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Bronze may be considered third place, but it makes for some top-notch anniversary gifts in our book. A durable metal, bronze has come to symbolize a long-lasting, resilient marriage. It’s both the traditional and modern theme for the 19th wedding anniversary.
Bronze jewelry or bronze kitchenware make for thoughtful (and useful!) anniversary gifts. From cufflinks to whimsical handmade spoons, there's something for everyone. But don’t be afraid to diverge from the theme—we’ve got you covered there too, with the personalized and the practical, whether it’s a red wine aerator or a custom golf cover.
Read on for the best 19th anniversaries below.
Voice and Sound Song Sound Wave
Capture the song of your first dance, or even your favorite song as a couple, and turn it into a unique piece of art. This Etsy artist will metal print the sound waves of the song onto a piece of aluminum with bronze coloring for a shiny metallic finish. You can also choose to have it designed on framed paper, colored to look like bronze.
Sarah Welch Pottery Single Bronze Pint Beer Glass
For the beer lover, this pint beer glass will hit the spot. It’s hand-cast and glazed with a matte bronze in multiple layers to create a rich texture, overlapped by a more metallic bronze at the top. Inside is creamy white. Add a personal touch by opting to get the bottom of the mug engraved with the date of your anniversary.
Gracie Collins Personalized Bronze and Copper Initial Cufflinks
Personalize a pair of bronze cufflinks for an extra special touch. Stamp it with the initial of your choice—it can be the first letter of your spouse’s name, both of your first initials, or their full initials, with one on each cufflink. Each letter is made using solid bronze.
Julia Knight Sierra Rainbow Bronze Bowl
Perfect for serving at dinner parties or as a tabletop centerpiece, this stainless steel, and brass bowl is an eyecatcher. Made of bronze with a rainbow sheen, it brings texture to any spread. Fill it with fruit or a tasty dip like guacamole and get ready to serve. It’s oven-safe up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and holds up to 32 ounces.
Anolon Advanced Bronze Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set
Upgrade your cookware with this 11-piece set, which comes with everything from a saucepan to a french skillet. All pieces feature a bronze nonstick exterior and anodized construction for even heat distribution, so you don’t burn your food, and they come with shatter-resistant glass lids to trap heat and moisture.
Uncommon Goods Custom Love Boat Portrait
This custom portrait is meant to celebrate riding the waves of a relationship together, and you can customize both seafarers to look just like you and your partner. Pick out their gender, hairstyle, skin tone, body shape, and clothing. You can even add accessories to bring both of your real-life personalities!
ABC Home Bronze Walnut Spoon Set
Whether used for serving salt and pepper or a dash of sugar, this set of handmade tea spoons is sure to charm. Cast from walnut seeds, made of pewter, and complete with a bronze finish, they have a romantic old-world feel with branch-like handles and rough edges.
Shape Triangle & Rectangle Mismatched Hoop Earrings
We love a good statement earring, and this mismatched pair fits the bill. One triangular shape and one rectangular shape, coming in at a two-inch drop and three-inch drop respectively, make for the perfect pair with a geometric flair. Hand-polished, they even come in bronze.
Mark & Graham Leather Golf Driver Club Cover
Your partner’s golf game is about to get that much better with this leather club cover. Featuring a vintage-inspired stripe design with a personal monogram, it’ll make a statement out on the course. It’s designed to fit up to a 460cc driver and includes a Velcro closure that makes removing the cover quite easy.
Ray-Ban Aviator Gradient Bronze-Copper
You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray-Ban Aviators. A thin, delicate framing makes them feel light on the face, while nose pads offer comfort and slip prevention on the bridge of the nose. Get them in bronze and copper framing with pink and brown gradients to fit with the anniversary theme.
Away Travel The Everywhere Bag
The perfect weekender bag is right here. It has every compartment imaginable, from a spot for your laptop to a zippered waterproof umbrella pocket. For whatever there’s not a place for, you can use the main interior. Opt for pebbled leather for a classy finish or water-resistant nylon to help withstand the weather.
