The 15 Best 4th Year Anniversary Gifts of 2021

From traditional to modern, these presents satisfy all needs and budgets

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Time really flies when you’re in love. It’s hard to believe that four years ago, you and your significant other took your connection to the next level, be it by swapping vows, participating in a commitment ceremony, or simply defining the relationship in the first place. (Or, perhaps you’re honoring someone else’s union, in which you get to see their love story unfold before your eyes.) Either way, it’s time to start celebrating. And, what better way to do so than with a present?

Fortunately, there's no wrong gift to celebrate the fourth wedding anniversary. Traditional couples might select fruit and flowers, while the more modern-minded might go with an electronic. Also, those who are shopping for another couple might throw tradition to the wind altogether. But, whatever you chose, there are tons of options that run the gamut from thoughtful to simply practical to downright sentimental. And even if funds are limited, they won't break the bank. Here are the best 4th year anniversary gifts.

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This gift is small, but mighty, and quite affordable if you want to display a favorite song you and your love share.
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This unique vase is made from a recycled champagne bottle and can be personalized.
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This is a fun way to get creative in the kitchen, all with the roll of a dice.
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This adjustable choker has the classic elements of pearls but with a gold accent to make it modern.
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Miles apart or just want to send a cute message during the day? This box and the accompanying app makes that a breeze.
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This fun gift means you’ll never have to struggle with a date night idea again.
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This may remind you of the childhood toy, but it’s a sentimental gift sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
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Nosh on the fruit that comes in the set (apples, pears, and more) and afterwards, use the hand woven basket as decor.
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Beautiful photos or letters deserve to be put on display and here's one way to do that.
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The beautifully wrapped bouquet is a fun departure from the usual blooms and you can choose a one-time gift or subscription.
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Etsy Wood and Acrylic Photo Song Display

Etsy Wood and Acrylic Photo Song Display

When you don't exactly want a piece of wall art, but something a bit smaller, this acrylic and wood stand is a unique find. Not only can you select the special photo that's displayed, but also a song. There's even a QR code at the bottom and when scanned, the tune plays. Even more, choose a standard base, a light up one, or even a speaker.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Champagne Milestone Vase

Personalized Champagne Milestone Vase

The fourth anniversary may not be one of the massively celebrated milestones like 10, 20, 25, or 50 years, but it’s a milestone nonetheless. And this personalized vase, that’s made from a recycled champagne bottle, is the perfect way to celebrate. The label can be etched with your names, date, and the anniversary you’re celebrating. This will surely be your go-to vase for years to come.

Two Tumbleweeds Foodie Dice

Foodie Dice

One of the easiest ways to keep a relationship fresh is to explore new things together, and cooking is a fun one to play with since you can do it in the comfort of your home. This kit is clever: Your challenge is to roll the dice, each of which has a different food group or kind of ingredient on it (like cooking methods, veggies, and proteins), then try to concoct a dinner using the ingredients. Being creative together and problem-solving to build a meal will surely bring you closer together.

Ten Wilde Medallion Pearl Necklace

Medallion Pearl Necklace

For a jewelry gift that won’t break the bank, but still makes a subtle statement, try Ten Wilde’s choker necklace. The pearls are forever classic but the hammered gold disc adds the perfect accent. Also, the chain easily adjusts up to 18 inches to allow for a great fit.

Uncommon Goods Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger

Uncommon Goods Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger

The constant pull of technology can make people feel disconnected, but when used properly, it can actually build bonds. The spinning heart messenger is a pretty cool gadget that combines tech and love. A user sends a message via the app and the heart on the box spins until it's opened and the message is read. What a fun way to show someone you're thinking of them, even if you're far away. Also, depending on what version of the box you purchase, it can even send photos.

Sweet Bella Stationery Tiny Box of Date Nights

Etsy Tiny Box of Date Nights

Even the most creative couples can run out of fun date night ideas. Well, that is until they receive this gift. The Tiny Box of Date Nights is just what it sounds like. The recycled box contains 48 wood tokens with fun ideas like find a drive in movie, take a pottery class, or revisit a place that holds special meaning.

Uncommon Goods Create Your Own Reel Viewer

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

There’s something so fun about toys that bring us back to childhood. Here’s a way to get that nostalgic fix, all while having a personal touch. The Create Your Own Reel Viewer makes it easy to upload your favorite photos of your spouse or your best moments together. The viewfinder comes with one reel that displays seven photos, but you can also buy additional reels as you’ll surely have more pics you’ll want to include.

The Fruit Company Simply Fruit Basket

fruit-basket

A simple fruit basket is a great way to show a couple you're thinking of them and it's right on par with the traditional gift for their specific wedding anniversary. The Fruit Company's basket includes a dozen seasonal picks, as well as a dry fruit medley. Even long after the yummy fruit has been consumed, the woven basket can be put to good use.

