8th Wedding Anniversary Symbols and Gift Ideas

Symbolic Ways to Celebrate Your Eighth Anniversary

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Traditionally, bronze or pottery was what you would get if you were celebrating your eighth wedding anniversary. In more modern times, linens and lace are also associated with the eighth anniversary. You can choose to go traditional, modern, or diverge completely to get your sweetheart something special in honor of your eight-year milestone.

Learn what gemstones, colors, and flowers are also associated with this octave of years.

8th anniversary gift ideas
 Illustration: Ashley Nicole DeLeon. © The Spruce, 2018

Bronze and Pottery Symbolism

Bronze is created by combining copper and tin. This is symbolic of a strong marriage which is created by the joining of two different individuals who come together as one.

The symbolism behind pottery is that marriage is like a lump of clay: Over time, it is slowly formed and shaped into something beautiful.

Lace Symbolism

A modern gift of linens or lace can be a practical gift or a luxurious one. Lace signifies refined beauty and elegance, just like a marriage exemplifies polished and perfected love. The passage of time has created a delicate but strong object of beauty. (In the "traditional" wedding gift timeline, lace is usually given on the 13th wedding anniversary.)

Gemstone and Color

Tourmaline and tanzanite are the gemstones associated with the eighth wedding anniversary. Tanzanite is a deep cobalt blue or ultra-deep violet color. Tourmaline can come in a wide variety of colors from blue and green to brown and yellow. The colors associated with these gems are also the color associated with the eighth wedding anniversary. A bronze color is also associated with the eighth wedding anniversary being that bronze is one of the traditional gifts for the eighth year.

Flowers

There are two flowers associated with the eighth wedding anniversary: clematis and lilac. Clematis is a beautiful climber that traditionally means clever and intellectual. Lilac symbolizes the emotions of young love, beauty, pride, humility, confidence, and youthfulness

Gift Suggestions for Your 8th Anniversary

  • Bronze photo frame with the picture of the two of you
  • Purchase a bronze framed share of stock in a major company that has meaning to the both of you
  • Lace gloves or lingerie
  • Pottery house items or vase (make it yourself, if you can)
  • Bronze wind chimes
  • Soft, cuddly blanket or linen bedding
  • Bronze door knocker
  • Tourmaline or tanzanite jewelry
  • Bronze bookends
  • Bronze sculpture
  • Lace tablecloth
  • Flower-themed gifts including lilac or clematis (fragrant candles, art print, perfume, plant)​

Unique Ways to Spend Your Anniversary

One way to celebrate your love is by working together to make something new and exciting. Since one of the eighth-anniversary traditional gifts is pottery, create something special for your home together. Go to a pottery class, sit at the potter's wheel together, and see what you can design.

Another special treat can be a gardening project working together to planting a clematis vine in your yard. Clematis is called the "queen of vines" because it makes such a spectacular show when in full bloom.

Playing on the "eight" of your anniversary year, you can go out and play eight-ball pool.

British Symbolic Gifts

In the UK, salt is the traditional symbol of the eighth anniversary and is a substance that holds an ancient meaning. For centuries, it has been used to preserve foods, disinfect wounds, and has been known historically to be valuable and rare, while being essential to life.