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Anniversary gift list

People have been giving gifts to celebrate anniversaries for years, however the historical background to the traditional suggestions is largely a mystery. It is thought to have started in Central Europe with the tradition of giving a different material to celebrate each milestone.

The eternity ring is usually associated with important life events as it symbolises the eternal nature of a relationship with its line of precious stones encircling the finger. There are two occasions for which the giving of an eternity ring has proved a timeless favourite: one is the birth of a first child, reflecting the extra commitment to a relationship that such a momentous event requires; the other is the 7th wedding anniversary – probably to prove that the “seven year itch” isn’t a problem!

Year

Anniversary gift

1st

Paper

2nd

Cotton

3rd

Leather

4th

Fruit related / Linen

5th

Wood

6th

Confectionery / Iron

7th

Copper / Wool

8th

Bronze

9th

Pottery

10th

Tin / Aluminium

11th

Steel

12th

Silk

13th

Lace

14th

Ivory

15th

Crystal

20th

China / Porcelain

25th

Silver

30th

Pearl

35th

Coral

40th

Ruby

45th

Sapphire

50th

Gold

55th

Emerald

60th

Diamond

70th

Platinum