Boss & Mini Boss Duo Mug Set

Personalise these cute pair of bone china mugs with any names up to 15 characters each. Name 1 will appear on the ‘Boss’ Mug which is a larger mug measuring 9.5cm tall, 12cm width (Inc. handle) and 8.5cm depth. The ‘Mini Boss’ mug will feature Name 2 and is smaller measuring 8cm tall x 10.5cm width (Inc. handle) x 7.5cm depth. Both are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Traditional anniversary gift symbols history

Book with pages folded into a love heart shape to represent research for the history

The term Traditional Anniversary gift is given purely because a Modern Anniversary gift list was produced and a way was needed to identify the two separately.

The traditional anniversary gift list is the original list and represents the symbols associated with each anniversary year in popular folklore prior to the modern list being issued.

Early References

The earliest know references to wedding anniversary symbols or materials as gifts are to Silver (25th Wedding Anniversary) and Gold (50th Wedding Anniversary).

These 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.

In the german language the celebration translates from ‘Silberne Hochzeit’ meaning Silver Wedding and from ‘Goldne Hochzeit’ meaning the Golden Wedding which is how these terms have been formed.

A point ot note is that it is deemed a ‘Silver Wedding’ or ‘Golden Wedding’ and not a Silver Wedding Anniversar; as this would imply you are celebrating the anniversary of your Silver Wedding which occurs after 26 years of marriage!

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.

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 de-facto list for the Traditional names of Wedding Anniversaries.

References:

  • The American National Jeweller Association
  • The Morning Chronicle (Nov 9 1849 Issue 24978 & May 5 1834 Issue 20184)
  • The Era Sunday, Dec 29 1839 Issue 66

Traditional Anniversary Gift Symbols

1st Wedding AnniversaryPaper
2nd Wedding AnniversaryStraw or
Cotton
3rd Wedding AnniversaryLeather
4th Wedding AnniversaryFruit & Flowers or
Books
5th Wedding AnniversaryWood
6th Wedding AnniversarySugar (Candy) or
Iron
7th Wedding AnniversaryWool or
Copper
8th Wedding AnniversaryPottery or
Bronze
9th Wedding AnniversaryWillow or
Pottery
10th Wedding Anniversary Tin or
Aluminium
11th Wedding AnniversarySteel
12th Wedding AnniversaryLinen or
Silk
13th Wedding AnniversaryLace
14th Wedding AnniversaryIvory
15th Wedding AnniversaryCrystal
20th Wedding AnniversaryChina
25th Wedding AnniversarySilver
30th Wedding AnniversaryPearls
35th Wedding AnniversaryCoral
40th Wedding AnniversaryRuby
45th Wedding AnniversarySapphire
50th Wedding AnniversaryGold
55th Wedding Anniversary Emerald
60th Wedding AnniversaryDiamonds
70th Wedding Anniversary Platinum
75th Wedding Anniversary Diamonds

2nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts and Ideas

2nd wedding anniversary gifts

The Traditional List shows Cotton or Straw as the appropriate themes to base gifts upon for the second year. The Modern List has China as the fitting material to base a gift upon for the second wedding anniversary. The Gemstone List shows Rose Quartz or Garnet linked with the second Wedding Anniversary. From the Flower List the second wedding anniversary is shown as Cosmos.

1st Anniversary to the 10th Anniversary Gifts

kissing couple celebrating their wedding anniversary

With 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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36th wedding anniversary gifts and ideas

This Wedding Anniversary does not have a traditional gift theme however a Contemporary or Modern Thirty sixth anniversary gift has a theme of Bone China. The Gemstone list shows that there is not any associated with the 36th Wedding Anniversary. Finally there are no appropriate flowers for this year.

 

31st to 40th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

older married couple walking hand in hand through forest

These years contain the under celebrated, in our opinion, wedding anniversary for 35 years which is known as the Coral Wedding. It’s possibly because everyone is looking forward to the Ruby Wedding which is 5 years later and celebrates 40 years of marriage.

31st Wedding anniversary gifts

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

32nd Wedding anniversary gifts

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

33rd Wedding anniversary gifts

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

34th Wedding anniversary gifts

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

35th Wedding anniversary gifts

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 gifts

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

37th Wedding anniversary gifts

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

38th Wedding anniversary gifts

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

39th Wedding anniversary gifts

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

40th Wedding anniversary gifts

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.

Always Be A Unicorn Mug and Plush Toy Gift Set

Always Be A Unicorn Mug and Plush Toy gift set. Some people think a unicorn doesn’t exist and therefore you cannot possibly be a unicorn. Others however think a unicorn is a wonderful, magical creature and would love nothing more than to pretend that they could be one.

Getting deep, then the emphasis of this gift set shows the importance to always ‘be yourself’ because the alternative is being something that doesn’t exist or you are not (so don’t fake it.) We, however, just love Unicorns so take it at face value as a humorous gift for people you love and who love Unicorns.

You can personalise this pastel pink ceramic mug with your chosen name of up to 15 characters so it reads [Name] ‘Always be yourself, unless you can be a Unicorn, then always be a Unicorn’. The Unicorn plush toy sits lovely in the mug with its top half exposed for gift giving.

Along with the personalised unicorn mug is a beautiful plush pink and purple unicorn soft toy. We recommend hand wash only.

Always Be A Unicorn Mug and Plush Toy Gift Set Personalisation Detail

  • China Mug can accommodate a personalised name to a maximum of 15 Characters.
  • Unicorn Plush Toy has no personalisation.
  • We will  print exactly as you supply, so please double check spelling, punctuation and capitalisation.
  • Accents and other symbols unfortunately cannot be printed.

Geometric Heart Personalised Hug Mug

Personalise this lovely bone china mug with any name of up to 15 characters and a message below up to 25 characters. It will be expertly fired onto the front and back of the mug. Dish washer & microwave safe. Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.6 x 2.7cm.

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Mother’s Day 2019

mothers day 2019

Mothers Day in the UK is also known as Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK. However as the dates vary as to when Lent falls, the actual Sunday chosen to celebrate it varies every year.

This year Mother’s Day is on 31st March 2019 and next year it is a week earlier on 22nd March. The leap year next year makes it look like it is not seven days earlier. (See here for the next 10 years)

Mothers day 2019

Mothering Sunday is more often referred to as “Mother’s Day” and it origin is distinctly different to Mother’s Day in America although the sentiments are similar.

In Victorian times, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and cards to their mothers.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We’ve a great selection of Mother’s Day Gifts on our site some of our selection we’ve shown here.

History of Mother’s day

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers would worship at their nearest parish or “daughter church”.

In olden times it was considered important for people to return to their home or “mother” church at least once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their “mother” church.

As the return to the “mother” church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away from home returned. It was quite common in those days for children as young as ten years to leave home to work in service.

The majority of historians think that it was this return to the “Mother” church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

This special day has now become a time when people give thanks to their mothers and offers an opportunity to express both love and thanks for the work that they do.

Mr & Mrs Bamboo Square Serving Platter

Versatile and multipurpose platter, ideal as a serving platter or purchase a number to use as fashionable plates. Personalise by adding the couple’s surname, the words ‘Mr and Mrs’ will be included automatically.

Made from porcelain and bamboo wood this is a great way of showcasing your culinary creations.

Solid durable porcelain with Bamboo wood which is highly environmentally friendly option as it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world thus a good renewable resource. Our use of bamboo is also ethically produced.

Dimensions: 26cm x 26cm x 2cm Ceramic is dishwasher safe however the removable bamboo insert is not and only requires a handwash.

To ensure asthetics are maintained the surname is limited to a maximum of 20 characters.