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Wedding anniversary gifts by year

Creative anniversary gift ideas for your 1st to 60th wedding anniversary

By Stacey Donovan
Wedding anniversary gift ideas by year #Hallmark #HallmarkIdeas

There are a lot of anniversary gift lists out there. Most hit the major milestones with traditional and modern themes. But this is the one and only, official Hallmark wedding anniversary gifts list. It blends tradition with fresh inspiration, and since we think every year is important, there are creative gift ideas for every single anniversary, from the first to the sixtieth. A couple celebrating anniversaries after that can start all over again!

For each year, we give you not only the basic theme, but also gift suggestions you can really use. Since budgets and gift-giving traditions vary, we’ve suggested both inexpensive gestures and over-the-top ideas. Some of these ideas could work for more than one anniversary year, so if you need extra inspiration, read through the whole list. We hope you enjoy it, and we wish you lots of days worth celebrating, all through the year.

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  • 1st Wedding Anniversary

    1st Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Paper

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Grab a pen and some stationery and write the kind of love letter that will be tucked away forever. Need help getting started? Try these tips from Hallmark writer Keely Chace.

    Give a book of romantic “love coupons,” purchased or homemade, that can be redeemed for back rubs, chores or other favors.

    Splurge:
    Take out a full-page ad in the newspaper wishing your husband or wife a happy anniversary and sharing your love for him or her with the world.

    For another couple
    People appreciate personalization, so give note cards or stationery printed with the couples’ names or initials. A pack of stamps makes a thoughtful addition.

    Give a subscription to a magazine you think they’d both enjoy.

  • 2nd Wedding Anniversary

    2nd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Cotton

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Let them know you appreciate their individuality by giving them a T-shirt or hoodie (or a few!) featuring a favorite sports team, rock band, hobby, movie or TV show.

    Give pajamas with a whimsical print that makes them smile.

    Splurge:
    Treat them to a plush terry bathrobe and tuck an extra surprise in the pocket, like fine jewelry or a new cell phone.

    At a local shop or craft show, find a handmade quilt—a piece of art they can snuggle up in.

    For another couple
    Give bright beach towels with a note: “Every day’s a day at the beach when you’re in love…well, almost, anyway!”

  • 3rd Wedding Anniversary

    3rd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Leather

    For spouses
    Budget:
    For a natural, casual accessory, give a bracelet of braided leather.

    A blank journal with a leather cover is a great gift for anyone who likes to write.

    Splurge:
    Get him a leather jacket that’s as cool as he is. Well, almost as cool.

    If she’s the kind of woman who can’t talk herself into a certain pair of shoes or boots because they’re too pricy or impractical, get them for her!

    For another couple
    Give leather luggage tags personalized with their names.

    Give a gift card to a shoe store. In a greeting card, add a message: “You’ve been walking side by side for three years now…time for some new shoes!”

  • 4th Wedding Anniversary

    4th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Fruit/flowers

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Make and enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries together.

    Bring home a bouquet of white roses and one red one. Add a note: “There’s no one like you.”

    Splurge:
    Re-create the bridal bouquet.

    Buy plane tickets now to attend the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena!

    For another couple
    Put a new twist on the traditional fruit basket by adding some fine cheeses and a bottle of wine, so they can head to the park for a romantic picnic or an outdoor concert.

    If their anniversary is in late fall or winter, send a container of bulb plants like amaryllises, crocus, narcissus or tulips, so they can enjoy watching them grow and bloom.

  • 5th Wedding Anniversary

    5th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Wood

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Get in tune with nature and each other by taking a hike in the woods on the day of your anniversary.

    Splurge:
    If you have a yard, plant a tree. Over the years, you can watch it grow.

    Have a potting shed or toolshed built for your gardener or handy person!

    For another couple
    What couple couldn’t use some extra cash? Here’s a creative way to give it: Crumple up fresh dollar bills to look like lettuce and put them in a wooden salad bowl.

    Give game night a new flair with a block-stacking game like Jenga.

    Consider giving them a birdhouse. Even better—look for one they can build together.

  • 6th Wedding Anniversary

    6th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Candy

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Use gummy candy letters to spell out a romantic message on a plate or tray.

