My husband and I celebrate our third anniversary today (time sure does fly)! We have always exchanged anniversary gifts that fit into the traditional wedding anniversary gift categories. I always find it is fun and challenging to come up with a modern take on the traditional gift category that my husband will love!
For my post today, I thought it would be fun to round up some unique wedding anniversary gifts in the traditional categories for years 1-5. And if you’re wondering, yes, my husband’s gift is on the third anniversary gift guide!
First Anniversary Gift Guide: Paper
Our first anniversary was affirmation for me that I married exactly the right man. We had a trip to New York City coming up, so I purchased tickets to the Broadway play Book of Mormon, which we had both been dying to see.
Out of the blue, my husband called me and asked me straight out if I had bought tickets to the show for our anniversary. He was in the process of purchasing tickets to the same show, when his mom told him to maybe give me a call first. I could not stop laughing when I found out that we (almost) bought each other the exact same anniversary gift!
He ended up purchasing tickets to a chef’s tasting at an upscale Mexican restaurant instead. We had a wonderful time at both!
A Book of the Month Club (or similar book club service through your local bookstore) is a gift that keeps on giving! Get this for your bookworm spouse and he/she will be thanking you all year long.
All the studies are showing that experiences bring more happiness than material possessions. Put your money where the science is and get your spouse tickets to something fabulous – plane tickets, show tickets, music festival tickets, whatever y’all are into – and go experience something new together!
While photos on our phones are great, nothing beats the feeling of flipping through a physical book full of memories. A photo book makes a great anniversary gift that you both will enjoy looking at again and again.
Everyone can use a notebook, whether it’s for jotting down notes from a phone call, meal planning and making grocery lists, or divulging your deepest secrets. This one is beautiful (but plain old moleskines are great, too!).
One of my most treasured wedding gifts is an antique map of the Bahamas, where my husband and I got engaged. A map is such a pretty way to commemorate a place that is special to you as a couple. I love this travel map, in which you scratch the gold foil off the places you’ve been together.
Second Anniversary Gift Guide: Cotton
Our second anniversary was right in the midst of dealing with my shingles outbreak and a colicky newborn, so I was stretched pretty thin. Fortunately my husband needed a new pair of pants. He picked them out, I clicked purchase, and USPS delivered. Sometimes marriage is about giving each other grace, and I am grateful to have a husband who is sweet and supportive when I’m feeling down.
What says “I love you” more than a cozy blanket to snuggle up in? One in your favorite color! I adore this comfy throw in my favorite millennial pink shade. It’s also available in slate grey, red, and frost blue.
My husband got this soft and stylish cooler as a groomsman gift back in August. The size is perfect and the style is classic. Put a cherry on top by filling this up with your spouse’s favorite beverage.
So you’ve been married two years now… Your wedding registry sheet set has aged a bit…. Wouldn’t it be convenient to have an extra set? Then, do like my husband did and get your spouse a brand new set of sheets! This is the exact set he bought me. They are ridiculously soft and comfortable.
10/10 would buy again.
For the spouse who has everything except for probably this beautiful crochet hammock – the gift everyone wants but can’t come up with a good reason to buy (until now, that is!).
Third Anniversary Gift Guide: Leather
There are so many good leather gifts. I would certainly include vegan leather in this category, if that’s more your fancy!
Get your spouse a nice bag! I’ve been using this tote for years, and it looks as brand new as the day I got it. The size is perfect, and the mixture of brown and black leathers make it wearable with most any look.
Does your spouse tend to be late? This beautiful watch with a classic brown leather strap would be a perfect (slightly passive aggressive) reminder.
Is your spouse punctual? Reward them with this beautiful watch with a classic brown leather strap.
My husband has a wallet/iphone case similar to this one. It looks great. It’s practical. It would make a great gift for your third anniversary.
We’ve seen Birkenstocks come back in fashion time and time again, and for good reason. These sandals are comfortable and classic for men or women, and as an added bonus, you can wear them with socks!
SPOILER ALERT: I bought these for my husband. 🙂
Another classic item that is fashionable year after year is a leather jacket. I love this one, which comes in both black and a beautiful blush shade.
Fourth Anniversary Gift Guide: Fruit and Flowers
To me, this category seems random in a list of materials-type anniversary gift categories, but it’s fine. I can work with it.
I’m a sucker for succulents (LOL), and I bet your spouse will be, too, when they see this adorable planter. Fill it up with cacti from your local plant nursery, water it once a week, and enjoy!
P.S. I know succulents aren’t technically flowers, but I think this category should extend to plants as well.
Send your spouse some flowers! Farmgirl Flowers is an American company employing American workers to cut, arrange, and pack beautiful American grown flowers for delivery across the continental United States. Do it for America (and your spouse, of course!).
I mean, what other opportunity would you ever have to send your spouse a fruit basket? And bonus: there’s no way they can eat all that on their own!
Technically, wine is grapes, which is fruit.
Fifth Anniversary Gift Guide: Wood
This category was the most fun to browse and the hardest to narrow down. Here are my favorite wooden anniversary gifts from across the interwebs.
You probably don’t already have a beautiful wooden organizer shelf. If you really want to blow your spouse away, hang something special from one of the hooks – a necklace, a leash for a new puppy, keys to a new car. This gift allows you to get a little more creative than the category material might otherwise imply.
You got married five years ago. Unless you don’t cook, your wedding registry cutting board is most likely on its last leg. What a great reason to upgrade! I love this one from Williams-Sonoma. It’s hefty enough for slicing and dicing and pretty enough to use as a charcuterie board.
This gorgeous wooden and glass terrarium is unexpected. Fill it with succulents and watch your spouse’s eyes light up with appreciation.
These rustic wooden editions of classic board games are so much fun! Get your playful spouse a wooden version of their favorite childhood game.
So, be honest… Are you two still sleeping on your mix and match bedroom suite from college? Do you even have a headboard? If reclaimed wood is your aesthetic (and why wouldn’t it be? It’s gorgeous!), then use this opportunity to get yourselves a new bed. I love this one, but there are lots of less expensive options available. Check out antique and consignment shops for beautiful pieces at lower prices.
If you’re anything like us, you have a lot of knick-knacks that need homes. This pretty wood bowl is a great home for a collection of knick-knacks (or you could always use it for serving as intended). We have this exact same bowl on our entryway table, and we have filled it with dog leashes.
Stay tuned for another traditional wedding anniversary gift guide in three years, when I start thinking about years 6-10!
Do you stick to the traditional wedding anniversary gift categories?
Let me know in the comments below!