The giving of anniversary gifts by years of marriage has been a tradition for ages. Each year, the traditional anniversary gifts grow in significance as well as investment, as the union continues to grow and strengthen. While keeping with tradition is meaningful to many married couples, a more modern twist to the traditional anniversary gifts and guides brings more joy and practicality in our time.
Modern updates to the gifting guidelines provide present ideas by colors, materials or types, and various gemstones that relate to each year's theme. It opens up the possibilities of more meaningful gifts that genuinely fit today’s modern couples. Now you have more than the typical sparkling anniversary rings to consider for each passing year. If your anniversary is quickly approaching, find out which special celebratory gifts may be a huge success this year.
Here at Fink’s Jewelers, we are the experts of anniversary gift-giving. Allow us to walk you through some of the gifting guidelines that offer a more suitable suggestion for modern-day couples.
The 1st Anniversary Gift
You've reached the celebration of your first year as a married couple. Celebrating your first year of marriage is an exciting time and deserves a grand celebration. The one-year gift should be no exception.
Traditionally, paper is the first-anniversary gift to give, representing the delicate state of a couple’s first year of marriage. With a modern twist to update your choices, came a new set of gift ideas to replace paper. Clocks represent your time together during this first year of bliss. They also represent the many years that are to come. The first year's gemstone, or metal, to be exact, is gold. Gold anniversary jewelry is a beautiful way to ease into the spirit of timeless gifts. Colors such as yellow and gold give guidance to the year’s gift theme if you decide to head in a different direction other than clocks or anniversary jewelry.
If you’re feeling a bit anxious about choosing the right gift for your first year, don’t let it overwhelm you. While it is a momentous occasion, anything you select from the heart is sure to make a huge impression. Think of your spouse’s style, metal preferences, and lifestyle to begin drawing inspiration. With these guidelines in mind, come in a talk with our knowledgeable team if you’d like a bit of guidance. We’ll walk you through a variety of choices that fit your spouse’s desires. From our Men's Asli Link Bracelet to an IPPOLITA Classico 18K Yellow Gold Bastille Bracelet, you’ll be in excellent hands while you shop.
2nd Anniversary Gift
The intertwining of two lives is year two’s gift theme. The tradition of cotton gifts shows flexibility, togetherness, and ongoing connection. China became the new choice, symbolizing a still delicate yet strong union. China reflects the many strengths and weaknesses during your first two years together. The color of this special anniversary is red for love, power, and passion, as you are still in the newlywed phase. Although garnet is a gemstone of many colors, choosing a red garnet stone set in an anniversary ring or pendant is keeping in the spirit of the year’s color theme.
3rd Anniversary Gift
For your third year of marriage, instead of the traditional gift of leather, give glass or crystal to symbolize the beauty of your relationship. Colors of the third year are white and jade, while the pearl signifies layers and years of building a beautiful bond together. Besides, can you ever go wrong with a breathtaking string of Mikimoto pearls?
4th Anniversary Gift
While giving flowers or fruit traditionally represents a relationship in full bloom, modern gift-giving suggests appliances for practicality. They also tend to represent sturdiness and the settling in phase of your new marriage. Blue and green gemstones best represent the fourth year, and a set of IPPOLITA blue topaz earrings will stand for the love and affection you share this anniversary year.
5th Anniversary Gift
Celebrate reaching your fifth year with a beautiful sapphire, lasting, and durable. Blue or pink sapphires are a stunning choice. Traditionally, wood was the gift to best express this endurance, while silverware is now the way to go. The toughest part about celebrating your fifth year may be making the selection.
6th Anniversary Gift
Iron best describes the strength of your six years of marriage, but a more modern representation is a gift made from wood. The stunning colors of Turquoise, purple, and white also work well, while amethyst is a symbol of a great, long-lasting relationship. Gift him a Cobalt Band with Cocobolo Wood Inlay that makes a powerful statement on your sixth anniversary.
