Celebrate Your First 50 Anniversaries With These Gift Ideas

Senior Couple at their Golden Anniversary
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The tradition of giving a specific gift on specific anniversaries back to the Middle Ages. Over the years the list of gift ideas has evolved to meet our more modern standard of living. While many couples like to come up with their own gift ideas each year sometimes it's fun to follow the traditional or modern gift suggestions. After the first 15 years, traditional gift ideas are only designated for every five years, but modern gifts were added for every anniversary up to 30 years.

Anniversary Gift Ideas

1st Anniversary

Traditional gifts: paper
Modern gifts: clocks
A great gift to celebrate your first year of marriage is a new smart TV that you can both enjoy on your next movie date night. Check out the Vizio 50-Inch Smart LED TV.

2nd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: cotton
Modern gifts: china
Gift your loved one a comfy new cotton robe to celebrate your second year of marriage. Check out the Natori women's two-tone slub robe.

3rd Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: leather
Modern gifts: crystal
Celebrate your third year of marriage by gifting your spouse a lovely leather watch.Check out the Kate Spade New York classic metro watch.

4th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: fruit or flowers
Modern gifts: appliances
Perk your spouse up on your fourth anniversary with the De'Longh espresso machine.

5th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: wood
Modern gifts: silverware
A new cutlery set is a great gift for the spouse that loves to cook at home.

Check out the JA Henckels 12-piece knife block set.

6th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: candy or iron
Modern Gifts: wood
Our favorite gift idea for your 6th wedding anniversary is a new easy to use digital camera like Nikon Coolpix.

7th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: wool or copper
Modern gifts: desk sets
A new Kitchen Aid mixer is a great gift for your loved one who loves to bake.

Check out the KitchenAid artisan stand mixer.

8th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: bronze or pottery
Modern gifts: linens or lace
Surprise your spouse with a stylish new Apple smart watch for your 8th wedding anniversary. Check out the Apple Sport watch.

9th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: pottery
Modern gifts: leather
Celebrate your 9th anniversary by gifting your loved one a leather weekender bag to take on your next getaway. Check out the Fossil Preston weekender duffel bag.

10th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: tin or aluminum
Modern gifts:  diamond jewelry
A perfect 10th-anniversary gift is one for the home that you can both enjoy like this Casper memory foam mattress.

11th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: steel
Modern Gifts: fashion jewelry

12th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: silk or linen
Modern gifts: pearls

13th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: lace
Modern gifts: textiles or furs

14th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: flowers
Modern gifts: gold jewelry

15th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: crystal
Modern gifts: watches

16th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: silver holloware

17th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: furniture

18th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: porcelain

19th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: bronze

20th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts:  china
Modern gifts: platinum

21st Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: brass or nickel

22nd Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: copper

23rd Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: silver plate

24th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: musical instruments

25th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: silver
Modern gifts: silver

26th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: original pictures

27th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: sculpture

28th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts:  orchids

29th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: furniture

30th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: pearl
Modern gifts: diamond

31st Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: time pieces

32nd Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: conveyances

33rd Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: amethyst

34th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: opal

35th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: coral
Modern gifts: jade

36th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: bone china

37th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: alabaster

38th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: beryl or tourmaline

39th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: lace

40th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: ruby
Modern gifts: ruby

41st Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: land

42nd Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: improved real estate

43rd Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: travel

44th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: groceries

45th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: sapphire
Modern gifts: sapphire

46th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: original poetry

47th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: books

48th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: optical goods

49th Wedding Anniversary

Modern gifts: luxuries

50th Wedding Anniversary

Traditional gifts: gold
Modern gifts: gold