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
Cotton
China
3rd
Leather
Crystal or Glass
4th
Fruit or Flowers
Appliances
5th
Truly Devoted (6-25 years)
YEAR TRADITIONAL GIFTS MODERN GIFTS
6th
Candy or Iron
Wood
7th
Wool or Copper
Desk Sets
8th
Bronze
Linens or Lace
9th
Pottery
Leather
10th
11th
Steel
Fashion Jewelry
12th
Silk
Pearls
13th
Lace
Textiles or Furs
14th
Ivory
Gold Jewelry
15th
Crystal
Watches
16th
Silver Hollowware
17th
Furniture
18th
Porcelain
19th
Bronze
20th
21st
Brass or Nickel
22nd
Copper
23rd
Silver Plate
24th
Musical Instruments
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
26th
Original Pictures
27th
Sculpture
28th
Orchids
29th
New Furniture
30th
Pearl
Diamond
31st
Timepieces
32nd
Conveyances (automobiles, bicycles, etc.)
33th
Amethyst
34th
Opal
35th
Coral
Jade
36th
 
Bone china
37th
Alabaster
38th
Beryl or Tourmaline
39th
Lace
40th
Ruby
Ruby
41st
Land
42nd
Improved Real Estate
43rd
Travel
44th
Groceries
45th
Sapphire
Sapphire
46th
Original Poetry
47th
Books
48th
Optical Goods (telescope, sunglasses, etc.)
49th
Luxuries of Any Kind
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
Emerald
Emerald
60th
Diamond
Diamond
65th
Blue Sapphire
Star Sapphire or Gray
70th
Platinum
Platinum
75th
Diamonds or Diamond-Like
Diamond or Gold