There’s something particularly magical about the thought of spending 11 years together. Remember back to last year’s anniversary and I bet it was a huge occasion. But there’s a touch of the fairytale to turning eleven – and that makes it all the more romantic in my eyes.
Now that you’re firmly in the double digits, be sure to enjoy a magical time celebrating all of the wonderful years you’ve spent together. Not to mention all the fresh beginnings and happy endings you’re planning to share in the future.
What is the Traditional 11th Anniversary Gift?
The traditional gift for your 11th anniversary is something made of steel. Representing strength and durability, steel items are a great reminder that a marriage is all about staying strong to each other and to the bond you share.
Modern 11th Anniversary Gift
If you’re not sure about steel, you might consider the contemporary spin on gifts for the 11th year – diamonds! Also known as a symbol of strength, they can certainly add some sparkle to your celebrations.
Symbolic Flower: Tulip
Embodying elegance and grace, tulips are the flower associated with 11th year anniversary celebrations. The tulip’s soft, dark center is meant to represent a lover’s heart and tulips themselves are a marker of spring, which makes them a perfect way to start your second decade together.
Symbolic gem: Turquoise
As one of the stones with the longest history, turquoise makes a gorgeous anniversary gift. Worn by king, queens, warriors and shamans throughout the ages, it embodies power and longevity. And isn’t that what every marriage needs!?
Steel Anniversary Gifts for Her
Show her just how much you care with a perfectly pitched gift boasting a traditional spin.
1) Steel Bowl
This gorgeous, hand crafted steel bowl is a stylish accessory to hold rings, keys, and other small trinkets. No two are the same, making each one precious in its own way. You can even have your own message engraved in the side to make it extra special.
2) Personalised Steel Keychain
I love the quirkiness of this cute keyring! Not only is it the perfect gift for someone who’s got a soft spot for puns, but you can have it personalized with your wedding date so it’s got sentimental value too.
3) Raven Stovetop Tea Steeper Kettle
A true tea aficionado will fall for this elegant stovetop kettle in a heartbeat. Made by Fellow, this striking designer kettle will look spectacular in any home, not to mention steep the perfect cup of tea. A color-guide thermometer tells you when the temperature is just right. It goes without saying to pick out a nice blend to accompany this sleek and modern addition to your kitchen.
Check out this article we wrote for more gifts for tea lovers!
4) Bouquet of Tulips
by The Bouqs Co
Brightly colored and elegant, I love these cup-shaped flowers. Often associated with spring, there’s no better way to remind her your love continues to bloom anew than with a bouquet of tulips. Does your anniversary fall out of tulip season? Gift her some bulbs and make a date to plant them in your garden when autumn rolls around. If she loves gardening, add a few tools into the mix!
5) Steel Ice Cream Scoop
by Midnight Scoop
If your sweetheart has an equally sweet tooth, this super cool stainless steel ice cream scoop might be just what melts her heart this 11th anniversary. Pick out a few tubs of your favorite flavors and hide them in the freezer so she can try it out straight away.
6) Fountain Pen with Stainless Steel Nib
A beautiful fountain pen with a stainless steel nib might just be one of the best twists on the traditional 11-year anniversary material I’ve seen. Not only is it a lovely gift, it’s one she can refill and keep using for years and years to come. If you’re lucky, she might use it to write you a few sweet nothings.
More fountain pen ideas here in our roundup guide.
7) Steel Time Capsule
Now, this is another really neat idea. Moreso if the two of you enjoy giving (and receiving) slightly unconventional gifts. Together, you can fill it with all sorts of things that have special significance.
8) Personalised Steel Love Heart T Light
For a little romance, you can’t go wrong with this cool candle holder. Have it inscribed with your own special message and buy up some scented tea lights so you can keep the flame burning bright.
9) Ring Pillar Candle holder
Not everyone is a big fan of hearts. If your special lady loves a candle, but would prefer something a little more contemporary, this ring pillar holder is the perfect fit.
10) Steel Necklace
Jewelry is a great gift for any anniversary, and this necklace is as eye-catching as it is fitting for your 11-year celebrations. The sweet, twisted steel bar will gather plenty of compliments and is an excellent choice for someone who likes to keep her look fresh.
11) Picture Frame
by Kate Spade
Pick one of your top memories and pop it into this stylish silver-plated frame for an anniversary gift that’s guaranteed to make her smile.
12) Stainless Steel Tiles
If your wife is as house proud as I am, there’s a good chance she’ll love getting a gift she can incorporate in her home décor. These steel tiles are a great conversation piece and will brighten up a kitchen in no time.
13) Turquoise Thread Through Earrings
If your wife likes to stand out from the crowd, this gorgeous set of turquoise threader earrings are meant for her. Designed to delicately dangle (and turn heads, perhaps), she’ll love finding any occasion to wear them!
Steel Anniversary Gifts for Him
Show him your love is as strong now as it’s ever been with a gorgeous gift made from steel.
1) Anti Zero Gravity Chairs
If a cold beer or a hot coffee on the porch of one of your hubbies favorite ways to while away an hour, then he’s sure to appreciate these super cool and comfortable zero gravity outdoor chairs.
2) Stainless Steel Pizza Oven
by Kettle Pizza
Amateur chefs the world over are dying to get their hands on their very own pizza oven. Give him the opportunity to experiment to his heart’s content. Be sure to buy plenty of fun pizza toppings!
3) Stainless Steel Chef’s Knife
A good knife is a chef’s best friend. Give your dear-heart a high quality knife that will help him slice and dice his way to contentment in the kitchen.
4) Steel Designed Cufflinks
Cufflinks make a great anniversary gift because they’re so handy for a special occasion. I love the simple and elegant design, especially because you can personalize them by adding the date of your wedding in roman numerals.
5) Stainless Steel Watch
Give him something that will remind him how much you care every single day, like this functional yet awesome stainless steel watch.
6) Steel Fire Striker
This stainless steel fire striker lets an outdoorsy type get a nice little blaze started. Romantic note about the fire he started in your heart is optional!
7) Stainless Steel Bonfire Fire Pit
by Solo Stove
Whether he’s a keen camper or you want to be able to enjoy a romantic fire in your back yard, this self-contained stainless steel little number is a great gift. Stock up on marshmallows for roasting over the open flame.
8) Stainless Steel Ice Cubes
by Distillery 1840
Cool whisky quickly without diluting, thanks to stainless steel ice cubes. Reusable and seriously smart looking, these cooling stones can be popped in the freezer then added to his drink for a classy way to stay chilled.
9) Stainless Steel Cut Map
These steel cut maps are a really original twist on an old favorite. Maybe you’ll choose your neighborhood, the place you had your first date, or another significant spot. Either way, it’ll look great hanging above the sofa or his desk.
10) Vintage Steel Sign
If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, then I recommend a retro steel sign. Add some vintage charm to his top chill out spot with a martini mermaid or find one that matches his chosen tipple.
11) Steel Beer Stein
A cold beverage of choice is a welcome treat after a long day. With this stylish, insulated stein, drinks stay colder for longer. Remember to wrap up a few of his favorite drinks to go along with it.
12) Steel Tongue Drum
Married to a musician? A steel tongue drum is a surefire way to his heart. The sound is amazing and it will look fantastic displayed on the wall.
An eleven year anniversary is a wonderful achievement. Be sure to mark it with a steel gift that symbolizes your union as a couple and the strength you’ll share in the future. Until next year (hint: it’s Linen), we wish you all the best!