To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’.
In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary.
These gift suggestions for each year of marriage are today referred to as the 'Traditional' themes for each anniversary.
In the earlier years of a marriage, it is often simple to think of a meaningful gift when two people tend to have plenty of things on their wish lists they want to purchase someday.
However, as the years go by and the assets build up, it becomes increasingly more difficult to think of an anniversary gift that will be treasured.
Below we have put together a comprehensive and accurate table detailing the most recognized traditional and modern gift themes by anniversary year.
You can click in the far right column to get a full overview for each year.