • What is the traditional material for your anniversary?
  • What is the best way to celebrate your anniversary year?
  • What anniversary gift may I get my wife/husband?

Questions all answered by us.

Once you have a good idea of the type of anniversary gifts you can purchase, we will show you the best gifts available on or off line for the anniversary theme you require.

If you are unsure;

  • what anniversary gifts are appropriate for the year being celebrated and what’s best give give your loved one
  • how to celebrate your anniversary;
  • what material is traditionally associated with the anniversary year you are celebrating.

Then let us help you. we’ve been doing this for many years ever since our first web site which was the pioneer for wedding anniversary resources on the world wide web.

Anniversary Gifts

From the 1st Wedding Anniversary through to the 100th year (yes someone has given the 100th a symbol!) we supply details of the traditional or modern symbol, flower and gemstone associated with each year.

anniversary gifts lined up imageWe’ve done a lot of the work for you by searching the internet to bring together some of the best and most unique anniversary gift ideas around. Now these are just not general gifts they are specific anniversary ideas that match either the traditional or contemporary symbol for the Wedding Anniversary you are celebrating.

Wedding Anniversaries : Find out what material is traditionally associated with each year. Anniversary Etiquette : Holding an Anniversary Party? we answer the popular questions on etiquette; how to celebrate, why celebrate, gift giving and other commonly asked questions. All Wedding Anniversary details If you are celebrating a year that is not in the traditional list then this page gives themes and symbols for ever year up to the 50th and then every 5th anniversary up to the 100th!

1st Wedding anniversary

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

2nd Wedding anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The traditional tenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Tin; an alternative traditional tenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Aluminum. 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.

11th Wedding anniversary

The traditional eleventh wedding anniversary has a theme of Steel. The modern eleventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Fashion Jewellery. The appropriate gemstone for the eleventh wedding anniversary has a theme of Turquoise; an alternative gemstone for the eleventh wedding anniversary can be themed with Hematite. The appropriate flowers for the eleventh wedding anniversary are Morning Glories.

12th Wedding anniversary

The traditional twelfth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Linen; an alternative traditional twelfth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Silk. The modern twelfth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Colour Gems; an alternative modern twelfth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Pearls. The appropriate gemstone for the twelfth wedding anniversary has a theme of Agate. The appropriate flowers for the twelfth wedding anniversary are Peonies.

13th Wedding anniversary

The traditional thirteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Lace. The modern thirteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Textiles; an alternative modern thirteenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Furs. The  appropriate gemstone for the thirteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Malachite; an alternative gemstone for the thirteenth wedding anniversary can be themed with Citrine; another alternative gemstone 13th wedding anniversary can be themed with Moonstone. The appropriate flowers for the thirteenth wedding anniversary are Hollyhock.

14th Wedding anniversary

The traditional fourteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Ivory. The modern fourteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Gold Jewellery. The appropriate gemstone for the fourteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Jewellery; an alternative gemstone for the fourteenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Moss Agate. The appropriate flowers for the fourteenth wedding anniversary are Dahlia.

15th Wedding anniversary

The traditional fifteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Crystal. The modern fifteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Watches. The appropriate flowers for the fifteenth wedding anniversary are Roses.

After the fifteenth Wedding Anniversary the traditional anniversary gift list only provides a theme for every fifth year up until the 50th and then the Diamond Anniversary being the Seventy-fifth year.

16th Wedding anniversary

The modern sixteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Silver Hollowware.The appropriate gemstone for the sixteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Peridot; an alternative gemstone for the sixteenth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Aquamarine.

17th Wedding anniversary

The modern seventeenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Furniture. The appropriate gemstone for the seventeenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Amethyst; an alternative gemstone for the seventeenth wedding anniversary can be themed with Citrine.

18th Wedding anniversary

The modern eighteenth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Porcelain. The appropriate gemstone for the eighteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Opal.

19th Wedding anniversary

The modern nineteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Bronze. The appropriate gemstone for the nineteenth wedding anniversary has a theme of Aquamarine; an alternative gemstone for the nineteenth wedding anniversary can be themed with Topaz.

20th Wedding anniversary

The traditional twentieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of China. The modern twentieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Bone China; an alternative modern twentieth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Platinum. The appropriate flowers for the twentieth wedding anniversary are Day Lily.

21st Wedding anniversary

The modern twenty-first wedding anniversary has a theme of Nickel; an alternative modern twenty-first wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Brass. The appropriate gemstone for the twenty-first wedding anniversary has a theme of Iolite.

