A card and a present are a customary way to mark 12 more months together as a married couple, but many followers of tradition choose their particular anniversary gifts by year. Not every single year has a traditional anniversary gift – the first decade of marriage does, but thereafter, the milestones are spread out every five-ten years with a specific material linked to each one.
Do you follow the American or British version of ‘the list’?
Both lists have plenty of gifts in common that date back to 1937 – when there were just eight years with gifts attached to them. In fact, the association of 50 years with gold and 25 years with silver can be traced back to the Roman Empire.
Differences include, paper being first on the list in the US, followed by cotton, but the British list is the reverse, and fourth anniversaries being a time for fruit and flowers in American, but in the United Kingdom, it’s for linen or silk.
Later, the American National Retail Jeweler Association added more anniversary years and gifts to the list and later still, the Chicago Public Library published an alternative approach of modern anniversary gifts. This contemporary list saw clocks, electrical appliances and even musical instruments being deemed appropriate wedding anniversary presents for the new age.
It’s the traditional roster of presents, specifically to the American list, which is widely regarded as the one that most couples follow. Though what exactly are the anniversary years that you should be celebrating with the pre-defined ‘marriage material’ gifts? Read on to find out.