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Gift Ideas for Anniversary

 
 

What is an Anniversary?

An anniversary is a special occasion that helps celebrate the day two people got married. Anniversaries are meant to symbolize timeless love and the history of these celebrations date back to the nation's forefathers. They were the ones who created the idea of celebrating anniversaries in the first place. The basic idea behind the wedding anniversary celebration was for couples to break the monotony of everyday life and enjoy special time together. The concept later developed into a time where couples rekindled their love feelings for one another and re-affirmed the promises they made in their marriage vows with new forms of trust and affection that have grown over the years.

The human culture has always had a need to celebrate things. Early cultures simple celebrated the change in the seasons and later, specific holidays, birthdays, and then anniversaries. In the medieval times, only milestone anniversaries were celebrated. Couples who were celebrating 25 or 50 years together would wear crowns made from wreaths and present gifts to one another. By the 1930s, people began to celebrate other milestone anniversaries such as the 1st, 10th, and 20th anniversary. Today, couples often celebrate each and every anniversary. Some celebrate with gifts, trips, or parties while others just have simple time together to enjoy the special day. Many couples exchange gifts and there are plenty of appropriate ideas from which to choose. The following are some of the best anniversary ideas:

History of Celebration of Anniversaries

The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other; if there is a party these can be brought by the guests or influence the theme or decoration. These gifts vary in different countries, but some years have well-established connections now common to most nations: 5th Wooden, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 40th Ruby, 50th Gold, 60th Diamond. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbors with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple for so many years. On celebration of the 50th, the wife received a wreath of gold. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life. The symbols have changed over time. For example in the United Kingdom, diamond was a well known symbol for the 75th anniversary, but this changed to the now more common 60th anniversary after Queen Victoria's 60 years on the throne was widely marked as her Diamond Jubilee. The origins of the current gift conventions date to 1937. Before that, only the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries had an associated gift. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association (now known as Jewelers of America as a result of an organizational merger) introduced an expanded list of gifts.

 

Flowers

Women often feel touched by the thoughtfulness that it takes to arrange and purchase just the right bouquet. Every flower has a different symbolic meaning and the bouquet can be gorgeous, impressive, and sentimental all at the same time.

Personalized Gifts

This could be a poem, a handmade card, a memory book or any number of other items. Personalized gifts are often favorites over the years and something the couple will both cherish as time goes by.

Dinner

If the couple does not go out very often, a delicious meal at a nice restaurant is a good way to connect on a special day. A night away from the kids with a little extra time to talk and enjoy each other is what some relationships really need on a special anniversary.

Religious Vacation Gifts

Many couples enjoy taking trips together to celebrate and rejuvenate their relationship. These types of gifts are often reserved for larger, milestone anniversaries.

 

Jewelry/Watches

Jewelry is a popular anniversary gift because it is valuable, beautiful, and stylish at the same time. Since jewelry is often costly, it signifies that the giver values the receiver. Husbands generally prefer watches while wives like necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Religious jewelry such as a golden cross pendant, crucifix pendant, or gemstone charms are also a lovely idea.