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Hallmark’s top tips for the perfect wedding anniversary gift

Jul 22nd, 2010
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WeddingsIt’s Weddings’ Month here at Hallmark during the whole of July, so we thought it would be a good time to discuss wedding anniversaries.

Wedding anniversaries have to be the easiest time to buy gifts for your partner because, thanks to tradition, an entire 90 years worth of presents is already planned out in advance. However, not every gift suggestion is befitting a modern marriage, so if a barometer doesn’t sound like your idea of romance here are our top tips of what to buy (apart from an anniversary card of course):

1st – Cotton. Why not try some beautiful cotton Egyptian towels or bed sheets?

6th – Sugar. More like something you would borrow from a neighbour than buy a loved one but how about a packet of love hearts? No, not just any old pack, a personalised pack!

13th – Barometer. We get a bit of a raw deal in the UK as in America the 13th year is celebrated with lace, much nicer than a barometer. But this shouldn’t stop you being creative, how about a holiday in the sun? Pick the right place and time of year and you can predict a long weekend of good weather and act as your own barometer.

16th – Hollowware. Hollowware is table service items made from metal which aren’t flat – such as tureens, pitchers and bowls. If the pair of you have more than your share of hollowware, why not treat your special one to a meal and night in a classy hotel which uses traditional hollowware, such as The Ritz?

17th – Furniture. Quite how you’ve managed all these years without furniture is anybody’s guess! If you don’t think a new bed or table is suitable, what about a picnic in the woods? It’s where most furniture begins and makes for a romantic hide-away. We know it’s a tenuous links but who buys furniture as an anniversary present?

40th – Ruby. This should be straightforward, but where’s the fun in that? If your loved one doesn’t like rubies, how about treating them to a romantic meal in a tasty curry house – Ruby Murray, being the cockney rhyming slag for curry. Of course, you could go a step further with a whole trip away to India.

90th – Granite. Some would consider a gift made of granite unbefitting 90 years of marriage, so, if a new kitchen worktop isn’t your idea of romance how about a weekend away to Aberdeen, otherwise known as Granite City? Or, if you’re a bit more adventurous, a trip to America’s Yellowstone national park, known for its granite domes.

Of course, these are just our initial ideas, please feel free to tell us your thoughts by adding your own in the comments below, and we will work them in to an extended list in the future.

Here is a full list of anniversary dates (via Wikipedia) which clearly show which year equates to which type of gift.

Year Gift
1stCotton
2ndPaper
3rdLeather
4thFruit and Flower
5thWooden
6thSugar
7thWoollen
8thSalt, Pottery
9thCopper
10thTin, coal
11thScent
12thSilk and Fine Linen
13thBarometer
14thClock
15thCrystal
16thHolloware
17thFurniture
18thColoured Gems
19thFurniture
20thChina
25thSilver
30thPearl
35thCoral
40thRuby
45thSapphire
50thGold
55thEmerald
60thDiamond
65thBlue Sapphire
70thPlatinum
75thDiamond
80thOak
90thGranite

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Birthdays, anniversaries, new babies, new houses....so many special occasions happen every day sometimes it’s hard to keep up!

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