A wedding anniversary party is a special celebration, not only of the couple but also of the many years of joy that their marriage has brought to their friends and family. A great way to help the happy couple rejoice in their successful union is by gifting them something that’s both meaningful and useful. If you’ve been invited to help a couple commemorate many years of marriage, we’ve got all of the information you need to find that perfect present to show you care. From gift etiquette for hosts and guests to great anniversary gift ideas, we’ve detailed everything you need to know.
Wedding Anniversary Gift Etiquette
Anniversary Gift Etiquette for the Party Host
As the wedding anniversary party host, you have a lot on your plate! From planning and preparation to decorating to ensuring that the event goes off without a hitch, there’s so much to take care of both before and during the get-together. Gift-giving may not have crossed your mind until just now, so you may be wondering what the gift etiquette rules are for you. Luckily, we’ve got the answers to the most common questions:
I’m throwing a wedding anniversary celebration – am I expected to give a gift?
Since planning and paying for a party is a gift in itself, you shouldn’t feel obligated to give an additional item. You may choose to give an anniversary card with a special message inside or to give a small, yet special and thoughtful token gift. If you’re throwing the party with someone else, like your sibling, you may go in on a gift together. However, keep in mind that throwing the party is more than enough, and your loved ones are sure to truly appreciate it.
Should I keep track who gave gifts at the party?
It’s a huge help to the happy couple if you keep track of who gave what gift, especially if they open the gifts at the party. They’ll want to be sure to send a thoughtful thank you note to everyone who helped them celebrate. Keeping track of the gifts as they’re opened up will make it much easier for them when it comes time to fill out the thank-you cards.
Should I let guests know that they are expected to bring a gift?
No, you do not need to let guests know to bring a gift. It’s tacky and unnecessary to include it on invitations. Most guests will know to bring a gift if they can and want to. Guests who want to give a gift will do so without prompting. Let the guests make their own decision about whether to give a gift and what to give.
Gift Giving Etiquette for Anniversary Party Guests
If you’ve been invited to a wedding anniversary celebration, you may be wondering what the etiquette rules are regarding gifts. We’ve got the answers to the most common questions that guests have about gift giving for anniversary parties:
How much should I spend on a wedding anniversary gift?
You know how much you can reasonably spend, so it’s okay to set your own gift budget. However, it’s generally acceptable to spend around $25 or more for a wedding anniversary gift. Don’t feel obligated to spend a set amount. Focus on choosing a meaningful and thoughtful present that will let the couple know you care. Whatever gift you choose to give will show that you’re very happy for them after their many years of marriage.
Should I send a gift if I cannot attend the anniversary celebration?
If you can’t attend the celebration, you do not need to send a gift. Depending on your relationship with the couple, you may want to send along a card in the mail. It’s really up to you, but you certainly don’t have to send or mail a gift if you aren’t coming to the party. Your well wishes will surely be appreciated either way.
Brainstorming Tips for Selecting Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Picking a present for a couple can be a bit more challenging than choosing one for an individual. After all, you need something that works well for both people. If you’re having trouble coming up with wedding anniversary gift ideas, don’t stress. These brainstorming tips are designed to help you focus in on a great gift that the couple is sure to love. Take these details into consideration:
Consider the party theme
The party theme may be obvious from the invitation. Let the anniversary party theme guide you in selecting a gift that goes along with it. You could choose an item that matches the color scheme or something that relates in some way to theme. You may also choose a traditional gift that aligns with the number of years being celebrated, which may also be the theme of the party.
How many years has the couple been married?
There are different traditional themes that correspond to wedding anniversaries. You may want to look at how many years of marriage the couple is celebrating and allow it to guide your gift selection. You could choose a present that fits well with the traditional theme if you find something you like for them. Married couples that have spent decades together are likely to own a lot of practical household items. In that case, consider something more creative or unique that corresponds to the number of years they’re celebrating.
