The 9 Best 5-Year Anniversary Gifts to Buy in 2018

The perfect present for your sweetie

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A five-year anniversary is a big milestone and one that you should fully celebrate. Once you’ve got the perfect date night planned, it’s time to plan the perfect gift. The traditional five-year anniversary is celebrated with wood, but silverware is a modern alternative.

That gives you two great approaches. Wood, durable and meant to withstand the test of time, is the perfect way to show your partner just how much he or she means to you. Silverware, which symbolizes the meals you share together as a family, will remind you to cherish every day with your loved one.

Whether you decide to stick with a traditional or modern choice, or you’re looking for something a little different, we’re here to make the choice easier for you — so you can focus on spending quality time with your loved one, and less time searching for the right gift.

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    Ray-Ban Clubround Wood Sunglasses

    Traditional wooden gifts for your loved one come in many shapes and forms, and we think these sandalwood sunglasses are one of the most fun ones you can find. These Ray-Ban Classic Clubmaster sunglasses are outfitted with a beautiful wood frame and fit most face shapes. It’s a great take on an old classic; we love the modern, wood-embellished spin. The lens width is 51 millimeters, which fits most face shapes —perfect for the next time you steal your partner’s sunglasses at the beach. Like all Ray-Ban products, they’re 100% polarized to offer full protection against harmful rays.

    If you want to celebrate your 5th year by encouraging yourself and your partner to get out and see the world, a pair of well-made sunglasses is the perfect accessory.

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    Martelle Leisure Armchair

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    Courtesy of Wayfair

    While you've been married for five years we are sure your style has evolved from when you've first met. Instead of a gift he or she can wear why not try something they can rest in that will bring new life to the home. Furniture is always an unexpected gift and with wood being the symbol for five years of marriage it is a no-brainer. 

    This chair is beautifully designed and made out of ash wood that is stained to this rich color. The upholstered seats are comfortable to curl up with a book or a favorite drink of choice. Though the design is mid-century it could work in any home and will both of your new favorite spots to unwind. 

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    Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy

    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” and as small as 29.5”. It comes with a variety of holders and compartments perfect for everything from candles to glasses of wine to an iPod. Our favorite feature is the magazine or book holder that allows your loved one to indulge in that latest crime novel during a bath.

    Owners love the silicone grip that keeps it in place and agree that the caddy holds up bath after bath. This is the perfect gift for the loved one in your life who could use a little pampering. Last but not least, an aroma diffuser uses a mixture of essential oils and water to create a soothing mist and complete the atmosphere of total relaxation.

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    InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

    A nice accompaniment to the bath caddy or a great gift on its own, the InnoGear aromatherapy diffuser is a lovely way to incorporate wood into your anniversary gift this year. InnoGear’s faux-wood grain goes well with any decor, and makes for a beautiful addition to an office, bedroom or bathroom. It has seven different LED light colors, and can run for about six hours with each 200ml tank refill. The diffuser can also provide some much-needed hydration if you or your loved one suffer from dry skin or chapped lips.

    Owners rave about the quality of the diffuser, saying it looks and feels much more expensive than it is. It’s also incredibly easy to clean, which is important for those who experience allergies or air-borne sensitivities. Celebrate your fifth year together by giving your partner the gift of rest. 

    See more reviews of our favorite oil diffusers available for purchase.

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  • 05 of 09

    Zazza Cheese Knife Set with Slate Cheese Markers, Chalk and Polishing Cloth

    Give your loved one the gift of great cheese with this knife set. The Zazza set comes with six different knives, perfect for the bleu or brie lover in your life. Each knife is made out of stainless steel and ranges in size from 5.3” to 5.7”, so they’re easy to store in between those wine and cheese parties. The set also comes with five slate cheese markers so you can easily differentiate between gouda and edam.

    While a set of silverware is a lovely way to celebrate five years, opting for an unexpected silver gift is a great way to show your partner just how much he or she means to you. Owners say the knives hold up in dishwashers, and also praise the beautiful gift box presentation. If you want to surprise your loved one with the gift of silverware this year, you can’t go wrong with a cheese set like this great one from Zazza.

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    Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel 17-Piece Knife Block Set

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    Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

    If your partner is more “steak” than “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 an 8" chef knife, 8" slicing knife, eight 4.5" steak knives, 7" Santoku knife, 5.5" serrated utility knife, 3.5" paring knife and a 2.75" bird's beak paring knife. It also includes a sharpening block, so you don’t have to worry about dulling them after weeks of use. While they’re built to last and come with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty, we recommend hand washing the blades to keep them sharp.

    Combining both traditional and modern themes, the Cuisinart classic knife set is affordable, high quality set your loved one will use for years to come.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best knife sets

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    Top Shelf Bar Supply Professional Craft Bar Set

    If your loved one is the type who already has a fully stocked kitchen, add a little bit of class to the bar instead. This Top Shelf cocktail shaker bar set comes with everything an aspiring home bartender needs to serve the perfect drink. Each gift set comes with 14 stainless steel pieces including a 24 oz and 18 oz shaker, which allow your loved one to make a variety of standard-sized drinks. It also comes with a jigger, a barspoon, a muddler, two strainers and six cocktail picks to garnish those fancy drinks.

    Each piece is dishwasher safe and guaranteed against rust or damage. The shaker itself is heavy enough to withstand leaks and spillage, but light enough that anyone can shake up the perfect drink. Owners love the sleek stainless steel design, which lends an elegant, more-expensive-than-it-looks appearance, and say it’s the perfect size for small or large cocktails. For your 5th anniversary, give your resident whiskey or vodka aficionado the gift of a well-manicured home bar.

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    Delsey Luggage Helium Aero Carry On Expandable Spinner Trolley

    If you want to surprise the spouse that has everything, upgrade their luggage and vow to spend your 6th year exploring the world together. The Delsey Helium is a 19” hard suitcase made from 100% polycarbonate. It’s a piece that will last a lifetime and one that will actually make you excited for your next trip to the airport. Weighing in at only 12 pounds, it is equipped with double spinner wheels to make it easy to glide through security lines and comes in seven colors. It’s created to meet TSA carry-on requirements and expands up to two inches for all those souvenirs.

    Owners love the 10-year warranty against wear and tear, and say it fits easily into all overhead bins and compartments. The Delsey Carry On is a fantastic 5th-anniversary gift for the world traveler (or future world traveler) in your life.

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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking

    “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is a great gift for novice chefs and experienced cooks alike. Promise your loved one many more nights sharing a delicious home cooked meal by learning the secrets of French cuisine together. This two-volume set comes with the original cookbook published in 1961, as well as the second edition from 1970.

    From delicate French baking techniques to the secret to searing a perfect steak, this classic book is the perfect gift for any home chef.