    Make or buy your “Sugar” a few kinds of candy they’ve never tried before, like Turkish delight, salted caramels, French creams or marzipan. In an anniversary card, write that every year together is a sweet new adventure.

    Splurge:
    Give a box of gourmet chocolates, and replace one of the chocolates with a surprise. It could be a tiny wrapped gift, like jewelry or a hundred-dollar bill folded up, with a note telling them to spend it at their favorite store.

    For another couple
    Give six different kinds of candy, one for each year…or six gourmet chocolate bars.

  • 7th Wedding Anniversary

    7th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Wool

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give a sweater that matches their eyes.

    If they like to knit, give them a whole basket full of quality yarns.

    Splurge:
    Spoil them with something made from the finest cashmere.

    For another couple
    Give them a wool blanket embroidered with their monogram.

    Surprise them with a pet sheep! Just kidding. Don’t do that. Unless maybe they live on a farm.

  • 8th Wedding Anniversary

    8th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Pottery

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Set a flowering plant in a pot out on the front step to greet them on the morning of the anniversary. Tuck a romantic card in the foliage.

    Splurge:
    Buy a ceramic sculpture for the front yard or garden—or, if you share a sense of humor, a gnome couple!

    For another couple
    Send them a clay roasting dish for healthy, delicious cooking.

  • 9th Wedding Anniversary

    9th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Willow/wicker

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Pack a picnic basket with all of their favorite things and surprise them with lunch or dinner in the park.

    Splurge:
    Assemble a small, custom-made gift basket with a favorite hobby (such as fishing, knitting or reading) as a theme.

    Buy wicker furniture for the yard or patio—a perfect spot for enjoying snacks and drinks at sunset.

    For another couple
    Give them a wicker laundry basket filled with detergent, fabric softener and other essentials.

  • 10th Wedding Anniversary

    10th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Tin/aluminum

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give them an old-fashioned metal lunch box to take to work.

    Splurge:
    Vacation in Mexico. Buy colorful tinware as souvenirs.

    For another couple
    Send them a tin of something yummy, like “Chicago mix” popcorn (half cheese, half caramel).

    Bake them something amazing and give it to them covered in foil.

  • 11th Wedding Anniversary

    11th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Steel

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Get a new ice bucket, fill it with ice and a few cold beverages, attach a ribbon or bow, and put it in the fridge for them to find.

    Splurge:
    Surprise them with a new bicycle—or even a tandem bike!

    For another couple
    Treat them to a piece of quality, stainless steel cookware, like a stockpot or a double boiler.

  • 12th Wedding Anniversary

    12th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Silk

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Think silk undergarments. For him, a pair of silk boxer shorts. For her, a silky camisole. Silk robes also feel luxurious.

    Splurge:
    Make the bed with a new set of 100% silk sheets.

    For another couple
    Give silk ties or scarves they can wear on an anniversary date.

  • 13th Wedding Anniversary

    13th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Lace/textiles

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Any item wrapped in lacy fabric or doilies.

    Lace-trimmed tops for her or lace underwear for him (yes, there is such a thing). Ask them to model their new frilly clothing!

    If they aren’t the frilly type, buy a pair of sneakers in their favorite color…and add an extra pair of contrasting “laces.” Lace-up work boots and lace-up boxer trunks fit the theme as well.

    Splurge:
    Go the textiles route and give the gift of a revamped wardrobe. Take them on a shopping spree! Have fun picking things out and trying them on.

    For another couple
    Give a personalized throw pillow or afghan.

    Make a batch of lacy oatmeal cookies—there are a ton of recipes on the web.

  • 14th Wedding Anniversary

    14th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Animals
    Note: The traditional 14th year gift was ivory, but endangered elephant populations make this an unethical choice.

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Tie a love note to a new stuffed animal...or to your dog's collar. If you've never done it, try out a horseback riding lesson together. Or, take a nature walk and look for birds and other wildlife.

    Splurge:
    Go on an eco-tour to see animals in the wild.

    For another couple
    Donate to a wildlife organization in the couple's name.

  • 15th Wedding Anniversary

    15th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Crystal

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Pick out a sparkly brooch for her.

    Give a single rose in a crystal vase.

