For whatever reason, we tend to skip to the nearest round number when it comes to “major milestone” gifts. Maybe it’s for convenience or to save money. Or maybe it’s because coming up with anniversary gifts every five or ten years is hard enough, never mind finding the perfect anniversary gift every year.
Well, we think your 22nd wedding anniversary gift should be just as special as the one you gave your honey for your 20th anniversary. Or your 1st anniversary, your 10th anniversary, and your 5th anniversary. You get the idea.
So if you’re coming up on the big 22 (or your fave couple is celebrating 22 years together), we we’ve got some suggestions for exceptional wedding anniversary gift ideas to help you celebrate!
What Is The Traditional Gift & Modern Gift for a 22nd Wedding Anniversary?
Unlike lots of other anniversaries, the 22nd anniversary is one of the few where the official gift is pretty cut and dried. We’re not sure why that is. Probably because the more the anniversary gift list changed, the cloudier it became.
The Victorians established the first list of traditional anniversary gifts, then in 1922, Miss-Etiquette-Emily-Post came up with a slightly more expanded list.
Later, in 1937, the American National Retail Jewelers Association added the idea of the “modern” gift as an alternative to the traditional. It’s probably a safe bet to assume that’s where the idea of an official anniversary gemstone came from too.
But we could be wrong about that.
Traditional 22nd Anniversary Gift: Copper
Modern 22nd Anniversary Gift: Copper
22nd Wedding Anniversary Gemstone: Spinel
22nd Anniversary Gift Ideas For Her
1. Spinel Necklace
by Lily & Roo
Did you know that spinel is the official 22nd wedding anniversary gemstone, and it comes in an array of colors? (Bonus!) We didn’t either! This delicate black spinel choker is the perfect gift for the lady who loves her jewelry on the feminine side.
2. Copper & Silver Earrings
Bold and modern are the adjectives we’d use to describe these gorgeous earrings. (Incidentally, they’re also adjectives we’d use to describe ourselves.) Perfect for everyday wear, evening wear, and everything in between.
3. Rough Spinel Ring
by Etsy: GermanKabirskiInc
Super eye-catching! The rough cut shows off the natural colors of the gemstone, making each ring unique. We think this fantastic, chunky spinel ring would be great for a casual jeans and t-shirt kind of day.
4. Copper Embellished Stemless Wine Glasses
5. Copper Candle
by Wayfair: Tom Dixon
Patchouli, oud wood, and vetiver are just a few of the notes you’ll detect from this gorgeous candle. The scent is lovely enough, but that jar, though! Made from hand-spun copper and featuring a white marble lid- it’s a real showstopper, no?
6. Copper Color Dyson Hair Dryer
Of course Dyson makes the world’s most sophisticated hair dryer; would you expect anything less? This is one of those gifts she probably would never buy for herself, but one use is all it’ll take for her to fall head over heels in love.
22nd Anniversary Gift Ideas For Him
1. Personalized Copper Pint Glasses
The perfect addition to his man cave (or basement) wet bar! These pint glasses are made from durable copper-plated stainless steel and can be engraved with your favorite husband’s initial for an extra special touch. Your choice of seven font styles.
2. Copper Fountain Pen by Amazon: Kaweco
The return of the elegant fountain pen is upon us, and we couldn’t be happier about that! We predict that this pint-sized beauty in shiny copper will quickly become his favorite anniversary gift! Just be sure to order extra refill cartridges—it only comes with one.
3. Personalized Copper Cufflinks
by Etsy: BlockandHammer
4. Copper Chemistry Paperweight
This one-pound paperweight features copper’s atomic symbol, number, mass, melting point in Celcius, density, and weight. If you happened to marry a science and chemistry nerd, this is the most clever anniversary gift ever.
5. Copper Firepit
by Wayfair: Ebern Designs
The most beautiful fire pit we’ve seen yet, hands down! (And we’ve seen a lot of fire pits.) Of course, that’s a matter of opinion, but this copper fire pit is just the thing to elevate your backyard decor, impress your guests, and give you gift-giving bragging rights.
22nd Anniversary Gifts For Anyone
1. An Experience
As far as gifts for couples go, you can never go wrong with the gift of memories. Tinggly and Virgin both offer gift cards so the happy couple can choose their own adventure, or if you’re feeling confident, you can opt to purchase one for them.
