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A guide to the first 5 years of Wedding Anniversaries

Most people may be familiar with silver, gold and diamond wedding anniversaries as milestones to celebrate but for many newlyweds and couples still in their first few years of marriage, then every anniversary is something special. They may be lesser known but each anniversary has its own theme and a traditional material attached to it.

If you are looking for traditional gifts to celebrate an anniversary then keeping to the theme of each year is a great way to show a bit of extra thought and make the occasion truly memorable with gifts that can be kept and treasured for a lifetime. Here is a quick guide to the first five years of anniversary occasions with a few gift ideas to help make your celebration plans even easier:

1st Wedding Anniversary - Paper
Nice and simple for the first wedding anniversary, with paper being the theme of the first 12 months. While it may sound a simple enough theme it also means you can be as imaginative as you like with your gifts. Handmade cards and personalised paper items can be as beautiful and special as you can make them, with special pictures or photo albums from your first year of marriage together making for extra special gifts. Gift Ideas for Two has a number of great gifts that fall under this theme such as membership packs and tickets to a show or attraction.

2nd Wedding Anniversary -  Cotton
While this may not be high on the bling factor, cotton is the second wedding anniversary theme and, as with paper, there are many beautiful examples out there for you to buy or make for your loved one or for a married couple in your life. Try extra special luxury bedding or emblazoned cushions for your marital bed, decorative cotton hearts or even some new threads to wear. See our range of his and hers pillow cases for gift ideas on this anniversary.

3rd Wedding Anniversary - Leather
Plenty of women will surely be relishing the arrival of their third wedding anniversary as the theme is leather – for many that can only mean two things, shoes and handbags! Leather jackets, wallets and purses or other stylish items are another option, or if you want to avoid the fashion route then leather-bound photo albums will help keep your treasured memories for years to come.

4th Wedding Anniversary - Flowers or Fruit
The traditional themes in the UK for the fourth wedding anniversary are flowers and fruit, although in the US linen is the theme which is often adopted by people on this side of the pond as well. But if you’re looking to keep it traditional with your anniversary gifts then sumptuous fruit baskets and a luxurious bouquet of your partner’s favourite flowers are a good way to start. Or for a more meaningful gift idea which will last even longer and hopefully flourish as your marriage grows, try planting your own flowers or fruit trees for something which should bear fruit in your family home for years to come.

5th Wedding Anniversary - Wood
Five years of marriage is a solid start to your life together so what better symbol for your fifth wedding anniversary than wood? This solid and dependable material is not only practical but can be beautiful too. Keep an eye out for wooden sculptures or artwork that your partner will love, special wooden picture frames will make a perfect anniversary gift or splash out and treat yourselves to some new wooden furniture for your marital home.

Gift Ideas for Two is home to over 500 fantastic gifts. Together with our range of experiences, weekend breaks and days out is a selection of the more traditional gifts such as hampers, his and hers gifts and board games. There’s also a whole host of unique and wonderful gifts that are guaranteed to brighten your home and put a huge smile on everyones’ face.

Our Gift Experiences and Hotel Breaks have been at the heart of Days of Your Life for over a decade. Now, through Gift Ideas for Two, we are specialising in experiences to share, whether that’s with your partner, child or best friend. Our days out and one night breaks can be seen today in high street stores up and down the country.

Please read below for a brief description into the gift sections we have on the site.

Weekend & Hotel Breaks
A break away is the perfect gift for any couple. Enjoy some quality time together whilst exploring the sights and sounds of somewhere new. The British Isles is home to beautiful coastlines and countrysides, exciting cities and a past steeped in historical and cultural wonder. With so much on offer the hardest part is deciding which part of this Great Britain you’d like to discover first! 

Experience Days
It’s time to get the pulse racing and the adrenaline pumping for an experience that’ll make your hairs stand on end. With a wide range of thrills from sky dives to Ferrari drives and paintball games to helicopter flights, we’ve got just the experience for you! 

Sports & Outdoor
If you’re a couple that like a bit of friendly competition or simply enjoy the freedom of being outside, our sports and outdoor range is packed full of inspiring things to do and see. 

Food & Drink Experiences
Eating and drinking is without doubt, one of our favourite pastimes and given the right ingredients it can be an experience in itself. Whether it’s in the preparation, the sampling or the indulgence, there’s a whole host of food and drink experiences to cater for all tastes!   

Spa & Pamper
Immerse yourself in a day of pure relaxation. Just leave the rest of the world at the door and feel the tension simply melt away. Whether you’d like a ‘just us girls’ day or you’ve got a modern man to take with you, there’s plenty of treatments and spa resorts to suit everyone.

Afternoons & Evenings Out

An indulgent feast for the senses. Treat your eyes to the delights of the theatre, your taste buds to the fine flavours at a vineyard and your humour to uncontrollable belly-laughs at a comedy night! Whatever your pleasure, there’ll be a treat for you that makes perfect sense! 

Food & Drink Gifts
Gifts good enough to make your mouth water. You can’t go wrong with a tasty treat or a drop of your favourite tipple. You can even combine the two and choose from a wide range of themed hampers to delight your palate.  

Home & Garden Gifts
Home is definitely where the heart is and in any home it’s all about the personal touches. Whether you’re moving into a new house, getting married or just fancied sprucing the place up, we’ve got a wide variety of fresh and funky gift ideas to help make your home your own.  

Original & Creative Gifts
If you thought you had everything you wanted, think again. Our range of unique, fun and wacky gift ideas make fantastic presents and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Warning: These gifts are strictly for those happy couples that refuse to deny their inner child!
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