19 Traditional Anniversary Gifts For The Modern Couple

19 Traditional Anniversary Gifts For The Modern Couple

June 18, 2019

Anniversary gifts should be as unique as your relationship. Finding a gift that triggers a special memory or showcases the depth of the connection between a couple shouldn’t be a chore. Now, commemorating this special bond doesn’t have to be so difficult. The storied history of the traditional wedding gift guide (it dates back to the Victorian era), can make finding the perfect anniversary gift a little easier. We’ve put together an anniversary gift guide that fits into each theme for the first ten anniversaries. Shop our favorite special selections that we’re sure your loved one will cherish for a lifetime.

First Year: Paper

Armenia Paper

Santa Maria Novella Armenia Paper

Some say that paper is a representation of the fragile first year of marriage. Others claim it symbolizes the blank page and writing your future together. In either case, you don’t have to give a typical paper gift like stationary. This resin and spice infused papers burn like traditional incense and will fill your space with a rich aroma while purifying the air.

Santa Maria Novella | $28 | Shop Now ->

Old Books EDP

The Perfumer's Story Old Books EDP

Celebrate closing your first chapter by gifting a fragrance that’ll remind your beloved of their favorite classic tales. This creative and intelligent perfume is a loose interpretation of the first year gifting theme that any bookworm will appreciate.

The Perfumer’s Story | $285 | Shop Now ->

Second Year: Cotton

Otomari Sleepover Ojyubako Gift Set

Chidoriya Otomari Sleepover Ojyubako Gift Set

This seven-piece Japanese bath and body care set is an ideal gift for someone in need of a night of pampering. The limited edition set comes with an organic cotton and silk washcloth tying it into the cotton theme, which represents interconnectedness within your relationship.

Chidoriya | $70 | Shop Now ->

Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit

Defy Bags Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit

Gifts made of cotton don’t have to be soft or dainty. This waxed canvas Dopp kit is loved for its durability and rugged exterior. The roomy bag is made in the U.S. and will make an excellent travel accessory for your favorite travel companion.

Defy Bag | $63 |  Shop Now ->

Third Year: Leather

Modena Leather Candle

KOBO Modena Leather Candle

Much like your marriage and home, leather is a symbol of shelter and security. Make your home feel secure and cozy with this inviting candle. Warm amber and bright citrus balance each other out to create a delicate fragrance, great for any room in your space.

KOBO | $45 | Shop Now ->

Leather Roll-On Perfume Oil

Malin + Goetz Leather Roll On Perfume Oil

Remind your partner of your secure bond wherever they are by picking out this leather fragrance to celebrate your third anniversary. The convenient roll-on component makes it easy to apply on-the-go and the combination of sandalwood and sueded amber fragrances are instantly alluring.

(MALIN+GOETZ) | $52 | Shop Now ->

Fourth Year: Fruit & Flowers

Italian Citrus EDP

D.S. & Durga Italian Citrus EDP

Fruit and flowers blossom and bloom just like your relationship. This androgynous aroma will be cherished by your loved one as you celebrate your fourth year of marriage. Fresh and tart citrus scents mingle with a spicy violet leaf to create a rejuvenating fragrance inspired by an aperitif.

D.S. & Durga | $175 | Shop Now ->

Il Frutteto Collection

Nesti Dante Il Frutteto Collection

A traditionally crafted soap set makes a great gift for a spouse or a married couple in your life. These are inspired by luscious Italian fruits like melon, fig, red grapes and olives. The beautiful packaging will make this a prized possession regardless of the recipient.

Nesti Dante | $38 | Shop Now ->

Fifth Year: Wood

Cypres (Cypress) Candle

Diptyque Cypres (Cypress) Candle

The fifth year of marriage is a major milestone, making wood, known for its durability, the perfect gift. Commemorate the strength of your relationship by bringing home the warm and inviting aroma of Italian Cypress trees.

diptyque Paris | $65 | Shop Now ->

Testina Gentile-CC Wood Handle Razor-Zebrano

Testina Gentile - CC Wood Handle Razor - Zebrano 42133

Give the gift of a smooth, yet gentle shave to celebrate five years. This finely crafted three-piece razor features a zebra wood handle and polished chrome finish.