22nd Wedding anniversary

The modern twenty-second wedding anniversary has a theme of Copper. The appropriate gemstone for the twenty-second wedding anniversary has a theme of Spinel (all Colours).

23rd Wedding anniversary

The modern twenty-third wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Silver plate. The appropriate gemstone for the twenty-third wedding anniversary has a theme of Imperial Topaz.

24th Wedding anniversary

The modern twenty-fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Musical Instruments. The appropriate gemstone for the twenty-fourth wedding anniversary has a theme of Tanzanite.

25th Wedding anniversary also known as the Silver Wedding

The traditional twenty fifth wedding anniversary has a theme of Silver. The modern twenty fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Silver. The appropriate gemstone for the twenty fifth wedding anniversary has a theme of Sterling Silver. The appropriate flowers for the twenty fifth wedding anniversary are Iris or is Iri the correct plural.

26th Wedding anniversary

The twenty-sixth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Original Pictures.

27th Wedding anniversary

The twenty-seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Sculpture.

28th Wedding anniversary

The twenty-eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Orchids.

29th Wedding anniversary

The twenty-ninth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Furniture.

30th Wedding anniversary also known as the Pearl Wedding

The traditional thirtieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Pearls. The modern thirtieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Diamond Jewellery. The appropriate flowers for the thirtieth wedding anniversary are Sweet pea.

31st Wedding anniversary

The thirty-first wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Timepieces.

32nd Wedding anniversary

The thirty-second wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Conveyances.

33rd Wedding anniversary

The thirty-third wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Amethyst.

34th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-fourth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Opal.

35th Wedding anniversary also known as the Coral Wedding

The traditional thirty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Coral. The modern thirty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Jade.

36th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-sixth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Bone China.

37th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-seventh wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Alabaster.

38th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-eighth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Beryl.

39th Wedding anniversary

The thirty-ninth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Lace.

40th Wedding anniversary also known as the Ruby Wedding

The traditional fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The modern fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The gemstone fortieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby. The appropriate flowers for the fortieth wedding anniversary are Nasturtium.

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.

After the fiftieth wedding anniversary most of the anniversary gift lists move to only nominating a theme ever five years.

55th Wedding anniversary also known as the Emerald Wedding

The traditional fifty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of 55th; an alternative traditional fifty-fifth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Emerald. The modern fifty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Emerald. The gemstone fifty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Alexandrite.

60th Wedding anniversary

The modern sixtieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Diamonds. The gemstone sixtieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Diamonds.

65th Wedding anniversary

The sixty-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Star Sapphire.

70th Wedding anniversary

The modern seventieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Platinum.

75th Wedding anniversary also known as the Diamond Wedding

The traditional seventy-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Diamonds. The modern seventy-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Diamonds.

80th Wedding anniversary

The eightieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Pearls; an alternative modern eightieth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Diamonds. Oak has also been mentioned although no reference source can be found for this theme.

85th Wedding anniversary

The eight-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Sapphire; an alternative modern eight fifth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Diamonds.

90th Wedding anniversary

The ninetieth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Diamonds; an alternative modern ninetieth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Emerald.

95th Wedding anniversary

The ninety-fifth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ruby; an alternative modern ninety fifth wedding anniversary gift can be themed with Diamonds.

100th Wedding anniversary

The one hundredth wedding anniversary gift has a theme of Ten Carat Diamond.

Wedding Anniversary History

There are plenty of resources that quote what material or name that is associated with a specific wedding anniversary. Have you ever asked why this material or symbol is chosen?

Excerpt from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post 26th January 26 1895 Issue 8604 quoting Wedding Anniversary SymbolsWe did and effectively this web site is the result! We continue to research the reasons why a material is associated with any Wedding Anniversary and have published what we have found out to date on the pages below;

When we started this web site way back in 1998 we always worked with the various Wedding Anniversary lists and accepted that the symbols or materials that are associated with the relevant wedding anniversary were universal.Research we have carried out shows that originally the Wedding Anniversary List used in Britain and Europe was different to the symbols used in America; nowadays however there appears to be a convergence of the Traditional Wedding Anniversary list to a uniform list on a global basis (certainly in the English speaking world).Thus if you wanted you could use Cotton as the traditional 1st Wedding Anniversary theme rather than the commonly accepted theme of paper, which in the original European list had the paper anniversary as the second year.

