Traditional VS Modern anniversary gifts.
Most people are familiar with the traditional materials list that good etiquette requires us use as a guide when selecting a gift to commemorate a wedding anniversary. This can be a bit challenging to convert the materials on the list into an acceptable gift idea. There may be more choices available to you than you think. Do you know that an updated “modern” gift list is available which is becoming more and more popular? So do you go Traditional or Modern?
Parts of the traditional list have existed since medieval times. Historians can trace the origins of silver and golden anniversaries to medieval Germany, where garlands made of these metals were presented as gifts for the 25th and 50th years of marriage. The modern anniversary materials list presents us with a contemporary, easier to use alternative. The modern list has no clear beginning, but like the original, each year’s gift is more precious than the last.
Take a look at the difference below. Traditional will be on the left and Modern will be on the right:
1st year is Paper (Source) or Clocks (source)
Second year is Cotton (source) or China (source)
Third year is Leather (source) or Crystal (source)
Fourth year is Linen (source) or Appliances (source)
Fifth year is wood (source) or Silverware (source)
Sixth year is Iron (source) or Wood Objects
Seventh year is Cooper (source) or Desk Sets
Eighth year is Bronze (source) or Lace (source)
Ninth year is Pottery (source) or Leather Goods (source)
THE BIG 10 YEAR!
Tin (source) or Diamonds (source)
Now we are going to look at the milestone anniversaries:
Fifteenth Year is Crystal (source) or Watches (source)
The Twentieth is China (source) or Platinum (source)
Twenty Five YEARS! That’s silver all around!
Thirtieth is Pearls (source) vs Diamonds (source) This could go either way here.
Fortieth is the big beautiful RUBY. And that’s both traditional and modern.
And unless you live in a cave, you know that GOLD is the big 5-0 Anniversary!
I think it’s fun to find creative gifts based on both the traditional and modern list so neither won nor lost. Have fun!