As wives, we will be the first to admit that we can be pretty tricky to buy gifts for.
Sometimes we are masters of dropping hints. Other times we expect you to just know what we want because, after a decade of marriage, you should have a pretty good idea of who we are and what we like (right ladies?!).
Are you still stumped on what to buy your one and only for your wedding anniversary? I will let you in on a secret. It is not a vacuum. I had a friend who received a new vacuum because apparently, her husband heard her complain about vacuuming and naturally thought that meant she must want a newer, upgraded Hoover. Wrong!
Don’t be that spouse. Let us help you, help yourself, with this list of anniversary gifts for her, selected by actual wives.
Anniversary Gifts for Her
Before we begin, a quick note. These gifts loosely follow the official list of traditional anniversary gifts. We say “loosely” because some of them take a different approach to the prescribed gift theme and re-envision the anniversary present in a trendier, more modern light.
While we love traditions, a few of the historical gifts haven’t stood the test of time well (looking at you, ivory) so we’ve decided to still keep the wonderful custom alive, but with some minor alterations.
Whether you’ve been married for one year or one hundred, your wife deserves a thoughtful gift that shows her just how much you appreciate her and everything she does!
We’ve done our best to find some unique and thoughtful gifts for your wedding anniversary.
Let’s dive in!
2nd Anniversary [Cotton] - Cotton Throw Blanket
- Heavy weighted blanket
- Beautiful clean print
- Great sizing options
3rd Anniversary [Leather] - Designer Leather Flats
- Love the array of colors and styles available
- Great for packing
- Excellent for a change at work when heels hurt - still smart and cute.
4th Anniversary [Silk] - Silk Pillowcase
- Helps with keeping hair healthy
- Prevents facial moisterizers being transferred to pillowcase
- Reduces pulling of sensitive facial skin - anti aging
5th Anniversary [Wood] - Wood Frame Gallery
- Warm, neutral wheat tone
- Hanging Options - Vertical and Horizontal
- Varied sizes perfect for feature wall
7th Anniversary [Wool] - Italian Wool/Cashmere Throw
- Neutral and doesn't overwhelm decor
- Incredibly soft
- Classy appearance
8th Anniversary [Appliances] - Stand Mixer
- Iconic design
- Looks like a piece of art in the kitchen
- Array of attachments that come with it - serve lots of purposes
9th Anniversary [Pottery] - Set of Pottery Dishes
- Beautifully handmade
- So different to other typical dinnerware sets in department stores
- Each piece is truly unique as it isn't bulk manufactured
10th Anniversary [Tin] - Tin Wind Chimes
- Varied font types and styles
- Superb craftmanship on the engraving
- Great sounding chimes
14th Anniversary [Ivory] - Gold Trimmed Rose
- Color combinations are plentiful
- Lifetime warrenty
- Love the personalisation/customization options
15th Anniversary [Crystal] - Quartz Crystal Platter
- The natural coloring of the pieces are stunning
- Color options are plentiful
- Multiple uses for the pieces
18th Anniversary [Porcelain] - Porcelain Earrings
- Handcrafted from snow-white porcelain
- Available in multiple colours
- Light weight for daily wear
19th Anniversary [Bronze] - Bronze Bowl
- Engrave “19” on the bottom of the smaller bowl
- Unique, versatile, and practical
- Each bowl individually formed and glazed
20th Anniversary [China] - 32 Piece Bone China Set
- Large set good for hosting lots of friends
- Practical yet formal enough for guests
- Will not overpower table decor
23rd Anniversary [Tableware] - Tiffany Tray In Sterling Silver
- An item that is heirloom worthy
- A durable product that will hold value
- Impressive quality
30th Anniversary [Pearl] - Classic Pearl Strand Necklace
- Classic and sophisticated
- Will hold value
- Timeless elegance
A couple’s second wedding anniversary is cotton, though I would love to cuddle up in this cozy blanket regardless of what year of marriage we’re on!
Woven from natural cotton, it is soft, durable, and perfect for snuggling up with your sweetheart. The customization of adding you and your partner’s name within the branch wreath makes it extra special. It’s so beautiful you may just want to display it on your wall as hygge-inspired art!
With thousands of 5-star reviews and an endorsement from the Queen to boot – Opera that is. Winning a place on her coveted ‘favorite things’ list, Tieks are the ultimate gift to give to the lady in your life. With a cute and stylish aesthetic combined with comfort, durability, and convenience, Tieks are quite possibly the best ballet flat on the market.
The sheer array of colors and styles available could match any possible style! The shoes are so light, they are perfect to travel with or slip into a work purse for a quick change.
I originally saw one of these silk pillow cases on a talk-show segment and though it sounded like a great idea. It promises to help with bedhead, wrinkles, and sleep crease. As well as being hypoallergenic, dust mite-resistant, and allows the skin to breathe unlike synthetic satin (polyester) — hello who doesn’t want to sleep on a silk pillow?
That alone makes you feel more luxurious a night. And from all the positive reviews this pillow case receives, albeit a little on the pricier side, I think it looks like a worthy splurge for a cooler, more restful night’s sleep.
A luxury gift, the Slip Silk Pillowcase is made from of 100% pure silk.
