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
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
|3rd anniversary||Crystal or Glass|
|4th anniversary||Electrical Appliances|
|7th anniversary||Desk Set|
|8th anniversary||Linen or Lace|
|10th anniversary||Diamond Jewellery|
|11th anniversary||Fashion Jewellery|
|12th anniversary||Pearls or Coloured Gems|
|13th anniversary||Textiles or Furs|
|14th anniversary||Gold Jewellery|
|16th anniversary||Silver Holloware|
|21st anniversary||Brass or Nickel|
|23rd anniversary||Silver Plate|
|24th anniversary||Musical Instruments|
|26th anniversary||Original Pictures|
|30th anniversary||Diamond Jewellery|
|36th anniversary||Bone China|
|42nd anniversary||Improved Real Estate|
|46th anniversary||Original Poetry Tribute|
|48th anniversary||Optical Goods|
|49th anniversary||Luxuries, any kind|
|50th anniversary||Gold Jewellery|
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.