If you are getting close to celebrating six years of wedded bliss, and you’re panicked on what to get for your other half, fear not. We’ve pulled together some of the best iron anniversary gift ideas for either him or her.
The big wedding anniversary milestones seem to get the most attention and and biggest presents! But we believe that EVERY wedding anniversary deserves to be special and unique. Anniversaries are a time to celebrate the union you have built together. After all, 72 months of marriage is a big accomplishment that deserves recognition.
First, let’s briefly discuss what the sixth anniversary traditional gift (iron) is all about.
Traditional 6th Anniversary Gift
Traditionally, the sixth-anniversary gift is iron.
Why iron as a gift? Well, iron has been an important metal throughout civilization. Some believe it represents a strong bond between partners that is very difficult to break. It makes sense to give such an enduring, long lasting, or practical gift for the home.
Modern 6th Year Anniversary Gifts
Modern lists mark the sixth anniversary with candy or chocolate – hello, now your talking our language! Maybe just drop a few hints that your significant other should consider buying both candy and iron to make sure we cover all bases in this special anniversary year.
- Calla Lily: the elegant, slender calla lily flower is the traditional flower for a 6th anniversary. It is unlike any other and symbolizes all the ways that each partner’s love has grown over six years of marriage. The calla lily is thought to posess a magical light source inside that radiates upwards – a great analogy for reflecting upon six years of marriage together.
- Amethyst: The traditional gemstone for a 6th anniversary is a calming stone that helps promote calm, balance, and peace.
Iron Gifts for Her
Celebrate by giving her unique iron gifts for the home, or something special just for her.
1) Iron Jewellery Dish
Unique handmade bowl that has been shaped by repeated heating and hammering using traditional skills and tools. She can use it to store everyday jewelry or even in the front hall as a key/change dish.
2) Hand Forged Iron Rose
Real roses give off a fragrent smell and look good for a week or two, and then wither and die. As an alternative, this forever rose is handmade in the UK from wrought iron and will last a very long time. We can see how including this black iron rose in the right floral arrangement would look stunning as a home decor piece!
3) Cast Iron Fondue Set
Do you remember your childhood and the first time you had fondue? We certainly do. Such a novel way to enjoy dinner among family and friends – chatting, laughing, and fighting over whose fondue fork is whose.
Nostalgic and functional, a fondue set made from cast iron is a great anniversary gift for a couple (not just him/her). Cast iron is known to last a longtime in the cookware world, so you’re getting good value for money with this set. Comes with 6 colro coded long stemmed forks.
4) Iron Floor Planter
This handcrafted iron planter with antiqued bronze finish looks sleek and slender. Could work equally well indoors as outside as part of a patio set. Place a lovely plant inside and you are good to go!
5) Feast Hammered Iron Serving Bowl
We just love the look of this rustic hammered iron bowl. As suggested on C&B’s website, this bowl is best for serving breads, crackers or other dry, non-acidic foods. However, we think it could work equally well as a decorative piece filled with seasonal gourds, flowers, or other such decor.
6) Stamped Horseshoe
Any horse lovers out there celebrating a 6th anniversary? A custom stamped horseshoe might just make her anniversary day.
7) Hammered Iron Serving Tray
An iron serving tray is one of those things she didn’t know she needed, but can’t live without! This rectangular serving platter can be used as a fruit tray or snack platter, for carrying food and beverages out to the porch, or as a decorative centerpiece.
8) Iron Bookmark
Digital books are great, but we still prefer snuggling up with a good paperback. Affordable and customizable, each iron bookmark is hand made by 5-star Etsy seller Coach House Forge using hammer & anvil to make a truly unique, one-off item.
9) Decorative Iron Bowl
We can’t get enough of this Etsy seller’s wonderful iron products. Lovely looking decorative iron bowl that could be used for a variety of purposes.
10) Forged Iron Earrings with Freshwater Pearl
You can’t go wrong with an anniversary jewelry gift for her. Lots of happy customers for this Etsy seller and her iron and freshwater pearl earring creations.
11) Bouquet of Calla Lilies
A bouquet of fresh cut flowers is the quintessential anniversary gift. There’s something simple yet exquisite about calla lillies. Choose soft and romantic colors or go for a pop of vibrant color – either way they are sure to bring a smile.
12) Amethyst Bracelet
by Blue Nile
Choosing the jewelry route means she’ll have a gift that will always remind her of your 6th year together. Amethyst is a stunning gemstone that is thought to bring clarity and calm to its wearer. This delicate bracelet is a wonderful piece that can be worn for many special occasions to come.
Iron Gifts for Him
A gift made of iron that is just for him? Guys who love their manly, metal stuff will think they’ve died and gone to anniversary gift heaven!
1) Cast Iron Cookware
by Le Creuset
Many guys like to cook and craft gourmet meals, and to make sure he’s able to cook at his best he needs outstanding tools. A lot of chefs swear by cast iron cookware. With that in mind, we think this is quite possibly the perfect gift for the budding gourmand. Check out our in depth review of the Le Creuset skillet here.
2) Iron Fish
Created by two university students looking to offer a scientifically-proven and easy-to-use solution for improving iron intake, this product is a simple & effective cooking tool. It naturally infuses your meals with a gentle dose of iron. The company participates in a buy-one-give-one program that donates a portion of sales to help undernourished communities. Win-Win!
3) Whiskey Stones Gift Set
Technically this gift is made from glass, granite, and wood … it made the list because we think its such a kick a## gift! Be sure to checkout the quick videos on the listing.
4) Bronze Cast Iron Opener
The man cave just isn’t complete without a bottle opener. This handmade walnut with alder inlay and iron design is both functional and good looking.
5) Iron Railroad Spike Knife
A forged knife with wire brushed finish and natural wax coating, made from a railroad spike. Nuff said.
An obvious gift choice as a unique gift for a hunter, fisherman, or just someone who collects knives.
6) Industrial Gear Sculptural Iron Book End
With its steampunk feel and industrial chic look, we can imagine a lot of interior design or office settings for these iron book ends. Lots of guys have a collection of books (big or small) that could be displayed in a unique way. Bookends may seem old fashioned, but we really like the look of this old style made new again.
7) Iron Wine Rack
by True Decor
An iron wine rack is a must have for those who want to display their wine collection in a stlyish way.
8) Personalized Iron Name Plate
We highlited this Etsy seller above, and had to put them on the list again with this neat iron name plate. Personalized the way you want, it makes for a nice gift that he can take to the office/studio.
9) Iron Dice Set
We love a good round of Yahtzee or other board games now and then. So when we saw these crafted iron dice, our gift-o-meter went up. Lot’s of guys (and gals) enjoy playing dice based board games. These seem like a nice gift that would get a lot of usage for years to come.
10) Industrial Metal Pendant Light
Maybe it is time for new lighting in your kitchen or living room? This iron light fixture has an industrial vibe suited to a variety of interior design aesthetics.
We hope you’ve gotten some solid iron gift ideas for your anniversary.
Until next year (hint: it’s wool), congrats and all the best for your 6th year celebrations!