Molecule-R Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit
A molecular gastronomy kit is a perfect set-up for an at-home date night. With 20 recipes, there’s much to experiment with as you play with changing the look and feel of any ingredient. Run with your imagination, and learn how to make everything from lemon foam to balsamic pearls together.
Vinturi Red Wine Aerator
Up your red wine game with an aerator that will help elevate your wine to all that it can be. The Vinturi aerator provides a full flavor and smooth finish without a battery, charcoal, or filter. It’s perfect for that wine that’s been locked away for a year and needs a bit of perking up.
Summer Salt The Cloud 9 Silky PJ Set
Sleep will feel like sinking into a cloud in these smooth pajamas. Made of silk, they’re luxuriously comfortable and feature a relaxed fit. Plus, they come in a variety of playful prints, from rainbow stripe and confetti dot to lavender plaid and leopard, making them super fun to wear.
Anthropologie Matilda Frame
For a sweet gift that will make your spouse smile, tuck a few of your favorite pics and mementos, such as ticket stubs, inside these bronze frames. Hang them on the wall for some vintage vibes and fun memories every time you walk by. Try hanging them over the nightstand or in a high traffic area like a hall foyer.
Theory Belvin Traceable Thigh-Length Coat
Everyone needs a staple coat, and this one by Theory can be your spouse’s. Long-sleeve and thigh-length, with a vented back and buttons in the front, it’s timeless and classy with a masculine edge. A soft hazel color is an unexpected neutral, promising to add some variety while going with anything.
Victrola Houston Bluetooth Radio Speaker
Get the tunes going with this FM radio speaker. It may look vintage with its boxy shape and analog tuner, but it has all the functions of a modern-day speaker thanks to its Bluetooth capabilities. It has an adjustable antenna and functions for both wired or wireless streaming.
Domain by Laura Hodges Studio Slub Knit Throw Blanket
Cozy up for a movie night in this warm, knitted blanket. It’s made of GOTS certified cotton and is pretty roomy at 50-inches by 60-inches. It’s dangerously soft; curl up with it on the couch, and you’ll find yourself falling asleep in no time—or at least, very unwilling to get up.
Made Leather Company Dopp Kit
This leather dopp kit is what every guy needs in his travel arsenal. It has a water-resistant interior, perfect for any accidental spills, and a side carry handle to move it around with ease. The zipper pocket on the outside provides additional storage for smaller things like Q-tips and band-aids.
What to look for in a 19th anniversary gift
The traditional and modern gift, bronze
If you're looking for a gift that's specifically made for this anniversary, you can't go wrong with something made of bronze (or something with a bronze-like patina or color). That being said, personalization is key when it comes to a good anniversary gift, so don't worry if your gift doesn't fit the theme but feels perfect for the recipient.
Think about the things your partner loves best and gift them something that they'll appreciate for years to come. And don't forget that a heartfelt card or letter goes a long way, so make sure to include one in your gift exchange.
What are some other creative or unique anniversary ideas?
"Experiential gifts are personal and thoughtful and give couples a chance to create lasting memories together," says Emily Forrest, Director of Communications at Zola. She adds that active adventures like bioluminescent kayak adventures and whitewater rafting, and location-specific experiences, like pizza tours in New York City or wine tours in Napa Valley, are always a hit.
Do you have to follow traditional and modern anniversary gifts by year?
Forrest advises that couples should do what feels most special and meaningful for them and that there’s no need to stick to traditional anniversary themes. “But, for couples who are not sure what to get or if one partner is very hard to select a gift for, these guidelines can take off some of the pressure," she says. "It also offers a chance to get creative within the theme."
Meet the Expert
Emily Forrest is the Director of Communications at Zola, the one-stop-shop for everything wedding, gift, and home-related, from invitations to decor and kitchen tools.
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 has an eye for design and quality that she takes into consideration when selecting gifts. While she loves the bronze theme, thoughtful gifts are her favorite.