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Our kitchen remodel is almost complete. With new granite countertops, our cloth pot holders won’t do. Fortunately, the traditional anniversary gift for the 11th anniversary is steel. I gave her this stainless steel, daisy-shaped trivet. The trivet also changes its shape to elongate for rectangular pans.
The modern gift for the 11th anniversary is fashion jewelry. Nothing satisfies like Tiffany & Co., and she loved this Elsa Peretti Bean bracelet.
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Willow for the ninth wedding anniversary present wasn’t easy. But now my choices for the traditional tenth anniversary gift are, um, tin or aluminum? Uncommon Goods (Twitter: @UncommonGoods) helped me track down two tin gifts. Fortunately, pewter is mostly tin, and I found this “He Loves Me” pewter jewelry box. My wife loves this gift; she keeps her engagement and wedding rings in this tiny pewter box. I also gave her a bouquet of tin flowers in pastel colors. These were the ideal flowers — never wilting, just a showing a little patina — to give just before we left for our anniversary getaway.
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This decade is almost done. As a year 2000 bride and groom, my wife and I exchanged nearly a decade’s worth of anniversary gifts. Most of the time, we followed the traditional anniversary gift themes. To round up the gift count to ten, I’ve included our wedding day gifts.
The Zero Anniversary (Wedding Day)
- Hers: Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Bean pendant in platinum (pictured)
- His: Palm Vx personal data assistant (today, this device would be the Apple iPhone)
First Anniversary (Paper is the traditional gift)
- Hers: 30 additional 8×10 black-and-white photos from our wedding
- His: Framed share of Apple stock from Oneshare.com
- Ours: Bed and breakfast weekend
Second Anniversary (Cotton is the traditional gift)
- Hers: Victoria’s Secret terry robe
- His: Williams Sonoma personalized denim apron
- Ours: Door County, Wisconsin getaway
Third Anniversary (Leather is the traditional gift)
- Hers: “Reading in bed” theme: Barnes & Noble leather book weight, Restoration Hardware lap desk with faux leather padding, The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, and two lapis blue chenille throws
- His: Restoration Hardware leather bedroom valet and leather desk accessories
- Ours: Under the Tuscan Sun at the movie theater
Fourth Anniversary (Fruit or flowers is the traditional gift)
- Hers: A dozen roses sent to work
- His: Floral bouquet from 1-800Flowers.com and America (The Book) by Jon Stewart
- Ours: Bed and breakfast weekend
Fifth Anniversary (Wood is the traditional gift)
- Hers: Wood-fired steaks at a local bistro and Tiffany & Co. diamond earrings
- His: L.L. Bean Oak Mission Bookcase
Sixth Anniversary (Candy or iron is the traditional gift)
- Hers: Mauna Loa chocolate-covered macadamias
- His: Fireplace irons
- Ours: Second honeymoon in Hawaii
Seventh Anniversary (Wool or copper is the traditional gift — read the blog post)
- Hers: Burberry fringed cashmere scarf from Nordstroms.com, a mission style copper vase from Cobre Hand-Hammered Copper, and copper garden labels to mark perennials.
- His: Ugg sheepskin-lined leather slippers from Zappos.com
Eighth Anniversary (Bronze or pottery is the traditional gift —read the blog post)
- Hers: Handmade mixing bowl in rustic yellow from Little Bit of Bybee pottery, a set of four bronze-beaded placemats and bronze-beaded coasters from Z Gallerie, and a dozen fall-colored roses delivered to work in a pottery vase.
- His: A 37-inch Samsung LCD High-definition TV and a giant gourmet fortune cookie drizzled in chocolate from Good Fortunes.
Ninth Anniversary (Pottery or willow is the traditional gift — read the blog post)
- Hers: A painting of a willow tree from Etsy, a Pampered Chef baking stone and seven other gifts.
- His: Filet mignon at a hibachi restaurant
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It’s among the biggest decisions of your life: whom to marry. Celebrate with an anniversary gift that reaffirms “I’d marry you all over again.” Here are blog posts to help you select anniversary gifts.
- Tenth Anniversary Gifts: The Traditional Gift of Tin (10/31/2010)
- A Decade of Anniversary Gifts (12/30/2009)
- Nine Days of Gifts for the Ninth Anniversary (10/31/2009)
- Give Hotel Comfort at Home (7/2/2009)
- Your Home is Ready for its Close-up: Giving a Home Portrait (6/23/2009)
- How to Give Surprise Travel Gifts (1/2/2009)
- Eighth Anniversary Gifts: Luck, Bronze and Pottery (10/11/2008)
- Traditional Seventh Anniversary Gifts (10/17/2009)
- New Anniversary Gift Guide at gifts.com (8/21/2007)
- Golden Tickets: Giving the Gift of a Concert (8/8/2007)
- Giving Flowers (7/14/2007)
- Giving Photo Books (7/13/2007)
- Anniversary Gifts: Traditional and Modern (6/11/2007)
- Feeling Bullish? Consider the Gift of Stock — Paper is the traditional first anniversary gift (6/10/2007)
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Willow or pottery? Those are the traditional gifts for the ninth anniversary. The only thing that’s made from willow that I could think of is a cricket bat. And I already gave pottery among my gifts last year. (Pottery is also a traditional eighth anniversary gift.) So what to do for gift giving?
Maybe I needed to break from tradition this year — that is, forgo using the traditional wedding gifts as an inspiration. I sought out nine gifts, some small, and gave them across the nine days leading up to our anniversary.
I started brainstorming ideas and searching web sites for nine gifts. To my surprise, I found both willow and pottery among my nine anniversary presents.
- Day One — Godiva Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Bars
- Day Two — The Last Song, by one of her favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks, from Amazon.com
- Day Three — Cooking with All Things Trader Joe’s, from Amazon.com
- Day Four — A peanut butter and jelly spreader from UncommonGoods.com
- Day Five — Platter In A Bottle from UncommonGoods.com
- Day Six — A Pampered Chef baking stone (very practical pottery)
- Day Seven — Woodstock percussion wind chimes from Amazon.com
- Day Eight — A painting of a willow tree (shown above) by the very helpful primitive pear on Etsy.com
- Day Nine — A dozen fall-themed roses sent to her work
At first, I didn’t say anything about these being anniversary gifts. I just left them out for her to discover on the table, the kitchen counter, the coffee table. For a while, the peanut butter and jelly spreader was her favorite. She mock-chastised me for not inventing it myself. (“We could have made millions,” she said.)
But it was the willow painting that stunned her. She admired the dark willow, set against soft, water-colored splashes of brown. This gift was a perfect addition to our home.
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