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What do love and trees have in common? They’re both strong and stable, can withstand difficult weather, and with nurturing and care they thrive and grow. That’s why wood is a wonderful, and meaningful, anniversary gift. As the traditional 5th-anniversary gift, wood is symbolic of a marriage that is solid, sturdy, and enduring. And as a gift for any other anniversary—well, it’s symbolic of the same thing! Which imbues the gift with a powerful, poignant meaning to mark any milestone in a marriage.
Wood comes in many forms. From artwork to tabletop serving pieces, accessories to appliances and furniture to scents, wood makes up so many parts of our world. While it’s an amazing material, it also means that finding that special something made of wood can be both easy and overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down to some of our very favorite gifts for your bae—the ones that have romance in their roots and significance in their core.
Read on for the best wooden anniversary gifts.
Miss Poppins and Me Wood Rose 5th Anniversary Gift
A classic anniversary gift with a meaningful twist! This handmade wooden rose is symbolic of both your 5th-anniversary and the eternal love you share (plus, a wood flower won’t wilt!).
The Laser Engraving Company The Original Engraved Olive Wood Heart
This hand-carved olive wood heart comes engraved with your choice of words. Include a short message or quote on the back for a heartfelt gift that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Liel and Lentz Wooden Heart Necklace
For the lady who loves bling, this necklace is just the thing. Handcrafted in Canada, this wooden heart features five inlaid sterling silver dots—the a perfect 5th-anniversary gift that’s both sweet and symbolic.
Wooden Studio Co Wooden Watch
Here’s a piece of wood he can wear. This classic timepiece is handmade with a handsome wooden casing. Engrave the back with a sweet sentiment or monogram for a timeless gift that’s full of meaning.
Shutterfly Freeze Frame Wall Art
Whether you’re looking for a 5th-anniversary gift or craving a unique couple’s portrait, this gift will do the trick. This custom artwork features a favorite photo printed on woodgrain—the resulting effect is muted and rustic, yet chic.
Wooden Goods By Mr. Deer Wooden Photo Album
Photo gifts never go out of style! Wonderful as an anniversary gift, wedding photo album or to celebrate five years, this wooden photo album will make an impression. Customize the cover with names, dates, and a design of your liking for a photo book that’s as sturdy and enduring as the wood it’s made from.
Mark & Graham Wooden Valet Tray
This classic wooden valet tray has a personalized pop! Emblazoned with a bold stripe and laser-engraved monogram, this gift is a perfect catchall for special treasures as well as everyday essentials like keys and sunglasses.
Personalization Mall Carved in Love Personalized Picture Frame
Fifth anniversary or first, your love continues to grow. This personalized wooden frame is illustrated with a tree to symbolize the strength, stability, and abundance of your partnership.
Connected Goods Mini Wood Heart Dish Set
These wooden heart dishes are a perfect place to keep anything from rings and jewelry to salt and pepper. They’re hand-carved from wild olive wood by Kenyan artisans who use traditional techniques. The best part—the purchase of these bowls supports economic growth and fosters traditional artisan skills in rural communities in East Africa.
Made by Yoke Sandal/Rose Aromatherapy Perfume Oil
Earthy sandalwood meets delicate rose for a blend that is both woodsy and feminine. This deeply calming perfume oil is formulated to help her unwind—truly a gift!
Rada Wood Bauble Drop Earrings
If you like to shower your S.O. with jewelry but are wondering how to incorporate wood, these earrings make it easy. Carved wooden baubles are paired with dazzling rhinestones for a stunning keepsake she’ll want to show off.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Tree Wood Carving
Just like initials carved in a tree, this plaque is symbolic of the enduring nature of love. Made of beautiful Baltic birchwood, this personalized tree wood carving is sweet and romantic.
Farmhouse Pottery Handcrafted Wood Bowls
If a wooden bowl sounds like a lackluster gift, think again. These stunning bowls are hand-carved from New England ash wood and come in a range of sizes and shades to fit your dinner party decor.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Wood Cut City Map
For the couple who’s planted roots in one special place, this gift marks the spot. The laser-cut wood map is an homage to the place called home. Included are heart-shaped pins to mark some of the locales closest to the heart.
Cloudfield Wood Sunglasses
This cool pair of sunnies has a bamboo wood frame and polarized lenses to protect your honey’s eyes for the long haul. Crafted by hand and made to last, they also come with a matching wooden protective case.
belaDESIGN Wooden Ring Holder
For those times when rocking your bling isn’t the thing. This wooden ring holder is chic, modern, and made for keeping your precious jewels safely stacked and on display.
Foundry Select Bexton Wood Bench
This modern wooden bench is an ideal gift for the couple who’s deep in home decorating mode. The organic acacia wood seat and iron legs give off a mid-century, industrial vibe that works with a range of decor styles.
Shun Classic Blonde 5-Piece Starter Set
The PakkaWood set from exceptional Japanese knife maker, Shun, features three classic knives, honing steel, and a storage rack. Built to last, this gift is one that the chef in your life will use for years to come.
Scrabble Deluxe Wooden Edition Board Game
If game night if their thing, this deluxe Scrabble set will be a winning gift. Complete with a wooden cabinet and gold foil-stamped details, this game will get the party started.
Shinola Detroit Shinola + Benchmade Mini Crooked River Wood Handled Pocket Knife
Crafted by expert American knife makers, this everyday knife is made to last a lifetime. It has a classic shape with a sleek and stylish design—a perfect gift for the modern woodsman.
Anza White Espresso Machine
A gift for the aspiring barista, this espresso machine is simply stunning and it also makes killer coffee beverages! The sleek white exterior is finished with handsome wood details for a gift that’s as rich and smooth as the coffee it makes.
Paper Anniversary Personalized Walnut Wood Wall Art
Practically a family plaque, this personalized wall art features your state or country, name, and date cut from rich walnut wood that’s layered over organic cotton. Perfect for hanging in an entryway or kitchen, this piece says “home”.
What to look for in a wooden anniversary gift
The type of wood
High quality materials are key when you’re looking for a wooden gift that will last. Walnut, pine, ash and chestnut are just a few good wood types to start with. Beautiful, grain-filled woods like acacia or olive are ideal for kitchen tools and cheese boards.
Is the gift recipient a lover of modern, Scandinavian or Mid-century design? Or are you on the hunt for something more rustic and organic in design? The beauty of wood is in the versatility of the material—there’s something for everyone.
Wood is the traditional gift for the 5th-anniversary—it’s symbolic of the strength, stability, and enduring nature of marriage after five years. Although it’s traditional to give a wooden gift on the 5th-anniversary, wood is a wonderful gift for almost any anniversary because its meaning carries significance that applies to any long-term relationship.
As a good rule of thumb, most wooden items can be cleaned with a damp cloth and warm, soapy water. If you’re cleaning tabletop goods—such as salad bowls, cutting boards, spoons, or utensils—washing them by hand with warm soapy water and towel drying them will provide the best results for cleaning and preserving your wooden items.
Meet the Expert
Roy Underhill is the host of the PBS television series The Woodwright’s Shop. A student of traditional woodworking, he has a master’s degree from Duke University in engineering, forestry, and history. He is also the author of several woodworking books.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world, and web, hunting down that just right object for over 15 years as a prop stylist. Read: she’s seen just about everything when it comes to all things wooden! With a discerning eye and astute mind, she considers quality, function, and design when she’s vetting products.