Three years have flown by and it likely feels like a lifetime. The honeymoon period may lose its luster by year three, but who says the good times have to go away for good? A 3rd anniversary can be an excellent opportunity to extend your post-wedding glow a little bit longer.
I bet you’ve accomplish a lot together over these past few years. Now it is important to take the day and reminisces about all the wonderful moments that have passed. Enjoy your anniversary day together. If there is room in your budget, buy your significant other a little something special!
Let’s jump right in and find out what the 3rd anniversary theme is all about, and inspire you with our gift roundup.
What’s the Traditional Third Year Anniversary Gift?
At this point in your marriage, you’ll be aware of the durability of your relationship. Habits and patterns formed early in the relationship are solidified. It is also the time in a relationship where couples appreciate the security that a long lived bond provides — knowing a lot about each other and being at ease with anything that comes your way.
Perhaps that is why the traditionally the 3rd wedding anniversary gift in the US is leather. Leather is a material that is strong, flexible, and very durable. A resilient and rugged material that reaffirms how much you value your life partner.
Modern Third Anniversary Gift
For a modern twist on the third wedding anniversary gift, both crystal and glass are given which symbolizes reflection and beauty.
Symbolic Flower: Sunflowers
Sunflowers are the official flower for a third anniversary. A symbol of adoration, loyalty and longevity, these bright yellow flowers live up to their name. Their strong stalks symbolize the foundation of your marriage while the vibrant petals represent love radiating outward. They send a reminder to stand tall and follow your dreams – an inspiring message for your years to come as a couple.
Symbolic gem: Moonstone
The gemstone symbolizing the third year anniversary is the glowing moonstone. This stone is a fitting choice as it promotes good fortune in love. A stone of inner strength and growth, it also promotes balance, inspiration and has a calming effect on its wearer. Just in case either of you are June babies, all the better. It’s also the birthstone for the month of June!
Gift Ideas for Your 3rd Anniversary
Lucky for you, gift giving options are literally endless when it comes to the 3rd year wedding anniversary gift theme. I actually had to stop myself from adding more to this post. There are SOOO many great leather gifts out there!
Here are my best 3rd wedding anniversary gift ideas for all budgets. Hopefully you are able to choose the perfect gift for your beloved on their third marriage anniversary.
Leather Anniversary Gifts For Her
1. Leather Ballet Flats
My most favorite leather gift to give has to be a pair of Tieks flats. If your lady didn’t wear them on her big day, now is a good time to gift a pair. Made of the finest Italian leather, and taking 3 days and over 150 steps to make one pair, these leather shoes are the perfect flats to wear all day, every day.
2. Leather Earrings
If your budget is a little smaller and you just want to give a token leather gift, think about leather jewelry. There are all sorts to wade through, but we love these cute double layered metallic leather leaf earrings in shades of gold.
3. Leather Poof
Any interior designer lovers out there?
I had one of these leather ottoman’s growing up and can still remember it as a comforting companion for my feet.
If your loved one is looking for that global inspiration to complete a room, this distinctive Moroccan leather pouf could be the perfect finishing touch.
4. Personalized Leather Tray
Most people take their rings off every night before bed, but have nowhere to put them. So why not give a beautifully personalized genuine leather tray to store all your jewelry bits and bobs to thoughtfully solve this problem.
5. Leather Designer Handbag
Of course, updating an everyday purse makes for a satisfying shopping trip. Saving up to buy that affordable luxury designer handbag is very exciting, but surprising your loved one with a coveted dream designer handbag will just blow her out of the water.
It’s your 3rd anniversary — kind of a big deal. Surprise her by spending a little extra and splurge on that dream leather hand bag.
6. Leather Gloves / Jacket
by Dents & Nordstrom
With fall and winter just around the corner, a pair of lovely leather gloves are always good to have on standby. We chose the luxury leather brand Dents because of their quality and British heritage dating as far back as 1777.
The go-to expert in handcrafted gloves? We think so.
Or opt for this leather moto jacket for a look that never goes out of style.
7. Photo Print on Leather
I love getting a framed photo to remember special moments in time. Go a step further and get your photo uniquely printed on leather.
8. Leather paddle
Speaking of leather, is it just me or do sexy toys come to mind!?
Oh c’mon, it has been 3 years after all. Time to spice things up in the bedroom.
