Modern vs Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Below are lists of traditional anniversary gifts and modern anniversary gifts — as compiled by the Chicago Public Library. For especially meaningful wedding anniversary gifts, our memory bears can be made from traditional anniversary materials and gems. For example, since we make memory bears from cotton fabric, leather, linen, silk, lace, and more — memory bears are perfect for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 12th, 13th wedding anniversaries. In addition, we can sew any gems onto our beautiful bears, making them perfect gifts for other wedding anniversaries as well. Since our memory bears are made of the highest quality, they become keepsakes treasured for a lifetime.

Memory bears are made from materials which have significance to you and your loved one. Pictured above is a memory bear made from a woman’s wedding dress and veil. Bride bears and groom bears are especially fun and delightful wedding and anniversary gifts.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts

1st: Paper
2nd: Cotton
3rd: Leather
4th: Linen, Silk
5th: Wood
6th: Iron
7th: Wool, Copper
8th: Bronze
9th: Pottery
10th: Tin, Aluminum
11th: Steel
12th: Silk
13th: Lace
14th: Ivory
15-19th: Crystal
20-24th: Opal
25th: Silver
30th: Pearl
35th: Coral, Jade
40th: Ruby
45th: Sapphire
50th: Gold
55th: Emerald
60th: Diamond (Yellow)
75th: Diamond, Gold
85th: Moonstone

Traditional Anniversary Flower Gifts

1st: Carnation
2nd: Lily of the Valley
3rd: Sunflower
4th: Hydrangea
5th: Daisy
6th: Calla
7th: Freesia
8th: Lilac
9th: Bird of paradise
10th: Daffodil
11th: Tulip
12th: Peony
13th: Chrysanthemum
14th: Dahlia
15th: Rose
20th: Aster
25th: Iris
28th: Orchid
30th: Lily
40th: Gladiolus
50th: Yellow rose, violet

Traditional Anniversary Gemstone Gifts

1st: Mother of Pearl
2nd: Garnet
3rd: Moonstone
4th: Blue Topaz
5th: Rose Quartz
6th: Amethyst
7th: Onyx
8th: Tourmaline
9th: Lapis Lazuli
10th: Crystal or Green Tourmaline
11th: Turquoise
12th: Jade
13th: Citrine
14th: Opal
15th: Rhodolite
20th: Emerald
25th: Tsavorite
30th: Pearl
40th: Ruby
50th: Gold
60th: Diamond
65th: Sapphire

Modern Anniversary Gifts

1st: Clock
2nd: China
3rd: Crystal, Glass
4th: Electrical Appliances
5th: Silverware
6th: Wooden Gifts
7th: Desk Sets / Pen Sets
8th: Linens, Lace
9th: Leather Goods
10th: Diamond Jewelry
11th: Fashion Jewelry or Accessories
12th: Pearls, Colored Gems
13th: Furs, Textiles
14th: Gold Jewelry
15th: Watches
16th: Silver holloware
17th: Furniture
18th: Porcelain
19th: Bronze
20th: Platinum
21st: Brass, Nickel
22nd: Copper
23rd: Silver plate
24th: Musical instruments
25th: Silver
30th: Diamond
35th: Jade
40th: Ruby
45th: Sapphire
50th: Gold
55th: Emerald
60th: Diamond
75th: Diamond, Gold
80th: Diamond, Pearl
85th: Wife’s Birthstone
90th: Engraved Marble, Granite

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