7th Anniversary Gift
Your seventh year brings a slightly different approach. Gifts of wool or copper to represent warmth are now desk sets to deliver a meaningful part of your personal life to your professional world. Colors of the year include off-white and yellow with onyx as the seventh-year gemstone of choice. The hardness of onyx symbolizes the protective barrier of your bond. It is truly an eye-catching stone. Our John Hardy line here at Fink’s offers uniquely designed pieces for both him and her.
8th Anniversary Gift
Instead of the traditional pottery or bronze gift, choose the beauty of lace or linen this year. Select an anniversary gift with bronze as the year’s color, or a gorgeous piece of anniversary jewelry with tourmaline to show your marriage can withstand anything. With brilliant pink and green tones to choose from, tourmaline makes a breathtaking necklace, anniversary ring, or pair of earrings to wear for any occasion. Our cushion cut pink tourmaline ring features two surprise diamonds and diamond shank accents from the Sabel Collection.
9th Anniversary Gift
If you’re celebrating your ninth year, you are familiar with the constant molding, shaping, and growing of your marriage. Willow and pottery represent this well, with terracotta being the obvious color choice. But leather makes a beautiful, practical gift now. It shows lasting endurance over time, as you approach your tenth year. Our Breitling Premier Chronograph 42 Men’s Watch boasts an elegant crocodile leather strap. Or, you could choose the lapis lazuli gemstone to bring balance, protection, and honesty. This gorgeous gemstone comes in an array of unique gift options for both of you to treasure.
10th Anniversary Gift
Congratulations on the celebration of your tenth anniversary. It only seems fitting to gift diamonds for your first decade of marriage. Durable, resilient, and elegant diamonds for your tenth are much more appealing than the traditional tin and aluminum gifts. This particular year’s colors are blue and silver, timeless like your marriage. And there’s nothing more precious than a Fink’s diamond. From a luxurious diamond anniversary ring for her to a handsome white gold diamond band for him, you’re sure to find the right diamond anniversary ring to express your love.
Even after your first decade of marriage to boast about, you have many more beautiful years of celebrating ahead of you.
11th Anniversary Gift
A symbol of unwavering strength, steel was once the year's gift recommendation. Today, fashion jewelry and turquoise stones represent good fortune and health for many more to come. Gift the man in your life this William Henry zurich "talon" money clip featuring Kingman turquoise and a white topaz gemstone for this special occasion.
12th Anniversary Gift
Rather than the tradition of silk and linen, celebrate your twelfth with pearls or any beauty in the color oyster white. Jade is this year's gemstone, symbolizing the protection of your bond. Show her how she lights up your life with this Two Tone Gold Yellow Sapphire Pendant Halo Necklace from the Sabel Collection.
13th Anniversary Gift
Delicate lace has received an update to furs or faux fur and textiles for this cherished year. This year’s color of choice is classic white, while the stunning citrine gemstone will make the perfect addition to any jewelry collection.
14th Anniversary Gift
Ivory gifts for year fourteen are now the gift of gold. You may even want to incorporate the year’s gemstone, opal, in a beautiful rose gold setting.
15th Anniversary Gift
It takes a solid foundation to reach fifteen years of marriage, which is why crystal is traditionally this year’s anniversary gift. Crystal symbolizes clarity and strength, as does fifteen years together. Today’s gift revolves around red and ruby gemstones. The gift of a watch speaks volumes about your years together. He'll imagine the many years you have to look forward to each time he glances at his TAG Heuer Formula 1 timepiece.
16th Anniversary Gift
What was once the gift of wax has now become the gift of silver holloware. The year’s colors, silver and emerald green reflect a harmonious marriage. Even a peridot gemstone pendant speaks volumes of your devotion to each other.
17th Anniversary Gift
Furniture always makes a lovely gift and remains the traditional and modern choice. Yellow represents your years of happiness, while your gemstone for this anniversary is carnelian.
18th Anniversary Gift
Porcelain remains the gift suggestion for your eighteenth year of bliss. While delicate, it is also a symbol of a strong bond that should always be handled gently. The cat’s eye gemstone represents its watch over your marriage for the coming years.
