After the milestone 10th wedding anniversary, the 11th anniversary may seem like an uneventful year, although it’s anything but. Tradition calls for celebrating this year with steel—it's a material that's symbolic of the longevity of your marriage and of staying strong to one another. However, the more contemporary interpretation of this anniversary calls for gifting jewelry—a much broader interpretation that makes gift picking a little easier.
Luckily, we’ve rounded up some ideas for both, as well as a few ideas that don’t quite fall into these categories for those looking to stray from the theme. From statement rings and necklaces to stainless steel flatware and cookware sets, we've got you covered. There are some no-fail alternative picks in here as well—think a fancy new carry-on suitcase or a pair of chic cordless headphones.
Here are some of the best gift ideas for your 11th anniversary.
Cuisinart Professional Series 13-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
A new cookware set will amp up your kitchen game. This 13-piece set is built to last, with grip stick handles for a secure, cool grip and a stainless steel surface that won’t discolor or change the flavor of foods. Matching stainless steel lids will seal in moisture and nutrients for extra flavor.
Price at time of publish: $750
Aurate Connection Bracelet
Symbolize your forever love with a simple, timeless bracelet that features a dainty chain with two interlocking loops. It’s available in every shade of gold, from white to rose, and works for both everyday wear and special occasions. The bracelet is 6.5 inches long.
Price at time of publish: $350
Cufflinks, Inc. Damascus Stainless Steel Tie Clip
Your man probably has enough ties in his wardrobe now, so instead of adding another to his collection, gift him a stainless steel tie clip instead. Two inches in length, this one is patterned after Damascus steel. It’ll sharpen up a solid-colored tie or add a playful juxtaposition to another print.
Price at time of publish: $110
Solo Stove Stainless Steel Bonfire Pit
The small bonfire pit is perfect for couples with a small outdoor space. Made of stainless steel with vent holes at the base for fueling a fire, it’ll keep you warm during those chiller nights. Lightweight and compact with a sleek design, it can easily be stored away when not in use.
Price at time of publish: $277
Uncommon Goods How Do I Love Thee From A to Z
Walk your spouse through the alphabet to show them just how much you love them. This adorable little book has fill-in prompts in which you can write out everything from your favorite memories together to your favorite qualities about them. No matter how many times they read down the road, it will always make them smile!
Price at time of publish: $22
VONIKI Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
Enjoy a warm cup of tea from a tea kettle that’s just as stylish as it is functional. A stainless steel inner wall makes rusting difficult and heats water fast, while a blue speckled marble coating on the exterior has the kettle sitting pretty on the stove. It also features a fast heating base for even distribution and a non-slip silicone handle that you don’t need an oven mitt for.
Price at time of publish: $30
Vincero Watches The Vessel Steel
With a sapphire crystal face that’s scratch-resistant and a navy dial, this stainless steel watch will look sharp on any wrist. It’s also perfect for land or water. Inspired by a traditional dive watch, it has some impressive capabilities like water resistance up to 200 meters.
Price at time of publish: $225
The Citizenry Cantaro Pots
For the dedicated plant parent, these high-quality pots will take botanics to the next level. Handcrafted in Mexico from burnished clay, they feature a black steel base and come in terracotta or matte black. They’ll make a statement indoors or out. Buy them as a set, or separately—one stands at 14 inches high, and 9 inches wide while the other is 21 inches high and 14 inches wide.
Price at time of publish: $295
Georgie Designs Roman Numeral Cufflinks
These cufflinks aren’t your average cufflinks. You can engrave them with a Roman numeral date—like your anniversary. Your spouse will always think of you when he goes to put them on. Plus, they keep with the 11th-anniversary theme as they’re made out of stainless steel. Stick with a classic silver or opt for a plated rose gold.
Price at time of publish: starting at $58
Gregory Quadro Hardcase Roller Luggage
It’s hard to beat a more durable and reliable travel companion than this hard case carry-on. Open up its tough shell to find interior mesh pockets, zippered compression panels, and dual straps to help organize and pack clothes and gear. Need more room? An expandable zipper will help with that, providing 15% additional volume.
Price at time of publish: $180
LeBreux Personalized Engraved Spoon
This little stainless steel spoon is just as sweet as the dessert you’ll pair it with. Customize it with the year you two got married for a punny little message. If that’s not your style, you can always personalize it with a different, brief-phrase of your own. Available as a tablespoon or teaspoon.
Price at time of publish: $13
Master & Dynamic MH40 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
These cordless headphones make listening to music that much better. It features Bluetooth 5.0 with a connectivity range of 100 feet and 18 hours of playtime. Plus, it gives a full charge within just 30 minutes. With a vintage aviator-inspired design, they have an aluminum body with lambskin ear pads.
Price at time of publish: $249
Uncommon Goods Pressurized Craft Beer Growler
Backyard barbecues just got an upgrade. With a vacuum-insulated double-wall, this stainless steel growler will keep beer cool for up to nine hours. It includes an adjustable pressurization cap to keep carbonation low and pressure and level gauges. The tap handle is also removable, meaning you can replace it with one from the local brewery.
Price at time of publish: $179 without Walnut Handle
SACHEU Beauty Stainless Steel Facial Roller
Facial rollers help brighten the face and reduce inflammation while increasing oxygen and nutrient flow to help lift and firm the skin. While some are made of jade and rose quartz, a stainless steel material helps prevent bacteria accumulation. This roller also comes with a travel pouch for safekeeping.
Price at time of publish: $35
Picnic At Ascot 20-Piece Stainless Steel Master Grill Tool Set
This stainless steel barbecue set is ready to serve up some burgers and hot dogs. Elegant and slender, the set includes everything from a basting brush and skewers to corn cob holders and a grill cleaner. There’s also a multi-purpose spatula that does it all—flipping, cutting, and tenderizing.
Price at time of publish: $106
Mepra Italian Flatware Set
This playful, fun flatware set gets major points for the number of hues it comes in. Coral? Azure? Forest? Line us up for these pretty colors, please. If you can’t pick just one, you can always go with a mixed color set like Coastal’s shades of blue or Earth’s husky tones. Italian-made with resin handles set in stainless steel, they’re available from a 5-piece set to a 60-piece set.
Price at time of publish: starting at $100 for 5-piece Flatware Setting
White Space Duo Diamond Necklace
We love this twist on a classic diamond pendant necklace. It features not just one, but two bezel-set brilliant white diamonds for extra sparkle. It also gets a point for sustainability, made of 14-karat recycled gold and diamonds that are ethically mined. With a 16-inch long chain, it sits close to the collarbone.
Price at time of publish; $695
Sticking with the traditional theme of stainless steel? We recommend the Personalized Engraved Spoon for something unique and thoughtful, or the Italian Flatware Set for something practical and long-lasting. Want to go more contemporary with jewelry? We love the Connection Bracelet for its symbol of love or the Roman Numeral Cufflinks for some sweetness.
What are some creative or unique anniversary ideas?
You both deserve a romantic night away, so why not book a staycation? Book at a luxury hotel nearby for a new way to experience your city or town, and create another notable memory for the books. We also love the idea of writing your partner a good old-fashioned love letter they’ll cherish forever.
Why trust Brides?
Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over six years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She thinks that gifting jewelry is always a good idea.