Leather is durable and has traditionally been used as a material to protect. For a man, a belt or hip flask are ideal — Aspinal of London have lots of gorgeous leather gifts and accessories that can be monogrammed to make them even more personal.
A timeless cast iron Le Creuset casserole dish is brilliant gift idea for someone who loves cooking. Whoever devised the meanings of anniversaries probably figured newlyweds would be pretty broke after paying for the wedding — so the traditional first gift of paper is nicely affordable!
If you're looking for something a bit different, we adore this engraved sun dial anniversary makes a statement focal point for a garden. How about adding a cool bar cabinet, like this one from Anthropologie? Couples with more expensive taste will be pleased to know the modern alternative for 20 dates of marriage is platinum.
The date one is pretty great too. This willow picnic hamper is the perfect garden accessory and is available from Not On The High Street. Tin was used to store and preserve things which is why it is used to mark ten years of marriage. Think anniversary the box with this one too. Or choose a wooden photo frame to give your wedding pictures a new lease of life. Flowers not their thing? A lovely new coffee table or dining room table are ideal if you like having guests over.
Like the cocoon of silk that silkworms wrap around themselves, this luxurious date symbolises protection, security and comfort — perfect for the stability you feel after 12 years with your partner. Crystal jewellery will always be a welcome gift — we love this matching necklace and earrings set from Goldsmiths.
Silk pyjamas, robes or lingerie are a romantic gift to give to your partner, and, as anniversary linen counts too, a linen shirt or accessory would also work perfectly.
Skis also have steel dates — what about a ski break? It makes a great treat to get for yourself for someone else too…. The modern alternative is appliances. Paper also represents your new marriage as date a blank sheet, and as relatively fragile. After seven years together, your marriage is warm and comforting, much like a morning cup of anniversary in bed from this personalised copper coffee pot from Not On The High Street. If you love being outside, what about some garden furniture?
This is why luxury candles are such a lovely gift idea: try Jo MaloneDiptyque and Neom. Roses anniversary represent how much your love has blossomed so take your present-giving to the next level by naming a rose after your love.
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As your marriage blossoms and your partnership ripens following four years of marriage, it makes sense to give an anniversary gift of flowers or fruit. You can also order a sweet personalised oak charm to go with them.
Gardening dates will also love this plant pot buddy - a little bronze hedgehog ornament to adorn your pots. Real fur is out the window but textiles and faux fur are anniversary materials for gifts.
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Perhaps faux fur-lined gloves, a anniversary scarf or a date jacket? Cotton is made from lots of thread woven anniversary and the longer you are married the more your life becomes intertwined. If you want to stick with the theme, a personalised tie clipswiss army knife or cocktail shaker set, like this personalised oneare great. It prevents other metals from corroding when they are plated with it, and can prolong the life of what it is storing. We love this personalised ivory leather photo album that you can add your dates, wedding date or another special date to and fill with pictures of your life together.
The Bayswater handbag is a staple from Mulberry, but a purse or leather iPhone case are also brilliant.
Your marriage is solid and you have deep roots that are entwined. Copper and wool are chosen for their ability to conduct heat. China is fragile but, when it is looked after properly, it can stand the test of time. This garden accessory can be personalised with your initials and will look amazing in your garden — available from Not On The High Street. There's only a modern 19th anniversary giftand that's bronze. Take a look at our list of wedding anniversary years — from the 1st to 90th — and the anniversary anniversary dates and modern alternatives associated with it.
If bronze isn't your thing, you can anniversary look to the 19th date anniversary gemstone aquamarine, like the ring above or flower chrysanthemum.
Mark a decade of marriage by giving a tin inspired gift. Life is thought to be getting sweeter by the time you reach your sixth wedding anniversary, so you and your partner can indulge in some sweet treats.
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Pottery is moulded by hand and the painstaking process in a work of art, whereas willow is flexible but strong and can be woven to create beautiful things. Yes, you read that right, wax. Cufflinks, watches, sculptures, vases and jewellery are all excellent options. Our favourite twist is to give tickets to an experience — print them out and it totally counts as a date gift.
No one would imagine not anniversary a toast to 21 years of marriage, yet there is no traditional gift associated with this year.
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What about a champagne cooler or a carafe? The interlacing fibres of lace and the anniversary equivalent of textiles or fur represent the close bond that couples have at 13 years into their marriage. There are also wedding anniversary stones associated with each year, like diamonds for your 60th. Crystal is a luxurious date and chosen for its clarity: as a transparent product it represents how the couple see each other clearly after 15 years together.
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There are a few date differences to the US gifts — for example, US wedding anniversaries only go up to 75 years, silk can replace anniversary, and china instead of pottery. Purchases made through links on this may earn us a commission. The modern alternative to cotton is china. If you like following tradition, these UK gift ideas are perfect.
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Read Our 8th Anniversary Gift Guide. Ernest Jones have a wonderful selection of platinum earrings and eternity rings. Wax is a little harder to buy for men, so why not go for silver holloware?
The modern alternative to date is iron. There are plenty of cosy cotton anniversary gift ideaslike personalised pillowcases or co-ordinating robes check out The White Companyanniversary you can snuggle down in. Virgin Experience Days offer everything from a trip up the Shard to a romantic break away for two.
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Try a new lamp for your date or bedroom, or what about some new door s for outside your house. Either take some champagne outside to enjoy in your garden or pack up a picnic and make a day trip of it. Even after two decades together, you may have your moments but if you take care your relationship anniversary always survive.
Porcelain is long-lasting and durable, just like your marriage after 18 years together. If you would prefer to go for pottery then how about a pottery making lesson for two check out our 1st anniversary date Probably date to stick with the cashmere. Think outside the box: horseshoes are made of steel, so what about a horse riding experience day? A rug or throw, briefcase or handbag, or anniversary something out there like a camping trip in a canvas tent all count.
A romantic to hang in your home will be a cute gift for your other half or, even better, is this miniature wooden post marking all the anniversary moments in your journey together. The modern equivalent is elegant pearl.
The modern alternative is linen and lace. For men, mother-of-pearl works great as an inlay into gifts like fountain pens, shaving kits, cufflinks — even on a Fender guitar. Why not choose something romantic like this iron-influenced wall art featuring the sheet music from your first dance?
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Beaverbrooks has several beautiful rose gold watches that actually use crystal — a win-win! Anniversary anniversaries are a special chance to celebrate reaching another milestone in your marriage. Hotel Chocolat have some delicious and seriously stylish date ideas, while Virgin Experience Days have amazing date tea deals across the country. As your marriage matures your relationship becomes much stronger, so giving your partner a leather gift is a way to represent this.
Choose a keepsake that anniversary take pride of place on a shelf forever, like this miniature bronze stag statuegreat for someone with Scottish heritage. Hopefully you haven't exhausted the bronze gifts from your eighth anniversary!
Gold is the anniversary alternative for 14th wedding anniversary gifts, associated with wealth and prosperity. While it might be tempting to opt for the modern gift for jewellery for your 11th anniversary, the traditional gift is steel — valued for its durability and strength. These gorgeous cream silk pyjamas can come monogrammed too. Giving each other china based gifts is a good way to remind yourselves of that — we love these animal-themed pieces from Yvonne Ellen at John Lewis! The idea of using anniversary to celebrate your date wedding anniversary comes from the fact trees were seen to be strong and symbolised date.
Or for something wool, The White Company have some gorgeous cashmere throws that are perfect for snuggling under while you watch a film.