The 11 Best 12th Year Anniversary Gifts

Ring in another year of wedded bliss with these memorable presents

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Congratulations! If you're reading this story, there's a very good chance that you — or a couple you love — is honoring their 12th anniversary. A dozen of years with someone special is nothing to scoff at, so why not celebrate this major milestone in style?

Before you pick up the perfect anniversary present, you might want to think about who you're shopping for in the first place. (Is it your spouse? Long-term partner? A couple who are nothing short of goals?) Another thing to consider is whether you want to keep your gift classic or unconventional. The typical 12th anniversary gift is silk or linen — while the modern is pearls — but some people might want to stray away from the norm. To help, check out the best 12th anniversary gifts.

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Toe the line between classic and trendy with this medallion pearl necklace.
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These brass cufflinks open up to reveal a truly customized, sentimental note.
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This is a gift that's sure to provide some cozy, restful nights of sleep.
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Writing a letter will always be a beautiful way to show you care and this wooden box comes with all the essentials to do so.
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This speaker doesn't just offer superior sound quality, but the sleek design fits so many styles.
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Nighttime just became more chic with this elegant silk robe.
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Bath time gets an upgrade with this functional, 100 percent bamboo tray.
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For a fun, personalized piece of wall decor, have your favorite couple drawn as cartoon characters.
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Ten Wilde Medallion Pearl Necklace

Medallion Pearl Necklace

For the woman who loves statement accessories or one who appreciates a simple classic jewelry, this Ten Wilde pearl necklace can appease both tastes. The pearls are certainly classic but the addition of the gold hammered detail makes it trendy, but also stand out from the other pearl necklaces on the market.

Uncommon Goods Custom Love Letter Cufflinks

Custom Love Letter Cufflinks

These unique cufflinks make it easy for him to wear his heart, or your special message, on his sleeve. The envelope cufflinks open up to reveal a small, customized message printed on wood. You can upload a short phrase or image and have it printed on the letter.

Happily Date Night Subscription

Date Night Subscription

After at least 12 years together, there’s a chance you might feel like you’re running out of date night ideas. If that’s the case, there’s a subscription box just for you. Simply answer a questionnaire and Happily’s Datebox delivers a date in box to your doorstep. The dates switch up every month and are a fun surprise.

Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

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An anniversary is a great excuse to indulge in a gift you may have wanted for some time. These bed sheets from The Luxe Collection by Brooklinen will up your bedding game with their 480-thread count construction, which feels smooth on your skin when you're cuddled up together. Available in 12 colors and patterns this satisfies the "traditional" gift of linen. And since this is an item you'll use on the daily, it's s a gift that keeps giving.

Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set

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"Brooklinen claims that these sheets are “buttery smooth.” In our experience, this holds true, including after the first wash. These sheets felt like a cozy, soft cocoon when we crawled into bed."—Avery Stone, Product Tester

Etsy Anniversary Treasure Note Box

Anniversary Treasure Note Box

In a digital world, letter writing can feel outdated, but there’s something so endearing about a handwritten note. This Etsy item includes handmade paper, a wax stamp, ink, and more to write a note to your love. This is such a small, but meaningful way to say I love you and the wooden box allows for safe keeping of a letter they’ll surely want to hold on to.

A new sound system that is Alexa-enabled will be a gift for both of you. The Sonos One provides high-quality sound for the home which allows you to add on and sync other speakers to outfit your whole house. Ask Alexa questions like, "what's the weather?" or just just enjoy the amazing sound quality of the speakers.

Lunya Washable Silk Robe

Silk Robe

Basic pajamas are okay, but a gorgeous robe? That’s something that can get someone excited. This robe from Lunya is a cut above the rest because it’s so luxe and comfortable. The 100 percent silk robe has an interior tie and exterior belt for security, as well as pockets and stylish elastic cuff sleeves.

Macklin Bath & Home Bamboo Tray and Bath Pillow Combo

Macklin Bath & Home Bamboo Tray and Bath Pillow Combo

Whether you’re running a bubble bath for your partner to enjoy solo or for the two of you, it’s not complete without a bath caddy. While some are purely functional, Macklin’s is also quite stylish, thanks to the stark white bamboo. The tray has slots to hold a wine glass, phone, beauty essentials, and a console to prop up a book or magazine.

Goldbelly Six Month Subscription

Six Month Subscription

Foodies or couples who are just tired of cooking will absolutely love Goldbelly’s six month subscription. The company is known for delivering food from some of the country’s best restaurants. And the subscription does just that, on a monthly basis. Each box feeds up to four people and can range from Maine lobster to Memphis barbecue or sweet treats from an Instagram-worthy bakery.

Etsy Anniversary Cartoon Portrait

Anniversary Cartoon Portrait

This is a fun gift that will either make a couple laugh out loud or at least get an “aww.” Maybe even both. Choose a background (sitting on the couch, skiing the slopes, etc.) and upload a picture of the couple, which will then be turned into a portrait. But not just any portrait, they’ll be painted as yellow cartoon characters.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Love Birds Wine Box

Personalized Love Birds Wine Box

Presenting a special bottle of vino? Then this wine box will be a nice accompaniment. Besides earning major style points for presentation, the hand carved pine box can also be customized with names. The exterior also fittingly features two love birds.

What to Look for in an Anniversary Present

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All gifts aren't created equal — and an anniversary present is no exception. Before you start shopping around for the perfect pick, consider who you're giving a gift to in the first place. Is this your spouse? Long-term partner? Or, are you hoping to celebrate a special couple on their 12th anniversary? Chances are, the intended recipient will help guide your buying decision. For example, you might get your romantic partner a more sentimental present than you would, say, your aunt and uncle.

Tradition vs. Innovation

To be or not be traditional? That really is the question. Silk and linen might be the standard anniversary presents when ringing in a 12th anniversary, but modern gift-getters tend to learn toward pearls. But, if you and your special someone are not ones for tradition, feel free to get them something that caters to their interests.

Price

Of course, no conversation about buying the perfect present is complete without discussing the price. While you should always pick up a present that fits comfortably in your budget, who you're shopping for might dictate how much you inevitably spend. For example, you might be willing to spend more money when treating your own partner to an anniversary present.

FAQ
  • What's the traditional 12th anniversary gift? 

    Legend has it that most couple would ring in their 12th anniversary with something silk or linen. But, if you want to give your anniversary gift a modern edge, some gift-givers would opt for pearls. Fortunately, these broad categories leave a lot of room for interpretation. A fancy linen shirt? Luxe silk sheets? A pearl-adorned wallet? Check, check, and check.

  • What should I get my partner for our 12th anniversary?

    Silk, linen, and pearls might be the 12-year status quo, but you don't have to follow the norm. Instead, it's way more important to get your significant other a present they'll actually be excited to open. And, since you know them best, tapping into their hobbies and interests should be no major feat.

  • What should I get friends for their 12th anniversary?

    Want to give a special power couple in your life some extra love for their 12th anniversary? You have plenty of options. While silk, linen, or pearl-themed presents will offer a nice touch, a thoughtful card or tickets to an art exhibit are also thoughtful. Remember, this isn't your anniversary so you don't have to feel pressured to pull out all of the stops here.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional reporting was done by Kelsey Mulvey, who has contributed décor and lifestyle content to The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Real Simple, Wallpaper*, Elle Decor, MyDomaine, and AD PRO.

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