Anniversaries are a time to celebrate the love you and your partner have shared over the past 365 days. But they can also bring about stress when trying to find the perfect anniversary present. Knowing the anniversary benchmarks and the gifts you can give your partner can guide you in the right direction.
Paper (One Year)
You can thank the Victorian traditionalists for making paper the item of choice on your first anniversary. The beautiful thing about paper is that you’re not confined to an uncreative box because there are so many ways you could go with it.
You could make wall art with your wedding vows, create a stationary pad with your names, or replica tickets of the first show you went to as a couple. We’d say you could get tickets to an event, but it seems like paper tickets have gone the way of the dodo bird.
Cotton (Two Years)
By clearing the first-year hurdle, you can begin the grind of making a long-lasting relationship work for decades. The second-year gift of something cotton is next in your sights, leaving you with multiple options.
Some popular choices are monogrammed towels, a decorative blanket, or some article of clothing near and dear to your partner’s heart. After the first two years of marriage, the gift giving will have to get more creative and possibly pricier.
Wood (Five Years)
Hopefully, your fifth anniversary goes better than it did for Nick Dunne in Gone Girl, but a shed full of toys would be cool. The theme for five years is wood; hence, the woodshed in the book/film. You could go several routes with wood, with some options fitting nicely within your budget.
Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, folks on the internet and online shops do. Depending on your partner’s personality, you could keep it simple with wind chimes or a customized wood décor. And if they are sporty and enjoy being active, a longboard is a terrific option.
Tin (10 Years)
Congratulations on making it to double-digits! For your 10th anniversary, the theme is tin or aluminum. While handing over a can of soda is a cost-effective gift, you might not make it another year if that’s your plan. These gifts can be simple, like a bottle opener, keychain, or lantern, so there is no need to overthink them.
If you make it past 10 years, you’ll only need to follow the anniversary benchmarks correctly when giving your gifts to your partner because you’re doing everything right. Here’s to wishing you the best and making the diamond anniversary (60 years) possible!
Emilie St. John is a freelance journalist who appears weekly in the Los Angeles Wave newspaper and can be reached at email@example.com.