Gift Ideas - Anniversary

If, like me, you occasionally have to buy gifts for people who seem to have everything, it can be hard to find inspiration. It's great when you get a clue or an idea from them, but this doesn't always make for a nice surprise!

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This is why I love the idea of themes for gifting. The oldest and best example of this is Anniversary Gifts based on number of years.

With both the Traditional list and the Modern list, as well as Colours and Gemstones, these lists are able to take a lot of the guesswork out of gift buying. Using these lists can narrow down your search for a gift and save a lot of time and effort.


Year

 Traditional Gift

 Modern Gift

 Colour

 Gemstone

1

 

Paper

Clocks

Gold or Yellow

Gold

2

 

Cotton

China

Red

Garnet

3

 

Leather

Crystal or Glass

Jade or White

Pearl

4

 

Fruit or Flowers

Appliance

Blue or Green

Topaz

5

 

Wood

Silverware

Blue, Pink, Turquoise

Sapphire

6

 

Iron

Wood

Purple, White, Turquoise

Amethyst

7

 

Copper or Wool

Desk Sets

Yellow or Off White

Onyx

8

 

Bronze or Pottery

Linen or Lace

Bronze

Tourmaline

9

 

Willow or Pottery

Leather

Terracota

Lapis Lazuli

10

 

Aluminium/Tin

Diamond

Silver or Blue

Diamond

11

 

Steel

Jewellery

Turquoise

Turquoise

12

 

Silk or Linen

Pearl

Oyster White

Jade

13

 

Lace

Textiles or Furs

White

Citrine

14

 

Ivory

Gold Jewellery

Ivory

Opal

15

 

Crystal

Watches

Red

Ruby

16

 

Wax

Silver Holloware

Silver or Emerald Green

Peridot

17

 

Furniture

Furniture

Yellow

Carnelian

18

 

Porcelain

Porcelain

Blue

Cat’s eye

19

 

Bronze

Bronze

Bronze

Aquamarine

20

 

China

Platinum

Emerald Green

Emerald

25

 

Silver

Silver

Silver

Silver

30

 

Pearl

Diamond

Green

Pearl

35

 

Coral

Jade

Coral

Emerald

40

 

Ruby

Ruby

Red

Ruby

45

 

Sapphire

Sapphire

Blue or Red

Sapphire

50

 

Gold

Gold

Gold

Gold

55

 

Emerald

Emerald

Emerald Green

Alexandrite

60

 

Diamond

Diamond

Diamond White

Diamond


Obviously Year 7 is of particular interest to me as a Wool picture is an ideal gift for this anniversary year! There's also Year 13 which lists Textiles as a modern gift and Year 4 which lists Flowers.

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However it doesn't end there. The colours list can be particularly useful if you already have artwork in mind but don't know where to start. A colour, or a pair/group of colours can provide the starting point for a commissioned piece and give ideas for the subject matter. Narrowing down the options can help to drive creativity. You never know, there may also be the ideal piece ready to go!

As well as colour choices, other things to feed into ideas for anniversary gifts could be honeymoon or favourite holiday locations, wedding flowers, joint hobbies/interests.  Using these ideas you can choose or commission original and unique artwork to make a brilliant anniversary gift!

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Lastly, don't be afraid to brainstorm ideas with an artist or maker. You don't have to have a detailed brief before you approach us. We can talk through the beginnings of an idea and help form it into a brief with you as well as source photographs and research ideas. 

Interested in gifting fibre art? Email me at ushma@fifteen2.co.uk