The Best Thoughtful 9th Year Anniversary Gifts

Our favorite pick is the Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar

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This guide highlights some of the best gifts to shop for any couples' ninth anniversary, from traditional willow and pottery options to more modern leather, copper, and more. 

We researched the best traditional, modern, and personalized gifts, considering quality, customization options, and sentimentality. One of our favorite picks is the Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar because it can be customized with family photos for a daily reminder of your love and appreciation.

Read on for the best gifts for the ninth anniversary.

Our Top Picks

Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar

Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar

Highlight their desk with a photo reminder of why they work so hard with a built-in calendar. Choose your own photos for each month, like some from your wedding album, holiday or seasonal photoshoots, and upload them directly to the site.

Then, select from several design customizations to make your calendar unique—you can choose among six font styles, opt for foil printing, and choose the starting month. The calendars usually ship within two days of your order. We love that the handcrafted clipboard features a brass-coated clip for easy display.  

Cre8tive Motifs Leather Coaster Set

Cre8tive Motifs Leather Coaster Set

Leather represents flexibility, warmth, and durability: all essential aspects of the ninth anniversary. This gift lets you choose from multiple design styles and colors to personalize your household’s first leather coaster set. These tasteful table toppers are actually made of vegan leatherette, but you won't know the difference in sight or touch. Each variety is slightly less than 4 inches across, whether square or round, and all are sold in sets of six. 

Harry & David Pantry Snacks Subscription Box

Harry & David Snack Pantry Subscription Box

For the couple that loves to snack, sign up for this subscription and get a new tasty treasure in the mail every month. Enjoy unique and flavorful new salsas, dips, chutneys, scone or biscuit mixes, relishes, coffees, and more. There’s even a collection of gifts labelled specifically as anniversary gifts on their site. Subscription boxes ship during the third week of each month.

L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe

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Classic and cozy for the colder months, the L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Robe is available in men’s regular and tall sizes S through XXXL, as well as women’s regular, petite, and plus sizes XS through XL. Ranked one of our best robes, our tester found that the fit is relaxed and comfortable, the colors stayed true even after several washes, and the shawl collar is warm and toasty.

G GOOD GAIN Willow Picnic Basket Set for 2

Willow Picnic Basket Set for 2

As long as the weather cooperates, this Willow Picnic Basket Set for Two has everything you need for a relaxing anniversary lunch in the shade. There’s an insulated compartment to help keep your pasta salad cold (or your biscuits hot) for up to four hours, and the basket set comes with two wine glasses, two sets of stainless steel silverware, two porcelain plates, two linen napkins, a full-sized matching picnic mat, and a bottle opener. Crafted of high quality, lightweight willow, this picnic basket is easy to carry.

54Kibo Gabi Ethiopian Cotton Throw

Navy Throw

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Made from 100% locally-sourced sustainable cotton, this carefully handwoven blanket is generous enough to snuggle under together for movie night with its impressively soft and elegant design. A perfect gift for either partner, this tastefully minimalistic throw works in the living room, study, bedroom or den. Colored with eco-friendly dye and machine washable, this handmade Ethiopian throw ships in three days or less.

Society6 Matisse Cutouts Abstract Drawing Wine Chiller

Society6 Matisse Cutouts Abstract Drawing Wine Chiller

Art lover meets wine lover with this Society 6 wine chiller—a perfect match for the couple that loves both! Inspired by Matisse Cutouts, this wine chiller is made of stainless steel, features seamless wraparound art, and keeps your standard-sized wine bottle cold for up to two hours. The wine chillers are dishwasher safe and made to order.

SITHON Valet Tray Desktop Storage Organizer

SITHON Valet Tray Desktop Storage Organizer

A great gift for her and him, this Faux Leather Bedside Valet Tray lets you rest without worrying about where you put your keys, remote, glasses, watch, earrings, nail polish, lip balm or other items easily misplaced. Available in brown (as shown above), black, dark blue, and dark green, this valet tray is scratch-proof and water-resistant, as well as easily disassembled by unsnapping the corners.

Simply Cool Clay Shop Handmade Sake Set

Simply Cool Clay Shop Handmade Sake Set

This year, hold a toast with this hand-crafted sake set that comes with a carafe and two cups, with each piece being uniquely formed and bearing images resembling Heaven Lake, a volcanic crater nestled in the sacred Baekdu Mountains. Note that these delicate pieces must be hand washed.

CZ Grain Weeping Willow Tree Cuttings

CZ Grains Weeping Willow Tree Cuttings

Plant these beautiful trees together and watch them grow as your love continues to grow. The ideal tree for the ninth anniversary, the Weeping Willow, arrives as four cuttings with roots. They can be started indoors in partial light and stay in water for weeks while you decide where to place them. These eye-catching trees offer plenty of shade, grow up to 10 feet per year and live up to 55 years or longer.

