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After celebrating the milestone of a 20 year anniversary, the 21st-anniversary may not seem as momentous an occasion. But it certainly is—and it’s definitely worth commemorating with a special gift.
The traditional and modern gift for a 21st-anniversary is either brass or nickel, symbolizing durability and strength—just like your marriage. Go with something that’s both stylish and functional for the home, like a modern wine rack or serving platter. Or, gift a delicate piece of jewelry or bold cufflinks that they’ll wear again and again. And of course, any gift that’s personalized will always be a home run,
Following an anniversary gift theme is not necessary, but it can help definitely help guide your choices. Angela Yeranosian, the founder of curated gifting site PATET, suggests home décor items go with the theme: think picture frames, candlesticks, or a bar set. Yeranosian also recommends small personal items like cufflinks, jewelry, or a charming trinket tray. It’s also ok to veer off theme if you’ve found something that you know your partner will love. “There really are no rules when it comes to gifting,” says Yeranosian. At the end of the day, it’s about what feels meaningful as an expression of your love.
Meet the Expert
Angela Yeranosian is the founder of curated gifting site PATET, a lifestyle brand that offers gift sets for everything from self care and relaxation to entertaining.
Read on for the best 21st-anniversary gifts.
What to look for in a 21st-anniversary gift
Brass and nickel, the modern and traditional themes
If you want to stay with the anniversary theme, you can’t go wrong with brass and nickel gifts. From serving pieces and home goods to jewelry and other accessories, these materials are long-lasting and durable, making them a perfect symbol for your anniversary.
Looking for another meaningful gesture that feels unique? Beyond regular gifts, there are plenty of ways to mark the occasion. Yeranosian suggests making a handwritten list of 21 reasons why you love your partner, an activity that you can do on your own or as a couple. Another great idea? Relive your first date night by visiting the special restaurant you went to or the location where you had your first kiss.
While following the anniversary themes may help to guide you in your gift choices, it’s certainly not required. “Couples can follow what resonates with them,” says Yeranosian. She adds that in today’s day and age, it’s totally ok if “If they want to keep the traditional customs or go with something more modern.” Whether it goes with the theme or not, a personalized gift is a great way to make your partner feel appreciated.
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Brides contributor Molly Allen is a former small business owner with years of experience in the lifestyle and wedding industries, with a focus on parties, entertaining, food, and beverage. She is dedicated to searching for high-quality, beautiful, and unique products that will bring a smile to any recipient’s face.