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Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

Themes for modern wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of materials that are associated with each specific marriage year. Each year may have different themes or materials associated with it. Here we are just referring to 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 Anniversary Gifts List

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The Modern wedding anniversary list was first launched in 1946 into the one shown below. What’s more some of the years have variations on the theme depending upon who has published the list .

In short, it’s called the modern anniversary list because at the time it was first published it included modern gift ideas designed to encourage and promote sales of those items at a time of austerity.

If you select the anniversary year you are interested in below you’ll be taken to a page with details on the anniversary. What’s more if you select the material/theme link we’ll give you ideas for gifts relevant to that theme.

The Modern Anniversary gift list has a theme for every year up to the 50th anniversary. There after it’s only every fifth year up till the 75th Wedding Anniversary that has a theme.

Modern Wedding Anniversary Material List

YearModern Material
1st year anniversaryClocks
2nd year anniversaryChina
3rd year anniversaryCrystal or Glass
4th year anniversaryElectrical Appliances
5th year anniversarySilverware
6th year anniversaryWood
7th year anniversaryDesk Set
8th year anniversaryLinen or Lace
9th year anniversaryLeather
10th year anniversaryDiamond Jewellery
11th year anniversaryFashion Jewellery
12th year anniversaryPearls or Coloured Gems
13th year anniversaryTextiles or Furs
14th year anniversaryGold Jewellery
15th year anniversaryWatches
16th year anniversarySilver Holloware
17th year anniversaryFurniture
18th year anniversaryPorcelain
19th year anniversaryBronze
20th year anniversaryPlatinum
21st year anniversaryBrass or Nickel
22nd year anniversaryCopper
23rd year anniversarySilver Plate
24th year anniversaryMusical Instruments
25th year anniversarySilver
26th year anniversaryOriginal Pictures
27th year anniversarySculpture
28th year anniversaryOrchids
29th year anniversaryFurniture
30th year anniversaryDiamond Jewellery
31st year anniversaryTimepieces
32nd year anniversaryConveyances
33rd year anniversaryAmethyst
34th year anniversaryOpal
35th year anniversary Jade
36th year anniversaryBone China
37th year anniversaryAlabaster
38th year anniversaryBeryl
39th year anniversaryLace
40th year anniversary Ruby
41st year anniversaryLand
42nd year anniversaryImproved Real Estate
43rd year anniversaryTravel
44th year anniversaryGroceries
45th year anniversarySapphire
46th year anniversaryOriginal Poetry Tribute
47th year anniversaryBooks
48th year anniversaryOptical Goods
49th year anniversaryLuxuries, any kind
50th year anniversaryGold Jewellery
55th year anniversaryEmerald
60th year anniversaryDiamonds
70th year anniversaryPlatinum
75th year anniversaryDiamonds
Modern Wedding Anniversary Gift List

Gift List Variations

We’ve listed the most popular theme/material first in the list above. If there are other themes or materials it’s because we have found references to these in various influential publications. Certainly there is no one definitive list.

Important Modern anniversary gifts

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