A wedding is a celebration, a public declaration of love, and above all, an event. An anniversary, on the other hand, is an accomplishment. As a milestone, it marks another year of cooperation and it is a time to look back on a life lived together. Over the centuries, traditions surrounding anniversary gift giving have evolved. While we’re particularly fond of the third anniversary for its historic association with leather, here is a full list of the first ten anniversary years and their traditional gifts.
In North America, the traditional first anniversary gift is paper, while in the UK, the traditional gift for this anniversary is cotton.
For the second anniversary, North America and the UK swap the positions of their traditional gifts. The traditional second anniversary gift in the UK is paper, on this side of the Atlantic it is cotton.
Leather is the traditional third anniversary gift in both North America and the United Kingdom.
The traditional fourth anniversary is fruit or flowers in North America. In the UK the traditional gifts are linen or silk.
In both North America and the UK, wood is the traditional fifth anniversary gift.
The traditional sixth anniversary gift in North America is Iron. The United Kingdom makes gifting a bit easier for this milestone, and the traditional gift for this year is sugar.
The traditional gift for the seventh anniversary in both the UK and in North America is wool.
The traditional gift for the eighth anniversary in North America is Bronze. In the United Kingdom it is salt.
The traditional gift for ninth anniversary in North America is Pottery. In the UK, the traditional gift is copper.
The traditional tenth anniversary gift in North America and the United Kingdom is tin.