Anniversaries have been celebrated effectively since the year after the wedding ceremony was invented; references can be found in records stretching back centuries.Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens cites a celebration for an 8th wedding Anniversary in Chapter 14 (1st published in June 1838) This highlights the fact that not only were the major jubilees celebrated but also the other years. He did not however give the anniversary a name nor symbol.

Extract from The Belfast Newsletters 27th October 1852; Issue No.11797 detailing a golden wedding celebration
The Belfast Newsletters 27th October 1852; Issue No.11797

 

The earliest reference in printed form we have found to a Wedding Anniversary having a symbol associated with it is from The Morning Chronicle Issue No 17572 published in 1825. Our favourite reference is from The Belfast Newsletters Issue No.11797 originally printed 27th October 1852; and recounts the writer finding a Golden Wedding celebration ongoing whilst he walked the streets of a German town. (reproduced on this page)

The majority of the anniversary lists converge on the major anniversaries i.e. 25th is Silver and 50th is the Golden anniversary on the majority. We suspect the reason for this is that these wedding anniversaries are the ones that have created the tradition (as our research has born out) and thus an alternative material would not have be accepted and thus not be used. Indeed it is the anniversaries between the major ones where the variations happen and also on the later years where, previously, couples did not reach that there is debate over the correct material or symbol.

We’ve been asked why our anniversary lists are different from some other sites on the web?  Well there are numerous reasons; some are just plain wrong maybe by mistakes or because they are trying to promote a specific gift idea based on their industry. Our site uses an aggregate solution to offering gift ideas, where we’ve had more than one reliable source quoting a symbol for the specific year we include it in our listings showing the most popular first.

Having grown from a hobby site, we feel our intentions are to inform and educate first thus we have used what we believe to be the most frequently used symbols.

We continue to be frustrated in not being able to identify where it was decided to use Paper as the first anniversary symbol over the traditional theme of cotton,
we have a couple of theories, one being it was promoted by someone with a vested interest in paper based gifts and the other being it was modified during the
great war (first world war) as cotton was considered a more scarce resource than paper.

Back in 1998 we cross referenced a number of sources and have to agree there is no definitive list for wedding anniversaries although they do all seem to agree on the major anniversaries. Some of our sources are listed below:

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gift list

The earliest know references are to Silver (25th Wedding Anniversary) and Gold (50th Wedding Anniversary). These appear to originate in Middle Europe (Germanic Region) and involved the spouse giving his wife a silver garland when they had been married for 25 years. Some European countries also celebrate Twelve and a half years of marriage using Copper as the Anniversary Symbol.

We have found references to materials associated with specific years which follow the traditional anniversary lists for the first 5 years of marriage and then every 5th year up to 25th and then 50th and 75th.

The earliest reference we have found other than the Silver or gold is to the 5th anniversary (Wood) which implies this became the material for that anniversary around 1875.

There are currently 2 Diamond Anniversaries, one at 60 and one at 75 years. The 75th anniversary is the original traditional diamond anniversary with the 60th being added when Queen Victoria (English Empire Monarch) celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on her 60th anniversary of accession to the throne in 1897 and this has since been adopted as an appropriate Wedding Anniversary also, at first glance seems logical however Queen Victoria’s Husband died in 1861 21 years after they got married thus linking the 60th Wedding Anniversary to the Diamond Jubilee may have made one not amused!

In 1937 the American National Retail Jeweler Association issued a more comprehensive list which associated a material for each Anniversary year up to the 15th Anniversary and then each fifth year after that up to the 60th Anniversary.

Additional lists are issued from time to time however the one quoted above is more or less the defacto list for the Traditional names of Wedding Anniversaries.

Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts and Symbols

An alternative list to the traditional anniversary list. This list is also in popular use and can also be known as the  Contemporary Wedding Anniversary list.

It has been around for a number of years now, which makes its title rather misleading as none of the items listed are particularly modern!

This list provides alternative material suggestions for the years and include “modern” items such as electrical appliances and Fashion Jewellery.

This is a more comprehensive list than the traditional list and associates a material for ever year up until the 50th Wedding Anniversary. It also goes on in steps
of every 5th year up until the 100th Wedding Anniversary.

It is hard to quote the originator of the modern anniversary list as a number of lists appear to have been issued and they slowly converged to give the Modern list that is in general use today.

Given the age of the modern list I think it is time to issue a new list which should better reflect the global village that the internet has delivered. Perhaps we should call it the “Internet Wedding Anniversary List”

We are giving this some serious thought and will issue it on our site soon, as an example we thought the 1st year should be a gift from the ends of the earth, to reflect the capability of the internet to connect to everybody on a global basis and that you would go to the ends of the world to make your partner happy.

