Buying the best anniversary gifts can be difficult at times—especially with so many different anniversary years to buy for, specific themes to keep in mind, and partners with varying preferences to shop for. Luckily, if you’re looking for a great personalized gift or meaningful keepsake for your significant other to celebrate your special day together, there are many memorable options to choose from.
The traditionalist at heart may want to shop by themed gift according to their wedding anniversary year—themes which range from paper to gold to aluminum. Whether you aim to gift by the theme or are just on the hunt for something thoughtful, useful, or romantic, we’ve compiled all sorts of anniversary gift ideas for the milestone years (from your first to your 50th), as well as anniversary gifts specifically for him and for her. Whether you land on a customized gift from Etsy with a special meaning, a fast-shipping, last-minute gift from Amazon, or a long-lasting subscription gift, here are some of the best anniversary gifts that make saying “I love you” easy.
Best Anniversary Gifts for Him
Buying a gift for your husband or boyfriend can be tricky. Maybe your man is a tech guy who not-so-subtly begs for an Apple Watch, maybe he’s a golf enthusiast, or maybe he’s in need of a good neck massage. From custom photo albums to classic leather wallets, here are some of our favorite anniversary gift ideas for him.
Best Anniversary Gifts for Her
You can never go wrong with a self-care gift that demonstrates how much you care for her well-being. Spoil her with gifts she might not buy herself, such as a luxurious silk pillowcase set from Blissy or a cult-favorite candle gift set from Diptyque. For a more personalized gift, try a delicate, engraveable necklace from Mejuri or a custom plaque that displays a song and photo of your choosing (your first dance song, maybe?) and doubles as home decor.
Best One-Year Anniversary Gifts
Traditional first anniversary gifts are represented with paper, a medium which symbolizes new beginnings and the tender fragility of a new relationship. Though we’d never knock a heartfelt written letter, for a different take, here are some creative, unique paper present ideas for your one-year anniversary gift, including a personalized comic book, carved book art, and a wall art collage of photos from your journey together.
Best Two-Year Anniversary Gifts
Your second anniversary is known as the cotton anniversary because of cotton’s strength and adaptability—much like a marriage. At the end of year two, remind your SO just how much they mean to you with something that’s useful, symbolic, or both. Perhaps a cotton map that can be painted with watercolors to show the US states you’ve been in together (it comes with 100 push pins to mark all the cities you’ve spent time in or hope to visit), or maybe a cotton-lined accessory tray or coaster that can be personalized with a message for your sweetheart. And for a gift that’s a bit like a hug, give them a cozy, high-quality cotton bathrobe from Parachute.
Best Three-Year Anniversary Gifts
Making it through the first three years of any marriage is no small feat. You’ve proven that your relationship is as solid and durable as leather, the traditional choice for third-year anniversary gifts. Some great third-year anniversary gifts include a high-quality, monogrammed leather travel bag, a handsome passport case and luggage tags, or a personalized watchband.
Best Four-Year Anniversary Gifts
Common gifts for the fourth anniversary year are usually fruit or flowers, which symbolize the blossoming and ripening of a relationship over time. Sentimentality aside, you can’t go wrong with a decadent gift basket or gift box of fruit and artisan cheeses or a stunning bouquet of fresh blooms. For a longer-lasting gift, consider a bouquet of beautiful dried flowers.
Best Five-Year Anniversary Gifts
Half a decade—where did the time go? For your fifth year together, showcase your affection with a gift made of wood, which represents long-standing, deeply-rooted strength. Some standout five-year anniversary gift ideas, all of which can be personalized, include a cutting board (sure to get lots of use), wooden map of your significant places, wooden mixtape (with a real tape inside), wine box holder, and more.
Best 10-Year Anniversary Gifts
Aluminum may not seem like the obvious theme for 10 years together, but the material (which never rusts) fittingly symbolizes the underlying resilience and stability necessary for hitting the decade milestone marker. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas for your 10th anniversary that are either made of aluminum or stainless steel (a slight cheat, we know), including an elegant picture frame, sturdy Yeti tumbler, ring dish, handy engraveable pocket knife/multitool, and tin print that features details from your special day, as well as an illustration of your song and a favored song lyric.
Best 20-Year Anniversary Gifts
To mark a whopping 20 years of marriage, many people turn to emeralds, daylilies, and porcelain as traditional gifts. For a more classic route, we love these gorgeous baguette-cut emerald earrings or a pair of classy lead crystal champagne flutes chiseled with designs that nod to the eternal flames of love. For an unexpected tack, consider the gift of an experience. Together, you can learn a new skill by taking a cooking class through Sur La Table or MasterClass, while an Airbnb gift card provides a romantic getaway, class, or tour.
Best 50th Anniversary Gifts
If you’re celebrating 50 years together, a slow clap to you both. Gold embodies the wisdom, prosperity, and longevity of your years together. Whether you’re shopping for your own 50th anniversary gift or your loved ones’, consider the unusual, nostalgic gift of a blanket printed with your wedding vows or a bound book of reprints of all of the New York Times front pages from your anniversaries over the years. For a festive touch, take a look at Mark & Graham’s monogrammable ice bucket, which could easily be paired with a wine subscription to Winc that will deliver interesting new blends right to your door for celebratory sips.