Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts List

Themes for modern wedding anniversary gifts come from a list of materials that are associated with each specific marriage year. Each year may have different themes or materials associated with it. Here we are just referring to the Modern Anniversary List. Other popular lists include the the Traditional, Gemstone or Flower lists. The general idea behind this is so that you can select a gift with the theme of the material mentioned for the year thus making it easier to select an appropriate gift.

The Modern Anniversary Gifts List

modern wedding anniversary gift list

The Modern wedding anniversary list was first launched in 1946 into the one shown below. What’s more some of the years have variations on the theme depending upon who has published the list .

In short, it’s called the modern anniversary list because at the time it was first published it included modern gift ideas designed to encourage and promote sales of those items at a time of austerity.

The Modern Anniversary gift list has a theme for every year up to the 50th anniversary. Thereafter it’s only every fifth year up till the 75th Wedding Anniversary that has a theme.

Modern Anniversary Material List

YearModern Material
1st anniversaryClocks
2nd anniversaryChina
3rd anniversaryCrystal or Glass
4th anniversaryElectrical Appliances
5th anniversarySilverware
6th anniversaryWood
7th anniversaryDesk Set
8th anniversaryLinen or Lace
9th anniversaryLeather
10th anniversaryDiamond Jewellery
11th anniversaryFashion Jewellery
12th anniversaryPearls or Coloured Gems
13th anniversaryTextiles or Furs
14th anniversaryGold Jewellery
15th anniversaryWatches
16th anniversarySilver Holloware
17th anniversaryFurniture
18th anniversaryPorcelain
19th anniversaryBronze
20th anniversaryPlatinum
21st anniversaryBrass or Nickel
22nd anniversaryCopper
23rd anniversarySilver Plate
24th anniversaryMusical Instruments
25th anniversarySilver
26th anniversaryOriginal Pictures
27th anniversarySculpture
28th anniversaryOrchids
29th anniversaryFurniture
30th anniversaryDiamond Jewellery
31st anniversaryTimepieces
32nd anniversaryConveyances
33rd anniversaryAmethyst
34th anniversaryOpal
35th anniversary Jade
36th anniversaryBone China
37th anniversaryAlabaster
38th anniversaryBeryl
39th anniversaryLace
40th anniversary Ruby
41st anniversaryLand
42nd anniversaryImproved Real Estate
43rd anniversaryTravel
44th anniversaryGroceries
45th anniversarySapphire
46th anniversaryOriginal Poetry Tribute
47th anniversaryBooks
48th anniversaryOptical Goods
49th anniversaryLuxuries, any kind
50th anniversaryGold Jewellery
55th anniversaryEmerald
60th anniversaryDiamonds
70th anniversaryPlatinum
75th anniversaryDiamonds
Modern Wedding Anniversary Gift List

Gift List Variations

We’ve listed the most popular theme/material first in the list above. If there are other themes or materials it’s because we have found references to these in various influential publications. Certainly there is no one definitive list.

Important Modern anniversary gifts

The modern wedding anniversary gifts list are the same as the Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts List on what are viewed to be the major anniversaries e.g 25th Anniversary is Silver, 40th Anniversary Is Ruby and the 50th Anniversary is Gold on both lists.