You've stumbled across a priceless treasure trove in the form of a summarized anniversary gift list by year. All you guys that are baffled about what to get that's meaningful for your wedding anniversary - you've hit the holy grail of gift lists!
Not to leave the ladies out, but we usually have the whole anniversary thing covered. We've probably been mentally planning it since the day after this year's anniversary. I know I have.
Guys, you aren't alone and you shouldn't feel inadequate or inept about such matters. My husband is a card-carrying member of the clueless gift givers club. . . and that's okay if you're in that club too. You're in great company because I have a fantastic husband!
One of my favorite books about the differences between men and women is, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (which, by the way, was written by a man). In it, he wisely stated:
"Men value results; for women it’s the thought that counts. Consequently, men value big things much more than do women, who feel more appreciated by receiving lots of little gifts instead. A woman may consider a bunch of flowers to be just as good a proof of love as an entire month of hard work towards paying the bills."
The take-away from this IS NOT for you to think, "Cool. I'll pick up a bunch of flowers at the grocery store." Pick up grocery store flowers for her when it's NOT your anniversary! You're not going to get off that easy! An anniversary is a celebration that women consider paramount in the realm of occasions that display your love and devotion.
Another thing you shouldn't do is buy her a big gift that is more for your benefit than it is for hers. Here's an example: That 70-inch television that'll make the football game as large as life - bad idea! It's most likely not going to be appreciated by your wife unless she specifically asked for it. Trust me on this one.
You may be thinking, "Well what the heck am I supposed to get so I'm not in the dog house?" That's the whole point of our list of anniversary gifts summarized by year! The list below has the symbolic gift suggestions for the first fifteen years and then every five year milestone thereafter.
Look up the anniversary year you're celebrating and you'll find four separate suggestions categorized by traditional, modern, jewelry or gemstone, and flowers (just make sure they're professionally arranged and not the grocery store variety).
Anniversary Gift List by Year
|Year||Traditional||Modern||Jewelry / Gemstone||Flowers|
|1st||Paper||Clock||Gold or Peridot||Carnations|
|3rd||Leather||Crystal / Glass||Pearls||Sunflower|
|4th||Fruit, Flowers||Appliances||Blue Topaz||Hydrangeas|
|6th||Candy, Sugar, Iron||Wood||Amethyst||Callas|
|7th||Copper, Wool||Desk Sets||Onyx||Freesias|
|8th||Bronze, Pottery||Linens, Lace||Tourmaline||Lilacs|
|9th||Pottery, Willow||Leather||Lapis Lazuli||Bird of Paradise|
|10th||Tin, Aluminum||Diamond Jewelry||Diamond Jewelry||Daffodils|
|50th||Gold||Gold||Golden Jubilee||Yellow Roses & Violets|
For the rest of the celebration, if you need some mood setting pointers, I recommend that you check out this excellently written list:
Romantic and Unique Things To Do on Your Anniversary
Above all else, celebrate your love for each other and have a fun and intimate anniversary. Make it unforgettable!