19th Anniversary Gift
Bronze is both the traditional and modern present for the year’s celebration. Choose a breathtaking aquamarine gemstone that symbolizes protection over your relationship. This gorgeous pair of pear shape aquamarine and diamond drop earrings are the perfect way to celebrate your love.
20th Anniversary Gift
Choose an unforgettable platinum gift to celebrate your twentieth year of marriage. Rather than china, the traditional twenty-year gift, platinum and emeralds possess a more modern feel. Emerald, known as the stone of the goddess Venus, will make an excellent choice to express how much you cherish your twenty years together.
If you’re looking for a show-stopping present to make this day extra special, our collection of emerald anniversary jewelry is incredible. If vintage is her style, she will adore our Sabel Collection White Gold Round Emerald and Diamond Pendant. Set in 18k white gold with round diamond accents, it will never disappoint.
25th Anniversary Gift
In keeping with tradition, the twenty-fifth year of marriage remains the “silver anniversary.” Your years together are as precious as the metal itself. Silver holds a symbol of radiance and a clear path for what the future brings beyond these fantastic years together.
At Fink’s, we want you to look and feel your best in any piece of anniversary jewelry you choose from our collections. Our sterling silver cufflinks are no exception. So, for your admirable twenty-fifth, consider gifting him a stunning pair of cufflinks to wear as you celebrate the special day. From the beautiful hues of red in our tiger eye stones to a subtle, classic look, we are proud to offer cufflinks for any style he prefers.
30th Anniversary Gift
Pearls and diamonds make another appearance as you celebrate your thirtieth wedding anniversary. Always the perfect anniversary gifts, you simply can’t go wrong with either. With the year’s color being green, you may want to consider a beautiful anniversary ring with both diamonds and emeralds to celebrate this huge milestone.
35th Anniversary Gift
This year’s anniversary gifts do not waver as both jade and coral remain on the traditional and modern lists. Both make stunning anniversary jewelry pieces. And if you were savvy enough to plan ahead for your thirtieth with stunning emerald, you could undoubtedly surprise her with a jade anniversary ring to match. This bold, yet understated William Henry BR24 "black jade identity" bracelet will be an amazing addition to your mister’s wardrobe.
40th Anniversary Gift
Forty memorable years are represented by the red ruby flame that has burned for you all these years. Both the traditional and modern choice, ruby graces the anniversary gift list once again. Choose a ruby anniversary jewelry piece that shows how much the last forty years have meant. This 18k rose ruby ring from Marco Moore features 6 oval heat-treated rubies.
45th Anniversary Gift
This year's colors are brilliant red and blue, but the modern and traditional gifts call for blue sapphires. Symbolizing the longevity of your bond, we have many lovely sapphire anniversary rings and additional anniversary jewelry pieces from which you can choose.
50th Anniversary Gift
What an exciting year to celebrate! For your fiftieth, emerald is once again the modern and traditional choice that all couples seem to adore. The theme of devotion radiates with emerald anniversary jewelry gifts, while anniversary rings are a popular choice. If you’d like a little something different this year, tanzanite is the chosen gemstone for fifty glorious years together. It’s a unique stone with the ability to shift its color according to the lighting.
60th Anniversary Gift
Rounding out our list with the sixtieth anniversary is none other than the diamond. We want to congratulate you on sixty years of marriage! This year is the time to gift an exquisite diamond anniversary ring or necklace. This diamond eternity band is the perfect way to show your never-ending love, it can be worn alone or added to her wedding set. From men’s watches to diamond anniversary jewelry collections, we’d love to help you choose a gift as grand as your sixty years together.
If you need a special anniversary gift to express your love, we have quite the selection. Our collections of fine anniversary jewelry and timepieces will appeal to everyone's taste. And if you're unsure of what your significant other will love, our team of experts is here to help. We stand by our selection of superior quality diamonds, individually hand-inspected to meet our high standards. From our unique blue topaz pocket knife collection to timeless diamond and pearl anniversary rings, Fink’s Jewelers wants to celebrate every anniversary year with you. Visit us today for your anniversary jewelry needs or shop our anniversary gift guide online.