Most everybody is familiar with the old tradition (surely, it goes back to the Middle Ages), of giving unique anniversary gifts based solely on how many years you have been married. The rationale behind it: With every additional anniversary, you strengthen your marriage. But what if you are newly married? Or what if you are getting married for the first time? Here are some suggestions for anniversary gifts for newlyweds, as well as some useful pointers on how to choose the best gifts.
Leather and silver gifts are always a nice choice. If you have recently purchased a new or gently used motorcycle, consider giving your motorcycle's owner a leather and silver gift bag, or something similar. For the more athletic type, a gift certificate for a sports gear shop is always a nice touch, especially if you were avidly involved in your local team/arena. For those who prefer not to bicker with their significant other over a new bike, consider a leather journal or pad.
Some of the best anniversary gifts are those made from quality materials, like copper or bronze. In general, a more ornate gift like a bronze engraved medicine box will be more appreciated by a man. For a more feminine touch, consider giving copper jewelry, or an engraved pendant. There are many great gift ideas for men, too! Consider giving a watch, bracelet, or chain.
Wedding anniversary gifts should be thoughtful, of course, but practical as well. One great suggestion is a set of personalized stationery. Wedding stationery comes in so many styles and designs. You could go with a set of wedding colors (red, blue, black, and silver) or a neutral color scheme. A beautifully designed set of engraved stationery, including letter openers, ink rollers, and rubber stamps would make an excellent gift for your husband, and something that he could use long after your wedding day.
Engraved jewelry is a perennial favorite for wedding anniversary gifts. If your groom likes them, chances are his wife will, too. It is a very practical gift: your spouse can wear it every day and forever, and you will get a frequent reminder of your marriage every time she checks her diamond or gold pendant. Another excellent option for wedding anniversary gifts is to give your spouse some beautiful gemstones. The most popular choices are diamonds and pearls, but you may feel free to choose one of several other gemstones that were a favorite of your spouse's during your marriage.
Other great options for wedding anniversary gifts include travel-sized candles, wine glasses, coffee mugs, miniature picture frames, and personalized napkins. For the first year of your marriage, a nice idea would be to give each of you a unique cookbook; you can also keep a copy for yourself. If your wedding reception is to be held in a hotel, or perhaps at your own home, you could get each of you a room for a night or two so that you can spend some special alone time together. These are just a few suggestions, but if you really want to go all out, you might even consider getting your new spouse a small car (so they can drive to a favorite destination on their own) or a cruise vacation package so that they have a wonderful vacation no matter where they end up going.
Many couples still hold onto their wedding rings after their anniversary years, and some even treasure their rings more than their wives do! But whatever you decide, it is definitely worth buying your wife a gift for her birthday each year. A good idea may be to purchase an engraved ring; there are many companies who offer this as an anniversary gift. An engraved ring will make her very happy, and she will remember you and your marriage for a long time to come.
One last idea for an anniversary gift would be to pay for her to have a night out with her girlfriends. For example, you could purchase her a night at a club or a movie. You could also plan a dinner party where the girls can spend the night, and of course, by purchasing the tickets in advance, this will be included in the traditional gift. Women love celebrating their anniversaries, and most women prefer to receive something rather than watch a movie! If you want to give a meaningful gift, try some of these ideas or better yet, spend time planning an anniversary year for your spouse.