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Monday, June 20, 2011

Anniversary Gifts

A wedding anniversary, whether it is your 1st or your 25th, is always something to celebrate. How you decide to celebrate your anniversary depends on the kind of person you are and the kind of couple you are. Some may want to have a quiet weekend to them selves and others may want to throw a huge elaborate party with all their friends and family. And then somewhere in the middle (or on the far outskirts) you will have the couple that goes bungee-jumping.
I am not a traditional gal but just out of curiosity, I was wondering what traditional anniversary gifts are supposed to be. Thanks to, I am now fully educated in the field of good old-fashioned anniversary gifts...and some have proven to be rather hilarious.
For you first wedding anniversary, the traditional gift would be paper (oh, how exciting!) and the modern equivalent is a clock. I will be celebrating my 1st anniversary next year and I think I will opt for a nice clock (I will start dropping hints immediately).
The traditional gift for your 4th anniversary is either fruit or flowers and the modern alternative is an appliance of some sort. This is where your man better know you very very well because either way he might go to bed without his anniversary “gift”. I know that I would definitely prefer a lovely bunch of flowers and a watermelon. A blender or an electric turkey-baster will not make me want to celebrate anything.
If you had to choose between a gift of candy and iron or wood, which would you choose? These are the traditional and modern gifts suggested for your 6th wedding anniversary. Candy is not bad, I might go for that...iron I am not quite sure of, maybe they meant an iron and in that case I will have to go for the wood. Maybe a nice wooden chair or a bench or even wood in its simplest form, as a tree, would be awfully romantic.
Now, for your 10th anniversary (ooh, this is a big one) the traditional gift would be...wait for it...wait for it...tin or aluminum. Yes, nothing says “I love you and thank you for loving me for 10 years” quite like a tin of KOO baked beans served on an aluminum tray. But thankfully the modern gift for your 10th anniversary is diamond jewelry; this seems far more appropriate and will most probably help in getting your marriage to the 20 year mark.
Another “big one” would be your 50th wedding anniversary and both the traditional and modern gift suggestions are gold. All I can say about this one is “I like it”. From this point onwards, the gifts get steadily more special (and expensive); pearls, sapphire, ruby and emerald. Not bad, my future is looking very shiny and sparkly.
Now for the perfect traditional gift for your 100th wedding anniversary. Personally, I know that I won’t get there (am 27 years old now) and I am pretty sure that no one ever has. But anyway, what they suggest you buy your 130 year old spouse is a 10k diamond. Maybe they made it so elaborate because no one ever gets the opportunity to get it any way; they could have said “for your 100th anniversary it is essential to buy you spouse a small island off the coast of Mexico”, really what difference does it make?
So there you have it. Anniversary gifts 101 (in my opinion) and I must say that I am definitely going to let my husband read this in order to ensure that the right gifts are given at the right time. I do not want to end up 130 years old with lots of appliances, a truck load of iron, aluminum and KOO baked beans living aimlessly on my small island.


  1. Another great hit! I think your husband had better start saving.

  2. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

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  3. Thank you for your comment :) I am so glad you enjoyed the blog. Have a great day - Klara