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Honoring Years Of Faithful Devotion With Anniversary Gifts

By Jeff Smith

Anniversary gifts have been a long term tradition which has been passed from generation to generation, each particular year named after the type of gift that is acceptable to celebrate the occasion. Marriage goes through many challenges through the years, and to be able to heave a sigh of relief and gratitude each time, couples love to celebrate their wedding anniversaries with special gatherings to make each year special.

Anniversary gifts have moved from a traditional set of gifts to modern types of gifts, and both types still vary depending upon years of marriage. The first five years of the marriage are commemorated by traditional gifts made of paper, cotton, leather, fruit and flowers, and wood. The more modern alternative gifts replace these five sets with plastic, cotton and calico, crystal and glass, linen and silk, as well as silverware.

From years five to ten, gifts range from the traditional candy, bronze, pottery, copper and tin, and wool. These have been alternated in these modern times to pottery, willow, aluminum, brass, and iron.

Tradition still holds true for the eleventh to fifteenth years of marriage with gifts of steel, silk, lace, ivory, and crystal. The more modern versions of these are perfumed scents, fine linen, barometers, clocks, and matching watches.

Twenty years of marriage marks a major milestone in their lives with fine china being both a traditional as well as modern practice in gift giving. An alternate gift would be the more expensive platinum that commemorates the solid relationship that has been developed.

The silver wedding anniversary, representing twenty years of marriage that has larger chances of making it up to the big fifty year celebration, is marked as an important year for many couples all over the world. Traditional and modern gifts, of course, are products of silver.

Another anniversary that is celebrated to mark a halfway point is when the couple reaches thirty years, usually following tradition with gifts of pearls. However, in the U. S. A., white diamonds are also an alternative gift choice for this anniversary, to give emphasis to the occasion.

Forty years of marriage that is seen as passionate and full of love and understanding that only a couple of this caliber can share, marks a relationship that has reached a tight bond in trust that increases the peak of romance. Known as the ruby anniversary, this love is celebrated with gifts of ruby for both traditional as well as modern settings.

The big fiftieth year marks the popular golden wedding anniversary that is usually celebrated with a big wedding ceremony and a renewal of vows. Reaching this stage is very rare for many couples, and so the gifts of gold are given with heartfelt pride and joy.

The very rare and solid proof of real true love is seen when a couple reaches their sixtieth wedding anniversary together, and this is emphasized by family and friends and having another celebration. For a couple to reach this stage is a blessing of a long life that is shared together, and the traditional and modern gifts are that of rare yellow diamonds.

Finally, the seventy fifth year anniversary calls for gift combinations of gold and diamonds to show that the couple has gone way past the many challenges in their lives, and have reached the threshold of the vows that they exchanged seventy five years ago. These anniversary gifts can be passed on to the next generations as they are kept as heirlooms to treasure and remind all the couples of the next generation that, yes, the vows can be upheld to the letter, and they should always keep this in mind when reevaluating their relationships.

When you are looking for special gift ideas, the Web is a great place to shop. You can locate just the right anniversary gifts to make a hit with the recipient.

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Smith, Jeff "Honoring Years Of Faithful Devotion With Anniversary Gifts." Honoring Years Of Faithful Devotion With Anniversary Gifts. 26 Aug. 2010. 9 Jul 2014 <>.

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