Anniversary gift ideas for Chicago parents

Ten years ago, I said “I do!” to my high school sweetheart and we have been celebrating ever since. In honor of this milestone, I thought I’d put together some great ideas for celebrating each year using the traditional items.

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Year One: Paper

Song lyrics from your wedding song in the shape of hearts, 52 Things I Love About You in a Deck of Cards, collection of great gift ideas for the first year, Our First Year and other great ideas for celebrating.

Year Two: Cotton

Customized pillowcases, soft blanket and other linens, Tree Quilt, Cotton Balls as Tissue Paper for gift filling.

Year Three: Leather

Baseball mitt and ball with etched names, updated leather seats in family car, Personalized notebook, perfect third anniversary gifts for him.

Year Four: Flowers

Beer Bouquet, flower arrangements for your garden, couple photo shoot incorporating flowers, planting a tree to commemorate your years together, working on a backyard garden.

Year Five: Wood

Quality jewelry chest, Chess or checkers set, Jord Wood Watches, Wood wine glasses, photograph on wood canvas.

Year Six: Candy/Iron (Let’s go with candy)

Candy bouquet, candy bar love notes, peanut butter cup candy cake, Valentine’s gift ideas that are perfect for your anniversary also

Year Seven: Copper

Silver/Copper Ring, Copper desk set, custom wedding keychain, penny frame, guitar pick.

Year Eight: Bronze/Pottery

Keychain, personalized necklace, wallet insert card, other eighth anniversary ideas, personalized ceramic ring dish, matching pair of mugs.

Year Nine: Willow/Pottery

Willow branch decor, pottery bowl with willow branch painted, other traditional gift ideas.

Year 10: Tin/Aluminum

Anniversary Print, Tin of chocolates or popcorn, aluminum bracelet cuff, case of favorite drink (in cans of course), DIY wedding gifts.

Find the full list of traditional and modern gift ideas for anniversaries – years one and beyond. In what ways do you aim to make your anniversary gift ideas unique?

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