Modern 5-Year Anniversary Gifts (Silverware)

Man opening wine for wife
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Five years of marriage is something worth celebrating—whether you decide to honor it with a traditional gift of wood or a modern gift of silverware is up to you. If you go with the latter, the gift doesn't necessarily have to be a set of knives, forks, and spoons, nor does it have to be actually silver—it could be a similar gift made of any metal you choose, whether it's silver, rose gold, gold, or otherwise.

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    Cooking Utensils

    Kitchen Utensils and Tools
    Kitchen tools on white background. Shana Novak/Getty Images

    If you're perfectly happy with your set of silverware, take the modern gift interpretation to the next level by gifting a cooking enthusiast a new set of utensils. From spoons to spatulas to whisks to ladles, there are myriad options for any budget. If you're trying to keep it inexpensive, purchase one or two items and consider having them engraved with a special message. If you have more resources, considering creating a whole bouquet of cooking utensils that's creatively packaged in a vase.

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    Set of Knives

    Chicago Cutlery 1119644 Fusion Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set
    Chicago Cutlery 1119644 Fusion Forged 18-Piece Knife Block Set. Courtesy of Amazon

    Even an amateur cook can benefit from high-quality sharp knives. Prepping food with sharp knives makes it easier and safer to cook meals for two (or more!) You can buy your spouse the block with 10 knives, but that's not necessarily the best way to go about it unless you're certain that the person using the knives knows the proper purposes of each one.

    In fact, it might be a better idea to purchase a fewer number of higher-quality knives. If you decide to go this route, first start with a chef's knife, then a paring knife, and then a serrated knife. For the best quality, choose a forged knife. They're made from individual pieces of metal and molded under extreme heat. These knives are heavy, durable, and hold a sharp edge for longer than other types.

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    Bar Tools Set

    Mixologist World Cocktail Shaker
    A basic shaker that is built to last, the 3-piece cocktail shaker from Mixologist World is great for the beginner. Photo Courtesy of

    If your beloved is more of a sipper than a cooker, then perhaps a set of bar tools will be more apropos. Invest in a quality cocktail shaker and the rest of the accouterments that come along with it. If you want to round out the gift, include a couple of nice cocktail glasses and a bottle or two of spirits.

    For a clever gift, put together a whole basket that includes a silver bar tools set, cocktail glasses, and the ingredients for your spouse's favorite drink. For example, if they're a fan of dirty martinis, put in a bottle of high-quality gin (or vodka, if that's their preference), a bottle of vermouth, and a jar of blue cheese-stuffed olives.

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    Silverware Caddy

    Mason Jar Silverware Caddy. Birch Lane

    If your spouse is into home decor or likes to entertain, a modern five-year anniversary gift that fits the bill—though it might stretch it a little— is a silverware caddy. These fun piece of decor are both aesthetically pleasing and useful. Blend the traditional anniversary gift of wood with the modern gift of silverware by buying a wooden silverware caddy to sit on the countertops.