The Sill Live Plant Delivery

The Sill Live Plant Delivery

Consider the gift of living, green plants to freshen up the love nest! Get live plants delivered to your doorstep individually (like this impressive Bird of Paradise, (the official ninth anniversary flower), or this handsome Monstera Deliciosa), or choose from a collection (pet-friendly, low-light, easy-care) or even a monthly subscription from The Sill

Material The Serving Bowl

Material The Serving Bowl

Pottery is a perfect representation of the ninth anniversary, since the clay it begins with is shaped by loving hands into a chic and stunning piece over time. This ceramic serving bowl by Material can be a reminder of your cherished years together while holding your best main or side dish, holiday treats to pass, or a centerpiece of decorative driftwood, pine cones, unshelled nuts and berries.

Beldi Nest Rustic Red Olive Wood Chess Set

Beldi Nest Rustic Red Olive Wood Chess Set

Gift your chess-loving honey with this hand-carved hardwood chess set, suitable for the coffee table, end table, or nightstand. Made from resilient olive wood, this set comprises 32 pieces unique in grain and color, with some even featuring real bark along the edges for a rustic look and feel. 

WoodWick Large Willow Candle

WoodWick Large Willow Candle

Set the mood for the occasion with this large, clean-burning willow-scented candle from Willow Wicks. Another outstanding option for the ninth anniversary, this gently-fragranced candle is a lovely shade of willow green, weighs approximately 2.5 pounds and burns up to 175 hours. The candle’s sleek shape and basic, smooth lid make a simple but sophisticated addition to any shared space.

Uncommon Goods Ceramic Garlic Roaster

Uncommon Goods Ceramic Garlic Roaster

Who doesn’t love the warm, fragrant scent of garlic wafting through the house as you prepare a home-cooked meal? For your ninth anniversary, let this exquisite ceramic garlic roaster make the perfect addition to your cookware collection. Just follow the simple instructions and you’ll be adding soft, baked garlic to breads, soups, meatloaf or anything that needs a dash of savory goodness—while looking simply elegant in the process. 

What to Look for When Buying a Nine-Year Anniversary Gift

Personalization

You've been together for nearly a decade, so a customized gift can help reflect the importance of your years together. "Tailor the gift to the recipient and take into consideration their style, interests, and hobbies when curating their present," says gift expert Jessica Salceda of J. Isabel Designs. Pick gifts in your partner's favorite color or birthstone, and consider finding presents that offer monogramming for a personalized touch. For something even more special, Salceda suggests wrapping your gift in a custom gift box with your names and special date engraved on the top.

Traditional Gifts

Pottery is a classic traditional pick for the ninth anniversary. It's a crowd-pleasing gift that can take many forms—think planters, pitchers, bowls, or matching morning coffee mugs. Willow is another material popular for this occasion, and since willow is the raw material often used to make wicker, home accessories and furniture make a great choice. Some wicker items include things like bar carts, baskets, decorative vintage mirror frames, trays, or a luxury picnic basket for two.

Modern Gifts

Leather is the modern ninth year wedding anniversary gift. Look for quality leather pieces such as wallets and handbags, and think about engraving your partners’ initials to make the gift feel more personal. Also feel free to substitute with vegan leather, which will carry the same symbolism and mean just as much to your partner while being considerate of the environment. 

FAQ
  • What are traditional 9th year anniversary gifts?

    The nine-year wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with gifts of pottery, representing hearth and home, and willow, for the symbolism of its strong interlaced branches). Leather is the modern nine-year anniversary for its strength, flexibility, and durability. 

  • What do you write in an anniversary card?

    Since anniversaries are milestones in a relationship, many people hold onto these cards as keepsakes, so be sure to take your time to write something thoughtful in your best penmanship. Salceda says there’s no right or wrong thing to say here—just be sure that it comes from the heart. Start by telling your partner something that you love about them, a specific example of something significant they have done in the last year, or a personal expression of how having them in your life makes you feel. End with a general reflection on the history of your relationship and a hopeful sentiment about the future.

Why Trust The Spruce?

The article was written by KJ Callihan, a freelance writer and mother with years and experience of writing up product roundups and thoughtful gift guides. She’s written about everything from the best in bedding, to the tastiest vegetarian restaurants, to the ultimate in kitchen gadgets, so she knows a thing or two about great products. She also consulted expert Jessica Salceda of J. Isabel Designs, a professional in the gifting industry.

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