Experiences range from cooking classes to mountain climbing to winery tours around the globe. So whether they want to get away to the other side of the world or stay close to home, the world is their oyster.
2. Copper Pans & Pots
by Williams Sonoma: Mauviel
The perfect anniversary/housewarming gift! This set features three layers of heat-mastering, superior cooking alchemy: a stainless-steel interior for non-stick performance, an aluminum core for optimal heat responsiveness, and a .5mm copper exterior for excellent heat conductivity and distribution.
3. Unisex Eau de Parfum
by Nordstrom: Comme des Garcons
A unisex scent is among one of the best gift ideas for couples. It’ll impress both parties by blending sultry scents like pink pepper and ginger with sweet aromas like vanilla and myrrh. And it comes in a gorgeous copper bottle, perfect for a vanity-counter display. Perfect.
4. Copper Bracelet (and mention health benefits of copper bracelets)
by Etsy: OldeDogNewTricks
Suitable for those with both masculine and feminine taste in jewelry, this copper bracelet would look great on anyone. And it’s engraved to remind them they’re loved even when you’re apart.
In case you hadn’t heard, copper is said to help relieve joint pain caused by arthritis. While there’s no credible research to back up this claim, we’ve run into plenty of people who say it’s definitely done wonders for them. That’s good enough for us.
5. Copper Photo Frame
by Etsy: raineylanedesign
Made from upcycled copper, this industrially-inspired picture frame is so unique, it’s sure to become a conversation piece at the next dinner party. Comes in two heights and includes a 4×6 plexiglass frame and twine for hanging. It’s the perfect frame to display that vacation snapshot or wedding photo!
6. Copper Soundwave Art
by Canvas Vows
Do you have a “song?” You know, that song you danced to at your wedding, the song that was playing when you met, or just one that you love to belt out in the car together?
7. Copper Bookmark
by Etsy: RockingHIronworks
For your favorite bookworm! We love this rustic hammered bookmark as is, but when customized with a personalized message, it becomes an anniversary gift to treasure forever. Suitable for men, women, and everyone in-between.
8. Table Lamp
by Wayfair: Dakota Fields
If you’re looking for a 22nd-anniversary gift for your favorite couple, this stunning lamp is definitely a crowd-pleaser. It features a hammer-textured copper finish and contrasting white shade, and it diffuses the perfect warmth for that bedside table or a reading nook table!
9. Plant Pots by Amazon: Alchemade
10. Copper Star Bird Feeder
by Pottery Barn
This fancy copper star-shaped feeder is a backyard must-have if backyard bird watching is a favorite pastime. It’s decorative, functional, and will bring lots of joy to the nature lover in your life! Oh, and the durability of copper will ensure it’ll be around for years and years to come.
11. Copper Foil Custom Quote
by Etsy: EllaQuinnDesign
Copper always has a jazzy sheen—it’s the perfect hue for displaying one of your favorite quotes. This piece of wall art is customizable with a quote. Whether you choose the nicknames you call each other or the sweet thing you tell each other every night, this is the perfect way to showcase what makes your relationships special.
Comes in three sizes with three framing options.
Happy 22 To You
If you haven’t noticed yet, we love to celebrate all things love and marriage around here. That’s why we take our time and pick the gifts featured in our anniversary posts as if they were for our own partners-in-crime.
Our 22nd-anniversary gift post is no different. So we hope we’ve helped you find something special to commemorate the 22 years you’ve spent together as a married couple.
Stay tuned; we’ll be back for number 23, too. And 24, and gifts for a 25th anniversary. ALL the gifts.
Speaking of! If you want more anniversary gift options, check out our lists of anniversary gifts for her or for him. We’ve also got great ideas for gifts for the guy or the girl in your life who seems to have everything.
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Laura resides in the fantastic city of Nashville, TN with her very, very patient husband, three well above average boys, a dog the size of a dinosaur, and a fleet of cats. When she’s not writing for work, she’s writing for fun. When she’s not doing that she enjoys reading, fine dining, copious amounts of wine, and philosophical conversations with her children. And some adults on occasion.