Traditional Clutter-Free Anniversary Gifts

Wedding PhotoAs my husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary last month I struggled with what to get him.  We have a small house and since the birth of our daughter it’s become even smaller!  A lot has happened in the past five years from military deployments, living in 4 different states, starting and relocating a business, traveling to various states and countries and of course the birth of our daughter just 6 months ago.  I wanted to give a gift that was special but didn’t take up space.  I thought about past articles I’ve written about clutter-free gift giving.  This reflection led me to think about the many anniversaries we have in front of us.  I researched the traditional anniversary gifts and wanted to put a clutter-free spin on the list.

When in doubt about the perfect anniversary gift, give the gift of time.  Plan a day doing things you love to do with the one you love.  The memories and joy you both will take away from that time together will last longer than the joy a gift would bring and the clutter that would inevitably follow.

Happy Anniversary!

Anniversary

Traditional Gift

Modern Gift

Clutter-Free Gift

1

Paper Clock Tickets to an event

2

Cotton China Breakfast in bed

3

Leather Crystal Champagne toast

4

Fruit or Flowers Appliances Flowers (reuse a vase you alreadyhave or a pitcher)

5

Wood Silverware Take a cooking class together

6

Candy or Iron Wood Box of chocolates

7

Wool or Copper Desk Sets Spend quality time together in frontof the fire cuddled under a warm woolblanket

8

Bronze Lace or Linens Take a hot air balloon ride together

9

Pottery Leather Tickets to a sporting event

10

Tin or Aluminum Diamond Jewelry Membership to a Beer of the Month Club

15

Crystal Watches Attend a wine tasting event together

20

China Platinum Dinner out at a 5-star restaurant

25

Silver Silver Renew your wedding vows

30

Pearl Diamond Get your family portrait taken to showoff your pearly whites

35

Coral Jade Revisit your honeymoon spot

40

Ruby Ruby Write a poem for your sweetheartusing red ink

50

Gold Gold Let your family and friends host a party

55

Emerald Emerald Watch the Wizard of Oz together

60

Diamond Diamond Let your family and friends host a party

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