Major gifts for a major milestone: Get ideas for traditional, modern, and one of a kind five-year anniversary gifts, plus a plan ahead guide for years 6-9!
Time flies when you’re having fun and, if you’re like most newly married couples, those first five years felt like they flew by in a blur. Your five year wedding anniversary, to many, is seen as the first of many milestones to come—and cause to celebrate. Whether you’re planning an anniversary bash that will rival your wedding reception or a quiet evening for two, we’ve done the legwork and put all of the five-year anniversary traditions and gifts in one place so you can spend less time searching and more time celebrating!
Celebrating Your Five Year Anniversary
Weddings and anniversaries are steeped in centuries-old customs and traditions. While many customs are regional or even familial, others are widespread and rooted in the ceremonies and superstitions of our earliest ancestors.
Some, like the wedding cake, can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Other traditions, thankfully, didn’t stand the test of time, such as the ancient Roman custom of studying pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
Five Year Anniversary Gifts
One tradition we’re all glad to keep going is the exchange of anniversary gifts. Whether you prefer the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, tend toward the modern, or use the time-honored guidelines to create an anniversary gift that is uniquely your own, this guide will help you along your way to planning a never-to-be-forgotten anniversary tradition of your own.
Traditional Five Year Anniversary Gifts of Wood
The conventional material of five year wedding anniversary gifts is wood. These traditional materials are said to grow in stability each year as your marriage does. Wood follows the first four years which were represented by paper, cotton, leather, and linen or silk. Symbolically, wood represents the strength of your relationship after five years and its continued upward growth.
Wood Anniversary Gift Ideas
With such a versatile medium, it’s easy to think first about the types of gifts your partner would appreciate and then find the angle that incorporates the material. For the amateur chef, a cutting board or barbecue tools are a practical gift.
A whiskey aficionado might love nothing more than a barrel-aged whiskey, while the wine lover in your life will love wine cork art.
If you’re a couple who loves to travel, or maybe you haven’t had the chance to get away since your honeymoon, why not incorporate wood in your gift of plane tickets for a surprise anniversary trip. Sure, it’s cheating just a bit to pass off paper as wood, but we can’t imagine your spouse complaining about it.
Learn more about all of the traditional wedding anniversary gifts by year in our must-read anniversary gifts guide.
Modern Five Year Anniversary Gift: Silverware
In addition to the traditional anniversary gifts by year, a contemporary list may also be consulted for anniversary gift inspiration. According to this custom, your fifth anniversary is celebrated with gifts of silverware.
Silverware Anniversary Gift Ideas
For couples who have been eyeing pricey flatware since they first held a registry gun, the modern five-year anniversary gift is a godsend. If, however, you already have a service for 12 already that you adore, this gift can be interpreted in plenty of other ways.
If your partner loves to entertain, consider an engraved serving tray, stainless barware, or silver toasting flutes.
While it may be a stretch, silverware might just as well be interpreted as an opportunity to wear silver. Perhaps a gift of silver or white gold anniversary jewelry is just the thing to mark your fifth year of wedded bliss?
Alternative Five Year Anniversary Gifts: Shop by Gemstone, Color, or Flower
Wood and silver create beautiful canvases for some unforgettable five-year anniversary presents. If neither of them suits your partner’s style, consider the traditional five-year anniversary gemstones, colors, and flower for inspiration.
5 year anniversary gemstone: Sapphire or Turquoise
The traditional list of anniversary gifts waits until the 45th wedding anniversary before bringing sapphires into the mix. Thankfully, the Jewelers of America endorsed a list of anniversary gemstones, with sapphires making an appearance at five years. This sapphire and diamond bracelet is the perfect five-year anniversary gift that she’ll be thrilled to wear from now until the traditional Sapphire Anniversary, and beyond.
5 year anniversary color: Blue or Turquoise
If you’re planning an anniversary party, the traditional anniversary colors can help to guide the theme and decor. They can also help you find the perfect gift that incorporates tradition but is still 100% their style. Instead of a traditional anniversary band, for example, consider a unique approach to anniversary rings, such as this blue sapphire and diamond right-hand ring that she’ll never want to take off.
5 year anniversary flower: Daisy
For a one-of-a-kind five-year anniversary gift, you might seek inspiration in the anniversary flower. From floral-themed paintings, a romantic walk to pick flowers, or daisy-inspired jewelry, the options are practically limitless.
Traditional Anniversary Gifts for Years 6-9
Already celebrated your fifth anniversary and still have a few years before your tenth? Here’s a quick guide to the traditional and contemporary anniversary gifts that mark each of these years to help you celebrate your way to the next big milestone.
6 Year Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Traditional: Six-year anniversary gifts vary by region. Couples who exchange traditional six-year anniversary gifts do so with gifts of iron in the US, and sugar in the UK.
Modern: The modern three-year anniversary gift is wood.
7 Year Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Traditional: Gifts of wool or copper are the traditional gift for a seven-year anniversary.
Modern: The contemporary seven-year anniversary gift is a desk set.
8 Year Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Traditional: The traditional material associated with eight-year anniversary gifts in the US is bronze. In the UK, salt is also a recognized custom.
Modern: Couples who embrace the contemporary tradition exchange gifts of linen or lace on their eight-year anniversary.
9 Year Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Traditional: The US tradition marks the eighth anniversary with gifts of pottery, while the UK material is copper.
Modern: The contemporary nine-year anniversary gift is leather.
On the hunt for even more anniversary gift ideas for years 6-9? Read our ultimate anniversary gift guide and get anniversary gift ideas for every year.
Find More Anniversary Gift Resources
If you’re unsure about a gift idea, you can always run it by one of your partner’s close friends or family members.
Before investing in wedding anniversary gifts of jewelry, stop by or make an appointment with your jeweler to discuss your needs and budget. A trusted jeweler will help you understand your options, such as custom jewelry design, ready-made anniversary jewelry, or can even help you find vintage or estate pieces.
Shopping for your five year wedding anniversary in San Francisco? Stop by our Union Street shop or call to set up an appointment—we’d love to help you make it your best anniversary yet!
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