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Seventh anniversary on the horizon? Lucky you! Although seven may seem like an arbitrary year, it’s a meaningful milestone on the way to a decade of marriage. Plus, it’s a number packed with symbolism that spans religions, mythology, superstition, and philosophy. Most importantly— it’s lucky! So seven years of marriage is a perfect time to celebrate your journey as a couple.
The traditional gifts for a seventh anniversary are copper and wool. Copper is durable and represents love and protection. In contrast, wool is symbolic of warmth and comfort. The modern gifts, on the other hand, are a desk set or stationery, representing the pride for each other’s work as well as the work of the relationship and all you’ve accomplished as a couple. And if those themes speak to you, a sentimental, romantic gift is always a great option as a gift for your spouse.
Read on for the best seventh-anniversary gifts.
What to look for in an anniversary gift
When it comes to choosing an anniversary gift, letting your heart lead the way and leaning into that seemingly cheesy or sentimental something isn’t such a bad idea. If you’re the traditional type, choosing a gift that’s made of copper or wool is a classic way to mark the occasion. Finding something special that’s made of one of those materials, but still has meaning for you as a couple, will make it that much more memorable.
The modern seventh-anniversary gift is a desk set or stationary. While they may seem utilitarian as gifts, they’re symbolic of the pride in the work you’ve done together as a couple and are better suited for those who favor the utilitarian over the sentimental. Regardless of what route you choose, reminding your partner about how much they mean to you by choosing a thoughtful gift is what counts.
Anniversary gifts don’t always have to be wrapped up in a box. There are plenty of creative ways to celebrate that don’t involve buying something at a store. And surprising your partner with an out-of-the-ordinary gift is seriously romantic.
For the sentimental duo, a trip down memory lane is sure to spark romance. Create a map—hand-drawn, printed, or purchased—that traces the places and moments that were significant in your relationship. Draw hearts at each of your favorite spots as a couple—your favorite coffee shop, the park where you said “yes”, the church where you were married—and reminisce.
Take it a step further by making a day of revisiting each place on the map. Since anniversaries are about love, going back to the place where it all began by recreating your first date is another fun and thoughtful way to honor your relationship. Think back on the details of the date—where you went, what you wore, the ways that you connected—and create an experience that brings it all back (along with those first date butterflies)! Tap into your inner poet and wow—and woo—your partner with a handwritten love poem. Don’t overthink it, just let the words flow. Write it out on a pretty piece of paper, put it in an envelope, and seal it with a kiss. This gift’s about as timeless as love itself!
Does the idea of spoiling your partner make your heart skip a beat? Consider cooking them a romantic meal at home, complete with all the courses. Or treat them to a candle-lit spa night by drawing a bubble bath, dimming the lights, and popping out the bubbly for a romantic evening that’s also nurturing and sweet.
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