If you’re celebrating 15 years of marriage, first and foremost, congratulations! You’ve likely experienced highs, lows, and everything in between since your wedding day, and now’s the time to honor that journey. The traditional 15th-anniversary gift is crystal, an enduring material that symbolizes the lightness, clarity, and durability of your love. The modern gift is considered to be a watch or other timepiece, representing the many hours and minutes you've spent together, as well as the years to come.
Look for items with a high level of craftsmanship and quality for an enduring 15th-anniversary gift.
However, while we certainly love a theme, you don’t necessarily have to stick with one of these two categories. This anniversary can also be an opportunity to surprise your spouse with something totally unique. To help, we've researched a slew of keepsake items that are sure to delight and stand the test of time, ranging from the traditional and modern to the customized and unexpected options. When narrowing down our top picks, we considered durability, thoughtfulness, practicality, personalization, and overall quality.
For something totally unexpected, we love the The Metal Foundry 15th Anniversary Gift Sundial and the The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia. For a sparkling gift for your spouse, the Olive and Piper Harriet Drops and the Swarovski Sparkling Dance Round Necklace are foolproof picks.
Read on for the best 15th-anniversary gifts.
The Metal Foundry 15th Wedding Anniversary Sundial
Here’s a new and different take on the modern watch theme. This aluminum cast sundial is a handcrafted present that's entirely unique—and it can be displayed both indoors or outdoors, While this artist offers several different versions, this one comes complete with congratulatory 15th-anniversary text. It's a unique gift that will surely surprise your spouse.
Price at time of publish: $285
Swarovski Sparkling Dance Round Necklace
This delicate crystal necklace is one that she'll wear again and again, both for everyday activities and for fancy date nights. It comes in six different colors and a choice of rose gold or rhodium-plated finishes. It's also in keeping with the crystal theme.
Price at time of publish: $96
Andre’s Chocolate Bar Sampler Box
You could easily make the case that both life and marriage are like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re gonna get, as Forrest Gump so eloquently put it. But at least in this box, you know you'll get an array of delicious chocolates. The 65-year-old family business features three generations of Swiss-trained chocolatiers that handcraft insanely high-quality sweet treats. Here, you get a variety of their best-selling bars in mini and full sizes–think Dark Chocolate Whiskey Caramel and Milk Chocolate Roasted Almond. If your spouse has a sweet tooth, this is a delightful and thoughtful gift.
Price at time of publish: $110
Artifact Uprising Photo-Wrapped Hardcover Book
Compile some of your favorite photos from the last year—or the last 15—in this personalized photo book. With a textured binding and high-quality interior pages, the book can hold from 30 to 210 pages, which offers plenty of room for all your favorite memories. It's guaranteed a spot on your coffee table for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $62 for 8.5 x 8.5
GROHE Rainshower 310 Smart Connect
This high-end shower head upgrade may seem like a utilitarian present—but just wait until it's installed. It boasts a wireless remote that lets you easily change the customizable spray function, making your everyday rinse feel like a truly spa-worthy, luxurious experience. Not to mention that it’s incredibly easy to install–no power tools or plumber required. We love that it's an unexpected gift that's useful and prioritizes your partner's comfort and enjoyment.
Price at time of publish: $469
Homesick Let's Toast Candle
This candle not only smells incredible (effervescent and citrusy) but it's also so much more. You can personalize it with both a message on the outer box and a custom note on the jar itself, ensuring it remains a keepsake long after you’ve burned through it.
Price at time of publish: $36
Olive and Piper Harriet Drops
These delicate crystal drop earrings are the perfect accessory to brighten up any outfit. They add just a touch of bling but still have a sophisticated look for a night together out on the town. Your partner will appreciate the beauty of this pair, and it's a great way to celebrate tradition with a crystal gift.
Price at time of publish: $48
Waterford Love Forever Flute Pair
Bring out that good bottle of champagne and pair it with these stunning crystal flutes. The delicate design features an eternal flame, a poignant reminder of your everlasting love. They're also perfectly on theme to toast to 15 years together.
Price at time of publish: $160
Tovala Countertop WiFi Oven
This genius appliance is essentially the next best thing to having a personal chef in your home. Yes, it’s a countertop smart oven, but it’s also a meal service that delivers chef-prepared meals right to you. All you have to do is scan the QR code on each dish and pop it in the oven—it’s that easy. Your partner will love this practical yet luxurious gift that you can use for years to come.