    Get a crystal wine glass or beer stein engraved with a monogram or wedding date. If you want to, you can buy a whole set.

    Splurge:
    If you and your spouse appreciate traditional style, replace an ordinary light fixture with a classic chandelier.

    For another couple
    Present them with a pair of crystal candlesticks.

  • 16th Wedding Anniversary

    16th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Coffee/tea

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Go on a before-work breakfast date to a coffee shop you’ve never visited.

    Give a teapot with a note: “Tea for you, and you for me.”

    Splurge:
    Get a top-of-the-line espresso and cappuccino machine.

    For another couple
    Give them matching mugs with romantic designs or quotes, each with trial-size flavored coffee, tea or hot chocolate inside.

  • 17th Wedding Anniversary

    17th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Wine/spirits

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Together, invent a new cocktail and name it after you, for example “The Smith Special” or “The Andre Dan.”

    Splurge:
    Give a bottle of good wine or Scotch, with a note saying that your love has gotten even better with time.

    Enjoy a bottle of Dom Perignon.

    Visit a local winery or take a vacation to wine country!

    Get a box set of the TV sitcom “Cheers,” and enjoy the antics of these beloved bar regulars together.

    For another couple
    Treat them to a bottle of champagne or sparkling juice with a card: “Here’s to 17 years of greatness! Cheers!”

    A recipe book of cocktail or mock-tail recipes makes a fun gift.

  • 18th Wedding Anniversary

    18th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Appliances

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Get a waffle iron that makes heart-shaped waffles and fix a romantic brunch. Then go back to bed.

    Splurge:
    If they like to bake, give them a standing automatic mixer in their favorite color. Add a note: “You and me—the perfect mix!”

    For another couple
    Give them an ice cream maker and write in the card, “To a really cool, really sweet couple!” Wrap a big bag of rock salt to go with it and tell them to open that first.

  • 19th Wedding Anniversary

    19th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Jade

    For spouses
    Budget:
    There are hundreds of Chinese restaurants in the United States that have “jade” in the name, such as “Jade Garden.” If you’re near one, pick up some takeout!

    Splurge:
    Give a cashmere sweater or scarf in a jade color (but only if they like that color!).

    Present them with a carved jade pendant.

    For another couple
    Send them a bonsai jade tree. They’re easy to maintain, and they look great.

    Find a carved jade animal or angel for their home décor.

  • 20th Wedding Anniversary

    20th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: China

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Feeling creative? Make them a coffee mug or cereal bowl. Buy a plain white mug or bowl (or a few, if you’re worried about messing up). Write a simple message or a favorite quote on it with a black porcelain pen. Bake it in a 150-degree oven for 30 minutes. That’s it!

    Splurge:
    If you never got fancy wedding china, if your tastes have changed over the years or if you’d love a set of dishes just for the holidays, now would be a great time to treat yourself. Picking out a china pattern together will make you feel like newlyweds again.

    For another couple
    Buy them a serving bowl or extra place setting of their wedding china, because chances are, something has broken by now.

  • 21st Wedding Anniversary

    21st Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Fire

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Enjoy a romantic dinner at home lit by dozens of (or 21) candles.

    Splurge:
    Buy an outdoor fire pit and make some s’mores!

    Visit an active volcano, such as Kilauea in Hawaii or Arenal in Costa Rica.

    For another couple
    Give them new grilling tools, spicy sauces and everything they need for a backyard barbecue.

  • 22nd Wedding Anniversary

    22nd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Water

    For spouses
    Budget:
    If you’re lucky enough to have an aquarium in your city, pay it a visit and enjoy the tranquility.

    Splurge:
    Want more of an adventure? Go kayaking together on a nearby river or lake.

    Take a dinner cruise on a riverboat.

    Give them a fountain for their desktop or garden.

    Visit Kansas City (The City of Fountains), Niagara Falls, Venice, Italy…or any lake or beach.

    Go on a cruise!

    For another couple
    Buy them a whimsical set of drinking glasses or aluminum water bottles.

  • 23rd Wedding Anniversary

    23rd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Air

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Decorate the bedroom with balloons, or send a balloon bouquet to their workplace.

    Splurge:
    Take an unforgettable ride in a hot air balloon. If you’re really brave, go skydiving!