Fatip  | $43.50 | Shop Now ->

Sixth Year: Iron

Iron Goddess Soapstone Aromatherapy Diffuser

Windrose Trading Co. Iron Goddess Soapstone Aromatherapy Diffuser

Iron is meant to express strength within your relationship. This handmade, fair trade, ethically sourced diffuser will make a strong statement in your home. Pair it with an essential oil set to complete the gift.

Windrose Trading Co. | $17 | Shop Now ->

Model No. 1 - Classic Finish

Chicago Comb Model No. 1 - Classic Finish

This sculpturally designed comb is an enduring piece of art that was made for daily use. The hand finished metal will look stylish on a bathroom counter top or in a Dopp kit. It’s an ideal gift for the minimalist looking for high performing products.

Chicago Comb | $45 | Shop Now ->

Seventh Year: Copper

Copper Skies Eau de Parfum

Kerosene Copper Skies Eau de Parfum

Copper is meant to be one step up from iron in terms of strength. This unisex fragrance, with its smokey, spicy intensity definitely evokes that. It’ll be a chic addition to any vanity and make a statement on the skin.

Kerosene | $140 | Shop Now ->

Coin Candle

Boy Smells Coin Candle

A mixture of exotic spices and rusted over metals make this candle a coveted home essential. This unusual anniversary gift option is androgynous enough to be a favored gift for anyone on their seventh year of matrimony.

Boy Smells | $32 | Shop Now ->

Eighth Year: Linen & Lace

Pure eVe, Just Pure Eau De Parfum

The Different Company Pure eVe, Just Pure Eau de Parfum

Linen and lace represent delicate, refined beauty. This unisex fragrance is an apt representation of that idea. Soft, clean linen with a slight musk make this fragrance inviting, yet understated. It’ll be a timeless favorite for years to come.

The Different Company | $195 | Shop Now ->

Ninth Year: Pottery

No. 6 Hyssop Concrete Dome Aromatic Set

Photogenics + Co No. 6 Hyssop Concrete Dome Aromatic Set

Subvert the expected by gifting this eye-catching aromatic set.  Made with natural lava rocks, this special diffuser will make a happy couples home fragrant, while looking like a piece of modern art.

Photogenics + Co. | $196 | Shop Now ->

Anniversary Slate Moss Scuttle (Large)

Sara Bonnyman Pottery
Anniversary Slate Moss Scuttle (Large)

For the expert wet shaver or those looking to step up their game in that department, a handmade scuttle makes a perfect gift. Since each one is formed by hand, they’re all entirely one-of-a-kind. Each scuttle in the fifth-anniversary edition took one month to make and will add a luxurious feel to a shaving routine.

Sara Bonnyman Pottery | $95 | Shop Now ->

Tenth Year: Aluminum

Pneumatic Chrome Brush

Koh-I-Noor Pneumatic Chrome Brush

Resilience and resolve are two things that your marriage has in common with aluminum. Thanks to its modern design, this handcrafted Italian hair brush makes for an unforgettable gift to close out your first decade together

Koh-I-Noor | $51 | Shop Now ->

70th Anniversary Shave Soap

Saponificio Varesino
70th Anniversary Shave Soap

This specially formulated Italian shave soap, developed to celebrate 70 years of quality and excellence, will make a great ten year wedding anniversary gift. It contains a natural SPF, derived from macadamia nut oil and moisturizing factors thanks to the butter of illipe. The decorative aluminum tin was created only for this formulation, sure to make it a treasured keepsake.

Saponificio Varesino | $39.50 | Shop Now ->

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