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Key wedding anniversary milestones and top gift ideas

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Can't remember the material that symbolises each milestone? Here's a helpful guide to gifts which commemorate each anniversary year 

An anniversary should be a celebration of the years you spend alongside your loved one, each one unique and full of love, laughter, good times and challenges. Traditional anniversary gifts have been given for years in history, each one representing a different stage of married life. 

From paper for the first year, to diamond for the 60th, it can be hard to keep up. Use this anniversary gift guide to help you decide what to buy for your loved one when marking your wedding day. 
1st anniversary: Paper 

The first anniversary is one of the most important milestones you will achieve as a married couple. Traditionally, the first anniversary is represented by paper. Paper is symbolic in that it represents a new beginning. You and your spouse have embarked on this new journey together, your two stories becoming one. 

Paper is great because it affords you with a wide variety of gift choices. If your loved one is a book lover, consider buying an old favourite as the start of your joint library. You may also opt for a journal or diary either for your spouse or for the two of you to use together.

Pictures or a framed wedding reading or your vows from your big day are also great paper options, as well as hand-crafted art or jewellery made from paper. 

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2nd anniversary: Cotton 

Cotton is the traditional gift for the second anniversary. It is said to represent the way in which your two lives have been woven in to one, creating a stronger bond. 

Traditionally, bed linens or blankets would be given on a second anniversary and these gifts can still be used today. Give clothing for the cotton year or have a blanket stenciled with your names or wedding date for that added personal touch. 

3rd anniversary: Leather 

The third anniversary, represented by leather, is a marker of endurance and longevity. Leather is a strong, long lasting material and as such, is the perfect symbol for three years of marriage. Think bags, purses or wallets. You can even get leather embossed with your wedding date or initials. 

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4th anniversary: Flowers 

After four years your marriage has blossomed into a beautiful partnership. That's why your fourth anniversary is symbolised by flowers or even fruit. Flowers are nature's beautiful way of showing growth and prosperity. For this anniversary, spoil your spouse with fresh blooms, roses or edible arrangements to show your love. 

5th anniversary: Wood 

The fifth anniversary is the wood anniversary. Wood represents growth, strength and wisdom; two things that are central to a marriage that can go the distance. Again, engraved items are the perfect way to mark the occasion, such as a wooden cheese board, Celtic love spoon or rustic log slice decoration for the table or the Christmas tree. 

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30th anniversary: Pearl 

Pearls are the hidden gem of the sea. A marriage that has lasted 30 years is a marriage that focuses on inner hidden beauty as well as outer beauty. This anniversary is about our inner souls and the parts of a person that ties them to their soulmate. Give the gift of pearls, whether in jewellery form or embellishments and celebrate 30 wonderful years. 

40th anniversary: Ruby 

As a precious stone, rubies showcase just how special and unique your marriage is, but rubies are particularly rare. It has taken endurance, love and strength to get to where you are, and a ruby is the perfect way to showcase this. 

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50th anniversary: Gold 

The big 5-0, the Gold anniversary is for 50 years of marriage. Gold is durable, precious, and unchanging – it truly endures. Gold is the perfect symbol for a 50th anniversary for these very reasons. Through the years your marriage has only proven to grow stronger and more beautiful. 

60th anniversary: Diamond 

The ever impressive 60th anniversary is marked by diamonds. A diamond is the universal symbol of beauty, rarity and everlasting love, encompassing all that is needed to build a marriage that lasts for 60 years. Plus there is nothing that says 'I love you' quite like a diamond.  


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