A picture frame gallery always seems to be one of those projects that many say they would love to do, but few end up actually accomplishing on the endless to do list of life. If she is always talking about putting one together, what better time to surprise her with a set of hardwood frames. Enhance the romantic gesture further by pre-printing and framing her favorite photos. Major brownie points!
Wool is another tricky anniversary year. While we all love cozy wool socks, they don’t exactly scream “romance”.
This being said it is a truth universally acknowledged that nobody could ever be disappointed by the gift of a sumptuously soft blanket, especially one crafted with both lambswool and cashmere. This luxurious gift deserves pride of place on the sofa or bed. Exquisitely made with accolades and features from top interior design companies, this is the perfect gift for your favorite snuggle buddy. An array of styles are available from classic and chic to the more contemporary.
Sometimes I wonder who came up with the formal list of anniversary gifts. Some I am completely on board with, like pearls, but it seems like we have to wait a lifetime to make it to the good stuff!
KitchenAid was established in 1919 and has been around over 100 years for a very good reason: they make exemplary products that stand the test of time. The iconic stand mixer is equivalent to buying a functional art piece for your kitchen countertop.
Available in a vast array of colors, it is so simple to find a piece to match your décor and personal style. There are options to alter the mixer bowl for an edgier vibe and each piece comes with all attachments necessary to whip up a beautiful meal for loved ones.
The product offers an impressive warranty policy for this investment piece of cookware.
Pottery is the traditional 9th anniversary gift. Available in an array of neutral colors, this sophisticated, handcrafted dinnerware perfectly fits the bill. The beauty of a classic contemporary color scheme is that it will continually and effortlessly match any table decoration. The unique nature of the handmade serving ware completely sets them apart from everything else on the market.
At ten years of marriage, your relationship is probably pretty solid. Tin is used to represent the strength of your bond after being together for a decade.
These striking tin chimes are equally as durable and lasting. Six tubes reaching up to 18.5 inches in length are tuned to play lovely chords each time the wind blows. The plaque that hangs to catch the breeze can be customized with your names, a special date, and even a phrase. Weather-resistant and powder coated, they’ll be beautiful for years to come.
We’re all about opting for either the modern version of the 14th wedding anniversary gift or taking a different angle when it comes to giving the traditional gift of ivory. We want our gift-giving to be as guilt-free (and lawful) as possible.
The modern gift for your 14th wedding anniversary is gold jewelry but hey, any gold will do.
This stunning gold-trimmed rose avoids the heartache of watching a beautiful bouquet of flowers slowly wilting away. Encased in lacquer and plated with gold, is a real rose in full bloom!
With impeccable craftmanship, and a plethora of options on style, gemstones, and color – start a new gift tradition today and work your way to an entire bouquet! For an extra special touch, inscribe a special love note on the stem.
For the ‘hostess with the mostess’, make her Pinterest dreams come true with a stunning platter which will be the perfect addition to her kitchen. Like her, each piece is perfectly unique and beautiful.
The platter is also adaptable, it can be used as an art piece, for storing jewelry or even as a candle holder – the possibilities are endless.
Class jewelry for a classy lady, right? Your wife is bound to love these delft blue and white porcelain earrings. This stunning set of earrings is reminiscent of the famous Norwegian delft pottery with a modern gold touch. These are the perfect gift for gals who embrace a minimal, classic style. "Utterly beautiful", "stunning", "exquisite" and "beyond expectations" is how the customers described these earrings.
A functional work of art is always a great gift. These pretty heart nesting bowls are handcrafted with a beautiful bronze patina to commemorate your 19 years together.
The three-inch bowl is perfect for holding rings and other smaller items while the five-inch bowl is ideal for keys or chunkier jewelry.
If the heart of the home is in the kitchen, ensure that you keep her heart happy with both beautiful and functional dinnerware. The elegant off-white/ivory coloring is always a classic tone which matches all other seasonal dishes and decorations.
The 32-piece set accommodates four place settings and includes: dinner, salad, soup and cereal bowls; sophisticated enough for company yet functional enough for every day usage.
Every woman knows that the very best gifts come in impeccable blue boxes wrapped in a white bow. For a luxurious and truly timeless gift, always look for quality and reputation.
This sterling silver tray is a classic investment piece for your home. Created with both function and aesthetics in mind, it’s a stunning addition to any bar or kitchen.
It is time to put the old saying ‘pearls lead to tears’ to bed; there’s no woman who would be disappointed with an exquisite hand knotted pearl necklace encompassed within an 18k gold clasp.
Traditionally the 30th year of marriage is known as the Pearl Wedding Anniversary. Pearls, with connotations of wisdom and loyalty, are often gifted as jewelry.
Available in a variety of lengths to suit any style – I can promise there will be no tears!
Traditional Meets Trendy
We are all about family traditions and time-honored practices packed with meaning. However, we’re also modern, forward-thinking, and fashionable women who want a little more than a china teacup to display in our kitchen.
We hope this list challenges you to think outside the box while still matching the theme of traditional anniversary gift ideas for your partner.
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Megan’s wedding experience began over a decade ago when planning her dream ceremony. Since then, three kids have been added to the mix. Megan wholeheartedly embraces all things baby, childhood, and family. When she isn’t writing or chasing little ones you can find her running, hiking, or reading.