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The traditional and modern anniversary gift guides have changed very little during the past half-century and include recommended gifts for each of the first fifteen years of marriage and for every five years after that

Whether the giver selects from the traditional or modern gift list, anniversary gift giving offers opportunities for creativity and originality.

The first year anniversary is often difficult for those who prefer to give traditional gifts. But with a little creativity, paper can be a lovely and memorable gift for a couple celebrating the first year of marriage. Token gifts can include anniversary cards, designer decorated paper plates and napkins, books and elegant writing paper.

For those searching for a larger gift for a special couple, first year paper gifts can include tickets to events or certificates for romantic dinners at favourite restaurants. The gift giver might elect to combine traditional and modern gifts, presenting the anniversary couple with a certificate for a weekend stay at a country bed and breakfast accompanied by a sleek, modern travel alarm clock. For a very special couple, remember that airline tickets to faraway resorts are printed on paper, too.

For most gift givers, the traditional list offers the most challenges. But it also offers opportunities for giving truly thoughtful and exciting gifts that will be remembered for years.

One gift giver facing the fourteenth anniversary of her sister and brother-in-law was stumped by ivory. For the previous thirteen years, she had used the traditional list as her guide. Giving from the traditional list had, in fact, become her own tradition. She was not about to let it end. After much thought and browsing through stores and on the Internet, she settled on a set of twelve ivory colour dinner napkins in a heavy patterned silk. The gift was a hit and the tradition of giving traditional gifts was maintained.

Anniversaries are a special time for the couples who celebrate them. They are made more special by the thoughtfulness of friends and family who remember the couple with gifts --large or small, traditional or modern. Start your own tradition by remembering anniversaries and marking them with traditional or modern gifts, or creative combinations from both lists.

Traditional and modern gift combination ideas for the early years:

  • 1st - Combine a gift subscription to a morning newspaper with a bedside alarm clock. (Paper/Clock)

  • 2nd - Fold brightly colour cotton napkins inside oversized his and hers coffee cups and saucers. (Cotton/China)

  • 3rd - Accompany a set of beer glasses with tooled leather drink coasters. (Leather/Crystal or Glass)

  • 4th - Place a bouquet of seasonal flowers in a blender or other kitchen need. (Fruit or Flowers/Appliances)

  • 5th - Combine a wood serving block pretty enough for a party table with cheese cutters or other silver serving pieces. (Wood/Silverware)

  • 6th - His and hers golf clubs are one way to combine iron(s) and wood(s). Or present a couple's favourite candies in a velvet-lined wooden keepsake box. (Candy or Iron/Wood)

  • 7th - Accompany a woollen "throw" or blanket in a rich plaid with an antique or reproduction lap-top writing desk. (Wool or Copper/Desk Sets)

  • 8th - Pair a pastel linen tablecloth or placemats with pottery dinnerware for casual dining. (Bronze or Pottery/Linen or Lace)

  • 9th - Place a leather cushion on a willow (rattan-like) chair or foot stool. (Pottery or Willow/Leather)

Years

Traditional

Modern

1

paper

clocks

2

cotton

china

3

leather

crystal/glass

4

fruit/flowers

appliances

5

wood

silverware

6

candy/sugar/iron

wood

7

wool/copper

desk set

8

bronze/pottery

linen/lace

9

willow

leather

10

tin/aluminium

diamond jewellery

11

steel

fashion jewellery

12

silk/linen

pearls

13

lace

textiles

14

ivory

gold jewellery

15

crystal

watches

16

-

silverware

17

-

furniture

18

-

porcelain

19

-

bronze

20

china

platinum

21

-

brass

22

-

copper

23

-

silver-plate

24

-

musical instruments

25

silver

silver

26

-

original art

27

-

sculpture

28

-

orchids

29

-

furniture

30

pearl

diamond

31

-

timepieces

32

-

conveyances

33

-

amethyst

34

-

opal

35

coral

jade

36

-

bone china

37

-

alabaster

38

-

tourmaline

39

-

lace

40

ruby

ruby

41

-

land

42

-

improved real estate

43

-

travel

44

-

groceries

45

sapphire

sapphire

50

gold

gold

55

emerald

emerald

60

diamond

diamond

65

blue sapphire

 

70

platinum

 

75

diamond and gold

 

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