    For another couple
    Give them an airline gift card to encourage them to take off together.

  • 24th Wedding Anniversary

    24th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Stone

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Use a baking stone to make a homemade, heart-shaped pizza.

    Give her solid perfume in a soapstone box.

    Make a date to visit a sculpture garden at a local museum.

    Splurge:
    Present them with a certificate for a hot stone massage.

    For another couple
    Give them whiskey stones to enjoy their favorite spirit “on the rocks”—literally!

    Honor their marriage with a stone sculpture of a couple.

  • 25th Wedding Anniversary

    25th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Silver

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Write a note of endearment with a silver pen. Engrave the pen, and package the stationery and pen together with a ribbon.

    Splurge:
    Have a secret message engraved on the inside of a silver ring or another piece of jewelry or cuff links.

    For another couple
    Give them a silver piggy bank with a cash surprise inside.

  • 26th Wedding Anniversary

    26th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Art

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Go on a date to a local art museum.

    Splurge:
    Give a framed print by a local photographer.

    Make an outing out of visiting local galleries and choosing the perfect painting together.

    For another couple
    Send them a coffee table book of romantic art.

  • 27th Wedding Anniversary

    27th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Music

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Make a mix CD or digital playlist of all of the songs that make you think of them. Include a handwritten note that explains each one.

    Give a gift card to download music and offer to download it to their MP3 players.

    Splurge:
    Give tickets to a rock concert, Broadway show or opera.

    For another couple
    Send them a gift card for music or satellite radio.

  • 28th Wedding Anniversary

    28th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Linens

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Buy new placemats and cloth napkins that give a romantic dinner at home a more elegant feel.

    Splurge:
    Transform your bedroom into a chic retreat with a new comforter, throw pillows and curtains. Make a new mattress part of the fun.

    For another couple
    Send them a set of bright, new kitchen towels, oven mitts, pot holders and washcloths.

  • 29th Wedding Anniversary

    29th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Tools

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give them new “tools” for their favorite pastimes and hobbies. This might be a manicure set, drill bits or cooking utensils.

    Splurge:
    Give them the fancy table saw or sewing machine they’re always drooling over.

    In an empty toolbox, tuck a gift card to a hardware, home improvement or home décor store, and tell them to fill it up!

    For another couple
    If they like to cook, give them useful kitchen gadgets.

  • 30th Wedding Anniversary

    30th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Pearl

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Have a fancy dinner out with oysters as an appetizer.

    Anything adorned with mother-of-pearl or pearl-like accents would be a great way to commemorate the anniversary. This could include jewelry, knives or even cabinet hardware.

    Splurge:
    Take a laid-back road trip to Tennessee. Along with the usual attractions (like Nashville and the Great Smoky Mountains), visit the Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm.

    For another couple
    Give them a mother-of-pearl vase or picture frame.

  • 31st Wedding Anniversary

    31st Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Travel/tourism

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Spend a day going to the places in your town that tourists visit, especially the places you’ve never actually been. You might be surprised at how much fun you can find practically in your own backyard!

    Splurge:
    Go on your dream vacation…well, one of them, anyway!

    For another couple
    Give them a new piece of carry-on luggage or maybe a matching set.

  • 32nd Wedding Anniversary

    32nd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Bronze

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give her a bronze-colored purse, evening bag or pair of shoes. Bronze-colored nail polish with a manicure gift certificate is another great way to go.

    Find a classy new bronze lamp for his or her desk.

    Splurge:
    Give a bronze sundial for the yard inscribed with the message: “Grow old along with me…the best is yet to be.”

    For another couple
    Give a bronze sculpture, wind chime or a bronze-finish plaque with a romantic quote.

  • 33rd Wedding Anniversary

    33rd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Iron

    For spouses
    Budget:
    A wrought-iron holder for several pillar candles, either for the table or the fireplace, is a great way to set a romantic mood.

    Get a joint membership to a fitness club and start pumping some iron together. Studies show it’s never too late to build strength!

    Splurge:
    Buy him a new set of golf clubs.

    Plan a weekend getaway to New Orleans, where the architecture is famous for its elaborate ironwork.

    For another couple
    Give them a cast iron pan with a book about cast iron cooking.

