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Every wedding anniversary is something to celebrate, but 25 years? That’s pretty incredible. You’ve found the person to be with through the highs and lows and with who you’ve been able to share your life. It’s time to celebrate that strong, long-lasting love with something special. But, what exactly should that be?
The traditional anniversary theme for 25 years is silver, so that’s a great place to start. A silver watch or a beautiful silver serving platter can elegantly commemorate the day, but you also don’t need to take silver so literally. Choose gifts that come in a silvery color to give yourself more options. Silver satin pillowcases and chrome-colored espresso machines are just as cool, and still hit the traditional note. “We’re all about fresh takes on silver for the 25th anniversary,” Kate Lesher, the Vice President of gifting brand Mark & Graham says. “Think of something you’ll actually use and want to display.”
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Kate Lesher is the Vice President of Mark & Graham, an online shop that’s part of Williams Sonoma Inc. and specializes in personalized monogrammed products and gifts.
You can also feel free to disregard the whole silver thing if you’d like—it’s your day, after all! The most important thing is that you find a gift your partner will love. Think about their interests or something they own that might need an upgrade, or go with something personalized for an extra-special gift.
We should note that silver is also a classic gift for other anniversaries if you want to go off-theme from whatever the year’s traditional and modern gifts are. And it’s a great, lasting option for just about any other celebration, from birthdays to important milestones.
Read on for the best 25th-anniversary gifts.
What to look for in a silver anniversary gift
Celebrating 25 years is a major milestone—a quarter of a century! So, it makes sense that traditional gifts are silver—a metal that’s precious, durable, and radiant. Just like your love! If you’re not into heavy metals, you can still embrace the spirit of this anniversary with modern takes on silver like a silver coffee maker or tech item. And, if you feel like after 25 years you don’t need any more stuff, then forget silver and choose an experience gift instead. Whether you follow centuries-old traditions or not, the idea here is to celebrate your love.
Just because it’s a big anniversary doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money or get a traditional gift. It’s also an opportunity to think outside of the box and gift an experience that you both will enjoy–think a wine tasting trip, a cooking class, or a hiking adventure if you love the great outdoors.
Kate suggests gifts that serve multiple purposes (and still look great even when they’re not in use). “A silver wine chiller can double as a planter for orchids or a vase for fresh-cut flowers year-round,” she says. Serving pieces can perform double duty as catchalls or vanity organizers.
When it comes to accessories, look for items that your spouse can wear with different types of outfits, like a pair of sparkly silver studs or a simple necklace that can be dressed up or dressed down.
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Contributing writer Erica Finamore is an expert in the world of entertaining and home decor. She has shared her knowledge and market skills in published pieces at Food Network Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Real Simple, Refinery29, and others.