Ten Year Anniversary Gifts From Traditional to Trendsetting

This day has been a decade in the making. Here's everything you need to know to find unforgettable gifts that will never go back in the box!

Celebrate your milestone year with a ten year anniversary gift that they are sure to love!

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Explore ten-year anniversary gifts that range from traditional to alternative and find the perfect gift for your perfect someone.

Wedding Anniversary Traditions

Common wedding anniversary traditions can be traced back to Medieval Germany where wreaths of silver or gold were exchanged to celebrate milestone anniversaries. These aren't the only traditions that have endured the relentless march of time, however, though they're more well-known than many others. Dutch couples, for example, celebrate their first milestone anniversary at 12.5 years.

What is the ten-year anniversary gift?

It's common in English speaking countries to mark the passage of each year of marriage with gifts or sentiments. In the early 20th century, the traditional anniversary gifts by year were supplemented with a contemporary list of gifts for each of the first sixty years of marriage. Both the traditional and modern gifts hold special meaning for the couples who exchange them, providing the foundation for incorporating shared customs and meaning through every year of your marriage. Traditionally, ten-year wedding anniversaries are celebrated with gifts of tin or aluminum. The contemporary anniversary gift for ten years is diamond jewelry.

Ten Year Anniversary Gifts of Tin

Symbolizing durability and flexibility, tin and aluminum create a versatile canvas for a wide array of gifts. As with all of the traditional anniversary materials, the essence of the material may be incorporated physically or symbolically, so you can put to rest any fears you may have about receiving a tin can or aluminum foil at your ten year anniversary dinner.

Tin for Ten! Ten Year Anniversary Gift Ideas

If you happen to be the crafty type, thin sheets of tin or aluminum can serve as the foundation for a personal piece of punched tin art. You can also buy, or make, hammered tin jewelry for a unique and meaningful gift.

Perhaps the most famous piece of tin, the Tin Man was all about heart, even though he didn't have one. A romantic night in is easy to achieve with a tin of popcorn, a bottle of champagne, and a cozy spot in front of the television to snuggle up and watch the Wizard of Oz together.

If you and your partner would rather heed the call of the outdoors, a weekend anniversary camping trip, complete with new campsite cookware will give you the opportunity to enjoy nature and time together as you celebrate your first ten years as a married couple. For an outdoorsy gift with massive wow-factor that you will enjoy together for the decades to come, the aluminum construction of Airstream trailers is right in line with the traditional ten-year anniversary gift.

For anniversary gifts for every year from 1-60, make sure you check out our ultimate guide to anniversary gifts by year.

Modern Ten Year Anniversary Gifts of Diamond Jewelry

Traditionally, the 60 year anniversary is known as the Diamond Anniversary. This itself is an update to the previous custom that placed diamonds at 75 years. After Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation, however, it became customary to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary at 60 years.