Wedding Gift Ideas
There is a tradition to celebrate the birthdays of the families all over the world but not everyone knows the names of the different wedding anniversaries as well as the traditional wedding anniversary gifts. It is also very important to select the right wedding party gifts. You should choose or create something really original, simple and impressive at the same time. It is not an easy task but if you try, you will definitely succeed. The information below will help you to get familiar with the different anniversaries in chronological order as well as the different wedding anniversary gifts.
The Green wedding anniversary is the wedding day itself and the following year after that. It has to be celebrated every month (on the day of the wedding). The green color symbolizes the youth of the alliance of the couple, the beginning of the marriage. On that day it is a tradition to give presents such as flowers, a tree or an exotic houseplant that will grow and flourish together with the family. You can also give the married couple chocolates, wine, champagne, or simply other green things.
We all have married friends – some of them not long ago, some of them for years. They all invite us to their anniversary celebrations. And when this happens, we have a huge problem: what gift we should choose for them in order to make this anniversary day memorable and not boring. But that depends also on the couple. There are two main groups of couples: In the first one are the couples that really try hard (both of them) to build a good family. In the second group are the couples that also try (at least one of them) but they just don’t look in the same direction, so they argue a lot, nobody listens to the partner and their life is full of misunderstandings. Anyway, if they are you friends, you should choose something suitable for them. Something that they will never forget and something that may help them build a strong family. At least you can make them think about it.
Since the first group try to build, we can call them builders. So, for the first five years we can offer them to do something together such as attend a pottery course and make beautiful pottery lamp, figurines, mugs etc; go to a diary farm and produce some cheese, cream and so on; take some lessons from a pastry cook and prepare wonderful cake, pastry, handmade chocolates etc; arrange them a meeting with a scriptwriter who can teach them how to write a script, so they can try writing a script about their love; go to a construction side and help building a house, learn about the beekeeping. Anything that takes common efforts will be suitable for the first group of couples.
The second group we can call fighters because their life is a fight. For this group there is even a joke. People say that the first 5 years they fight for superiority. Based on that, the first five years you can offer the couple some military books (for example, The Art of War), military training, any type of sparring matches (physical or verbal), any type of competition. Let’s see who is going to be the boss after all!
For the second five years it will be nice the first group of couples to receive something romantic, symbolic, or something protecting. You may thing about a charm, a protection spell, or a visit of a place or event with similar meaning. For example, the ritual of Nestinari (people walking on live embers) in Bulgaria or Greece will be interesting. It is held on 3-4 June. The believe is that the fire chases evil spirits, illness and misfortune, purifies and absolves of sins the people who attend the ritual. They are protected by St. Constantine and St. Helena. There are many traditions and rituals all over the world, so it won’t be difficult to find something your friends will like and appreciate.
If the couple from the second group is still a couple, maybe it is time for them to experience something together, something connected with overcoming difficulties. People say that the second 5 years they fight for equality. So, let them fight together with something else, not with each other. Let them go to the icy Moskow river and swim during the winter together with the Russian “walrus”, climb a mountain, let them become familiar with another religion, go to a confession, attend a competition as a team. Fighting shoulder to shoulder may reveal another side of life and they may like it.
The next five years the couple from the fist group deserve something very special and you may think about something very, very romantic like writing an article, a short story dedicated to them and publish it in a newspaper, magazine etc. You can be sure that they will be deeply touched. You may also order a Gobelin (their portraits, a portrait of their child /children or something else they will like), organize a trip to the place they have met first, or you have met first. The second group also deserves something special. They say that after 10 years of life together, people fight for their lives. Obviously, the couple has what it takes to become Survivors. Why not join this competition? But if the couple (of both groups) has a nice sense of humor and know how to take a joke, you may also order a crazy custom toilet paper (for example, with parts of Kama Sutra printed on it, or a poem they like, crosswords, or other puzzles), any anti-stress tool or toy such as Newton’s cradle would be also a nice joke as well as a faucet with batteries and light emitting diodes that color the water (cold water in blue and hot water in red), a sandglass on which it is written “sex timer”, a custom board game or deck of cards with their names or pictures on them, breeches – let them decide who is going to wear the breeches in their house, a cockroach as a symbol of their strength and endurance since the cockroaches can survive even a nuclear war, a pair of swans since their bonds in most cases last for life and so on. There are also other animals that mate for life such as emperor penguins, black vultures, grey wolves, beavers, coyotes, bald eagles, bats etc.
Of course, we all know that there is an element of truth in every joke but don’t be nasty! But fifteen years together is not a joke at all. It takes a lot of effort, compromises, patience and love. It is an act of heroism which deserves our respect and admiration and we need to show them that with our anniversary gifts. With your gift you may remind them something special that you have experienced together and you have the opportunity to show them your love and understanding. Never forget that no matter what gift you have chosen, nothing is more valuable than your friendship. So, the best gift for every couple and every anniversary would be a true friend!
List Of Wedding Gift Ideas
- 1st wedding anniversary gifts
it is called different in different countries but the most popular names are cotton, calico, flour etc. After a year of marriage, the love has not lost its bright colors, but the relationship is still very fragile and it can be easily destroyed like flimsy cotton. The wedding gift ideas include any type of clothes, bed-clothes, blankets, table-cloths, towels as well as golden jewelry.
- 2nd wedding anniversary gifts
there are many interesting rituals and traditions in the world connected with the paper weddings. Original paper wedding ceremonies are held in the East. Some ritual dances in paper clothes that exist in some provinces of China, are an unforgettable sight. In Byzantium, for this anniversary the husband and wife made paper dolls where they hid letters describing their strengths and weaknesses. At the end of the celebration party the letters were to be read and discussed with the guests. In Greece and Hungary, on the paper anniversary, they repeat the “money dance” from the wedding day. Of course, this wedding anniversary gifts are to be paper gifts but glass is also acceptable as well as garnet jewelry. In Japan, the creative imagination of the Japanese masters of origami is really inexhaustible – some of their animal figures, flowers, birds, people are real works of art. The graceful origami figures are symbolic and extremely creative wedding gifts.
