Congratulations, what a momentous occassion! Twenty whole years since you tied the knot, and I bet there are memories of your wedding that are as fresh now as they were on that day.
In the two decades that have passed since you promised to love and honor your partner, you’ll have had plenty of opportunities to do just that. Now that your 20th anniversary is here, you’ve got the chance to celebrate all of the moments that got you to this milestone.
Your day is sure to be full of love, attention, and stories about the years you’ve spent together. We’ve put together some of the best china anniversary gift ideas (for him and her) to celebrate this super special anniversary.
What is the Traditional 20th Anniversary Gift?
The traditional 20th anniversary gift is china. This gift idea can be as practical or as extravagant as you like! China can be both delicate and robust — the perfect metaphor for a marriage that needs loving attention, and is also strong enough to be relied on every single day.
There are a few different types of ceramics. If you want to be totally traditional, it’s worth finding out a little bit about them so you know you’re on the right track. Look out for:
- Bone china: It’s not just a fancy name, bone china really is made from bone. Or to be precise, it has an amount of bone ash mixed in with the other materials. This gives it a warm, creamy look and it will appear translucent when held up to the light.
- Fine china: The process of making fine china is very similar to bone, it just doesn’t include any of the bone ash. It tends to have a brighter, white colour and is opaque when it’s held up to the light.
- Porcelain: There are also lots of similarities between porcelain and other types of china, but the main difference is the fact it’s fired at a much higher temperature and is much more durable than fine or bone china.
All make beautiful gifts. It is up to you to work out which would mean the most to your significant other. Check out some of the fun idea we’ve found below.
Modern Twentieth Anniversary Gift
Consider a modern gift of platinum if you want to give something specific to your special anniversary, where a gift of china isn’t quite right for you. This precious metal is a great way to remind yourself and your partner just how special they are to you.
Symbolic Flower: Aster
Aster is a layered flower named after the Greek word for star, and when you gaze at the burst of petals it’s easy to see why! The aster flower is also said to be the talisman of love, making it a great way to show your sweetheart that they’ll always be your guiding star.
Symbolic Gemstone: Emerald
Known as a symbol of truth and love, emerald gemstones are an excellent choice for the 20th anniversary. It was the stone of Venus — goddess of love and hope — in ancient Greece and Rome. What could be better for this special anniversary?
20th Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her
From small gifts made of gorgeous, painted China to some slightly adventurous ways to play around with the traditional suggestions, here are some lovely ways to mark your big day.
1) China Dinner Set
by Kate Spade
Mealtimes are some of the most important moments we each share as couples, whether a romantic meal for two or you have the whole family round! If your kitechen cupboard is anything like mine with a mismash of plates, bowls, and cups (some with chips in them), then the time has come for a new dinner set. Give her a gift that will make those meal times just a little more classy. 😉
A gorgeous china dinner set like the one above is both practical and long lasting.
2) Emerald Jewelry
by Blue Nile
If your other half loves a touch of sparkle, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous piece of emerald jewelry. A wonderful pair of studs like these can be dressed up or down, so she can keep them for parties and weddings or use them to brighten up a semi-casual date night.
3) Platinum Eternity Ring
by Blue Nile
The 20th anniversary is a big one. You might want to splash out on something truly special – and a platinum eternity ring is just that. Symbolising the strength and endurance of your two-decade union, this is a precious thing for your favourite lady to enjoy every day.
4) Key Chain
If you’re looking for a smaller yet still luxurious gift, these stunning china keyrings from Wedgewood are perfect. This is a super sweet, practical gift designed to make her smile every time she pulls her keys out of her bag.
Already got a non-traditional gift in mind? Super!
Add on this lovely candle from the Wedgewood collection, to make sure you have a nod to the special date alongside your main gift. It smells divine. And, once the candle has been used the beautifully patterned china jar can be reused for storing gems, pens, or anything you like.