This one could be a leather gift for both him and her, hence why we put this gift smack (no pun intended) in the middle. Made of genuine leather, this sexy spanking paddle will not only lead to exciting things in the bedroom, but leave a small trace in the form of heart.
9. Bouquet of Sunflowers
by The Bouqs co
Freshly cut flowers are always a good idea. Add some sunshine into your day with a bright bouquet of sunflowers. Not only are they the official flower for your third year, they make a robust and vibrant addition to your home. It’s tough to be in a bad mood around sunflowers.
10. Moonstone Studs
Okay, this set of earrings has won my heart for the cutest set of stud earrings to ever be born!
Delicate little moonstone moons are a wonderful choice to symbolize love and admiration. Not only will she have a set of adorable earrings to add to her collection, she will always remember year three when she puts them on.
11. Leather Picture Frame
A genuine leather picture frame that is both sleek and classy. Use it in your new home office, bedroom, or at your workplace. Holds a 5″ x 7″ photo.
Bonus Idea: Plan a 3rd Year Inspirational Leather Anniversary Shoot
We feature feature stunning engagement shoots and real weddings here on Love & Lavender every week. You will also find the odd anniversary shoot featured.
What is an anniversary shoot you may ask? Simple. Get your favorite photographer (perhaps the one from your big day), secure a venue, and put together a look and style like the leather detailed one above. Et voila! You have yourself a 3rd anniversary shoot with leather details.
Check out this couple from Texas, who put together a wonderful styled third anniversary shoot!
Leather Anniversary Gifts for Him
12. Leather Messenger Bag
First up is this gorgeous leather messenger bag. It is one of the gifts my husband has been craving for a long time. We checked out what wirecutter had to say about their top leather messenger bags along with suggestions for a clean looking leather briefcase. This simple-looking leather bag from Fosil has a large capacity and ample organization — great for work and play.
13. Personalized Bracelet for Him
Masculine. Leather. Bracelet.
This handcrafted leather bracelet for men can be engraved to make a beautiful and very personalized gift.
14. Leather Camera Strap
Any photographers in our midst? Everyone seems to be toting one around these days.
This could make a nice gift for either him or her. Ditch the ubiquitous fabric camera strap and upgrade to a beautiful personalized leather one. Unique, original, and one-of-a-kind.
15. Leather Sport Collectibles
A sports fan would be thrilled to receive an autographed ball from their favorite player. It just so happens that baseballs and many basketballs are still made of leather. Game on!
16. Leather Bow Tie
If you man likes to wear a bow tie, then why not get him one of these eye catching leather ones?
17. Leather Office Chair
from West Elm
The right office chair makes a big difference to your work environment. Perhaps he wants to refresh a drab office space with a sleek and well-designed leather chair. Or, maybe it is time to dispose of the cheaper plastic variety for a more ergonomic office chair. What better time to upgrade with an iconic mid-century leather office chair.
18. Leather Journal Writing Notebook
A beautifully crafted and unique gift, this genuine water buffalo leather notebook can record all his thoughts, plans and dreams. If you think you want to spend a bit more, then pair it with either a leather pen (above) or find a luxury fountain pen like these ones.
19. Leather Weekender Travel Bag
Every man needs a sturdy weekender travel bag made from rich leather. If there are work trips in his future, this is a durable gift that will get a lot of use.
20. Leather Cuff Link Box
After the wedding, he may have a few extra pieces to add to his collection with nowhere to put them. A cuff-link box takes care of his small jewelry storage needs. Add a monogram to make it his own.
21. Leather Pillow Cover
Last but not least, if he needs some new cushions that scream man cave, these authentic leather patchwork ones will do nicely.
22. Leather Attire (Jacket / Gloves)
Everyone needs that classic, timeless leather jacket in their closet. This is an investment piece that he’s sure to get plenty of wear out of for years and even decades. Choose a streamlined bomber for a look that won’t go out of style.
Or, splurge a little and gift a pair of leather driving gloves they will thank you for when it starts getting chilly.
23. Personalized Leather Mousepad
This mousepad in fullgrain leather (meaning its the top quality) is made with premium, USA leather. It comes in a variety of colors and can be personalized with initials!
Congratulations on your third anniversary and we wish you all the best in the years to come!
We hope our list has provided you with some great gift ideas. Until next year (hint: it’s silk), thanks for checking out our list of 3rd anniversary gift ideas.
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