The most common and most popular source for starting your anniversary gift search is the well-known traditional anniversary gift list. While it's not known for certain where this anniversary gift list originated, it appears to date back to at least the mid-1800's, though some speculate it could date all the way back to the Victorian era.
It's said that the list was acknowledged by etiquette queen Emily Post in her 1922 book, Blue Book of Social Usage. This book mentioned the eight milestone anniversaries: 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and the 75th anniversary, which also appeared in records from the mid-1800's. Mrs. Post later acknowledged the celebration of other years and expanded and approved of the list that we now know as the traditional anniversary gift list.
While some gift items on the list may seem out of place today, such as linen and lace, the list was originally geared towards married couples building a home together rather than the anniversary gifts we think of today. Because of this, other anniversary lists, such as the Modern Anniversary Gift List, have been created by various sources. However, the traditional anniversary gift list remains the most used when it comes to anniversary gift shopping. While this list doesn't give you specific ideas, it gives you a guide to follow, while giving you the freedom to be creative, unique, and personal. 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 traditional anniversary gift list from your 1st anniverary til your 90th -- if you make it that far! ;)...