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50th wedding anniversary gifts for Mum and Dad

50th wedding anniversary gifts

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for your Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 50th Anniversary is also know as the Golden Wedding. This is because Gold are the associated theme for 50 years of marriage.

Obviously this theme makes it relativity easy to find a gift for your Mum. However it’s a bit more difficult for your Dad or when you are buying a joint present. Below are some of our ideas that are great 50th wedding anniversary gifts for your Mum and Dad. The ideas should enable both your parents to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 50th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 50th Anniversary page

The Golden Wedding, to give it the traditional name used, is gold both for the traditional and the modern gift theme lists and as gold has such a stunning look and can be used in many ways you shouldn’t have difficulty finding the perfect 50th wedding anniversary gift. Although the traditional theme for your 50th year as a married couple is gold the modern day equivalent has a slight variation and suggests gold jewellery and what better way to impress your loved one with some stunning earrings, a ring, or even matching watches for each other.

Earliest recorded celebrations show the Husband presents his wife with a Gold Garland to wear. This was normally at a family celebration. Celebrating 50 years also maps into the biblical events of their second jubilee as each jubilee traditionally lasted 25 years.

Gold also replaces the gemstone gift theme. Thus you could take the opportunity to have a gold themed day. Spending time together with gold being used throughout the day. As you can eat gold leaf, you could have a nice meal with gold leaf making an appearance or you could simply be content with some beautiful gold jewellery such as updated wedding rings.

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30th wedding anniversary gifts for parents

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If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for your parents 30th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 30th Anniversary is also know as the Pearl Wedding. This is because Pearls are the associated theme for 30 years of marriage.

Obviously this theme makes it relativity easy to find a gift for your Mum. However it’s a bit more difficult for your Dad or when you are buying a joint present. Below are some of our ideas that are great 30th wedding anniversary gifts for parents. The ideas should enable both your parents to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 30th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 30th Anniversary page

For this anniversary any type of Pearl can be used; there are more than one type at the basic level there are fresh water pearls and saltwater pearls.  Both contain the same properties that make them desirable and nowadays they are equally attainable. One difference is the larger types are typically the saltwater variety as the shellfish they come from can grow larger.

Naturally developed Pearls are still the most sought after due to their rarity. Cultured Pearls can be as good a quality especially the ones from the top Pearl culturists.

The best know cultured Pearl producer is Mikimoto. A Japanese producer named after the founder who discovered how to grow Pearls ‘on demand’. The results are beautiful, check out these Fine Mikimoto gift ideas from one of our partners.

If choosing Pearl as a gift please always ensure it is real Pearl, we’ve seen many items designed with Mother of Pearl which, unless you know, can be confused with Pearls. Mother of Pearl is actually the shell of the mussel or oyster that can produce a pearl.

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Beginners guide to wedding anniversary gifts etiquette

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Us oldies, occasionally forget that newly weds may not know the ins and outs of Wedding Anniversary gifts etiquette. There’s lots of social conventions that surround them. So here’s a quick run down of the etiquette.

Wedding Anniversary Gifts Etiquette

  • Gift giving is not mandatory, commemorating the event however is highly desirable.
  • The Couple, typically, instigate the early years Anniversary celebrations.
  • The couple’s children organise later major wedding anniversaries.
  • Major milestone Wedding Anniversaries occur every 5th year after the 20th year.
  • The Major Wedding Anniversaries are 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 75th years.
  • Traditionally gift giving is often themed or made of a specific material which differs for each year. The Traditional Wedding Anniversary List shows these materials for each year.
  • A Modern version of the traditional list was provided to produce a more comprehensive list to cover more anniversary years. This runs side by side with the traditional list allowing you to choose gifts from either list.
  • Other organisations have released other Wedding Anniversary lists. The only other two that are notable are the Gemstone Anniversary List and the appropriate flower list.

That’s it really. If you still have a question surrounding wedding anniversary gifts etiquette then please check our etiquette section as we have lots of help there. If all else fails drop us a line and we’ll try and help.

