If you think your sixth wedding anniversary isn't all that special, think again! Your 6th anniversary is certainly a celebratory milestone, and there are several symbols of this anniversary that could be a part of your celebration: calla lilies, the symbolic flower, iron, a strong and sturdy metal that brings good luck, and candy, since this anniversary is sure to be sweet.
There are many great traditional sixth-anniversary gifts and lots of terrific ways to celebrate your ongoing commitment to one another. Here are some romantic and unique gift and celebration ideas for your sixth anniversary.
About Your 6th Anniversary
Celebrating a 6th anniversary is such a sweet spot in marriage. You passed the hump of newlywed bliss and are settling in to a happy partnership, but that doesn't mean this day can't be romantic.
An anniversary is all about your love for each other, so however you choose to spend the day will be right for you. Don't be afraid to be spontaneous or romantic—spend the day with each other, share quality time, and gift your partner something special to remember to occasion by.
Traditional Gifts for a 6th Anniversary
You can start with a romantic setting, and be sure you've set aside time away from kids and work to enjoy your partner's company. A lovely dinner out is great. You might also consider a trip out of town, a special picnic, or an event such as a play or concert.
Now, it's time to give a special gift. These are the traditional gifts associated with the sixth anniversary:
- Traditional Gift: Candy (for sweetness) or iron (for strength)
- Contemporary/Modern Gift: Wood, which signifies a long-lasting and solid marriage
- Gemstone: Amethyst or turquoise
- Color: Purple, turquoise, or white
- Flower: Calla Lily; in the language of flowers, calla lilies represent magnificent beauty
With so many wonderful symbols and traditions to choose from, it may be hard to settle on just one gift. Let's explore some possibilities to consider.
Celebrate With Candy Gifts
Sweet treats are nice, but you can go beyond a box of chocolates.
- Visit a candy factory together. Or, even better, visit a candy destination! Hershey, Pennsylvania, for example, is famous for its chocolate and also boasts a wonderful theme park and the Hershey Hotel. Anyone up for a chocolate facial?
- Indulge in sweet liqueurs. Some possibilities include cordial-filled chocolates, Godiva chocolate liquor, or chocolate martinis.
- Keep it simple with a gorgeous box of truffles in your sweetie's favorite flavors. Alternatively, indulge in a "tower of treats" type of gift from a purveyor such as Harry and David's.
- Take time out to visit a spot where you can watch fudge being made, buy penny candies, or enjoy cotton candy. Possibilities include a circus, fair, oceanside boardwalk, or fun tourist town.
Celebrate With Iron Gifts
Iron may not sound romantic, but what if the iron gift you choose helps decorate your home or garden? Here are some surprisingly cozy gift ideas featuring iron.
- A set of hand-crafted candlesticks
- Hand-forged iron sculptures
- Artisanal iron fireplace tools or screen (or both)
- A personal screening of an iron-related flick, such as "Iron Man" or "The Man in the Iron Mask"
Give the Gift of Gems
Both turquoise and amethyst are semi-precious stones, which means they cost very little to give. In fact, you may be able to splurge on some pretty nifty gifts. For example:
- An entire set of matching jewelry including earrings, necklace, and bracelet
- A large turquoise belt buckle or bolo tie
- An amethyst brooch or bracelet
- A keepsake such as a jewelry box or card case set with amethysts or turquoise
Plant a Living Tree
While there are plenty of romantic gifts made of wood, some couples plant a tree together in their yard. While the choice of a tree will depend on your location, space, and budget, here are a few options to consider:
- An oak tree represents solidity.
- A pine tree represents the evergreen character of your love for one another.
- A flaming red maple represents the flaming passion you have for each other.
- A flowering crab tree represents love eternal.
But what if you don't have a yard? Consider making a joint gift of a tree or seedlings to a local park, or helping to plant trees to restore a natural landscape.