Your marriage is now eight-years old, can you believe it? It’s been an amazing 96 months since you exchanged your vows, and this anniversary is another opportunity to show just how much that day meant to you.
Gifts don’t have to be big to be meaningful. A little bit of thought goes a long way and tapping into traditional anniversary gifts add something special. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our top 8th anniversary gift ideas to mark this important occassion.
What is the Traditional 8th Anniversary Gift?
Choosing an anniversary gift that celebrates how long you’ve been together is a lovely way to keep the magic alive year after year. I’m a big fan of choosing gifts that match the traditional type for each anniversary. However I’m sometimes surprised by how tricky it can be to find accurate information!
For example, when searching for the term 8th year anniversary gifts on Google, you will find a lot of results listing the traditional 8th anniversary gift as bronze and pottery and the the modern gift as linen/lace.
Source – Emily Post
So as we did with the 4th year anniversary post, we dug a little deeper and used our go to source information — the fabulous Blue Book of Social Usage by Emily Post.
The origins of the current gift conventions date to 1937. Before that, only the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries had an associated gift. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association (now known as Jewelers of America as a result of an organizational merger) introduced an expanded list of gifts.
The revamped list gave a gift for each year up to the 25th, and then for every fifth anniversary after that, which is still widely used today. If you look at a book written by Emily Post, an American writer from the earliest 20th century, she states that the eighth year wedding anniversary gift is in fact electrical appliances.
In Emily’s book The Blue Book of Social Usage, you can see all the wedding anniversary gift milestones as illustrated in the photo below.
That’s why we’re going with electrical goodies. That said, if pottery and bronze take your fancy, those will work too.
Modern 8th Anniversary Gift
The modern gift for your 8th anniversary is actually lace, which we think sounds even more traditional than the actual traditional gift!
- Lilac: the bountiful and beautiful lilac plant gives us the traditional flower for the 8th anniversary. The soft purples and blues of lilacs act as a reminder for the first time you met and fell in love with your sweetheart. Lilacs are associated with all of the emotions of youth – and all those memories are great to share again after eight years of marriage.
- Tourmaline: coming in almost all the colours of the rainbow, tourmaline is a wonderful gem. The traditional gemstone for the 8th anniversary symbolizes love and friendship – perfect.
8th Anniversary Gifts for Her
Choose appliances designed to pamper, plump for gifts that will make her routine a little easier or find electrical gadgets that slot perfectly into her busy lifestyle.
1) Stand Mixer
If your wife loves nothing better that whipping up baked treats at the weekend, a stylish and long-lasting stand mixer is sure to be a kitchen favorite. A reliable brand like KitchenAid will mean she can look forward to fuss-free baking for years to come. A treat for you both, really!
2) Foot Massager
After a long day, there’s nothing like a relaxing foot massage. Even if you’re a whiz with your thumbs and a massage-master, there will be times when a foot rub isn’t on the cards. That’s when a gift like this will come into its own. She’ll know how much you appreciate how hard she works, and that’s sure to make her smile.
3) Facial Cleansing Device
Ladies who love to look their best will know the value of a good cleansing and moisturizing routine. Help make the process a pampering, moment to herself with a cleansing brush that will leave her feeling refreshed and relaxed.
4) Personal Smoothy Maker
Whether your lady is a gym bunny or simply a smoothy lover, this is a practical yet indulgent gift that’ll turn into an everyday essential. The best thing about a NutriBullet is just how simple it is to use and clean – no fuss, no muss.
5) Tourmaline Earrings
by Blue Nile
Sweet and sophisticated, these tourmaline earrings are a timeless pair that she will wear over and over again. Delicate pink tourmaline is surrounded by micropavé diamonds in classic 14K white gold. This magnificent set is the perfect opportunity to show your love AND that you’ve got great taste in jewelry.
6) Light Therapy Lamp
The benefits of daylight are huge, but there are certain times of the year (and some busy day-to-day routines) that make it tricky to get the blast of brightness needed. A handy little lamp like this can help your lady get on top of a healthy sleep cycle, improve her mood and concentration, and boost energy – what a gift!
7) Espresso Maker
Are you married to a coffee connoisseur? Make her cup of joe in the morning easier than ever and get the day off to a good start. Guaranteeing a strong shot of coffee every time, this is the way to the coffee-lover’s heart.
8) Nespresso Milk Frother
Already got a coffee machine? Looking for the perfect second gift to go with your espresso maker?
Look no further. Frothing up the perfect cappuccino or heating milk for a satisfying latte is a breeze with this little gadget.
9) Sewing Machine
If your other half can often be found day dreaming in the aisles of fabric shops or cutting patterns in front of the TV, then this might be her dream gift. Support her hobbies and help her take them to the next level with a solid, reliable machine to see her through all sorts of crafty projects.
8th Anniversary Gifts for Him
From unusual gadgets to electrical essentials that will brighten up the average day, here are a few excellent appliances that might be the ideal way to let hubby know you love him.
1) Wine Fridge
My husband has a passion for wine. Plain and simple.
If yours does too, show how much you appreciate his refined palate with a wine fridge. Not only will he have a new toy to play with (and one that can chill his wine to the perfect temperature), but you’ll be sure to reap the benefits of a fully stocked selection of reds and whites too!
2) Home Theater Projector
Movie buffs will love the chance to set up their own home theatre, and a projector like this will make sure the view is picture-perfect. Say goodbye to annoying crowds and start popping some corn, because a home theater setup will give you the chance to snuggle up and watch movies together whenever the mood takes you.
3) Robot Vaccum
The first time I saw this little gadget in person I thought, “YES! I need one of those!”
Housework is so much more enjoyable when a cool gadget can lend a hand. Your favorite fellow can program a robot vacuum to take care of dusty corners and dirty carpet while he sits back with a beverage of choice (see wine fridge suggestion above!) and supervises — now that’s a good way to take the load off!
This may not be the most exciting gift on our list, but if your man tends to get a little overheated on sunny days, it’s one he’s going to love. The cool, minimalist design means it looks great whether it’s on a shelf, by the couch, or set on the edge of a desk. And from a trusted electrical appliance brand like Dyson, you know it will keep the temperature where he wants it.
6) Air Purifier
When you love someone as much as you love your guy, you want them to be their best selves all the time – and this home addition is a great way to help them do that. It’s sleek, tower design will appeal to even the most style-conscious of home owners while its powerful filter tackles odours and pollutants with ease.
7) VR System
OK, this gift is a biggie. But if you’ve got the cash for a VR System, you could open up a whole new world for your sweetie. An Oculus Rift with Touch can create amazing virtual realities that will be loved by die-hard gamers and occasional dabblers alike. Here’s an article from L&L about our ‘first VR experience‘!
Help him take his soups and smoothies to a whole new level with a professional grade blender. Perfect if he likes to stay fit, healthy and hydrated with his own blend of gym-friendly drinks and just as great if he’s an amateur chef who likes nothing better than experimenting in the kitchen in his downtime.
9) Floor Lamp
I recently read The Little Book of Hygge, and have been inspired by the lifestyle of the Danes ever since. One of the components to achieving Hygge is incorporating beautiful lighting. If your hubby appreciates clever designs and uncluttered aesthetics, this is a fun way to add a little extra light to his life.
Until next year (hint: it’s pottery), thanks for checking out our list of electrical appliance anniversary gift ideas. Congratulations on your eighth anniversary and we wish you all the best in the years to come!