Congratulations! You made it to the ten-year mark. Celebrate this milestone by commemorating the last decade with a gift the symbolizes just how thankful you are for one another.
Traditionally, the tenth year of marriage is marked with tin or aluminum. Both materials represent the durability and flexibility needed to sustain a loving union.
As far as jewelry and gemstones are concerned, diamond is the stone of choice for the tenth wedding anniversary. And why not? Ten years is a... monumental benchmark in any marriage, and diamonds symbolize longevity and love.
Whether you're going traditional, modern or off-the-cuff, these symbolic 10-year anniversary gift ideas will get you started in the right direction.
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Bouquet of Daffodils
If you're on a budget this year, skip the traditional or modern anniversary gift ideas and go straight for the flowers.
Daffodil is the official flower of the tenth wedding anniversary. These yellow blooms symbolize rebirth and new beginnings. You'll notice that daffodils are one of the first blooms to pop up in spring and bring happiness after a long winter.
A bouquet of daffodils will make your partner happy all year round, no matter when your 10th anniversary falls.
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The perfect gift for your ten year anniversary is largely dependent on the type of people you two are. Maybe you enjoy camping, to which an aluminum camping table might be a nice gift idea. The more meaningful you can make the gift, the better off you'll be.
If your SO is big into crafting cocktails, seek out various bar tools made with aluminum. We like the idea of a rust-resistant aluminum cocktail shaker. Most cocktail shakers are made from stainless steel, so you'll have to do a... little digging to find one made from aluminum.
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Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond jewelry can be as lavish or as simple as you desire. It's easy to overspend, and it's also easy to buy something your loved one will never wear. Tread carefully.
To anyone that isn't familiar with jewelry, diamond studs are like the little black dress of the accessory world. Depending on the carat size, they can be affordable or expensive, but either way, they will be timeless, wearable and nearly indestructible.
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Both aluminum and tin are soft metals that are malleable when in thin sheets. This flexibility is great for artists who can hammer, pierce, cut and transform this metal into a piece of art.
Whether you're going to attempt a DIY or buy something ready-made off Etsy, the options are endless. Use tin as a mat for a frame or add a photo to a modern silver-plated aluminum frame. We love how this piece of tin was beautifully rendered into a clock.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Diamond Anniversary Band
After the third or fourth year of marriage, you might have either wanted or heard that your wife wanted an anniversary band. Our advice? Hold off.
The 10 year wedding anniversary is a prime time to add another diamond anniversary ring to the stack. Perhaps it's also a good time to renew your wedding vows with said ring.
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If your spouse is a collector of objects with character, a vintage tin is a great gift idea. Back in the 19th century, food that was packaged in tins was considered more sanitary and refined than food that was stored in barrels or baskets. The quality of the branding on the tin also spoke to the quality of its contents.
Vintage advertising tins are highly collectible. But if you're not into collecting, buy a less expensive replica and pair it with an additional item like chocolates or... jewelry. You can find replica tins fairly easily, but do note that they may not be plated with actual tin.
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Engagement Ring Upgrade
When you got married, there's a good chance you were young, in love and broke. You may have wanted to get your partner a full carat diamond but just couldn't afford it.
If after ten years, your financial state is better off, consider upgrading your diamond. A lot of jewelers offer a "trade-up" program where you can sell back your first diamond to go toward the upgrade. After ten years, you've both earned yourself a larger keepsake–that is, if you want it.
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Custom License Plate
Can you make six letters memorable and significant? If so, maybe your partner would appreciate driving around with a custom license plate that is made with none other than aluminum.
This concept works well if you can make it your own. Does your husband collect vintage motor memorabilia? Consider an old license plate for his collection instead.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Tin is easily stamped and formed into jewelry. It's also extremely affordable. Keep in mind that tin jewelry will tend to look more rustic due to its usual hammered texture.
We suggest a necklace or loose bangle bracelet with some type of personalization added, otherwise the inexpensive nature of the item might make the gift seem like an afterthought.
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There may not be another character in fiction that is as kind-hearted and sentimental as the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. Whether your loved one is a fan of The Wizard of Oz or not, a print like this one could be the perfect analogy for your marriage.
As Tin Woodman would say:
"For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world."