  • 34th Wedding Anniversary

    34th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Food

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Bake them something delicious.

    Take a cooking class together.

    Splurge:
    Eat dinner at a five-star restaurant. Ask for a copy of the menu, and date and frame it.

    For another couple
    Send them a gift basket of special treats from your region—locally roasted coffee and artesian chocolates, peaches and pecans, or whatever your area’s famous for.

  • 35th Wedding Anniversary

    35th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Coral

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Adorn your home-cooked dinner-for-two with coral napkins and candles. Seafood is the natural choice for cuisine!

    Lots of scuba diving shops offer intro classes to give you a taste of underwater adventures. If you were waiting for a reason to try it, now’s your chance.

    Splurge:
    Travel the world by visiting coral reefs in Hawaii, Mexico, Honduras, Fiji and Indonesia. Too far? Take a trip to the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, for VIP treatment or Cape Coral, Florida, for world-class bird watching.

    For another couple
    A gift card to a popular seafood restaurant makes the perfect date-night celebration.

  • 36th Wedding Anniversary

    36th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Antiques

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Go to a flea market or estate sale together and search for bargain treasures.

    Get them a small, sentimental antique, like vintage baseball cards from their favorite team or a piece of costume jewelry.

    Splurge:
    Get them a gorgeous antique desk.

    If they take pride in their heritage, find an antique that reflects it, such as a West African sculpture or an Irish cabinet.

    For another couple
    Find charming vintage decorations for Christmas or other holidays.

    Fill an old-fashioned cookie jar with molasses cookies.

  • 37th Wedding Anniversary

    37th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Books

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Pick out a romantic audiobook together to listen to when you’re both in the car.

    Splurge:
    Give a signed or first edition of one of his or her very favorite books.

    Give a state-of-the-art e-reader.

    For another couple
    Give them each a book you think they’ll enjoy with a romantic-themed bookmark. Just steer clear of negative-sounding titles!

  • 38th Wedding Anniversary

    38th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Luck

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give a silver shamrock pendant or other lucky charm.

    Splurge:
    Bankroll a casino trip for a slot machine nearby or a gambling destination like Las Vegas.

    For another couple
    Give them a Japanese lucky cat figurine to attract good fortune and wealth into their home.

  • 39th Wedding Anniversary

    39th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Laughter

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Go on a date to a funny movie.

    Give them a funny sign or poster that suits them perfectly.

    Splurge:
    Surprise them with passes to a local comedy club or a major comedy festival or venue like The Second City in Chicago.

    For another couple
    Send your favorite romantic comedy DVDs.

  • 40th Wedding Anniversary

    40th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Ruby

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Share an anniversary toast with red wine in ruby glass goblets.

    If red is their color, get them a red shirt.

    Splurge:
    Give jewelry of rubies and rose gold.

    For another couple
    Send a basket of ruby red grapefruit.

    Forty red roses make a perfect gift from a group.

  • 41st Wedding Anniversary

    41st Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Office/desk

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give a globe or U.S. map for their office. Place a tiny heart sticker on the spot where you got married.

    Splurge:
    Treat them to the newest model of a laptop computer or tablet.

    For another couple
    Make a gift basket of all of those things people are always having trouble finding, like scissors, tape, pens, notepads and stamps. Write in a card, “Forty-one years…you two must mean business!”

  • 42nd Wedding Anniversary

    42nd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Clocks/watches

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Get a goofy clock for their work or play spaces, and include a message that says, “Love you for all time.”

    If he or she has trouble getting going in the morning, give an alarm clock that plays music or chimes.

    Splurge:
    Give an elegant grandfather clock. An engraved glass plate can be attached to it, inscribed with your names and the date of your wedding.

    Give them a watch so impressive they’ll want to wear it every day.

    For another couple
    Send a unique clock from an art museum’s online shop.

  • 43rd Wedding Anniversary

    43rd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Entertainment

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Go see a performance at a venue you’ve never been to before.

    Splurge:
    Take in a Broadway show, rodeo, monster-truck rally or the opera—whatever they like best!

    Surprise them with that fancy TV they’ve been talking about for a while.

    For another couple
    Give a gift card to a movie theater or put together a movie-themed gift basket complete with theater candy and popcorn.

