The more contemporary modern anniversary gift list was created to reflect a more affluent and changing society. The original list focused on items that could help a couple put their house together as they started out in life. Today, people start out with more, thus the emergence of the new list. The average age of marriage is in the late 20's and with changing households (divorce, re-marriage, etc), the need for general house items has decreased. The modern list reflects these changes and includes more luxury items, such as the diamond appearing earlier on the list and three different times throughout the list.
While some of the anniversary years on this list are ambiguous, some are pretty specific as to what you should purchase, such as the 14th anniversary gift of gold jewelry. We recommend taking each idea or suggestion to a deeper level. Even when it comes to something specific, like gold jewelry, there's always room for creativity and personalization. If you need help with specific ideas, click your anniversary year below for ideas, products, and more to make your anniversary special.
Here is the complete modern anniversary gift list: