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After 22 years of marriage, it’s definitely time for a celebration. While it may not seem as momentous of an occasion—you’re right in between the 20th-anniversary and the 25th—your 22nd-anniversary certainly holds meaning and is deserving of a special gift.
Both the traditional and modern gift for a 22nd-anniversary is copper. Of course, this metal adds a beautiful metallic hue to everything from home goods and jewelry, but it’s also symbolic in meaning. Copper is an incredibly durable metal, and it doesn’t deteriorate over time. It’s a beautiful metaphor for a strong marriage, ultimately symbolizing prosperity and romance.
Of course, you can always stray from the traditional and modern themes for your anniversary, whether it's a custom piece of artwork or an item that your spouse has been coveting. To help you find the perfect gift, we're here to help with everything from copper kitchen gear and personalized tokens to cozy throws and candles for your home.
Read on for our favorite 22nd-anniversary gifts.
Handstamped Wot Nots Personalized Copper Key Chain
This copper key chain is made from recycled copper pipe and can be customized with your wedding date. The hand-stamped design makes it a unique addition to your partner's daily routine—they'll carry it with them wherever they go.
Black Lantern Studio Forest Whiskey Glasses
Stock the home bar cart with two new unique glasses. These handmade glasses come in a set, each screen printed with a beautiful forest landscape design—it's the perfect gift for any nature lover.
Chudoff Personalized Copper Foil Print
Add a new piece of art to brighten up your walls. Crafted out of copper foil, this metallic print can be personalized with your first dance song (or another favorite tune) along with your names and anniversary date for the sweetest gift.
Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
Give the gift of self-care with this sweet surprise. Made with 100 percent Turkish cotton, this gauzy robe offers a relaxed fit for ultimate comfort. It’s the perfect robe for cozying up and enjoying morning coffee or throwing on after a bath.
Vinglacé Wine Chiller
Travel with your favorite wine in style thanks to this clever design. The stainless steel exterior and vacuum-sealed insulation will keep your go-to bubbly or white wine chilled for hours. Talk about the perfect addition to a romantic picnic!
Williams Sonoma Copper Cheese Knives Set
Give the gift of hosting tools with this set of cheese knives. They’re made with stainless steel as a strong base and then finished with copper for a beautiful design. The unique shapes are designed to cut and serve a variety of cheeses, from aged parmesan to spreadable goat blends and ricotta.
Williams Sonoma Copper Bar Tools Set
Give the home bar a makeover for your 22nd-anniversary. This set is complete with a shaker, strainer, bar spoon, and jigger, all the essential tools needed to shake up a great drink. Plus, they’ll make a statement on display with a stunning copper-plated finish.
Mark & Graham Men’s Leather Travel Pouch
There’s no time like the present to upgrade your partner’s travel gear. This roomy pouch offers plenty of space for toiletries, whether used on the go or at home. Plus, you can choose from two different leather options and add a custom monogram to make it that much more special.
Seattle Chocolate Cheers To You! Care Package
Why not celebrate with something sweet? This cute gift box comes with dark chocolate truffle bars dressed up for the occasion, along with gold champagne and pink bubbly chocolate truffles, and two champagne flutes. Pair it with a bottle of bubbly for a romantic celebration.
Uncommon Goods Wine Bottle Garden Kit
Want to grow something together? This easy kit will help, even if you don’t have a green thumb. Share a bottle of wine and then plant a few seeds. In no time, you’ll have edible flowers or aromatic herbs growing from your wine bottle to use for cooking or enjoy as a bouquet.
Nutribullet Matte Blender
Take your mornings to the next level with this kitchen accessory. The Nutribullet Pro comes in seven gorgeous matte colors to match your kitchen décor or your partner’s favorite color. Use it to blend smoothies and smoothie bowls in the morning, or even mix up sauces, spreads, and dips.
Black Dog Ironworks Personalized Bottle Opener
Keep your gifting simple and useful—but make it special. This hand-forged bottle opener is made from rugged steel using traditional blacksmithing techniques. Customize it with your initials and anniversary date— it's perfect gift for your favorite beer lover.
The 5 O'Clock Box Moscow Mule Cocktail Kit
The perfect drink to sip and celebrate on your 22nd? Moscow Mules. Typically made in copper mugs, this citrus cocktail is super refreshing. And this cocktail kit, complete with ginger simple syrup, lime bitters, and lime slices will show you just how to make it.
What to look for in a 22nd-anniversary gift
The traditional and modern gift, copper
Copper is the perfect symbol to represent a strong, durable, beautiful marriage. “Copper has been used for hundreds of years in human civilization and has a proven durability, flexibility, and uniqueness,” says etiquette expert Maryanne Parker. “Copper does not crack or rust, which represents a strong marriage with ups and downs, but it still can continue to be strong, beautiful, and glowing.” It adds coziness to home décor and strength to tools, making it ideal to incorporate in any gift.
What are some creative 22nd-anniversary ideas?
While physical items make great anniversary gifts, you can certainly plan a celebratory experience as well. Parker suggests planning a spa day complete with facials and massages while incorporating products infused with copper. “Many times in the 22 years of marriage longevity, buried under the pressure of life, we forget to spoil ourselves a little,” Parker adds.
Another great idea? Look to a dinner complete with lobster and oysters, and sip on Moscow Mules for a copper-inspired meal.
Do I have to follow the traditional and modern gift etiquette for an anniversary?
This is all up to you and your preferences. “It is strictly individual,” says Parker. “The traditional couple might stick to the known, while others might decide to bring a little change and not play by traditional and predictable rules.”
No matter the gift you select for your partner—whether big or small, handmade, store-bought, or an experience—they’ll be sure to love (and appreciate!) the thought you put into it.
Meet the Expert
Maryanne Parker is a protocol consultant, etiquette expert, and the founder of Manor of Manners.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Molly Allen is a former small business owner with years of experience in the lifestyle and wedding industries, with a focus on parties, entertaining, food, and beverage. She is dedicated to searching for high-quality, beautiful and unique products that will bring a smile to any recipient’s face.