There are materials related to each wedding anniversary, usually progressing from the weakest to the strongest as the years go by, to symbolise the strengthening of the relationship. You can see the full lists below.
Before the 1930's not all wedding Anniversaries had a material representing the year. Only the first anniversary and milestone anniversaries such as 5th 10th, 20th, 25th, 50th and 75th had a gift suggestion. Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home by Emily Post, published in 1922, contained suggestions for these milestones. Over the years more materials have been added and the list updated and modernised.
The UK list featured below comes from the Wedding Anniversaries section of the Pears Cyclopaedia 1978-79 edition. The traditional and modern U.S. versions below were compiled by librarians at the Chicago Public Library in 2000, and are based on the American National Retail Jeweler Association's list published in 1937.
Please note that these lists are just a guide. Wood, for example, is just right for the 5th Anniversary, but one can also adapt any gift for other anniversaries. For example, by wrapping it in paper or cotton cloth, any gift would be perfect on a 1st or 2nd anniversary, in a woollen material or copper colored paper for the seventh or accompanied by flowers for the fourth or candy for the sixth and so on. Have fun looking at the lists and finding an unique way of presenting a truly unique anniversary gift.
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