Propose or chip in on a group gift
This is an ideal option if you have a really special, yet expensive gift in mind. Ask other relatives or friends to go in together on a pricier present. You can all contribute an equal amount and gift the couple something spectacular that you simply cannot afford on your own. It can be an especially smart and helpful idea for a couple’s children or their siblings. If a group gift has already been established, you can ask if you’re able to chip in and contribute towards it.
Consider your relationship with the couple
Your relationship to the couple can influence the amount you spend, as well as the gift itself. For example, if you’re the couple’s child, you’ll likely want to give a heartfelt present to show your parents how much you appreciate their love and care over the years. If you’re a friend of the family, you may want to stick with a more practical item.
Think about the interests and needs of the couple
If you know of something that the couple may need or want but they haven’t gotten it for themselves, it could be a great surprise to gift them with it. Another way to hone in on that perfect present is by thinking about their favorite hobbies, activities they enjoy, and their shared interests.
Excellent Ideas for Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Coming up with the ideal wedding anniversary gift can be challenging, especially for couples who have many years of marriage under their belts. It may seem like they already have everything they need. That makes picking out something special that you think they’d enjoy really important. We’ve broken down the best ideas by category so that you can find that perfect present for the Mr. and Mrs.
Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts by Year
One of the advantages of picking a present for a wedding anniversary is that you do have somewhat of a guide to go off of if you like to follow tradition. There are traditional wedding anniversary gifts that many couples will truly appreciate. You can simply select an item that goes with the traditional theme according to the anniversary that is being celebrated. You aren’t limited to specific items, but rather you can use your creativity to pick a present that in some way touches on the theme. It’s a great way to commemorate the event for the couple.
Practical Ideas for Wedding Anniversary Gifts
When it comes to gifts, you simply can’t go wrong with a practical present. Whether it’s a gift certificate to a restaurant or store, an item for the home, or even just cash, practical presents are always helpful for the receivers. Useful gift ideas definitely come in handy, and they could even be items that the couple hasn’t considered purchasing for themselves. Here are some simple, yet thoughtful everyday gift ideas to consider:
- Gift Certificate
- Magazine or Newspaper Subscription
- Cozy Throw Blanket
- French Press
- Stoneware Casserole Dish
- Armchair Organizer
- Charging Dock for Electronics
- Matching Pajama Sets
- Wine Glasses or Beer Mugs
Budget Friendly Wedding Anniversary Gifts
A tight budget doesn’t have to restrict your options when it comes to wedding anniversary gift ideas. No matter how much or how little you spend, what really counts is the thoughtfulness behind the item. A wedding anniversary is a celebration of love, togetherness, and teamwork, so your gift should come from the heart. Price isn’t what’s important. Something simple, yet truly special, can mean the most. These affordable ideas are perfect for showing the couple how much you care:
- Coffee Table Book
- Photo Album
- Homemade Baked Goods
- Recipe Box
- Writing Journals
DIY Ideas for Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Let your creativity shine with a handmade gift that really comes from the heart by way of your hands. DIY gifts require thought, planning, and effort to ensure that they’re just right for the receivers. The process of coming up with your idea and then executing it can bring you a lot of joy, just as it will bring joy to the couple when they open it. These DIY ideas make for perfect presents to celebrate the couple on their many years of a strong and happy marriage:
- “25 Reasons We Love You Both” or “30 Reasons Why You Make a Great Couple” Framed Poster or Print
- Custom Anniversary Mugs
Sweet & Thoughtful Wedding Anniversary Gifts
Bring joy with a sweet gift that has a personal touch. Think about a gift that has meaning for the married couple and will demonstrate just how well you know them. These ideas can show that you’re clued into what’s in their hearts and on their mind. Consider wedding anniversary gifts that can help mark the special occasion and express just how much they truly mean to you:
- Personal Framed Photo of the Couple
- Vintage Wine or a Bottle of Champagne
