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Cheers to five years! With half a decade down and a lifetime to go, it’s time to celebrate—and that usually includes a special gift to mark the occasion. According to anniversary gift-giving guidelines, the traditional fifth-anniversary gift is crafted from wood. But nowadays, flatware and sapphire jewelry are also considered standard presents with which to commemorate five years together. But don’t feel like you have to be limited to just those materials and items: Celebrate, however—and with whatever—you see fit! And if you need some shopping cues, we found an array of fifth-anniversary gifts to help you start your search.
Whether you’re buying a special something for your spouse or celebrating a close friend’s anniversary, any of these gorgeous gifts are guaranteed to please (and maybe even result in a happy tear or two). Consider a classic pair of sapphire studs or a customizable wooden keepsake box. Or, stray away from the traditional gifts and look to custom wedding photo albums, deliverable dinners for two, and more.
From traditional wood gifts to some out-of-the-box picks, read on for our favorite 5th-anniversary gifts.
What to look for in a fifth-anniversary gift
The traditional gift, wood
Wood represents both growth and strength, which are perfect symbols of your union. Choose a heritage piece like a custom cutting board or serving piece that will last for years to come. “The traditional fifth-anniversary gift of wood represents strong roots in your relationship,” says NYC-based event planner and registry expert, Jung Lee. ” Even if you are a super modern couple, you can choose wooden pieces that represent your style.”
Meet the Expert
Jung Lee is an event planner and registry expert in New York City. Her lifestyle store Jung Lee NY offers a range of gorgeous, curated gifts for entertaining and the home.
The modern gift, flatware or sapphire jewelry
After five years of date nights and family dinners, it may be time to upgrade your flatware—and this anniversary is a great opportunity to get something special! Or, a sparkling piece of sapphire jewelry will let her know how much you love and appreciate her.
What are some other anniversary gift ideas?
With so many gift options out there, it can be easy to forget experiential gifts that are readily available, no matter where you live. Think about surprising your spouse with a romantic dinner at home or at their favorite restaurant. “Play your first dance song to reminisce about your wedding day,” says Lee. “Take a trip down memory lane and go through your wedding album or play the video footage from the event.” Or, book a whirlwind weekend away to rekindle the romance and adventure that you shared in the early days of your relationship.
Sign you and your S.O. up for a class in something you’re both interested in, whether it’s cooking, crafting, or vino. Whatever you choose to give your spouse, be sure to include a heartfelt card expressing your love and appreciation. And remember it’s the thought that counts—quality time together may be the best gift you can give to celebrate the moment.
Why Trust Brides
Contributing writer Jamie Cuccinelli has several years of experience in the wedding and lifestyle industries, first as an editor at Brides.com and then as a writer for home and lifestyle websites like MyDomaine. Her time at Brides has made her somewhat of a pro in the art of stocking wedding registries, gift shopping, and the like.