Great anniversary gift ideas
Looking for inspiration for the perfect anniversary gift? Find all the ideas you need in this wedding anniversary gift guide
8th anniversary: Bronze
Bronze is a wonderful material for unusual jewellery and sculpture. A modern piece of art or a distinctive ring could be just the thing.
9th anniversary: Pottery
Stylish ceramics make perfect pottery presents. On the other hand, your ninth anniversary is a good opportunity to exercise your own artistic talents. Take a trip to your local pottery café and create a personalised masterpiece for your beloved.
10th anniversary: Tin
At ten years old, your marriage is getting all grown up and hopefully, more mature. But not too mature! To celebrate a decade of togetherness, why not break out the jelly and ice cream and hold a tenth birthday party for your marital relationship? Invite your friends and family over to join in the fun.
As a gift idea, tin may not sound too promising. Fortunately, there's also a gemstone or precious metal associated with each wedding anniversary. According to this tradition, you can celebrate your first decade together with diamonds. Any excuse!
11th anniversary: Steel
Steel is a good test of your imagination when it comes to gift buying. But actually lots of things are made of steel, from watches to mobile phones to car accessories...
12th anniversary: Silk
In Denmark, it's traditional to make a big fuss of the 12-and-a-half-year anniversary. Called a copper wedding, friends and family build the couple half an arch made from spruce (you get the other half when you reach your 25th). The arch is decorated with flowers and lights and positioned at the door of your home. When it comes to silk, why not invest in some beautiful silk lingerie for yourself!
13th anniversary: Lace
Romantic lace is often associated with weddings. The veil made for Queen Elizabeth's 1923 wedding to George VI required 12,000 hours of work and 12million stitches. For your 13th anniversary, why not surprise your partner with a weekend trip to Bruges, home of lace-making?
14th anniversary: Ivory
Ivory comes from elephants, so if you want to follow tradition in cruelty-free style, choose the modern alternatives of opal or gold gifts instead.