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Traditionally, a fifth-anniversary gift is made of wood, which symbolizes strength, wisdom, and forgiveness but, you can also think outside of the box and opt for something that's more unique to your partner.
We thoroughly researched brands that offer affordable, fun, and customized gift options. Our favorite selections include a personalized board game from Uncommon Goods, a retro-style camera on Amazon, and more.
Here are the best 5-year anniversary gifts.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Hearts Four-Across Game
Board games aren't just for kids, but this one might make you feel like a kid again. But with a sentimental twist. The Four-Across game features carved-out hearts, but can also be personalized. Choose your name, initials, anniversary date, or even a special message. With up to four lines that can be personalized, you can truly spell out your love and create a gift they'll cherish forever.
Etsy Glow in the Dark Constellation Print
For a seriously customized gift, this constellation print is hard to top. It's customized with the couple's names, wedding date, and location. But what really makes it special is the constellation represents the specific placement of the stars on the day, time, and place the couple was married. The words surrounding the constellation can be a poem, song lyrics, vows, or whatever has personal meaning.
Estelle Colored Glass Wine Stemless Set of 6 (Mixed Set)
You may have a solid set of glassware, but for a truly vintage, unique look, Estelle Colored Glass has tons of options. The stemless wine glasses are available in a set of six, but what truly makes them stand out is the mix of vibrant colors. There's amethyst, lavender, coral peach, yellow, mint green, and cobalt. These colorful glasses are perfect for everyday or when you want to sip your most expensive vino.
These colorful, vintage-inspired glasses are sure to elevate every wine drinking experience.
Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro 3x3 Portable Wireless Instant Camera
We're all in a digital world and tend to solely snap pics on our phones, but there's still something so great about an actual camera. Luckily, this Kodak provides the best of both worlds when it comes to nostalgia and technology. The Mini Shot 3 Retro makes it easy to take a pic and print photos directly from the device on a 3 x 3 that's waterproof. You can also connect the camera to your phone and print any photos in your library.
Happily Date Night Subscription
No more boring date nights when you sign the couple up for Happily. The subscription includes everything a couple will need for a fun date night, including activities, conversation starters, and even a playlist. After filling out a questionnaire, each month they'll receive a package for a fun, surprise date night at home.
Uncommon Goods Memory Keepsake Dish Set
This keepsake dish set from Uncommon Goods is sure to touch anyone's heart. Simply upload three images and the photos will be glazed and preserved on the three ceramic dishes. The black and white style (even color photos will be finished in B&W) has a vintage feel and the gold rim feels extremely modern. Besides being sentimental and gorgeous, the dish is also functional as a catch all tray or as the perfect finishing touches on a shelf.
Mouth Picnic in a Box
There's something so special and intimate about a picnic, but the process of selecting and prepping the right products for your picnic basket can be time-consuming. That is, unless it's already neatly packaged up for you. Mouth's Picnic in a Box has the basics, including a few varieties of crackers, cheese, salami, and spreads like fig jam and olive tapenade. Don't forget to bring along your favorite beverage.
Etsy Wood Anniversary Sound Wave Art Print
After five-plus years together, you probably have a favorite song. This piece of wall decor from Etsy depicts a sound wave of a song or even a personalized voice message. The order includes a QR code that when scanned, it plays the actual song or message for your loved one. The birchwood frame is sturdy, comes in a range of sizes from 5 x 7 to 30 x 40, and can include personalized text.
Etsy Wood Anniversary String Art
After five years together, there's probably at least one city that holds special meaning, either as individuals or a couple. This Etsy art is the perfect personalized way to highlight that meaningful place. The string art comes in several wood stains and a heart can be outlined over any city. Choose between any of the 50 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico, or Jamaica.
Wickbox Monthly Candle Subscription
A one time gift is always appreciated, but to truly show your continual love and appreciation, try a subscription. People who burn candles every single day tend to go through them pretty frequently, but Wickbox will always keep their supply flowing. Each month, a "candle expert" selects a medium or large candle in line with the recipient's preferences.
TaskRabbit Gift Card
Want to make someone's life a bit easier? Then a TaskRabbit gift card might do the trick. The Taskers are vetted experts who perform everything from mounting televisions to spring cleaning to small home repairs. This gift card allows the recipient to delegate a few tasks while they sit back and relax.
Mark & Graham Beaded Silver and Walnut Wood Cheese Board
Couples who entertain will get great use out of this Mark & Graham cheese board. It has a super luxe feel with the silver design and beaded trim. It's also eco-friendly, as it's made from recycled aluminum and sustainably harvested wood. Spend a few extra dollars to have the wood laser engraved with initials.
Uncommon Goods Uncommon Experiences
Having fun from the comfort of home is absolutely priceless and Uncommon Goods' Experiences option has something for everyone. You can sign up for painting classes, lessons on flower arrangements, or even learn how to make dumplings. Just select a date, have supplies and ingredients shipped (if necessary), and settle in for the class, all from the privacy of home.
Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel 17-Piece Knife Block Set
If your partner is more into carving steak than enjoying a few slices of soft cheese, this 17-piece knife set is the perfect 5th-anniversary gift. With stainless steel blades and ergonomic handles, these knives add beauty and functionality to every kitchen. The set comes in an Acacia wood storage block and contains a range of knives for every occasion. It also includes a convenient sharpening block.
