traditional anniversary gifts by year, years 1 to 60 and their meanings

Anniversary Gifts By Year, What gift should you give?

Original post August 21, 2014 // Updated post May 24, 2024

Anniversary gifts carry heartfelt meaning because they connect a present-day celebration to the foundation of your love story. Each year has a symbolic theme, like paper for new beginnings or diamonds for everlasting love. Choosing a gift that reflects those symbols shows you’ve not only cherished your memories together, but you’re invested in building a future that endures. It’s a romantic way to weave sentiment into your gift and remind your partner why they hold your heart.

But what if your gift could be even more personal? At JW Design Studio Gifts, we specialize in unique, personalized anniversary gifts that go beyond tradition. We believe the most romantic gifts tell a story, and we can help you craft a one-of-a-kind present that celebrates your unique love journey.

Here’s a chronological guide to the traditional anniversary gifts, each carrying its own unique symbolism:

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The full list of all years 1st to 60th traditional anniversary gifts and their meanings are below:

  1. Paper (New Beginnings)
  2. Cotton (Comfort & Strength)
  3. Leather (Durability & Protection)
  4. Fruit or Flowers (Growth & Beauty)
  5. Wood (Steadfastness & Growth)
  6. Candy or Iron (Sweetness or Strength)
  7. Wool or Copper (Warmth & Security)
  8. Pottery or Bronze (Craft & Permanence)
  9. Willow or Pottery (Suppleness & Tradition)
  10. Tin or Aluminum (Modesty & Brilliance)
  11. Steel (Strength & Refinement)
  12. Silk or Linen (Refinement & Comfort)
  13. Lace (Delicacy & Intricacy)
  14. Gold Jewelry (Splendor & Value)
  15. Crystal (Clarity & Elegance)
  16. Wax or Silverware (Romance & Usefulness)
  17. Furniture (Refinement & Comfort)
  18. Porcelain (Delicacy & Elegance)
  19. Bronze (Antiquity & Strength)
  20. China (Elegance & Tradition)
  21. Fire (theme) (Passion & Transformation)
  22. Water (theme) (Tranquility & Flow)
  23. Air (theme) (Freedom & Life)
  24. Stone (theme) (Stability & Endurance)
  25. Silver (Timelessness & Value)
  26. Art (Creativity & Expression)
  27. Music (Harmony & Emotion)
  28. Linens (Comfort & Usefulness)
  29. Tools (Practicality & Building)
  30. Pearls (Wisdom & Elegance)
  31. Travel (Exploration & Discovery)
  32. Bronze (Antiquity & Strength)
  33. Iron (Fortitude & Tradition)
  34. Food (Sustenance & Nurturing)
  35. Coral (Beauty & Endurance)
  36. Antiques (History & Value)
  37. Books (Knowledge & Inspiration)
  38. Luck (theme) (Serendipity & Fortune)
  39. Laughter (theme) (Joy & Connection)
  40. Ruby (Passion & Ardor)
  41. Office or Desk Decor (Organization & Productivity)
  42. Clocks or Watches (Timekeeping & Awareness)
  43. Entertainment (theme) (Enjoyment & Fun)
  44. Electronics (theme) (Innovation & Connection)
  45. Sapphire (Loyalty & Wisdom)
  46. Games (Playfulness & Challenge)
  47. Garden or Plants (Growth & Renewal)
  48. Home Improvement (theme) (Improvement & Investment)
  49. Copper (Tradition & Conductivity)
  50. Gold (Enduring Value)
  51. Photos or Cameras (Memories & Capture)
  52. Bath or Spa (theme) (Relaxation & Rejuvenation)
  53. Plastic (Modernity & Flexibility)
  54. Glass (Clarity & Refinement)
  55. Emerald (Growth & Hope)
  56. Day (theme) (Light & Celebration)
  57. Night (theme) (Peace & Mystery)
  58. Faith and Hope (theme) (Belief & Optimism)
  59. Charity (theme) (Generosity & Compassion)
  60. Diamond (Everlasting Love)
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