Wedding anniversaries are a testament to the fact that time has passed and that love has endured. They are often celebrated without knowledge of the actual wedding anniversary being honored. Thanks to the anniversary gifts chart provided below, you will now be in a better position to find which flower, tree or stone corresponds to your wedding anniversary, as well as which anniversary gifts to offer.

Origins of Wedding Anniversaries

The celebration of wedding anniversaries has no precise origins. However, we do know that back in the 12th century, weddings were celebrated as a religious sacrament. It was a common occurrence for the petty bourgeoisie of the 19th century. Nevertheless, we still don’t know how 11- and 12-year wedding anniversaries came about. Over time, some anniversary names have changed. The Diamond Anniversary, celebrated on the 75th anniversary, became Alabaster and diamonds now symbolize the 60th wedding anniversary.
Wedding anniversaries are observed everywhere around the world. Traditionally, a more formal event is organized for the most important milestones such as the 10- and 50-year wedding anniversaries, whereas the others are celebrated by the couples alone.

Traditional Anniversary Gift Contemporary Anniversary Gift
1st: Paper 1st: Clocks
2nd: Cotton 2nd: China
3rd: Leather 3rd: Crystal, glass
4th: Linen 4th: Appliances
5th: Wood 5th: Silverware
6th: Iron 6th: Wood
7th: Wool 7th: Desk sets
8th: Bronze 8th: Linens, lace
9th: Pottery 9th: Leather
10th: Aluminum 10th: Diamond jewelry
11th: Steel 11th: Fashion jewelry
13th: Silk 13th: Pearls or coloured gems
14th: Ivory 14th: Gold jewelry
15th: Crystal 15th: Watches
16th: Peridot 16th: Silver hollowware
17th: Watch 17th: Furniture
18th: Cat's eye 18th: Porcelain
19th: Aquamarine 19th: Bronze
20th: China 20th: Platinum
25th: Silver 25th: Silver
30th: Pearls 30th: Diamonds
35th: Coral, jade 35th: Jade
40th: Rubies 40th: Rubies
45th: Sapphires 45th: Sapphires
50th: Gold 50th: Gold
55th: Emeralds 55th: Emeralds
60th: Diamonds 60th: Diamonds