Traditionally the ninth year anniversary of marriage calls for a pottery or willow themed gift to symbolize nature, simplicity and flexibility. The modern custom is leather highlighting you're supple and rich union. While these traditions are just guidelines they also help you narrow down the field when picking a gift and can help you get creative when at nine years of wedded bliss you might be running on empty for gift ideas.
While the ninth anniversary doesn't have quite the ring of a decade of marriage, it doesn't mean this milestone should be missed. Perhaps it is a year to think deep about a surprise gift he or she might treasure and leave the big blowout trip or gift for the tenth year. To help get you started here are our picks for the best ninth anniversary gifts for him or her that include traditional, modern and beyond choices.
01 of 09
Best for Coffee or Tea Lovers: Healing Stone Mugs by Donna Rollins
With pottery being the tradition theme for celebrating a ninth year marriage anniversary, now is as good of a time as any to replenish your mug stock. UncommonGoods’ Healing Stone Mugs by Donna Rollins are lovely gifts with incredible meaning behind each design. The mugs are created using natural minerals, and feature crowns with one of four healing stones. Donna Rollins has also used non-toxic glazes to ensure you get high-quality products. The blue mug is made with clear quartz, known as a healing crystal; the red mug sports a tiger’s eye/cat’s eye crystal, which aides in focus; the purple mug features rose quartz, which represents unconditional love; and the brown mug has a citrine stone, which helps in regenerating energy and self-confidence. Mugs with a major spiritual meaning — this doesn’t happen often.
02 of 09
Best for Cooks: Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven
Within the tradition of pottery, why not look toward an actual pot? Kitchen items always make for nice gifts because they are most likely to be used. New appliances can seem impersonal at first gaze, but with following the traditional gift for a ninth wedding anniversary, this gift is logical and useful. The Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven takes the tradition of a pottery themed gift to a sophisticated level.
The Dutch oven can hold up to 5.5-quarts and comes in an incredible color selection with everything from black to Carribean blue and beyond (perhaps a red to show your love). The handles have proven to be 45% larger than standard Dutch oven handles that give a secure grip with and without oven mitts. These dutch ovens are a treasured piece in the kitchen and last for decades.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best dutch ovens.
03 of 09
Best for Him: Men's Wicked Good Slipper Moc by L.L. Bean
If you are looking to fulfill the modern leather gift tradition, then your partner will love the Men’s Wicked Good Slipper Moc by L.L. Bean. This slipper comes in a standard brown Sandalwood color with sizes ranging from 7 to 14. L.L. Bean claims that just slipping your foot into the shearling lined, soft slipper will make you realize why the brand dubbed it “wicked good”. That’s a promise that your man can happily put to the test.
Shearling is a popular internal lining in shoes thanks to its superior insulation abilities, making it a wonderful slipper for the cold weather months. The exterior is made of premium sheepskin and the lining with genuine shearling lamb’s fur which also has moisture-wicking abilities. The cut stops just at the ankle, and the footbed is cushioned with memory foam. He’ll never want to step out of these.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best slippers.
04 of 09
Best for Her: Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote
A leather tote is not only a classic handbag, but an absolute must-have for any woman’s wardrobe to be complete. You can’t go wrong with a tote. Every woman has those days where she’s got a long to-do list and needs a bag that can handle the various daily tasks. Madewell’s Medium Leather Transport Tote has enough room to tackle any job.
This bag comes in English Saddle, Tinted Blush, True Black, or Violet Dusk. This bag is made with semi vegetable-tanned, and has a softly worn wax finish. It includes an interior side pocket and an exterior large pocket. She can carry this bag by by the top handles or by the detachable shoulder strap.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best Date Idea: VonShef 4 Person Wicker Picnic Basket Hamper Set with Flatware
If you really want to wow your honey this year, why not pair the traditional gift of wicker in this picnic basket with a date night at a park. Fill this set with some of his or her favorite treats (don't forget the champagne!) and you two can escape the daily grind together doing something unexpected.
The basket has enough for service for four so you can invite the kids (or not!). It comes with plates, glasses, cloth napkins, flatware, salt and pepper shakers, a bottle opener and a picnic blanket. Pretty much everything you need for the perfect date. After your anniversary you'll continue to put this set to use with tailgates, beach trips and beyond.
06 of 09
Best for Travelers: Vetelli Classic Leather Toiletry Bag
There’s no such thing as having “too many” toiletry bags. If your guy likes having an excess amount of self-care products that you’d prefer to see tucked away, then you can’t go wrong with following the modern tradition of a leather gift with Vetelli’s Classic Leather Toiletry Bag. After grooming he can clean up in a snap with this bag’s ability to store all of his items.
This product features Vetelli’s vintage Dopp Kit design looks classic and luxe all at once. It can be a great themed gift for a guy with any type of style — leather fits with everything. The interior features a waterproof lining to protect your items as well as the outer leather from any spills. Dual steel zippers lead to two different compartments that can hold some of the travel bottles that also come with the bag: two 2-ounce TSA compliant bottles.
07 of 09
Best for Techies: Gen 3 Smartwatch Q by Fossil
A smartwatch is a wonderful gift that often times someone wouldn’t think to buy for themselves. It’s not a necessity, but you have to admit that everything these new smartwatches can do nowadays are well worth the money when you actually use them. Fossil’s Q collection features smartwatches for men and women. The Q collection is customizable and features cutting-edge designs.
The Gen 3 watch can easily be gifted to either your male or female partner. A large masculine face is stylish, and thanks to Fossil’s Q collection, the faces on their watches can be personalized to your liking. This watch has a built-in fitness tracker as well as Bluetooth to connect to your Android or Apple phone. Your watch is capable of notifying you of texts, messages, social media news, alarms, app alerts and so much more. This model also features a personalized dial, music control, voice activated Google, LED flashlight, and interchangeable watch bands.
08 of 09
Best Jewelry: Macy’s Birthstone Necklace in 14k Gold
Jewelry is always a safe way to go when gifting your favorite woman. A beautiful stone has always helped in communicating your feelings for your loved one. A birthstone is very tailored to your partner, and of course their birth month. It is very thoughtful without going overboard.
Macy’s Birthstone Necklace in 14k Gold is available in two versions; in the mentioned gold of course, as well as sterling silver for those ladies who prefer the look of a cool silver. The semi-precious stone is laid in a four-prong setting. You can either choose her birthstone or her favorite stone. Necklaces are great jewelry gifts, as many women accessorize with them. This style can serve as an everyday piece rather than just a simple accessory to be worn on special occasions.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best for Readers: Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader
Even if your partner isn't much of a reader, Amazon’s elegant Oasis E-Reader could change all of that for the better thanks to its high-quality capabilities. It is Amazon’s largest e-reader available with a 7" 300-ppi display. The Oasis is known to fit over 30% more words than their previous e-readers with laser-quality text. It is also designed to be ultra-thin, falling at just 3.4-milimeters thick. It was created to be held by one hand so you can hold the softly felt E-Reader tightly in your grip without disrupting your reading time.
You can buy the device with either 8 GB or 32 GB of internal storage so you can bring every book in your collection with you wherever you go. The Oasis also has an adaptive front light so you can read at night just as well as you do during the day. You can also listen to your Audible collection on this device as well. Plus, you have weeks of battery life so your partner can do all of the reading that they want.