The New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia
This gorgeous coffee table book is a perfect gift for a wannabe sommelier or the couple that loves to host wine nights. It contains everything you want to know about vino, from detailed descriptions and maps of growing regions to a taste chart and thousands of specific wine recommendations. Pair it with your favorite vintage so you can sip on a glass as you peruse the book together.
Price at time of publish: $75
Parachute Waffle Lounge Set
Yes, you need matching loungewear. This set—featuring a crew neck pullover top and joggers in mini waffle cotton—is the definition of cute and cozy, and it comes in both men’s and women’s sizes. In other words, make sure to get one for both your spouse and yourself. You can cozy up together as you reflect on the last 15 years.
Price at time of publish: $149
Crockpot MyTime Programmable Slow Cooker
While this obviously isn’t a watch, it is one gift that will give you back the invaluable gift of time. Spend those few precious hours together at the end of a workday with a delicious meal—minus all the clean-up of pots and pans. Simply set the time you want dinner to be ready, and this smart slow cooker will do the hard work for you, automatically adjusting the cooking cycle. We love that it's a fun culinary twist on the watch theme.
Price at time of publish: $70
All Mies Bauhaus 41mm Create Your Own Watch
Who says a good-looking watch has to be expensive? This brand offers simple yet sophisticated timepieces for great wallet-friendly prices. There are plenty of styles to choose from, but we’re especially partial to their customizable option, which lets you choose the dial, case, and strap colors. So you can create an accessory that perfectly suits your partner's personal style.
Price at time of publish: $120
Made Leather Company Excursion Weekend Duffle
Made of 100 percent leather and with a sturdy handle, this tote is both fashionable and functional. The ideal size for your next weekend getaway, it features a roomy interior compartment, top zip closure, plenty of exterior pockets, and a detachable and adjustable strap. It comes in three shades of full-grain, vegetable-tanned goat leather.
Price at time of publish: $485
While it often seems like marital advice is given to newlyweds, in the grand scheme of things, 15 years is just a drop in the bucket. A thoughtful and personalized gift, ask your friends and family—who have been married for longer than you—to share their best pieces of advice for a long-lasting marriage. Compile it into this beautiful book and present it to your partner—it will be sure to elicit smiles and happy tears.
Price at time of publish: $45
What to Look for in a 15th-Anniversary Gift
Finding the perfect gift for your partner can be a daunting task–after all, 15 years is a big deal! You want to give them something special to commemorate your journey together thus far. If you're unsure of where to start, it can help to consider the traditional and modern 15th-anniversary themes: a crystal gift or a timepiece, such as a watch. However, there are no rules that say you have to stick to these themes, so feel free to get creative! The most important thing is finding something you know your partner will appreciate.
There are plenty of options out there, so consider your spouse's personal style and preferences. If they're always dressed to impress, consider giving them a sparkling new crystal necklace or an upgrade to their everyday watch. Do they value sentimental keepsakes over more material options? A personalized gift or a scrapbook of your favorite memories are excellent options.
What is the traditional 15th-anniversary gift?
If you're sticking to tradition, then a crystal gift is in order. Crystal is an enduring material that symbolizes the clarity and durability of your love. And it comes in many forms! You can gift your favorite person with new jewelry pieces, crystal drinking glasses, or even a crystal art piece for your home.
You can also go the modern traditional route, which says timepieces, such as a watch or clock, are best for the 15th-anniversary gift exchange. But feel free to think outside the box here, too. Unique twists on this theme, such as the Crockpot MyTime Programmable Slow Cooker, are also great anniversary gift ideas.
Do I have to give a traditional 15th-anniversary gift?
Absolutely not! While traditional gifts are foolproof and can make your search easier, it certainly isn't required. What counts is giving your partner something they'll truly love and appreciate. So if you're going with something non-traditional, think about their hobbies and interests when looking for the perfect gift option. Find something that reflects who they are, and they're sure to cherish the thoughtful sentiment.
Or, you can gift them with an experience. Perhaps your partner is always busy with work and doesn't have a ton of time for self-care–treat them to a day at the spa for some much-needed R&R. An experience the two of you can do together is always a special gift option, too. Sign up for a cooking class, book a weekend trip, or take them on a romantic outdoor adventure like hot air ballooning at sunrise or horseback riding. It's a gift they'll remember forever!
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