Unique Anniversary Gifts

Momentous Memories for Hearts and Minds

Unique anniversary gifts begin at home.

If there's a couple you know who are celebrating their anniversary or if you're looking to give your spouse that special something that holds (or will hold) the years of your marriage close to your heart, then start at home.

Your home, their home.

What is the evolution of your/their life?

What is in the forefront that epitomizes the stages of the years of togetherness?

What do you need to acknowledge for them (or yourselves) that which makes the anniversary monolithic?

Unique anniversary gifts. Anniversary gift ideas. The perfect blend of your knowledge and the chart below is a great start for each anniversary gift.

Unique Anniversary Gifts are easier than you think.

Other than, let's say, the 25th Anniversary where it is customary to see silver things for the celebration, it is often more interesting these days for couples to celebrate in ways appropriate for them.

What about an anniversary theme - what is the couple well known for? What have they landmarked in their life that can be celebrated alongside their anniversary? Will it be a gift for the 7th anniversary as a copper-colored tie holding a bouquet of Freesia or a monogrammed oyster-white sofa throw (linen) as the "package" wrapped around a string of pearls and pearl cuff links for a 12th anniversary of marriage or togetherness.

Also trending are the couples who reward (lol) each other with gifts of a lifetime; reaching 25 years of marital bliss is a biggie, and many couples actually make BIG, HUGE, plans to mark the occasion...anything that involves an experience of a lifetime...Experience the Experiential!

Then there's the times when you want to give that extra special, unique gift to your wife or partner. A visit to CapturedWishes.com can help you speak for your heart.

Life is full of color and color is full of symbolism. Captured Wishes transforms your desires and wishes into magical symbolic colorful glitters and captures them in beautiful wish vessels just for them.

happy anniversary wish vessel verse card and wish vessel

Staying in the vein of smaller but unique ideas, can't find something appropriately steel for an 11th anniversary? Then get creative with turquoise colored Tulips. Get creative. The word tradition sticks out like a sore thumb but YOU think outside the box, remember? Have fun with it. Run with it.

Just remember, when you want to give them something, it's about the couple and who they are and then remember who YOU are and the style in which you want to gift them.

Some History

While discussing Unique Anniversary Gifts:

Emily Post, the first published (American) author on etiquette informed us in 1922 that although only eight anniversaries were acknowledged, there was a trend toward celebrating other anniversaries.

She put together a list anniversary gift ideas for each of the first 15 years of marriage and one for every 5 years after. We still use this list today even after the American National Retail Jeweler Association upgraded it in 1937.

Using the idea that the longer a couple is married, the more substantial and lasting the gift should be to represent the years married, our society now uses the list below.

I've put a table together with as many options as could be found from various sources on the internet. Either widely accepted or rare or called alternates, this arrangement gives you scads of potential ideas for unique anniversary gifts.

Hmmm. If you think about it, this list is just a guideline, a starting point. What you make of it is entirely up to you. Follow the rules or make your own. Think past the common. Be aware of your desire to get a specific reaction from the gifts given by you.

And whilst your eyes dart back and forth in this table, you'll be getting sleepy....back and forth...sleepy...sleepier....and you'll start to think of an anniversary that is on the horizon....

Be sure to look over the unique anniversary gifts we've conjured up!

