Much like the ruby, you don't necessarily have to buy sapphire jewelry for an anniversary. Sapphire crystal ware, sapphire blue clothing, or a gift wrapped with sapphire tissue paper is equally thoughtful.

Traditional anniversary gifts by year

If you're a traditionalist, then you'll know that with the first year anniversary of a marriage comes the gift of paper. But what gifts come after that, year after year? Here, we have anniversary gifts for all of the milestone years, and then some. We've put a unique spin on the traditional anniversary gift that your spouse will surely love.

First year


Paper: What could be sweeter than a handwritten note for your spouse on your first year anniversary? Take one from the pack and write something special -- then wrap the rest up with a bow to be used as stationery. $22, available at riflepaperco.com.

Second year


Cotton: Prove to your spouse that you still know all the important moments with this throw pillow that shows off key dates, like your first kiss and when you said 'I do.' $32.99, available at redenvelope.com.

Third year


Leather: Emboss your spouse's initials on this leather luggage tag -- and put it to use with a surprise vacation for your anniversary. $10, available at potterybarn.com.



Fourth year


Fruit or flowers: This anniversary, you have the option to buy fruit or flowers. Why not combine the two and show off a bouquet of fruit? $45, available at ediblearrangements.com.

Fifth year


Wood: They say the way to someone's heart is through the stomach. Why not kill two birds with one stone with this heart-shaped cheese board? $24.95, available at thenewenglandtradingcompany.com.

Sixth year


Candy or Iron: For your sweetheart with a sweet tooth, nothing says "I love you" more than a box of quality chocolates. Prices starting at $8.99, available at kilwins.com.

Seventh year


Wool or copper: Snuggle up close to your spouse with the traditional gift of wool for this anniversary. Celebrate seven years while getting comfy and cozy! Prices starting at $180, available at zincdoor.com.

Eighth year


Pottery or bronze: This personalized bowl allows you to inscribe up to 60 characters along the inside. Wow your spouse by buying this bowl -- and then use it to serve a homemade dinner. $96, available at uncommongoods.com.



Ninth year


Willow or pottery: Take your spouse on the ultimate picnic and pack all their favorite snacks in this willow basket for your anniversary. $56.99, available at wayfair.com.

10th year


Tin or aluminum Surprise your sweetie with these reclaimed tin frames for your home. Print out three of your favorite photos of the two of you to add that personal touch. $45, available at uncommongoods.com.

11th year


Steel: Here, here! Toast to 11 years with this personalized wine bucket. Splurge on a nice bottle of champagne -- you two deserve it after all these years. $99, available at redenvelope.com.

12th year


Silk sheets are luxurious and indulgent, so treat your spouse to this spurge-worthy anniversary present. Bonus points for serving breakfast in bed! Prices starting at $100, available at nordstrom.com.

13th year


Lace: Celebrate this anniversary with friends and family -- and use this delicate lace runner to get your guests talking. $34.99, available at overstock.com.



14th year


Ivory: Do your good deed and help save the elephants by refusing to buy ivory. Instead, an elephant ring holder will show off your good conscience. Bonus points for placing jewelry around the elephant's trunk! $35, available at redenvelope.com.

15th year


Crystal: Cheers to 15 years! Mark this special occasion by gifting these unique glasses that are specifically designed to aerate wine. Your wine-enthusiast spouse will make a toast to your thoughtfulness. $38.99, available at redenvelope.com.

20th year


China: Show your spouse that you two are the ultimate lovebirds with this Lenox dinnerware set. $99.99, available at bedbathandbeyond.com.

25th year


Silver: Celebrating 25 years as a couple is a milestone; make sure you celebrate by filling these beautiful silver plated flutes with some bubbly. $125, available at nordstrom.com.

35th year


Coral: Who says coral needs to be orange? These stunning blue bookends can hold photo albums, special novels and all of your other happy memories as husband and wife in between. $55, available at etsy.com.



40th year


Ruby: Though buying ruby jewelry is always a perfect gift idea for this anniversary, there are other ways to incorporate this traditional anniversary gift. A bottle of ruby red wine, red roses, or a present simply wrapped with red ribbon are great alternatives.

45th year


Sapphire: Much like the ruby, you don't necessarily have to buy sapphire jewelry for this anniversary. Sapphire crystal ware, sapphire blue clothing, or a gift wrapped with sapphire tissue paper is equally thoughtful.



Gold: Gold jewelry is a fantastic gift, but so are gold-dipped roses, or a personalized gold plaque. The sky is the limit for your 50th anniversary!

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