Where did the traditional anniversary gifts come from?

List of Traditional Anniversary Gifts:

If the idea of a tailor-made anniversary gift list appeals to you, look no further for specifics! Below you'll find the complete traditional list.

Traditional list by anniversary year:

  • 1st: Paper
  • 2nd: Cotton
  • 3rd: Leather
  • 4th: Linen
  • 5th: Wood
  • 6th: Iron
  • 7th: Wool
  • 8th: Bronze
  • 9th: Pottery
  • 10th: Tin
  • 11th: Steel
  • 12th: Silk
  • 13th: Lace
  • 14th: Ivory
  • 15th: Crystal
  • 20th: China
  • 25th: Silver
  • 30th: Pearl
  • 40th: Ruby
  • 45th: Sapphire
  • 50th: Gold
  • 55th: Emerald
  • 60th: Diamond [source: Stamford Advocate]

Now that the list is laid out in front of you, it probably seems pretty obvious that good things come to those who wait. If, however, you feel especially inclined to give the gift of diamonds or sapphires earlier than scheduled, go right ahead. We promise your spouse won't mind!

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