Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

Before you reach your golden anniversary after 50 years of marriage or even your silver at 25 years, there are the first five to celebrate. As tradition goes after you walk down the aisle, the first anniversary calls for paper gifts, the second for cotton, the third for leather, the fourth for fruit or flowers, and the fifth for wood. So what exactly does that mean? Well, you don’t have to be completely literal in the theme when thinking of a gift for your beloved (there is the modern gifts list for that), but you can—and should—get creative: Maybe it’s a cheeky art print for paper, cute monogram pillows for cotton, or a leather chess-and-checker set for year number three (in case you’ve run out of things to talk about by this point, a game can really spice things up). Try floral- and herb-infused chocolate for the fourth anniversary and maybe even some beautifully bottled maple syrup for number five—after all, you can almost always bond over sweets.

For those in search of the perfect anniversary gift during the first few years, take a look below for some unique ideas that give new life to the old post-wedding tradition.

 

 

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