Wedding Anniversaries: Traditional & Modern Gift Ideas, From the 1st Anniversary through 60th

Ringing in another year of wedded bliss is definitely something to celebrate. As you reflect on another milestone you and your spouse made as a couple, it’s fun to keep the tradition alive with the common traditional and modern anniversary gift themes. 

Stumped on what a paper, wood, or copper gift looks like? Don’t fret; we’ve rounded up some of our favorite anniversary presents perfect for each year you are celebrating.

1st Anniversary

Traditional: Paper 
The traditional first anniversary gift has always been paper — and if you think outside of the box, the possibilities are endless.

  • A nice moleskine notebook or journal is a lovely, thoughtful way to encourage your partner’s creativity. 
  • A nice 12-month or 17-month planner is perfect for your Type-A spouse.
  • Step up your coffee table game with a new coffee table book; it’s easy to find one that fits your love’s personality.
  • Designer shoes. It may not seem like shoes fit the theme, but hear us out — shoes come in a cardboard box! Sounds like a win-win.
  • Tickets to an event. Look for an upcoming concert, play, or sporting event to take your love. 

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Modern: Clocks
Clocks have become the modern first anniversary gift, and fortunately, there are lots of sleek and sophisticated ways to give one as a special anniversary gift.

  • A crystal clock is perfect for an office desk, and can be engraved with your wedding date or a sweet message. 
  • A watch is also a clock, so spoil your love with a gorgeous gold watch.
  • If you and your spouse love antiques, look for a gorgeous antique grandfather clock that will be a furniture investment. 
  • Upgrade a room in your house with a new sleek wall clock.
  • Another fun watch idea is a sport watch, ideal for the partner who loves to break a sweat. 

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