June has historically been the most popular month for weddings, with the rest of the summer months falling a close second. Not only does that mean lots of weddings, but it also means lots of anniversaries. We are often asked about the traditional gifts for particular anniversaries, and the Watts staff has put together this handy gift guide to give you some additional ideas when searching for a particularly meaningful gift.
For the first anniversary, the traditional gift is paper, while the modern gift marks the passage of time with a beautiful clock. A creative twist on the original gift could be to put a favorite quote or favorite photograph in a beautiful frame.
For the second anniversary, the traditional gift is cotton, while the modern gift is china. This is the perfect time to finish out any remaining items on one’s wedding registry, or to add serving pieces.
The modern gift for the third anniversary is crystal or glass – again, a great to time continue to add to one’s barware or stemware collection. A crystal vase of beautiful flowers or a decanter filled with one’s favorite type of spirits are always welcome gifts.
The traditional gift for the fourth anniversary is fruit or flowers, which can be displayed in a beautiful bowl, or for a more permanent and lasting gift, these Maleras flowers will remain on display for years to come.
For your fifth anniversary, the traditional gift of wood can be given in the form of a nice salad set or cheeseboard, or a beautiful piece of wooden furniture. The modern gift is silverware, which is an excellent time to finish out any remaining flatware that you might be missing from your registry.
The traditional gift for the 7th anniversary is wool, while the modern gift is a desk set. For Milwaukee couples, this Milwaukee Desk box is a great addition to anyone’s desk or night stand.
8th and 9th Anniversaries
8th and 9th - The traditional gift for the 8th anniversary is pottery, while it is the modern suggestion for the 9th anniversary, and we have some beautiful handcrafted Simon Pearce bowls and mugs that would be perfect for this or any occasion. Juliska bakeware also fits well in anyone’s home.
The traditional gift for the tenth anniversary is made from tin or aluminum. Celebrate a decade together with a Mariposa Recycled Aluminum Cake Stand, or with a set of pewter candlesticks from Match Pewter (pewter is 95% tin).
Steel might seem like an odd gift for an anniversary, but the traditional gift of stainless steel for the eleventh anniversary has an enduring quality. We love this collection of trays by Mary Jurek.
The traditional gift for the fifteenth anniversary is crystal, while the modern interpretation is watches. A combination of the two could be a lovely Waterford clock.
Twenty years together is traditionally marked by china, while the modern gift has become platinum. A lovely combination of the two is this Lladro “Happy Anniversary” sculpture, which takes the classic Lladro design, and re-imagines it in white with platinum accents.
The twenty-fifth anniversary is traditionally known as the Silver Anniversary. Watts offers a number of frames, whether sterling or silverplate, that can be personalized, as well as silver serving pieces.
The traditional gift for the 30th anniversary is Pearl. This lovely Mother-of-Pearl frame is a lovely way to commemorate three decades together.
The traditional gift for the 35th anniversary is Coral, while the modern gift is jade. One environmentally-friendly option for the coral gift is this lovely Limoges porcelain tea pot from Medard de Noblat.
At Watts, we unfortunately do not sell anything with actual rubies for the Ruby Wedding Anniversary, but this Lismore Diamond Ruby 8” Vase offers an excellent alternative.
The Golden Anniversary is the celebration of 5 decades together. Whether you mark this occasion with an item plated in gold, like the porcelain dish shown above, or an item in crystal with gold accents, like these Waterford Lismore Essence Gold Double Old-Fashioned glasses, this is a momentous milestone to celebrate with something truly special.
The sixtieth anniversary is celebrated with diamonds. We love the Waterford Lismore Diamond pattern, with this bowl made in Ireland sure to make any occasion memorable.
If in doubt, a gift certificate to George Watts & Son or The Watts Tea Shop are sure to fill your loved one’s heart with appreciation! Watts also offers a selection of gifts that can be personalized. For more information, contact our knowledgeable sales staff at 1-800-747-9288.