VITRUVI Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser
For the person who loves the aroma of essential oils, then a diffuser is a great option they'll get tons of use out of. Vitruvi's stone diffuser runs for up to eight hours but also looks great on any night stand, countertop, or even a desk. It works well for spaces up to 500 square feet and is available in neutrals or even a blush pink.
Pure Enrichment Wave Sleep Therapy Sound Machine
Couples who've been together for a few years know the importance of a good night's rest, especially if one partner is a snorer or works odd hours. Pure Enrichment's sound machine makes it a bit easier to catch some Z's and count some sheep. The machine plays six different sounds, including white noise, rain, or the sound of a fan, and has a timer. Choose between black, mint green, or white and the compact design fits on any nightstand.
Roccbox Portable Wood and Gas Pizza Oven
The cook in the family will love this portable pizza oven. It’s a pretty awesome kitchen gadget to whip out for guests or even for a quiet night in. It reaches more than 900 degrees in less than a minute. The retractable legs means it can be placed on a tabletop surface and the silicone covering protects from any burns. It can cook a pizza in just a minute, but it also cooks steak, veggies, and more in no time at all.
Uncommon Goods At the Beach Personalized Family Puzzle
Your puzzle-loving love will get a laugh or maybe even shed a tear over this personalized puzzle. The 200 wooden pieces set the scene for a day at the beach, but can be customized with illustrations of up to 10 members of the family, including pets. Choose the characters skin tone, hair color and styles, and body types. You can also choose to have the family name and a year engraved at the bottom of the frame.
Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray
Give your loved one the gift of relaxation with the Royal Craft bath caddy. Made from waterproof bamboo, it’s the perfect way to say “I appreciate you” to a partner who could use a break. It’s adjustable, so it can fit any bathtub width up to 43 inches. It comes with a variety of holders and compartments perfect for everything from candles to glasses of wine.
Etsy Custom Docking Station
There's always at least one person in the relationship who loses something. To rectify that, and do so in a stylish way, try a docking station like this pick from Etsy. The handmade, wood station has enough space for keys, a watch, wallet, and holds a phone as it charges. Choose between cherry, ebony, or teak, and you can add a short personalization under "Happy Anniversary."
INFMETRY Capsule Letters Message in a Bottle (Mixed Color 90pcs)
Infmetry's message in a bottle is a small, affordable, but special way to show someone you care. The bottle comes with paper scrolls inside of fake pills and you can write messages on them. This can be a word or phrase that invokes an inside joke or maybe a sentimental memory.
Etsy 5 Years We Made a Family Sculpture Figurines
Here's a bit of home decor that's perfect for the five year anniversary. The wooden box has "5 Years We Made a Family" engraved and comes with two silver adult figurines. If there are children in the family, additional figures can be added. This would be a great piece added to a bookshelf or coffee table.
Personalization Mall Ticket To Paradise Personalized Wood Luggage Tag
For a small gift, especially for anyone who loves to travel, this wooden luggage tag is a fun option. The tag is topped off with a sturdy faux leather strap and the front is customizable. Add up to four lines of personalized text. This can be any identifiable info like a name or email address, but also a short quote or phrase that speaks to the recipient.
Etsy Personalized Couple Print
A customized print is something anyone can appreciate. This print includes the couple's names and "Forever & Always" above the two characters. For each character, select the skin tone, hairstyle, and even the clothes. There's the option to have the print mailed or select a digital option.
Mark & Graham Wood & Marble Gift Set
For the intimate date nights at home, a couple can whip out this wood and marble set. The cheese board is large enough for a meat and cheese spread and the wine chiller will keep their favorite vino at the perfect temperature. There are also four matching coasters. Every item in the set can be monogrammed to truly make this feel like a one-of-a-kind gift.
What to Look for in a 5-Year Anniversary Gift
A customized gift is sure to make someone feel special and show you put major thought into the gift. This can come in the form of a monogrammed cheese board, custom portrait, photo album, and more. Also, though the items are personalized, that doesn't mean they have to be extremely expensive.
If you know a couple has specific needs or interests, keep that in mind when shopping for an anniversary gift. For example, a couple who just moved into a new home might find a beautiful set of wine glasses or wall decor useful.
We all know it's the thought that counts, so no need to stress over spending a ton of money on an anniversary present. Even if you have less than $50 to spend, there's an assortment of gifts that are practical and beautiful, but still fall within your budget.
What is the theme for a 5-year anniversary gift?
The traditional theme for a fifth anniversary is a present made of wood. This signifies strength and wisdom.
What is a great non-traditional anniversary gift?
Some people stick with the traditional gift theme (wood for five years of marriage), but you can absolutely opt for something else. This can include home decor, a fun virtual experience, or even a subscription service.
How much should you spend on an anniversary gift?
There's no right or wrong amount of money to spend on an anniversary gift. Always keep your budget in mind, as well as the couple's needs or interests. Some statement-making, unique gifts will set you back less than $50. For larger ticket items, you can pool your resources with others.
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.