- 3rd wedding anniversary gifts
it is called leather anniversary and it is believed that all “paper” difficulties are behind the couple and they have learned to get along with each other and be flexible. The leather symbolizes this flexibility. Some personalized wedding gifts (with the names of the couple and wedding date) would be a nice touch. The traditional ones include leather gloves, leather bags, purses, wallets etc. Pearl jewelry is also accepted.
- 4th wedding anniversary gifts
this is called linen, silk, wax, fruit anniversary. This is the first of the anniversaries of material rather than spiritual significance. Friends and relatives can make gifts such as bed linen, towels, linen table cloths, napkins. Linen products are very strong and the couple can use them for a very long time. Blue topaz jewelry is also acceptable.
- 5th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called wooden anniversary. This is the first of the anniversaries named after a solid material. It symbolizes unity with nature, durability and stability. Unique wedding gifts made of wood are preferable such as chairs, tables, shelves, boxes, photo frames, souvenirs as well as sapphire jewelry.
- 6th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called iron, candy anniversary and it is the first anniversary named after a metal. Wedding anniversary gift ideas include iron lattices, plates with ornaments, vases, candlesticks as well as statues, boxes and writing sets made of iron.
- 7th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called copper and wool anniversary. Copper symbolizes the strength of the alliance and prosperity of the family, and wool – the softness of the relation. A very suitable gift for the seventh wedding anniversary is a copper horseshoe as a symbol of happiness and prosperity. Copper necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belts, coins etc. are used for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes.
- 8th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called bronze, tin anniversary. Gifts should include products of tin – household appliances, candy tins, figurines, souvenirs etc. Associative gift for a wedding tin can also be anything that symbolizes a renewal of the family hearth and home such as new furniture, household appliances and even repair of the flat.
- 9th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called pottery, crystal, china anniversary. The wedding anniversary gifts may include crystal or pottery such as cups, saucers, plates, and different sets.
- 10th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called pink, lead, aluminum or amber anniversary. According to the tradition, the couple and the guests are to wear pink clothes. The gifts should include roses since roses are symbol of love, passion, adoration and worship of beauty.
- 11th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called steel anniversary. The traditional gifts are souvenirs made of steel as well as different electric power tools.
- 12th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called silk, nickel and the traditional gifts include silk and linen robes, shirts, dresses, lingerie, tablecloths, bed linen etc, as well as pearl jewelry.
- 13th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called lace, wool and the usual gifts include objects of lace as well as Citrine, Moonstone and Malachite jewelry. Hollyhocks are the right flowers.
- 14th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called ivory, agate anniversary. The most popular gifts are products made of imitation ivory as well as gold jewelry.
- 15th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called crystal and the spouses are given crystal objects in order to make sure that the relationships between spouses will be as bright and shiny as crystal.
- 20th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called China, Platinum anniversary and the gifts include objects made from platinum and china as well as emerald jewelry. The flowers associated with this anniversary are Day Lilies.
- 25th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called silver wedding anniversary and it is perhaps the most gorgeous wedding anniversary. Of course, the gifts should be silver bracelets as a symbol of affection, silver pins as a symbol of attachment and cordiality, silver rings as a symbol of love, clocks as a symbol of time the couple spent together, statuettes, souvenirs etc. The flowers are Iris.
- 30th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called pearl wedding anniversary. The pearl anniversary symbolizes that the 30 years of married life were like a string of pearls. The gifts are usually pearl jewelry such as necklaces, chains, rings, hairpins etc. The right flower is the Sweet Pea.
- 35th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called coral, jade anniversary and the gifts include coral or jade jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, cufflinks, pins, rings or other gifts based on coral.
- 40th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called ruby wedding anniversary and the gifts should be ruby jewelry such as earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, necklaces, pendants etc. Rubies can be used to decorate paperweight, jewelry boxes, vases, bowls, vases, cigarette cases, clocks, boxes, hairpins, tie pins, ashtrays, candlesticks etc. The right flower is Nasturtium.
- 50th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called golden wedding anniversary and the couple is given gold jewelry. A possible gift also is a gift associated with the symbolic number 50 such as 50 roses, 50 yellow apples or oranges. The right flowers are violets.
- 55th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called emerald and the gifts are to be emerald or alexandrite jewelry. Emerald is a symbol of life, harmony, immortality and youth. People who kept their feelings for such a long period are forever young.
- 60th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called brilliant, diamond, golden anniversary and the traditional gifts are diamond, gold jewelry. New golden rings also will be a very nice present. The couple lived together for 60 years and withstood the storms of life like a diamond. This means that no one and nothing can destroy such a marriage.
- 70th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called platinum as well as blessed anniversary and the traditional gifts are diamond and platinum jewelry. Actually, for this and the following anniversaries the presents are not that important since these anniversaries are really a very serious and great achievement. Blessed are those who survive to that anniversary.
- 75th wedding anniversary gifts
it is called Diamond, Crown wedding anniversary and the traditional gifts are diamond jewelry, gold, family photos but probably the best gift will be your love and appreciation. This is the time the married couple can enjoy the attention of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and celebrate their love and long life together.
The wedding anniversaries are probably the most significant and joyful events for the married couples. Each anniversary symbolizes a new stage of the relationships between the spouses. And no wonder, they make us respect and admire the people who lived in love and harmony for many years. And then we all understand that the affection sent from heaven is a grace and true happiness. It is a celebration, a glory, and a triumph of love!