- Framed Keepsake or Shadow Box of Mementos
- Photo Keepsake Box
- Annual pass for a local attraction such as a Museum
- A Donation in the Couples name to their Favorite Charity
Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Couples that Love to Travel
After so many years of marriage, the happy couple may be ready to embark on new adventures. Help inspire their future explorations and exciting trips, whether it’s to faraway lands or close to home, with a useful travel-related present. These wedding anniversary gifts are ideal for the jet-setting couple who loves to get out, see new places, and experience new things together:
- Monogram Leather Luggage Tags
- Beach Bag
- Destination Travel Guide Books
- Leather Passport Holders
- Travel Journals
Hobby & Leisure Anniversary Gift Ideas
Many couples share a passion for a particular hobby, activity, or sport. After all, those shared interests have likely played at least a small role in keeping them happily together over the years! Help support their interests with a related item. Consider one of these hobbies & leisure gifts that they’re sure to enjoy in the months and years ahead:
- Golf Club Covers
- Fishing Equipment
- His & Hers Bicycles
- Garden Tools
- High End Chess Set
- Camping Gear
- Lessons for a New Hobby such as Dancing, Photography or Tennis
Wedding Anniversary Gift Basket Ideas
Whether you’re stuck for a specific idea or simply like gifting an array of items centered on a specific theme, a gift basket is the ideal solution. You can select several items to include and even personalize it for the couple. You can add a few individual things for each person or a selection of items that they’ll both be able to use and enjoy. Just select a fun theme to tie everything together.
You may opt for a DIY gift basket by choosing the individual items to include, purchasing them separately, and packaging them in the basket just the way you want. Another option is to purchase a pre-made basket from an online retailer. Either way, you’ll be able to give a gift that suits your budget and fits the theme that you’ve chosen. Here are some gift basket ideas to help you focus in on the perfect one:
- Wine & Cheese Gift Basket
- Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket
- Champagne & Truffles Gift Basket
- Craft Beers Gift Basket
- Spa Day Gift Basket
- Fruit Gift Basket
- Coffee Lovers Gift Basket
- Picnic & Wine Gift Basket
Personalized Wedding Anniversary Gifts
One of the easiest ways to give a useful item that has a bespoke touch is by having it personalized. It takes something practical and purposeful and makes it extra special for the receivers. You can have the couple’s name, monogram, or anniversary date printed, engraved, or embroidered on one of these special items:
- Cutting Board
- Key Chain
- Travel Mugs
- Wine Glasses
- Picture Frame
- Bottle Opener
Funny Wedding Anniversary Gifts / Gag Gifts
For couples who have a good sense of humor, a gag gift could be the perfect way to make them laugh. These lighthearted ideas will have everyone in on the joke. Many of these funny wedding anniversary gifts could also be added in with another gift, too, so you can still give something that’s both special and substantial. Here are a few of our favorite funny ideas to consider:
Unique Anniversary Gift Ideas
Sometimes the perfect present isn’t obvious. Get creative and think outside of the box by picking a present that’s truly an original. A one of a kind gift can show that you put a lot of thought and consideration into the item and that you wanted to give something that really stands out. Here are some creative and unique anniversary gift ideas to consider for the couple:
- Canvas Print of the Couple
- Cool His & Hers Socks
- A Massage Chair
Experiences as Gifts for a Wedding Anniversary
Instead of giving a tangible item, why not change things up and give the gift of an awesome experience? The couple will get more than just something to take home with one of these amazing ideas. They’ll get to have an exciting adventure and make wonderful memories that will last a lifetime! From concerts to sporting events to a memorable meal, there are so many cool experience gifts to consider for a wedding anniversary:
- Vineyard Tour and Tasting
- Concert Tickets
- Day at the Spa or Couples Massage
- Hot Air Balloon Experience
- Professional Sports Game Tickets
- Dinner Cruise
- Theatre or Musical Tickets
Sound the Party Horns!Wedding anniversary gifts should be about more than simply giving an item out of obligation. Choose the perfect present to show the couple how much they and their marriage means to you. Touch their hearts with a thoughtful gift, no matter how small or significant your budget may be. What really matters is the meaning behind it, so choose gifts with care.
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