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Copper is arguably one of the more underrated metals, but it gets its due respect when the seventh wedding anniversary comes around. As with many marriage and wedding-themed gifts, copper symbolizes certain aspects of a relationship. An excellent conductor of heat, copper represents warmth and energy. Like a shiny new penny, the material also signifies luck and good fortune—the best wish for a long and healthy marriage.
Event planner Krista Cornew advises practicality when shopping for a copper-themed gift. “Look for something that can be used frequently, like copper mugs or a piece of copper art,” she said, adding that Etsy is one of her go-to places for these items.
To help you find the perfect copper gift for your spouse, we rounded up some of the best products out there. Cooking and entertaining tools like fondue sets and fancy cookware mean that there’s plenty of ways to spruce up at-home date nights. Or, go for a new pair of new kicks or pretty earrings to wear a symbol of your spouse’s love. And don’t forget customized gifts like a piece of copper art or keychain for a thoughtful touch.
Read on for the best copper anniversary gifts.
Boska Copper & Concrete Fondue Set
Date night at home just got that much better with this fondue set. Both savory cheese appetizer and sweet chocolate fondues will heat perfectly (without scorching!) thanks to a copper bowl—the metal is great for heat conduction. It comes with a concrete base and four stainless steel forks to capture those bread cubes or strawberries.
PG Moscow Mule Mugs
If you’re a cocktail aficionado, make sure you have a set of Moscow Mule mugs in your barware collection. These hefty cups are made of stainless steel and are copper-plated—the perfect shiny vessel for the classic cocktail. Plus, they’re durable and last a long time with careful hand-washing. All you’ll need now is Vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and a slice of lime, and you’ll be ready to toast.
Vincero The Chrono S Chronograph Leather Strap Watch, 43mm
This handsome watch comes in five different colors, but we suggest opting for the copper and slate blue one to go with the anniversary theme. A mineral crystal face covering a chronograph dial sits atop a rugged leather strap that’s 22-millimeters wide. But what we love about it most is its versatility, as it can be dressed up or down.
Jewelry Impressions Penny Keychain
For a sweet gift that will always make them think of you, this penny keychain is customizable to your heart’s content. Choose a penny from the year you two married, and get it personalized with your initials or the date of the wedding. It’ll be a charming complement to their key rings.
Alexa Martha Designs Bare Copper Hammer Textured Bangle
A chic copper bangle will spruce up any date-night outfit or office attire. Handmade with a textured hammered pattern and flattened ends, it’s waxed and polished to prevent tarnishing. It fits a seven-inch wrist and is 2.75 inches in diameter. Buy one for a single statement or multiple up to a set of five for a stacked look.
GrowlerWerks uKeg Copper Pressurized Growler
Who needs to make a trip to the brewery when you’ve got this uKeg growler at home? Copper-plated for style, it’s made of double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel to keep beer nice and cold for up to two weeks. Pour a fresh mug whenever you please, thanks to an easy dispenser tap.
ArtsyVoiceprint Copper Soundwave Art
Turn the song of your first dance into art with this personalized Etsy gift. A visuaal representation of the song wave will be printed onto matte paper and framed in wood. If you want to get creative, you can send in a brief voice memo saying a sweet message to be translated into the sound wave. While there are six different colors to choose from, we recommend copper so it can stay on theme.
Domain Dipped Black & Copper Planter
For the spouse with a green thumb, this handwoven planter will keep the prettiest bouquet or brightest philodendron nice and snug, all while making a statement on the table or bookshelf. Not only is it stylish, but it’s also made in an ethical, fair trade environment by women across Rwanda.
Cuisinart Tri-Ply Copper 10-Piece Cookware Set
Give your kitchen a glam upgrade with these beauties. Cuisinart’s 10-piece copper cookware set will gleam like no other—and copper is one of the best heat conductors out there, ensuring even searing and through cooking. It features two skillets, two saucepans, a saute pan, and a stockpot, plus four covers. With pots this pretty, you’ll want to keep them on display all the time.
Terrain Antiqued Copper Decorative Tray
Whether as a place to throw the keys down or to play home to a flickering votive, this tray will do the trick. Made of steel with an antiqued copper finish, its exterior dances with a rainbow-like sheen. It comes in both small and large sizes, at 14 inches in diameter and 18 inches in diameter, respectively.
Mint State Gold Copper Bar Bullion Paperweight
You’ll never lose a paper again with this striking paperweight and desk accessory. Crafted from .999 fine copper, it weighs in at one pound and is 2.5 inches wide by 5.12 inches long. It features a Periodic Table of Elements design, featuring the chemical symbol and atomic number for copper.
Native Trails Handmade Copper Table Vase
Gift your spouse’s favorite blooms in this gorgeous vase—and then use it for all the flowers of future birthdays and anniversaries to come! With a hand-hammered texture and shapely, tapered silhouette, it’s striking enough on its own, with or without a bouquet.
Balenciaga Copper Earrings
These Italian-made copper earrings have an elegant, sculptural quality thanks to a twisted hoop design. A chic statement pair, they perfectly complement a little black dress or liven up a cozy winter sweater. Just make sure to take good care and don’t expose them to water—instead, wipe them clean with a soft cloth.
Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Copper’ 2017
Wear “copper” on your feet by slipping on Nike’s Air Foamposite One, part of basketball legend Afernee Hardaway’s signature line. The retro style is outfitted in a metallic copper and black exterior with a translucent sole. The iconic, standout copper look will shine anywhere from the weight room to the basketball court.
Rainey Lane Design Copper Frame
Unlike traditional photo frames, this one has an industrial feel with an open copper pipe construction and modern shape. It comes in both an 8.5-inch height and 11.25-inch height. Get one or a few and hang your favorite photos with your spouse from them for a sweet and thoughtful present.
Uncommon Goods Lucky in Love Personalized Penny Art
Showcase all the big moments in your relationship with this handcrafted artwork that’s sure to become a family heirloom. Three pennies each symbolize the year you met, the year you married, and the year of your first anniversary. The individual pennies are minted from the year the corresponding milestone happened.
The Floral Society Copper Incense Stand & Incense Packs
A copper-plated incense stand makes for a sleek and modern decor statement while collecting falling ash as the stick burns. Pair it with a pack of fragrant incense sticks, which are handcrafted from therapeutic-grade essential oils and burn for 45 minutes. Choose from several different scents, including lemongrass, rose and geranium.
What to look for in a copper anniversary gift
Because of copper’s technical properties, functional gifts like cookware or entertaining pieces are ideal. But jewelry, artwork and personalized gifts are also excellent choices. Just keep in mind that copper changes color over time, especially after being exposed to natural elements. Depending on what you buy, that could enhance its look or ruin it down the road.
Cornew says there’s no need to stick to traditional wedding themes if you don’t want to. “I believe in 2022, conventional wedding rules are meant to be broken,” she says. The traditional and modern gift guides for anniversaries are meant as just that—guides that can help, but are not necessary. Ultimately, it’s best to find something that you know your partner will love and appreciate, whether it falls within the theme or is completely out of the box.
For a sweet gesture, Cornew suggests taking a handful of copper pennies and making wishes with your partner in a local fountain. You can set intentions for next seven years of your marriage or reflect on favorite memories. She adds that another fun way to celebrate is to order drinks in copper mugs (Moscow Mules are traditionally served this way).
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over seven years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She’s always shopping, so her eye is trained to spot the best products on the web. Plus, a Moscow Mule is her go-to drink at the bar, so she has a preference for copper.