Finally, we’ve had many discussions on whether it is a requirement to thank people for wedding anniversary gifts. The simple answer is always yes, it is good wedding anniversary gifts etiquette. How you thank them will vary a lot depending upon your social circle. Really the easiest way to answer this is to refer back to your wedding, how you did it them should still hold true now.

Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year

There are a lot of wedding anniversary gift lists out there. Most hit the major milestone anniversaries with traditional and modern themes. Our wedding anniversary gifts list shown here is the official UK list. Remember other lists vary, not by much, but enough to create confusion. We have imaginative gift ideas for every single anniversary, from the first to the fiftieth. After the 50th Anniversary we have specific ideas for every 5th year and great ideas for the other years that are not themed directly.

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Wedding Anniversary Gift Themes

For each anniversary, we give you not only the theme or material recommended, but also gift suggestions you can use. Furthermore we have some appealing anniversary date ideas if you need some inspiration. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and some exuberant ideas. A number of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read other suggestions for other years.

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The Bright Side Tin – Our Love Story – 10th Anniversary gifts

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A great 10th anniversary gift idea from The Bright Side is this ?Our Love Story? tin, perfect for stashing love letters, date-night ticket-stubs, photos, trinkets and memories that remind you of those precious moments that make your lover story special.

The ?Our Love Story’ tin is a metal tin with a hinged lid (so it can’t go astray), embossed with The Bright Sides unique quirky, aged stylised, lettering. A perfect size for any number of ‘things’, this tin is an ideal gift for your over half to keep their world organised and ensure those memories do not go astray.

The Lid read?s ?Our Love Story (Photos, Notes, Tickets trinkets & Memories)? across the top of the lid. The tin itself has white lid with red and black writing on the lid and around the body plus images of items that might be inside.

The tin is 16cm in height, 21cm in width, and 8cm in depth. Made from metal.

Flower Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

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Themes for flower wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of popular flowers that are associated with each specific year. The different years, the majority of the time, have different flower associated with that year, here we are talking about the appropriate Flower Anniversary List, other popular lists include the the Modern, Traditional and Gemstone 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 Flower Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

The Flower 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 Flower Wedding List History page

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 flowers for the year you are celebrating, or buying for, for a list of wedding anniversary gifts specific to that flower and year.

Some years have no flower within the flower wedding anniversary gifts list, below the fiftieth these anniversaries will have a theme in the Modern Anniversary List. Above the 50th they have no theme or material.

Milestone Flower wedding anniversary gifts

This anniversary gift list is one of the only lists to break with the tradition and not use the traditional themes for the major anniversaries, instead they suggest a flower for those milestone years thus for an unusual idea you could use the flower wedding anniversary gifts list as the ideal present.

Saying it with Flowers – the language of flowers

The meanings of flowers from the Flower wedding anniversary gifts can be found below, romantics naturally write each other love-letters be it via text, email or the true sense of the words and actually post a letter. Messages however may be sent – sometimes by a third person who is not in their happy secret – or sentiments exchanged without the written, or even the spoken word, and it is here that the language of flowers – one of the sweetest and most charming languages in the world it will be found valuable.

Every flower has a meaning, and it is possible to say ” I love you,” or “ Do you love me?” or to send a greeting, a message of hope or encouragement, by the simple means of a spray of blossom or a single flower rightly chosen. Here are the meanings of all the better-known flowers, many of which you may find growing in your own gardens or by the wayside.

Almond. This lovely blossom, coming so early in the year, means “hope,” and a girl giving a spray to her boyfriend could by this means tell him that there is a chance for him to become more than a friend, for as an old poet puts it :

“The hope, in dreams of a happier hour,

That alights on misery’s brow,

Springs out of the silvery almond flower,

That blooms on a leafless bough.”

Apple blossom. This signifies “I have heard of you,” and could be given by a girl or a young man who has at last achieved an introduction for which they have been waiting.

