100 traditional wedding anniversary gifts and their modern-day alternatives

As parents, we may be more concerned with whether our children are reaching the prescribed developmental milestones than the milestones associated with each year of marriage. 

Let's face it, romance isn't exactly top of our list of priorities when little ones are the focus of our attention. 

But wedding anniversaries are just the kind of special occasion to spice up the love that produced those little rascals. 


Do you have any wedding anniversary traditions of your own? Ever forgotten the special date? How did you make up for it? Tell us your story by emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous. 


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Historians aren't set on the origins of why certain materials have been associated with certain wedding anniversaries but the most widely accepted explanation comes from customs of the Holy Roman Empire.

During this period, husbands gifted their wives with silver wreaths for the 25th year of marriage, and gold wreaths for the 50th. 

They were definitely onto something, considering that after decades of marriage, silver and gold are well-earned gifts.

Lesser known though are the milestone years in-between and beyond, as well as their modern equivalents, with the latter list created by the Chicago Public Library

So, if you need gift inspiration for your next anniversary here are the major marriage milestone years, the traditional gifts associated with each and their updated alternatives. 

Do you have any wedding anniversary traditions of your own? Ever forgotten the special date? How did you make up for it? Tell us your story by emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous. 

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