  • 44th Wedding Anniversary

    44th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Electronics

    For spouses
    Budget:
    An MP3 player and headphones make a great gift.

    Splurge:
    Get them the coolest phone there is. Make a kid, niece, nephew or grandchild teach them how to play games on it.

    For another couple
    Give a digital photo frame already loaded with lots of family pictures.

  • 45th Wedding Anniversary

    45th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Sapphire

    For spouses
    Budget:
    A visit to a blues club or an R & B concert will probably give you both the opposite of the blues.

    Splurge:
    Sapphire-studded jewelry, of course. Rings, necklaces, tie tacks, cuff links offer many ways to set off these gemstones.

    For another couple
    Give blue glass dessert bowls or plates, vintage or new.

  • 46th Wedding Anniversary

    46th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Games

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Play a good, old-fashioned game of strip poker.

    Create a personal “treasure hunt.” Leave a series of clues around the house. The last clue can lead them to a hidden gift.

    Splurge:
    Go to a big-ticket sporting event!

    For another couple
    Give them a brand-new video game or board game they can learn how to play together.

  • 47th Wedding Anniversary

    47th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Garden/plants

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Take a walk in a public park or garden before going out to dinner.

    Splurge:
    Take a trip to a large botanical garden or a national park.

    For another couple
    Give them each a pair of quality gardening gloves. Most people only buy the cheap ones for themselves.

    A backyard bird feeder and a bag of birdseed make a good gift for “lovebirds.”

  • 48th Wedding Anniversary

    48th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Home improvement

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Surprise them by repainting the bedroom. Be sneaky, but make sure you figure out what color they’d like first.

    Splurge:
    Remodel the kitchen or bathroom. On your anniversary, cook a meal or take a shower together in your new room.

    For another couple
    Give a gift card to a hardware or home improvement store along with a note telling them you think it’s wonderful that their hearts are at home together.

    Organize a group to pay for a needed improvement, such as repaired front steps or new carpet in a room.

  • 49th Wedding Anniversary

    49th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Copper

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give anything with a copper finish—earrings, a teakettle or picture frame.

    Splurge:
    If they like to cook, treat them to a new set of copper cookware.

    For another couple
    Give a copper saltshaker and pepper mill set. Include a note that says, “You two just go together.”

    Give a recipe for Moscow Mule cocktails with a couple of the copper mugs traditionally used to serve them.

  • 50th Wedding Anniversary

    50th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Gold

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Get them a huge bouquet of golden roses…or sunflowers, tulips or daffodils!

    Splurge:
    Give them a gold watch.

    Buy tickets to a favorite event and wrap them with gold ribbon. Make the evening extra special by toasting to 50 years of marriage at an elegant dinner.

    For another couple
    Throw a party! Get tips for planning a 50th anniversary party here.

    If they secretly enjoy attention, announce their golden anniversary in their local paper or church bulletin. Include a wedding photo and information about where they’ve lived, where they’ve worked and the names of their children and grandchildren.

    Have all of their friends and family write letters of congratulations, and put them all in a scrapbook for the couple.

  • 51st Wedding Anniversary

    51st Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Photos/cameras

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Get prints of several family photos, make a collage, and frame it.

    Splurge:
    If you didn’t do it on your fiftieth, go to a professional photography studio to get a portrait of the two of you. Remember, your family members would love to have copies.

    Buy a top-of-the-line digital camera, and learn to use it together.

    For another couple
    Give them an old-fashioned instant camera and a few rolls of film. So much fun!

  • 52nd Wedding Anniversary

    52nd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Bath/spa

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give scented shower gels or bubble bath.

    Splurge:
    Spend the day at a spa, and come home relaxed and revived.

    For another couple
    Make their showers and baths more luxurious with a heated towel rack.

  • 53rd Wedding Anniversary

    53rd Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Plastic

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Nothing screams plastic like a credit card. You know that one store they’re always talking about? Give them a gift card to it.

    Splurge:
    Get them a great pair of designer sunglasses. Be sure to write something in the card about how they light up your life.

    For another couple
    If the weather is warm, give matching pairs of flip-flops. Throw in a couple of acrylic tumblers for cool drinks.