Asphodel. This flower has rather a sad meaning, for it signifies regret for a lost love, and to wear the asphodel means to mourn.

Aster. This flower gives a girl a chance of showing she has changed her mind, for it means ” after­thought “and, given to a boy she had sent away, might bid him hope once more.

Azalea bas a lovely meaning for it says: “True till death.”

Bachelor’s Buttons. The name of this flower will tell that it means “a single life,” and in some country districts a boy who had fallen in love with a girl would wear a “button” in his coat. If it kept fresh it was a sign the girl returned his affection, but if it faded then be was doomed to be a bachelor.

Balsam. This flower may be worn- by the girl who is not yet ready for love, since it means “touch-me-not.”

Bay-leaf. This signifies : ” I change but in death,” and would be a beautiful message to send to an absent beloved.

Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) Owing to it’s poisonous berries this may not seem a very pleasant blossom, yet, in the flower language, it is very useful, for it means “silence” and to those lovers who wish to keep their romance a tender secret between themselves, may be very helpful at times.

Bergamot. Any girl receiving this may regard it as a compliment, for it means “sweetness.”

Bilberry. Warning may be given by means of this plant, for it means “treachery,” and can thus convey a message that a trouble-maker is near.

Bird’s-eye. This tells those who receive it to be on the alert for it signifies “watchfulness.”

Bluebell. This pretty flower means “fidelity.”

Box. Endurance.

Boy’s Love (Southernwood). This fragrant plant means “a jest” and in olden times was sometimes given by a girl to a boy whom she considered too young for serious lovemaking.

Branch of Currants. Anyone being offered this may feel flattered, for it means: “You please all.”

Briar Rose. This flower was often worn by those whose love affair was not going smoothly, for it signifies “pleasure and pain.”

Broom. A fitting flower for the shy lover, since it means “humility,” or “I am not worthy to aspire to you.”

Buttercup. A charming little flower, but with an ugly meaning, for it signifies “ingratitude.”

Calceolaria. A flower that should be pressed and treasured, for it means : “Keep this for my sake.”

Campanula. “Gratitude.”

Candytuft. A lover would, hardly be pleased to be offered & buttonhole of these pretty little flowers, for their meaning is “indifference.”

Canterbury Bell. This should be a favourite with true lovers, since it signifies “constancy.”

Carnation. This lovely flower has various meanings, according to the colour. One to whom love had come at first sight might well wear a red flower, for this means “Alas, for my poor heart.” A girl may dash her boy’s hopes with a yellow carnation, since this signifies “refusal,” while woe to the boy who is offered a striped one, with its meaning of “disdain.”

Cedar Leaf. A real lover’s message may be sent with these, since they say: “I live for thee.”

Celandine. This is for the lover who hopes, for it means “joys to come.”

Chestnut Blossom. One who has been misrepresented may well choose this flower, since it says to the loved one, “Do me justice.”

China Aster (double). This flower should be a favourite with sweethearts who have come to an understanding, for it whispers “I share your sentiments. “

Chrysanthemum (red). This bears the loveliest message in the world for it says: “I love you.”

Clarkia. This is hardly a ball­room flower, yet it is there it should be found, since it asks: “Will you dance with me?”

Clover (white). A simple little blossom to give to the friend who is going away, for it says: “Remember me.”

Clover (four-leaved). The boy who is too shy to tell his love can say: “Be mine,” with this.

Columbine. Here’s a flower for the faint-hearted, since it means: “Resolved to win.”

Convolvulus. Those whom Cupid has chained should like this, for it signifies “bonds.”

Coreopsis. “Love at first sight.”

Cornflower. A flower we should all be glad to wear, since it stands for “kindness.”

Crocus. If you have had a tiff with your man, this little flower may bear a message for you, since it means “reconciliation.”

Daffodil. All girls would like to see this flower a favourite with their boyfriends, for it stands for “chivalry.”

Dahlia. This beautiful flower has a beautiful meaning “Friendship.”