If you have a suggestion for an Internet age gift then please email us and we may include the best suggestions in the list. Please qualify you list suggestions as to why they should be included. e.g. what relevance they have in the internet age and how they show your love for each other.

Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gift list and Symbols

This anniversary list was issued by a Gemstone association, we have yet to confirm when, and complements the Birthstone list which associates a precious stone against the month when you were born.

This list associates a precious metal or gemstone with wedding anniversaries up to the 25th and then every 5th year up to the 75th. The list converges with
the traditional and modern lists on major anniversaries such as 25th (Silver) and 50th (Gold)

Flower Anniversary Gifts list and Symbols

We’re not sure who issued this list, the references we have to it do not have a source quoted thus we assume it was issued by a Florist guild or similar.

The earliest reference to this list we have found is in the early 1960’s This list associates flowers with each anniversary year up to the 15th and
then ever 5th year up to the 50th.

Its a hard list to follow as some of the flowers listed are seasonal and as your anniversary falls in a specific season every year then some of the flowers
would not be available for some of the years.

Above 75th Wedding Anniversary History

A few wedding anniversary lists have included details above the 75th anniversary both on the modern and traditional side.  I suspect
these Anniversaries are extremely rare. However given an increase in life spans these may start to be used more.

If you know of anyone celebrating an anniversary above the 75th Anniversary we would love to know. Please mail us at Anniversary
Ideas Team.

If you want details of Wedding Anniversaries above the 75th Wedding Anniversary then go to our wedding anniversary selector page and enter the year you require details on.

Longest Married Couples

Few couples celebrate more than the 80th anniversary and only 1 couple have achieved a 90 year marriage!

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

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).

If you know a UK couple celebrating their 80th or greater wedding Anniversary we would love to hear from you.

Online References Used
Offline Resources used
  • Various Almanacs
  • Various Etiquette Books
  • Britannia Encyclopedia
  • The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols
  • An Anniversary to Remember
  • On this Day
  • The art of Marriage
  • Chambers Book of Days
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Anniversary Gifts for her

Anniversary Gifts for Her

a well wrapped present

Anniversary gifts symbolise many things. On your upcoming anniversary, she would love to receive the gift that also means you’re looking forward to the coming years of being by her side.

If you’re struggling for some ideas, we’ve some gift ideas according to the varying personality traits they may have. No one can pigeon-hole your spouse, hopefully, however they’ll inspire you to give her the perfect present she’ll surely adore and love you all the more for.

Always Glamorous

If she spends ages getting ready and it shows then you’re on a safe bet with the latest make-up or fashions. A quick look in her make-up bag could give you an idea of what she may treasure, is there any product heavily used or even looks like it’s used totally, this is likely to be the prized item in her arsenal replenishing this could be the ideal gift.

Jewellery is always a great option for a glamorous lady, check their wardrobe for the colours they prefer and select the jewellery to either match or contrast these, this way she’ll be able to enhance her outfits with matching accessories. If their favourite colours match with the anniversary gemstone or birthstone then all the better.

Itchy Feet Traveller

Possibly the best anniversary gift you can give someone who loves to travel is a second honeymoon (or 3rd or 4th!) There are many romantic destinations now available that even a few years ago were not feasible through either limited transport or cost.

If you are ready to take her on a dream holiday, you could get a book that mentions the place to where you’re going. Write a note on the first page of the book and slip the tickets or confirmation of your upcoming travel. If you’re still saving for your ideal trip and the confirmation is just the start then this can be a great way for you to tell her that you’re planning the travel. This will enable her to be more involved in the arrangements; it’s often the striving to achieve a goal that makes the whole holiday so much more enjoyable!

Sophisticated

Classy and cultured rather than complex and demanding is our definition of these type of women.

Experiences rather than physical goods are more likely to please her the most, to be honest a well-chosen experience gift is always better received than any physical gift. Being sophisticated you’ll have a great choice of experiences to choose; from a night at the theatre to a weekend retreat to recharge the batteries; the choices are endless!

A lovely trick here is to match the experience to the anniversary theme, traditional or the modern list, it does not normally matter as long as the link is there, check out our pages relevant to the anniversary year to see some suggestions.

If you want something physical, and who doesn’t 😉 then we’d suggest a pamper gift set or similar, you know the type, full of scented soaps, bath boms, ex-foliating scrub, body lotion and the like. Look for the ones with aromatherapy candles and edible treats so she can snack whilst pampering.