6) Ginger Jar
by Ethan Allen
On the other end of the scale is this absolutely exquisite large porcelain ginger jar. They’re made using the finest materials from Jiangxi and with the same techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation from hundreds of years, making it an utterly precious gift that celebrations traditions in one ways than one.
(Editor’s note: I’ve always wanted a beautiful ginger jar like this one. I hope I don’t have to wait until my 20th anniversary to receive one … Hint, hint to my someone special!)
7) Luxury Bouquet with Asters
Flowers are a wonderful way to mark any important date and when it comes to your 20th anniversary, the best flower to include is the traditional aster. Make this luxury bouquet extra special by choosing a china vase to present it in.
8) China Teapot
If your leading lady is a Tea Jenny, then there are few gifts she’s likely to appreciate more than a beautiful china pot. Buy one of her favorite blends to go in it.
Better yet, include a note saying something like, “I’m looking forward to sitting down and sharing my thoughts and dreams for the next 20 years of marriage.” Okay, I’m sure you can come up with something more meaningful (or seductive) than that. 😛
9) Porcelain Bathroom (Renovation)
by Multiple Vendors
Ok, this seems like an odd gift to include in our roundup. Honestly though, sometimes the most romantic thing you can do is actually to deal with one of those day-to-day life chores so that your other half doesn’t have to! You’ve been in this relationship for a long time so we don’t have to tell you this, but showing that her priorities are important to you is vital to a lasting marriage.
If you know she’s been dreaming of new porcelein in the bathroom for years, this is the time to make it a reality. Try popular retailers like Restoration Hardware, Home Depot, or even Amazon for bathroom renovation design inspiration.
10) Trip to China
If there’s space in your budget for a trip to Asia, I really can’t think of a more magical way to celebrate such an important milestone. Spending time together is one of the best gifts a married couple can give each other. And if you just happen to be able to do it on a stunning holiday in China then all the better!
20th Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him
Show your sweetie that even after 20 years, he’s completely captured your heart with a traditional gift that makes it clear his happiness is always on your mind.
1) A Unique Sculpture
by Paula Murray
Does your guy have an artistic side? If so, an eye catching sculpture made of china might be just the way to celebrate this milestone. This evocative piece makes me think of mountains and oceans and how deep love runs – without even the tiniest hint of hearts or flowers.
2) Self Heating Bone China Mug
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If your other half has always got an eye on the latest gadgets, this self heating mug (made from bone china) is a great 20th anniversary gift. It’s got a high tech, self-heating component (and snazzy red light!) that means he’ll never have to throw out a cold cup of tea or coffee again.
3) Anniversary Binder
There are few romantic gestures more meaningful than organising all of your favourite memories from the last two decades into a binder for him. Look through all those special moments together, and make sure to leave space to add mementos of his own.
4) Platinum Ring
by Blue Nile
Make sure he knows just how much you appreciate him with a statement ring in platinum. After all, why should ladies get all the fun? Choose a ring with a design that’s a little like your engagement ring to readdress the balance!
5) Porcelain Cheese Board
by Ralph Lauren
The way to my heart is definitely through my stomach and cheese is right up there as one of my all time favourite foods. If your sweetheart is anything like me, give him a gift that will allow him to indulge in style. Great for a fancy evening snack and a real showpiece when you’ve got guests.
6) Book a Cruise
We love cruising as a vacation option. So what better way to spend your big 2-0 anniversary celebration than on a floating palace. Go with one of the more luxurious cruise lines and pick an itinerary that is both romantic and adventurous — river cruise in Europe perhaps?
Alright, this one is definitely not just for him. Twenty years is an amazing achievement, reward yourselves with a holiday that will take you on new adventures by booking a cruise. Bonus points if you announce this fab anniversary trip using a china mug!
To be together after 20 years is a magical gift in itself. I look forward to standing in your shoes one day! Wishing you the most wonderful anniversary celebrations, whatever gifts you end up exchanging.