Daisy. This humble little blossom has always played a large part in the language of flowers. In olden days, when a lady was not sure about her feelings for her knight, she wreathed wild daisies in her hair, and these told him: “I will think of it.” If she accepted him, he had daisies engraved on his shield, and these proclaimed: “I share your love.”

Dog-violet. This means what all sweethearts crave: “Faithfulness.”

Eglantine (sweetbriar). This means: “I wound to heal,” and stands for the mingled pleasure and pain of love. Here is a beautiful little verse about it :

“From this bleeding hand of mine,

Take this sprig of eglantine;

Which, tho’ sweet unto your smell,

Yet, the fretful brier will tell,

He who plucks the sweets shall prove

Many thorns to be in love.”  Robert Herrick.

Elder. Blossoms of this signify something we do not like to feel : “remorse.”

Even-leaved Ash. This is a lucky leaf, as we can tell from this old rhyme:

” An even-leaved ash,

And a four-leaved clover,

You’ll see your true love,

Before the day is over.”

Fennel. This plant is said to bring its wearer “courage.”

Fern. This means what we should all like to feel we possess, “fascination.”

Forget-me-not. This has always been a lovers’ flower, and its name is its meaning. Legend tells us that it got its name from a sad incident. Two lovers were strolling by a river when the girl expressed a wish for some of the little flowers which grew by the edge of the water. Her companion began to pluck them for her, overbalanced and fell in. The current was strong and as he was swept away he flung the flowers he had gathered at her feet and cried: “Forget-me-not.”

Foxglove. This is supposed to be the fairies’ flower, but it has not a fairy meaning, since it stands for “insincerity.”

Geranium. This flower has several meanings according to its colour. The oak-leaved variety stands for “true friendship,” a scarlet flower for “comfort,” and a white one for “innocence.”

Gillyflower. This is a real “friendship” flower, for all friends like to feel they are united in “bonds of affection,” which is the meaning of this old-fashioned blossom.

Golden Rod. This is a good flower to send to the backward wooer, for it signifies “encouragement.”

Hart’s-tongue. “Longing ” is the meaning of this pretty fern.

Hawthorn. Though this fragrant blossom is so often considered unlucky, in the flower language it signifies “hope.”

Hazel. Here is a plant for those who regret a quarrel. It says: “Let us be reconciled.”

Heartsease. If you wish to tell a friend you think of him, give them this flower, which means: “You occupy my thoughts.”

Heather. This stands for “courage,” and white heather carried by a bride brings good fortune.

Heliotrope. “Devotion,” may be expressed by a gift of this lovely flower.

Hollyhock. This tall flower has a very suitable meaning, for it signifies “ambition.”

Honesty. The meaning of this flower lies in its name.

Honeysuckle. A meaning as sweet as the flower itself, for it expresses “generous and devoted affection.”

Hyacinth. Another flower which means “affection.”

Ivy. This plant has always stood for constancy and fidelity. In some countries it is a symbol of “wedded love.”

Jasmine. This should be for happy lovers, since it signifies “transport of joy.”

Jonquil. Anyone who loves could choose this flower, which murmurs: “I desire a return of affection.”

Laburnum. A flower which would appeal to the jilted, for it 1neans “forsaken.”

Laurel. The leaves of this shrub stand for “glory,” which is the reason a victor’s crown was always twined with them.

Lavender. It seems strange that so charming a bloom should bear the ugly meaning “distrust,” but there is an old belief that a certain poisonous snake always hid in the lavender bushes, hence they were to be distrusted.

Lilac. A meaning as sweet as its perfume: “First thoughts of love.”

Lily. The chosen flower of brides, it signifies “purity and sweetness,”

Lily of the Valley. This flower might well be worn by the girl who is going to meet her sweetheart after a long absence, for it means “return of happiness.”

London Pride. Not to be worn on serious occasion, since it stands for “frivolity.”

