Are you celebrating a wedding anniversary this summer? An anniversary card is a great way to show your husband or wife that you care. However, certain milestones deserve a little extra attention. The custom of presenting themed gifts for anniversaries stems from the Medieval times. According to StreetDirectory.com, silver garlands were presented to the husband and wife who had been married for 25 years. Gold garlands were presented to those had been married for 50 years. This long-standing tradition has taken on its fair share of modern twists, but the idea of celebrating specific years in special ways is still an important aspect of wedding anniversaries. Find out how you can make the most of your anniversary with a themed gift:
10th anniversary: Tin and aluminum
Traditionally, 10th anniversaries have been celebrated with tin- and aluminum-themed gifts, which gives you a lot of creative freedom. You can easily incorporate tin or aluminum in both the card and present. For example, select a greeting card with a foil design or silver accents. The extra shimmer and shine of these details will ignite that spark of love.
As for the gift, consider giving something homemade and wrapping it in tin or aluminum. Bake a batch of your spouse's favorite cookies and present them in a tin container. If you're not too handy in the kitchen, just use foil packaging to wrap a store-bought gift.
20th anniversary: China
The details of fine china perfectly reflect all the finer parts of your beautiful marriage. Commemorate this milestone anniversary by breaking out your most elegant and tasteful dishware and serving a home-cooked meal.
However, since the strict specificity of this theme limits your creative options, you may want to incorporate modern motifs into your celebration. Platinum and emerald are the more contemporary materials that are often used to commemorate 20th anniversaries. This can be reflected in the gift, such as fine jewelry, or how you celebrate, possibly as a party decor theme.
30th anniversary: Pearl
There really is no match for the purity and elegance of a pearl, except for your 30 years of love, of course. Reflect this gem in your anniversary gift by taking a beach vacation. Venture out into the waves with your husband or wife, dig your toes in the sand and live like the oysters that create pearls. A weekend escape is the perfect way to celebrate your endless love. And perhaps you'll find a pearl in the sand, too!
40th anniversary: Ruby
Aside from being a fabulous gemstone, the ruby shines with a bold, red luster that reflects all the aspects of love. Red is a popular Valentine's Day color, after all. Passionate and bold, red should be incorporated into how you celebrate your 40th anniversary. Present your spouse with ruby jewelry, indulge in strawberries or buy vibrant red roses.
50th anniversary: Gold
Just like a shining first-place medal, 50 years of marriage is quite the accomplishment. That's why gold is so appropriate for this anniversary. A half-century of love calls for a celebration, so throw a party with a gold theme! Between the decor, party invitations and desserts, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this brilliant color in a festive way.
Though these milestones are in increments of ten, there is a theme associated with every anniversary year. Get creative with your spouse to celebrate your love.