15-Year Anniversary Symbols & Gift Ideas

Modern and Traditional Themes for Your Crystal Anniversary

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The Spruce / Margot Cavin

Fifteen years together as a couple is a significant milestone. The traditional 15-year anniversary symbol and gift is crystal. It represents the clear and sparkling love between the spouses. The modern gift for a wedding anniversary of 15 years is glass or a watch, thought by many to be a symbol of the time you've had—and plan to have—together. 

Many spouses feel challenged when it comes to selecting either a traditional or modern gift on this special occasion. Handing over a Timex watch may seem less than romantic, no matter how pretty it is. Here are a few 15-year anniversary ideas to help you conform to tradition—or modern tradition—in a loving way. 

15-Year Anniversary Symbols

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Illustration: © The Spruce, 2019
  • Traditional symbol: Crystal (the 15-year anniversary is called the crystal anniversary)
  • Modern symbol: Watch
  • Gemstone: Ruby, garnet, Alexandrite
  • Flower: Rose
  • Color: Red

Traditional Gift Ideas 

Crystal can be a dazzling reminder of the love you've shared for 15 years, a love that's sturdy and strong enough to last another 15. Here are some examples of crystal gifts:

  • A crystal paperweight
  • A crystal ball
  • Crystal candleholders
  • Crystal frame
  • Stemware
  • Bells
  • Decanters
  • Crystal wine glasses
  • Vases (filled with flowers)
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Modern Gift Ideas

The watch is the modern symbol for a 15-year anniversary gift. Timepieces, which come in all shapes and sizes, make perfect gifts. Think of the time you've spent together and the many years ahead that you want to spend together and you'll understand the significance of timepieces in any form for this anniversary. Here are timepiece gift ideas:

  • Wall clocks
  • Table clocks
  • Desk clocks
  • Wristwatches for fitness, sports, golf, hiking, etc.
  • Timepieces on chains as necklaces
watch gift
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Gemstone Anniversary Gifts

If crystal and clocks don't appeal to you, consider jewelry for the 15th wedding anniversary. In keeping with rubies and garnets, the official color of a 15th year anniversary is red, although the alexandrite is known for changing color. They only turn red at night Here are three stones that are commonly connected with 15 years of marriage:

  • Ruby
  • Garnet
  • Alexandrite
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Flower Anniversary Gifts

The traditional flower for this anniversary is the rose, preferably a red one. In the language of flowers, roses represent passion, love, and perfection. 

Ways to Celebrate Your 15th Anniversary

Now that you've got the gifts figured out, toast each other—with red wine, of course—in that new crystal stemware. Maybe you'd like to purchase a crystal clock together, instead. Here are a few more ideas to inspire a meaningful 15th wedding anniversary:

  • Put a love poem or note into a crystal box
  • Place a small romantic book into a crystal gift box
  • Fill a crystal container with love coupons
  • Put a photo of the two of you in a crystal frame
  • Create a roadmap with a destination for a trip that's known for its timepieces, such as Switzerland or Italy