Love-in-a-mist. The ways of love are often a little mystifying, and this charming little flower signifies “perplexity.”

Love-lies-bleeding. ” Hopeless, but not heartless,” is the message of this flower.

Maiden-hair. “Secrecy” is the word whispered by this delicate fern.

Marigold. A bright flower with a dark meaning, for it expresses “grief.”

Mignonette. A great compliment may be conveyed by this, for it says: “Your qualities surpass even your charms.”

Mistletoe. We all know what is associated with this plant, but its real meaning is: “I surmount difficulties.”

Moss Rose. Here is a sweet way of making a proposal, for this lovely flower is “a confession of love.”

Mountain Ash. This means “prudence,” and was in earlier times supposed to be a guard against witchcraft.

Myrtle. There is no wonder that brides so often carry this in their wedding bouquets, for it expresses “love.”

Narcissus. The unselfish will not choose this, for it means “self­love.”

Nettle. This has a meaning very suited to it, for it says: “You are cruel.”

Periwinkle. A flower once used in the making of love potions. It signifies “early friendship.”

Petunia. “Never despair,”‘ says this happy blossom.

Pimpernel. Sweethearts may find this tiny flower useful, for it murmurs: “I will arrange a meeting.”

Pink. “Pure love ” is expressed by this old favourite.

Poppy. This is a flaunting flower, and we need not be surprised that it means “extravagance.”

Pyrethrum. This might be favoured by the girl whose sweetheart doubts her, for it says : “I have not changed; you wrong me.”

Rhododendron. A flower broken from this bids you “beware.”

Rose. The queen of flowers could not mean anything but “love,” while the old-fashioned but fragrant cabbage rose is “a messenger of love.”

Sage. ” Esteem” is expressed by this herb.

Salvia. This flower bears the sweet message: ” I think of thee.”

Scilla. This flower aims at re­conciliation, for it whispers: “Forgive and forget.”

Snapdragon. This signifies “presumption.”

Snowdrop. As this is one of the first flowers of the year it is fitting that it should express “hope.”

Sunflower. “Adoration” is the meaning of this flower.

Thrift. A flower with a pleasant meaning, for it expresses “sympathy.”

Tulip. Most girls would appreciate the message conveyed by this flower, for it stands for “a declaration of love.”

Violet. Since this little flower hides in its leaves we can understand why it expresses “modesty.”

Wallflower. This sweet, old-fashioned flower expresses a beautiful virtue: “fidelity in adversity.”

If, by good fortune, your sweetheart should find a four-leaved clover and present it to you, you may take it as a sign of the greatest luck and happiness. Here is a little beautiful legend attached to this:

Three beautiful sisters, Faith, Hope and Charity, came to visit the earth, and wherever their footsteps pressed there sprang up the fragrant clover blossoms. more But after them came an even more wonderful being whose name “Love,” and it was for him that there sprung the four-leafed clover.

Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

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Themes for gemstone wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of precious and semi-precious gemstones that are associated with each specific year. The different years, the majority of the time, have different gemstone associated with that year, here we are talking about the Gemstone Anniversary List, other popular lists include the the Modern, Traditional and 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 Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

The gemstone 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 Gemstone Wedding List History page.

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 gemstone for the year you are celebrating, or buying for, for a list of wedding anniversary gifts specific to that gemstone and year.

Some years have no material or theme under the gemstone 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.

Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

There are a few variations with the gemstone wedding anniversary gifts list shown above where we have found variations we have listed them with the most common/popular listed first.

List Sources: Anniversary Gift List – American Gem Society. A Brief Dictionary of American Superstitions – Vergilius Ferm, The Philosophical Library, 1959.

Milestone Gemstone wedding anniversary gifts

As with other Wedding Anniversary Lists the Gemstone list converges with the other lists on the milestone anniversaries so the material or theme is the same as the other lists e.g. 25th Anniversary is Silver and the 40th Anniversary is Ruby

 

Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

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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

Modern Wedding Anniversary Material List
Year Modern Material
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.