Anniversary Gift Guide

If you're celebrating a wedding anniversary, old etiquette recommends you give a gift that follows the traditional list—paper for the first year, cotton for the second and so on. You can thank etiquette queen Emily Post for starting the anniversary gift-giving convention back in 1922, and the list was modified by the American National Retail Jewelers' Association in 1937 to form the guidelines we follow today. Later, a second "modern" list was created. It's unclear when and where this one originated, but even with the addition of appliances and musical instruments, it seems equally stuffy at first glance.
The Gift Gurus have found fresh gift ideas that fit both of the major milestone guidelines.
The list starts with small, practical gifts to help newlyweds stock their home and builds up to more luxurious gifts as time goes on—stick it out & go for the gold!

Which Anniversary?
1-5 years 6-25 years 26-50 years 51-75 years
Newlyweds (1-5 years)
YEAR TRADITIONAL GIFTS MODERN GIFTS
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Truly Devoted (6-25 years)
YEAR TRADITIONAL GIFTS MODERN GIFTS
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
13th
14th
15th
20th
25th
The Silver (25th) & Gold (50th) anniversaries were first celebrated in medieval Germanic Europe where husbands crowned their wives with silver & gold garlands.
The Golden (26-50 years)
YEAR TRADITIONAL GIFTS MODERN GIFTS
30th
35th
Coral
Jade
40th
45th
50th
The longest marriage was between a Taiwanese couple who celebrated their 86th anniversary in 2003.
Soulmates (51-75 years)
YEAR TRADITIONAL GIFTS MODERN GIFTS
55th
60th
65th
70th
75th