Sentimental Signora 

If the women you love is a sentimental  type then you can often struggle for an appropriate gift as they are often hard to buy gifts for. In truth the answer is very simple, the gift of your time will be the best gift you can give, be it taking a day off just to be together or going out for a candle-lit meal  these are the type of gifts they’ll love you for.

If you want to give her a keepsake then a great idea is a message in a bottle where you write your own message,  you could use it to re-affirm your marriage vows or just let the poet in you run rife and fill it with prose expressing your love for her.

Gourmet Foodie

If she’s a connoisseur of great food you’ll probably be used to eating out in fine restaurants, if you don’t then there’s the answer! If you do, you’ll need to go just that bit further to make a truly memorable anniversary. How about a luxury picnic somewhere secluded or a High Tea at somewhere such as The Ritz or other high class hotel, spending an afternoon indulging in a gastronomic menu will surely make her delighted.

Always make it Special

Whatever you choose to do to celebrate you anniversary make an effort to make it special, after all these celebrations could become life’s most treasured memories. The added benefit to this of course is you also get to have the enjoyment as well!!

If you’re apart on you actual anniversary set a date when you know you’ll be together and celebrate then.

So, if you’re thinking, €œMaybe I should,€ Please do! You simply can’t lose. I invite you to view our full list of ideas here, or if you have an idea that you think other people will enjoy let us know we’re on Facebook, Google or Twitter and we’d love to hear from you.”

11th Wedding Anniversary

11th year wedding anniversary traditional theme - steel imageEach wedding anniversary that passes brings you something different, something more unique than last year, and something to look forward to. The 11th year wedding anniversary is based around the traditional gift of steel for this many years of marriage, which can incorporate many options when you’re looking for an 11th year wedding anniversary gift, or the more modern approach to this year’s gifts is pearl or fashion jewellery. As you will already know, there are gemstones and flowers that are connected to each year of marriage, and for the 11th year, it’s haematite and turquoise, and morning glory flowers.

Think of the 11th year wedding anniversary as the next chapter in your second decade of being married. It’s well-past the 10th year and it could be a new beginning and a time to think back over the years. As steel is the traditional gift for the 11th wedding anniversary, it could be jewellery or an appliance that you’ve always wanted for your home. The gift could be a joint effort or something that your other half has always longed-for. Steel also gives you a variety of options to choose from, and the more unique the better!

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If you prefer more modern touches when it comes to buying wedding anniversary gifts, then pearl jewellery can be a luxurious and romantic gift to give your wife. There are many different kinds styles available, not just the creamy-white ones, there are yellow, orange ones and even black ones which are Tahitian. They make fantastic necklaces, jewels for rings or pins. As pearls are generally worn as a sign of importance and wealth, your wife will be over the moon with her new pearls and feel so loved and important.

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As for flowers for the 11th year wedding anniversary gift ideas, morning glories are ideal. The colourful petals are graceful and glamorous, as well as giving off that fresh scent that only morning glories can do. Whether you sprinkle the petals around the home or have a bouquet including the flowers, it’s certainly going to make her feel special.

11th year wedding anniversary gemstone theme - hematite imageThe gemstones that are connected to the 11th year wedding anniversary are hematite and turquoise. The latter has that bright blue-green colour and looks fantastic in jewellery or sculptures. Hematite is maybe less known but it too has been used for jewellery and artwork for hundreds of years, particularly in Victorian Europe. As you can see, for your special 11th year anniversary, there are many different gifts you could choose from. It simply depends on your tastes and your loved-one’s tastes, and all will show just how much you love each other.

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The 11th year wedding anniversary Facts and Figures

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On the 11th anniversary of your marriage you would have been married for 4,015 days or 96,360 hours or 5,781,600 minutes which is over 346 million seconds!

During this time you would have shared, on average, over 30,100 hours of snuggle time (sleeping!) or about 3 years, 5 months; assuming you don’t work together you’ve been apart for over 23,258 hours which is about 2 years, 8 months. You would have by now shared about 8,800 meals together which equates to approximately 6 months, 30 days of continuous eating!

Buying gifts for your partner can be tricky but thankfully there are traditions of buying wedding anniversary gifts. From the traditional steel gifts to the more modern pearl jewellery, and adding in some fresh colours of the petal of morning glory, you can really mark the special occasion with some fantastic presents. If gemstones are preferred, turquoise or haematite are perfect for remembering your special day and make for an ideal 11th wedding anniversary gift.

Eleventh Year Wedding anniversary Gift Ideas

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