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Anniversary Gifts - Traditional, Modern or Personal?

It was my 3rd Wedding Anniversary yesterday, so it got me thinking about anniversary presents. I was racking my brain for something to get my husband & turned to the internet to see what the traditional gift for 3 years was. Most of us have heard of the big anniversaries like 25th is Silver, 50th is Gold and 60th Diamond. The earlier anniversaries and "non-landmark" ones such as my 3rd one are not as well known.

After a bit of investigation, 3 years turned out to be leather! A 3rd anniversary is often when a couple is aware of the durability of their relationship. That is why leather is the traditional gift for this celebration.

The obvious leather things that came to mind was clothing, a belt, shoes, wallet etc but my husband likes to pick his own clothes/shoes & I'd also bought him a wallet & belt lately already! I decided to get him vouchers for his favourite store so he can pick his own new shoes instead. A bit of a cop out, but it worked well with my limited time frame too!

During my research I came across some of the other traditional gifts given in relation to the year you are celebrating. There were also lists of more modern gifts for each year, such as watches, textiles and musical instruments!

Anniversary Years 1-10  - Traditional Gifts
1st - Paper
2nd - Cotton
3rd - Leather
4th - Fruit/Flowers
5th - Wood
6th - Iron / Sugar
7th - Wool/Copper
8th - Bronze
9th - Pottery
10th - Tin/Aluminium

Anniversary - The Later Years - Traditional Gifts
15th - Crystal
20th - China
25th - Silver
30th - Pearl
35th - Coral/Jade
40th - Ruby
45th - Sapphire
50th - Gold
55th - Emerald
60th - Diamond
75th - Platinum

At BasketsGalore we specialise in congratulations and anniversary gift baskets. With so many different traditional gifts there would be too many to offer so instead we have put together items that the happy couple can enjoy together on their special day. To theme the basket you can then add a personalised Anniversary gift card. You can pick a gift card for a general anniversary or one of the more special ones such as 1st, 25th, 50th et. We can also add a colour coded ribbon to the gift basket for you to add to the theme.

If it is a gift for your other half, then perhaps you'd prefer to create your own anniversary gift basket and add a few romantic items!

As always if you have any special requests please just let us know, we just ask to be given a couple of days notice if you would like us to source something specific.

Many thanks,

The BG Team

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