Yesterday was my ninth wedding anniversary. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks but we did manage to sneak in breakfast together the day before and my husband made a great dinner of lamb chops, couscous and veggies. I also got flowers at my office the day of – a perk to working in an office and away from my cats that always attack flowers.
On our first anniversary, we each went with the “traditional” wedding gift concept and have stuck with it since (note the ceramic flower vase). It got me wondering how many other people use them too. It is always a fun challenge to come up with something on theme that is still functional or decorative.
Since the Middle Ages, anniversary gifts have signified the deepening of strength of commitment by the increasing value of the items. Most of us have heard about silver, gold and diamond anniversaries, but there are symbols for the years in between, too. Thankfully, there are a few categories to choose from every year, traditional, modern, alternate, flowers, and gemstones.
While I like an actual item because it’s fun to see it and remember why we have it, anniversary gifts do not need to be expensive or extravagant. Just try to incorporate something into your day to celebrate. Here is what I have given my husband over the past 9 years:
1) Paper (traditional) – We honeymooned in Scotland and purchased an antique looking map. I had in professionally framed for our 1st anniversary and it is currently hanging in our bedroom.
2) Cotton (traditional) – My husband is the chef of the house so I had his name embroidered on a chef hat and apron and got a matching apron for myself.
3) Leather (traditional) – Leather messenger bag and gift certificate towards boots he wanted.
4) Fruits and flowers (traditional) – Edible Arrangement. We also ended up going on a road trip through Toronto and Niagara and still have lots of wine to show for it.
5) Wood (traditional) – I had a little wooden keepsake box engraved with a special message that he could take with him when he deployed.
6) Iron (modern) – We swapped babysitting with another family and went to a driving range to “hit the irons” and have lunch. I think it was one of the first times we left Kelsey with someone during the day.
7) Wool (traditional) – Wool socks.
8) Bronze (traditional) – Bronze-finish pocket watch.
9) Pottery (traditional) – Pampered Chef Stoneware Casserole Dish – did I mention he is the chef of the house? He often says he wants more stoneware so this was a great excuse to get another piece.
Next is 10 years. Double digits. I have tin, aluminum, diamond, daffodil, and blue sapphire to work from. I really want to go on a trip with just the two of us next year. We have some decisions to make in the next few months so we’ll have to put off planning for a bit. Maybe the plane can be the “aluminum” next year. Then again blue sapphire was my engagement ring and our wedding color. I have 12 months to figure it out.
We were married at Deering Estate in Miami, Florida. About this time last year, I was in the area with the girls and I couldn’t resist getting a photo of the girls in almost the same spot we took our wedding pictures. The little one wasn’t too crazy about sitting in the grass. I would eventually like to get one of all four of us there.
How do you celebrate your anniversary?