Thirteen might be an unlucky number for some, but I think celebrating your 13th wedding anniversary makes you a very lucky pair indeed. Your marriage has entered its teenage years and that means it’s time to have a little fun! Be sure to celebrate this special occasion with lots of laughs and thoughtful gifts that remind you to appreciate all of the adventures that have brought you here.
What is the Traditional 13th Anniversary Gift?
The traditional gift for your 13th wedding anniversary is lace. Finely crafted and intricate, lace is the perfect fabric to represent the finer points of your marriage. It shows how intertwined your lives have become and makes a beautiful memento.
Modern 13th Anniversary Gift
If lace isn’t quite your thing, the modern gift for the 13th wedding anniversary of fur (faux too!) and textiles provides plenty of gift inspiration.
Symbolic Flower: Chrysanthemum
The bright, full blooms of chrysanthemums make them particularly cheerful flowers, but did you know they symbolize joy, longevity and fidelity as well? They also signify optimism – a lovely choice for your 13th wedding anniversary.
Symbolic Gem: Citrine
Vibrant and full of warmth, the sunny yellows of citrine make it one of the most joyful and heartening gems. Symbolizing passion, romance and positivity, citrine gems are an excellent gift this anniversary.
13th Anniversary Gifts for Her
Show her how happy you are to have spent the last 13 years together with a thoughtful gift that suits her.
1) Live Succulent Arrangement with Lace
Does your sweetie have a green thumb? If so, she’ll love this gorgeous succulent display. Actually, this is perfect even for those who aren’t quite as adept with houseplants, thanks to the hardiness of the beautiful succulents. Gift her a mini paradise wrapped up in lace ribbon this year.
2) Personalised Lace Scrabble Frame
If you’ve ever lost a game of Scrabble to your wife, this gift to sure to make her smile. She might even take the opportunity to remind you of her prowess with words! Spell out your own message with the iconic tiles, all beautifully backed by delicate lace.
3) Lace Shangri-La Robe
A soft, sumptuous robe is one of life’s little luxuries. Make sure your wife feels pampered this anniversary with a gorgeous black number complete with lace trim.
4) Flower Bouquet with Chrysanthemums
by The Bouqs Co
Flowers will always be a fitting choice for any special occasion. When your 13th wedding anniversary rolls around, make sure you’re on brand by including a few chrysanthemums in the bouquet and a tying it up with a pretty lace ribbon.
5) Lace Ring Holder
Practical and beautiful, this sweet ring holder puts a different spin on lace – with the pattern pressed into the clay. Have your initials and wedding date inscribed for an extra special gift.
6) Lace Clothing
Who wouldn’t love a lacy number? If you’re confident in your shopping skills, go ahead and pick out something that suits her style. If you’re worried about sizing or style, create a homemade gift certificate promising a shopping trip so she can choose her ideal lace dress (or blouse, scarf… you get the idea!)
7) Lace Detailed Ladies Watch
I think this pretty watch is a brilliant way to subtly include the traditional anniversary symbol. It has delicate lace detailing on the rose gold watch face and a soft leather strap designed to make telling the time a pleasure.
8) Citrine Stud Earrings
by Blue Nile
Give her a little splash of sunshine for her ears with these stunning citrine studs. Discreet enough to wear regularly and with just the right amount of sparkle for special occasions, these are earrings she’ll love receiving for on your wedding anniversary.
9) Faux Fur Throw
by Pottery Barn
There’s nothing like snuggling up on the sofa with a good book or to watch your favorite TV show. With one of these luxurious faux fur throws, you can ensure every night in with your beau is toasty warm and uber cosy!
10) Lace Clutch
This stunning clutch is ideal if you and your wife have lots of reasons to get dressed up in the future. Whether you’re heading to a gala, a wedding, a black tie event, or even a special anniversary celebration, this lovely lace patterned bag is a stylish-yet-practical accessory for your wife.
11) Lace Rose
I love the idea of a delicate rose that will last forever and this lace version is a wonderful option. Choose a single rose as an extra adornment to your gift (or if you’re going small with gifts this year) or pick out a whole bouquet and complete the look with gorgeous vase.
12) Lace Print Scarf
If you have a feeling your wife will appreciate the thought of lace, but may not be keen on the delicate fabric itself, this striking scarf is the perfect pick. The lace print has a contemporary edge that makes it ideal for those who prefer a nod to tradition.
13) Vintage Lace Patterned iPhone Case
An excellent choice if the love of your life always has her phone in hand! This sweet iPhone case has its very own lace detailing, making it the ideal blend of old and new.
14) Linen Table Cloth with Lace Edge
Anyone who’s a fan of throwing dinner parties is sure to go nuts for this gorgeous linen tablecloth with lace edging. It’s got a seriously stylish vibe with just the right amount of prettiness to keep it soft and welcoming!
15) Dream Catcher with Lace
This decorative dream catcher is a unique and lovely way to include a touch of lace in your gift. It will look amazing next to your bed and help ensure the pair of you sleep sweetly on your anniversary night and beyond.
13th Anniversary Gifts for Him
I have to say that the year of lace can be a tough one when it comes to buying for your man! Lace isn’t typically associated with gifts for men, but I’ve dug deep and found some great ideas to inspire you.
1) Personalized 13th Anniversary Lace Print
Show him just how much the last 13 years have meant to you with a personalized image of the most important dates you’ve celebrated together. The subtle lace finish is a nod to your wedding day, while the understated colors and style will look great in all sorts of settings.
2) Lace Cufflinks
Make sure the next time you have a special function or occasion to attend together, he’s wearing a stylish token of your affection. These unique cufflinks feature a touch of lace that’s perfect for celebrating your anniversary and setting him apart from the crowd.
3) Lace Lingerie
Now this is a gift for both of you, really! Pick out some stunning lace lingerie (and get him some new boxers or briefs too) and plan a *ahem* ‘quiet’ night in for your anniversary.
4) Lace Necktie
I am absolutely in love with this tie. It’s a little unusual and the gorgeous combination of black lace and sensible gray takes it to the next level. This might not be for every guy, but if your other half is a fashion-forward soul, he’s going to dig it.
5) Personalized Lace Wedding Anniversary Card
If lace really isn’t going to win him over, pick out a present you know your husband will love and accompany it with a handmade card featuring a little lace. That way, you’ve incorporated the traditional gift while also ensuring he gets something he’ll really love.
You’ve spent years growing more and more entwined with your spouse. Here’s to making beautiful patterns together for the next 13 years! Until next year (hint: it’s Ivory), we wish you all the best!