I love those “traditional and modern anniversary gifts” charts.
My husband and I each have our own nerdy interests, so with our anniversary coming up I was looking for some ideas. What are the best traditional anniversary gifts for geeks? I found a ton of fun little ideas for the first 10 years, so I’d like to share them with you.
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1st Anniversary: Paper
It’s dangerous to go alone! Congratulations on your first year together. This is one of my favorite categories because there are so many possibilities. Since you’re learning a lot about communication and settling into a home together, you could buy some new trading cards for your favorite game, learn a new game togetherck, or pick an art print for your home.
2nd Anniversary: Cotton
3rd Anniversary: Leather
You can’t always be together every minute of the day, so get a gift your spouse can carry with them everywhere. A leather bracelet, keychain, or even a bookmark for that book they always have in their bag. Actually, a nice leather bag isn’t a bad idea either!
4th Anniversary: Silk, Linen, Fruit, or Flowers
I’m not sure which is the “official” gift idea here, it depends on where you look. But how fun are these options? You could buy a silk tie with your House colors, or a geeky linen wallet. If your spouse likes anime, look up hanakotoba and choose some flowers.
5th Anniversary: Wood
There are a lot of beautiful options for this one! You could choose a nice wooden cutting board, a sign, or a dice box.
6th Anniversary: Candy or Iron
I actually still have this Mario candy tin that my husband bought me when we were dating. Something I don’t own but now I’m eyeballing is these bookends that look like the Iron Throne. If you really want to play around with the word “iron”, this iron-on Starry Night patch is beautiful.
7th Anniversary: Wool or Copper
8th Anniversary: Bronze or Pottery
9th Anniversary: Pottery or Willow
I’m not sure why pottery is an option two years in a row, but see my note about never having too many mugs. You could also build the Whomping Willow together.
10th Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum
For this gift, Adagio Teas has some awesome fandom blends that you can get in sampler tins. I’ve yet to try a tea from them that I found terrible.
What is the best geeky anniversary gift you’ve ever given or received?