Anniversary Gift Ideas to Inspire Unique Anniversary Gifts

1 Paper clocks Carnation, Pansy, Orange Blossom Gold Jewelry, Fresh Water Pearl, Peridot Gold or Yellow
2 Cotton China Lily of the Valley, Cosmos Garnet, Rose Quartz Red
3 Leather Crystal, Glass Sunflower, Fuschia Pearl, Crystal, Jade White or Jade Green
4 Books, Fruit & Flowers Electrical Appliances Geranium (any kind), Hydrangea, Lily of the Valley Blue Topaz, Amethyst, Blue Zircon Blue or Green
5 Wood Silverware Daisy Sapphire, Turquoise, Pink Tourmaline Blue, Pink or Turquoise
6 Sugar, Candy, Iron Wood Calla Lily Garnet, Amethyst, Turquoise White, Purple, Turquoise
7 Wool, Copper Desk Sets Freesia, Arum (Jack in the Pulpit) Onyx, Lapis Lazuli, Copper, Yellow Sapphire Yellow or Off White
8 Bronze, Pottery Linens, Lace Lilac, Clematis Tourmaline, Aventurine, Tanzanite Bronze, Tourmaline, Tanzanite
9 Pottery, Willow, Copper Leather Bird of Paradise, Poppy Lapis Lazuli, Tiger Eye Terracotta
10 Tin, Aluminum Diamond Jewelry Daffodil, Narcissus Diamond, Black Onyx, Blue Sapphire Silver or Blue
11 Steel Fashion Jewelry Tulip, Morning Glory Hematite, Turquoise Turquoise
12 Silk, Linen Pearls, Colored Gems Peony Agate, Pearl, Jade or Colored Gems Oyster White
13 Lace Textiles, Furs Chrysanthemum, Hollyhock Citrine, Moonstone, Malachite White
14 Ivory Gold Jewelry Orchid, Dahlia Opal, Moss Agate, Gold Ivory Ivory
15 Crystal Watches Rose Ruby, Rock Crystal (Quartz) Ruby Red
16 Peridot Silver Holloware Statice Peridot, Aquamarine Silver
17 Watch Furniture Red Carnation Citrine, Amethyst Yellow
18 Cat's Eye Porcelain - Cat's Eye, Chrysoberyl, Opal Blue
19 Aquamarine Bronze - Aquamarine, Topaz Bronze
20 China Platinum Aster, Day Lily Emerald, Platinum, Yellow or Golden Diamond Emerald Green or White
21 - Brass, Nickel - Iolite Orange
22 - Copper - Spinel (all colors) Green
23 Create your own Silver Plate unique anniversary gifts Imperial Topaz, Sapphire Silver
24 - Musical Instruments - Tanzanite Lavender
25 Silver Silver Iris (any kind except blue) Sterling Silver Silver
26 - Original Pictures - - -
27 - Sculpture - - -
28 - Orchids Orchid (any kind) - Orchid, Lavender
29 - Furniture - - -
30 Pearl Diamond Lily (any kind), Sweet Pea Pearls, Diamond, Jade Green
31 - Time Pieces - - -
33 Create Amethyst your own unique anniversary gifts -
34 - Opal - - -
35 Coral Jade African Violet Emerald, Coral, Jade Coral
36 - Bone China - - -
37 - Alabaster - - -
38 - Beryl, Tourmaline - - -
39 - Lace - - -
40 Ruby Ruby Gladiola, Nasturtium Ruby Ruby Red
41 - Land - - -
42 - Improved Real Estate - - -
43 - Travel - - -
44 - Groceries - - -
45 Sapphire Sapphire Blue Iris Sapphire, Alexandrite Sapphire Red
46 - Original Poetry - - -
47 - Books - - -
48 - Optical Goods - - -
49 - Luxuries - - -
50 Gold Gold Yellow Rose, Violet (any kind) Gold, Imperial or Golden Topaz Gold
51 - Blue Sapphire - - -
52 - Ruby - - -
55 Emerald , Emerald,Turquoise Calla Lily Alexandrite, Emerald Emerald Green
60 Yellow Diamond Diamond Orchid (any kind) Diamond Diamond White
65 Blue Sapphire Star Sapphire, - Star Sapphire Sky Blue, Gray
67 - Star Sapphire - - Purple
70 Create your own unique anniversary gifts - Platinum
75 Diamond, Diamond-like Stones, Gold, Alabaster Diamond, Gold - Diamond Diamond White
80 Oak Diamond, Pearl - - -
85 - Diamond, Sapphire - - -
90 Granite Diamond, Emerald - - -
95 - Diamond, Ruby - - -
100 - 10k Diamond - - -

4th Anniversary gift idea

"Mascot of the Burn"

After 4 years of marriage, there arises the probability that the family is starting to get a little larger.

Probably, the Mammas and the Pappas have to start thinking about the grocery bill and how it's getting higher and higher.

Probably, they're thinking "We better buy bulk," and "Where can we store all this stuff when we buy it for .99/pound?" and "Look at the deal on these apples, why I could make pies or Grunt," and "Well, how else can we save on groceries?"

Probably, as a wonderful family you could pitch together, maybe giving them a new freezer. Besides, the 4th anniversary gift giving schedule is fruit & flowers, linen, or books (traditional) or some kind of e l e c t r i c a l appliance (modern). And there you have it.

Probably, giving a freezer won't be classified under a unique anniversary gifts list, but you can make it so. And it will surely be remembered by the WHAT, WHO and WHEN because you took the time to be an informed and aware gift giver. Plus you'll have added the right touch.

Most probably so.

Reading my local paper, I came across a story entitled "Freezer Burned" by Canadian Columnist Nils LING I was thoroughly entertained and have tried to capture what we all know when it comes to owning a freezer...

I went to the freezer the other day on an archaeological dig for something to eat...Because it is a chest freezer that loads from the top, older food always ends up at the bottom. So you lean over the side and go down into the belly of the beast, layer by layer, era by era, to find something for dinner. It's a chilly trip down memory lane.

Here was the Great Ground Beef Sale of '06. The Special Diet Soup Phase of '04. The Something in an Unlabeled, Recycled Margarine Container of '02. And downward, until you're rooting through unidentifiable plastic tubs, possibly filled with some sort of food, that were placed in there before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

...I pulled from the bottom of the freezer...that had been stuffed in a couple of plastic bags...I knew what she (wife) would say if she caught me with it: "Oh, don't throw that out, I'll use it to make soup." Well, I'll tell you what...

And that's when I came up with it.

When you give the freezer, start the new owners off right. Put an unidentifiable package of mystery at the bottom labeled "The Mascot of the Burn". There. The freezer has it's first rightful occupant.

All is right in the world. And each anniversary gift you give can be as memorable as this.

Note: I made mine from plastic food that you can buy in the toy section of any department or grocery store. The label is made from a canning jar lid.

Oh, and don't forget to tie a big blue or green ribbon around the freezer. Now it can be classified under unique anniversary gifts.

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