At the beginning of your marriage, you may not know the appropriate gift to give your spouse on your anniversary or what those traditional gifts mean. Well, here is our list of traditional anniversary gifts by the year to help guide you!
1st Year Anniversary Gift: Paper
Paper symbolizes strength because of the interwoven connection of the paper’s threads. This traditional gift may seem to limit your options at first… but if you think about it, there are so many wonderful ideas for paper anniversary gifts! (And we aren’t just talking about a card!)
If you’re looking for a gift that is truly memorable and unique, JustPaperRoses has hand-made paper roses, such as our beautiful long stemmed red roses. Unlike regular roses that begin to wilt after the first couple of days, paper roses will never die. They are truly a gift that lasts a lifetime!
Some of the best anniversary gifts are more about the thought and experience behind the gift than the gift itself. For example, you could plan a special picnic lunch with your sweetheart using paper plates and napkins! Check out our 1st anniversary picnic set!
For more first anniversary gift ideas, browse our store!
2nd Year Anniversary Gift: Cotton
Cotton is known for being a very flexible and resilient fabric. In marriage, cotton material symbolizes a need for a couple to remain strong and adapt to changes. It is also associated with comfort and durability. In your second year, you feel more comfortable with your partner and are stronger than ever before!
There are so many wonderful gift ideas made from cotton. Of course, our “JustCottonRoses” are a wonderful, unique gift for any couple. We have romantic flower gifts for almost every anniversary.
Another romantic gift idea is a cotton-stuffed teddy bear. Our take on this classic gift is truly special, with the teddy bear wearing a “Happy Cotton Anniversary” shirt and the added bonus of a cotton rose in hand!
For those looking for a humorous gift, check out our 100% cotton t-shirt with the phrase, “We just celebrated our 2nd “Cotton” Anniversary, and all I got was this T-Shirt!”
3rd Year Anniversary Gift: Leather
Leather is soft to touch, durable and long-lasting. Experts say that the 3rd year in marriage is the year of enduring strength, which leather symbolizes beautifully! After you’ve reached the 3rd year milestone, you know you’ve successfully passed the first big hurdle of marriage.
Our classic gift for the 3rd anniversary is our JustLeatherRoses. What could be more traditional and romantic? We have 1, 3, 6, and 12 stem options with a variety of color choices!
Another one-of-a-kind gift is our leather baseball on a wooden display, perfect for sports fans. What a great way to show your spouse that they “hit a home run” when they met you!