    Give a gift card to a special restaurant.

    From serving bowls made from old record albums to messenger bags made from plastic bottles, you can find a variety of gifts online made from recycled plastic.

  • 54th Wedding Anniversary

    54th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Glass

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give them an elegant hand mirror. Add a message to remind them they’re more beautiful than ever.

    Splurge:
    To enjoy the outdoors more and add charm to your home, install a glassed-in porch or a greenhouse.

    For another couple
    Pick out a glass, heart-shaped or romantic ornament for their Christmas tree.

    As a group gift, arrange to replace an old or damaged window or two in their home. They’ll love it!

  • 55th Wedding Anniversary

    55th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Emerald

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Lab-created emerald jewelry often has the sparkle of the real thing.

    If green is a favorite color, clothing in that hue may be ideal.

    Splurge:
    Visit the “Emerald Necklace,” a series of linked parks in Boston, or travel to Ireland, “The Emerald Isle.”

    For another couple
    Make an “emerald” gift basket filled with gifts in shades of green, such as note cards, candles, green tea, and snacks and treats in green packaging. Add a card to wish them: Happy Emerald Anniversary!

  • 56th Wedding Anniversary

    56th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Day

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Watch a movie with “day” in the title, such as “The Remains of the Day,” “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” or “(500) Days of Summer.”

    Go on a lunch date, bring your wedding album along, look through it together, and reminisce. Don’t be surprised if the restaurant gives you a free dessert.

    Splurge:
    Take a day trip to a nearby town.

    For another couple
    Wrap up a package of gourmet pancake mix with a spatula. Add a note: “Something to start your day off right!”

  • 57th Wedding Anniversary

    57th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Night

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Watch a movie with “night” in the title, such as “It Happened One Night,” “Date Night” or “A Hard Day’s Night.”

    Go stargazing in the country.

    Splurge:
    If it’s been a while, have a real night on the town, with dinner, a show and maybe even dancing.

    For another couple
    Give them a sound machine that plays soothing music or ambient sounds, such as ocean waves.

  • 58th Wedding Anniversary

    58th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Faith and hope

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Give an uplifting book or a CD of inspirational music. Add a card to let them know that they are always your inspiration.

    Splurge:
    Give a cross or angel statue carved from olive wood from the Holy Land.

    Take a trip to Hope, Arkansas, the birthplaces of former President Bill Clinton and Governor Mike Huckabee. Then, travel about 150 miles northeast to Little Rock, Arkansas, and visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

    For another couple
    Buy flowers for the altar at the church they attend on the Sunday closest to their anniversary.

    If their anniversary is in November or December, give them an inspirational wall calendar for the next year.

  • 59th Wedding Anniversary

    59th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Charity

    For spouses
    Budget:
    “Give” them an adopted endangered animal, such as a tiger, panda bear or polar bear cub, through a wildlife conservation group. Some groups provide a cuddly stuffed animal to wrap up as a gift.

    Support a good cause by ordering a gift from the organization’s online store.

    Splurge:
    Give to a good cause and get your names immortalized on a brick, bench or plaque.

    For another couple
    Donate to a charity in their name. Pick something that means a lot to them. For instance, if they are animal lovers, give to an animal cause.

  • 60th Wedding Anniversary

    60th Wedding Anniversary

    Theme: Diamond

    For spouses
    Budget:
    Buy silver jewelry with a small diamond accent.

    Stay at a motel, hotel or B&B with “diamond” in the name.

    Splurge:
    Give a stunning pair of diamond earrings.

    If he’s never had one before, give him a ring with a diamond.

    For another couple
    Request an anniversary greeting from the White House. You will need to do this several months in advance. Request it through the couple’s U.S. representative or senator. His or her website may have a section called “Constituents Services” that will give you more directions. They will need the couple’s names and address, how to address them (i.e., “Dear Merrill and Marilyn” or “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Johnson”), the date of the anniversary, how many years they have been married and your name and phone number.

    Present the couple with a huge bouquet of sixty diamond white roses at a small gathering to commemorate this milestone.

Stacey Donovan has been a writer and editor at Hallmark for more than 20 years. She also writes romance novels (under a pseudonym), and has collected a wealth of obscure knowledge in the process.