Uncommon Goods Keepsake Memory Dish

Uncommon Goods Keepsake Memory Dish

Four years down and a lifetime to go, there are surely tons of moments you'll capture along the way. One way to start preserving those memories is with a customized keepsake dish like this. Take your favorite picture or letter and it's glazed on a stoneware dish. The 8 x 10 or 10 x 12-inch tray will look great by a bedside or on a coffee table and is sure to be a conversation piece because of how beautiful it is.

Farmgirl Flowers Fun Size Burlap Wrapped Bouquet

Farmgirl Flowers Fun Size Burlap Wrapped Bouquet

Flowers are a traditional gift for the 4th wedding anniversary but you can kick things up a bit with this fun bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers. The 15 stems (all seasonal blooms) are wrapped in burlap. This one-time bouquet would be sweet, but it gets even better if you opt for a subscription. Just select your frequency (weekly, every other week, or monthly) and beautiful blooms are automatically on the way.

Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer

Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 Air Fryer

Couples that have busy lives or don’t have the counter space for a ton of kitchen gadgets will love this 6-in-1 air fryer from Ninja. The grey matte finish has a sleek look that can fit right in with most kitchen decor, but it’s the ultimate functionality that really makes this stand out. It broils, roasts, bakes, and more. There are even two separate baskets so it’s easy to prepare an entire meal at the same time even if the dishes require different settings.

Etsy Custom Projection Photo Necklace

Etsy Custom Projection Photo Necklace

Jewelry can be a sweet gift, but for extra sentimentality and a unique flair, this Etsy find is pretty great and really affordable. At first sight, it just looks like a chain with a heart-shaped pendant, but upon closer inspection, there's more than meets the eye. The image inside the pendant can actually be projected on a wall. Just select the image you want in the pendant, the chain color (rose gold, gold, or silver), and prepare to wow your sweetheart.

Etsy TheDavidsonWorkshop Personalized Song Lyric Wall Hanging

Personalized Song Lyric Wall Hanging

This gift is perfect for music lovers or anyone who appreciates a bit of personalized wall decor. The hanging, which measures 9 x 13-inches, is in the shape of a record player. But what makes it stand out even more is the ability to have a song lyric carved into the wood. Choose the song that was a first dance or just any lyric that has a special meaning. 

Uncommon Goods Personalized Tic Tac Toe

Uncommon Goods Personalized Tic Tac Toe

A little friendly competition can be a good thing among partners and for the couple that appreciates board games or a night in, try a personalized tic tac toe board. Replace the usual X's and O's with your initials. The set comes with 10 wooden letters, but an extra set can also be ordered. The bottom of the board can include the couple's names or the family's last name.

Colzer YC-100A Upgrade 15 in. Wine Cooler Refrigerator

The Colzer YC-100A Upgrade 15 in. Wine Cooler Refrigerator has beech wood shelves and humidity control.

For couples who love a good bottle of wine and trying new varietal, a wine cooler will surely come in handy. This one is easy to adjust to the right temperature or humidity and the legs are even adjustable. The wooden shelves slide out easily and though the design is fairly compact, it holds up to 30 bottles of wine.

What to Look for in an Anniversary Present

Intended Recipient

Before you even start the shopping process, ask yourself who are you even shopping for in the first place? Are you honoring your union with your spouse or long-term partner? Or, are you celebrating a couple you hold near and dear to your heart? Not only will answering this simple question determine how sentimental your present should be — after all, anniversary presents are romantic in nature — but it'll also help determine your budget.

Traditional vs. Untraditional

Just because fruit, flowers, and appliances are the standard present ideas for a four year anniversary doesn't mean they have to be the status quo. If your recipient isn't one for tradition, focus on gifting them something that taps into their interests. Avid travelers might find a lot to love about a great travel book or tickets for a weekend away. Looking for the perfect match for your music lover? A great pair of headphones might suffice.

Budget

Of course, no conversation about finding the perfect fourth anniversary gift is complete without mentioning price. Admittedly, how much you spend on a present is incredibly personal; you'll ultimately want to find a great option that fits comfortably within your budget. However, there's a good chance you'll be eager to spend a little more money if you're treating your own significant other to an anniversary present.

FAQ
  • What's the traditional 4th anniversary gift?

    Historically, loved-up couples ring in their fourth anniversary with fruit or flowers, which represents their blossoming union. After all, when you're planning on spending a lifetime together, four years in is only the beginning. But, if you want to opt for something a little more modern, consider grabbing your loved one an appliance.

  • What should I get my partner for our 4th anniversary?

    After four years, it's safe to say you know your partner very well, so it's important to pick out something that speaks to their interests. While there are many ways to iterate on the typical fruit, flower, or appliance-powered present, you might want to prioritize their hobbies above all else.

  • What should I get friends for their 4th anniversary?

    Admittedly, buying an anniversary present for a friend or family member can feel like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you want to get your inner circle something special. But, you don't want to get another couple a gift that's too sentimental. Instead, look for presents the couple can do together such as go to a cooking class or a concert.

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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