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by Trisha Mee
If you're stuck for ideas of what to get your spouse for your wedding anniversary, look to tradition for some inspiration. Since the middle ages, couples have given each other themed gifts to signify the different stages of marriage. Traditionally, the 25th year of marriage is celebrated with a silver gift and the 50th year calls for something gold, but what about the years in-between? Here are the traditional themes for each year of wedded bliss and some gift ideas to match
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The early years...
1st year: PAPERGift suggestions: A book, stationery set, handmade card or let them choose with a gift voucher
2nd year: COTTONGift suggestions: Pyjamas for her or pyjamas for him
3rd year: LEATHERGift suggestions: A stylish leather wallet, clutch or men's satchel is a gift they'll use time and time again.
4th year: FRUIT/FLOWERSGift suggestion: A beautiful orchid plant for her or give the gift of fruit with a wine tasting tour for two!
5th year: WOODGift suggestions: Personalised planku Australian hardwood serving board.
6th year: CANDYGift suggestions: Spell out 'I love you' with a personalised message in chocolate.
7th year: WOOL/COPPERGift suggestions: A woolen scarf or a copper cocktail set
8th year: POTTERY/BRONZEGift suggestions: A pottery class they've always wanted to take.
9th year: WILLOWGift suggestion: A willow tree to plant in the garden.
10th year: TIN/ALUMINIUMGift suggestion: A cookie tin filled with custom printed macarons.
Hitting the double digits...
11th year: STEELGift suggestions: Stainless steel watch or a 24-piece cutlery set.
12th year: SILK/LINENGift suggestions: A soft satin or linen robe, beautiful bedding, a tie or silk pocket square bearing his initials.
13th year: LACEGift suggestion: A tablecloth, gloves or lacy underwear.
14th year: GOLDGift suggestion: Your husband is sure to appreciate the gift of liquid gold, i.e, beer tasting tour and perhaps you can drop the hint about wanting something new for your gold jewellery collection.
15th year: CRYSTALGift suggestions: A decanter and glasses set.
Getting up there!
20th year: CHINAGift suggestion: Stunning tableware or tea set.
25th year: SILVERGift suggestions: A stylish silver men's watch or cufflinks.
30th year: PEARLGift suggestions: Pearl necklace and earring set.
35th year: CORALGift suggestion: A trip to the Great Barrier Reef to explore the stunning coral landscapes.
40th year: RUBYGift suggestion: This doesn't have to be of the precious stone variety. Consider gifts that are ruby in colour such as a deluxe red wine six pack or a driving experience in a red ferrari.
45th year: SAPPHIREGift suggestion: You could opt for the jewel or for a different spin - think escaping to a location with sapphire blue waters, such as Tropical North Queensland.
50th year: GOLDGift suggestion: Gold jewellery or go big with a trip to the Gold Coast!
60th year: DIAMONDGift suggestion: Naturally diamond jewellery or accessories come to mind, but for an out-of-the-box idea, perhaps a trip to see Diamond Head in Hawaii.
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