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If you’re coming up on 23 years of marriage together, it’s certainly something to celebrate. You'll want to find the perfect gift for your partner to commemorate the big day–after 23 years, you've surely come up with many clever gift ideas. Looking for something new? We’ve got you covered.
The traditional and modern gift for a 23rd anniversary is silver-plate, which can apply to a whole range of household products and accessories. You can certainly follow the theme, choosing a silver-plated gift such as barware, a picture frame, or jewelry, or you might choose to come up with something more out-of-the-box. From foodie gifts to custom home goods, the options are endless.
Read on for the best 23rd anniversary gift ideas.
Vintage Garden Art Cheese Markers
For the partner who’s charcuterie and cheese board-obsessed, this is the ultimate gift. These cute cheese markers come in a set of six and are hand-stamped with their favorite cheese varieties. For a touch of creative whimsy (and sustainability!), the pieces are crafted from recycled forks.
Mark & Graham Beaded Silver And Walnut Wood Cheese Board
This is the perfect platter for those who love to host at home. It’s personalized with an engraved monogram and made with Caribbean walnut wood for long-lasting durability. The silver beading around the border dresses up the rustic charm of the natural wood.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Whiskey Barrel
Are they big fans of whiskey? Now they can age their own. This personalized oak barrel can be used to age whiskey or rum, or even to age a whiskey-based batch cocktail to add more depth to your blend.
Crate & Barrel Silver Barware Set
Revamp the home bar with a set that does it all. Featuring an ice bucket, bottle opener, jigger, stirring spoon, strainer, ice scoop, and muddler, it has everything needed to whip up celebratory cocktails for your anniversary (and beyond!).
Pendleton Personalized National Park Blanket
Cozy up with a classic. Pendleton blankets are known for their durability and comfort, not to mention gorgeous design. Now, you can gift a customized version— monogram it with your loved one's initials for a special, personalized touch.
Mala The Brand Wood Wick Candle
For the outdoors lover, bring the sound of a fire inside for them to enjoy any time. This clean-burning soy wax candle boasts a wood wick, which crackles as it burns. Plus, it smells like evergreen, moss, and cypress for a lovely forest-inspired scent.
Anthropologie Silver Wine Rack
For the wine lover, this sculptural rack is the perfect option for storing and organizing their prized collection. With room for six bottles, it’s a gorgeous statement piece to put on display to highlight their favorite wines.
Pepper Palm Handmade Planter
Treat the plant lover in your life to something that will brighten up their desk (and their day!). This eye-catching planter is handmade in Nashville and is ready to make a statement wherever they choose to place it. Bonus points if you gift it with a new plant already potted in it!
Anthropologie Lustered Coupe Glasses
Add a little shimmer to your celebration. These luster coupe glasses are designed with textured glass that beautifully reflects light. They’re just waiting to be used for a celebratory cocktail toast on the evening of your anniversary.
Brooklinen Super Plush Towels
After 23 years together, it may be time to treat each other to some new towels—and why not go for luxury? These super-soft ones make you feel like you’re visiting a spa every morning. Bonus: they come in 12 different colors, so it's easy to find the perfect hue for your bathroom.
Uncommon Goods Head-To-Toe Home Spa Gift Set
You can never go wrong with a gift that promotes relaxation and self-care. They'll appreciate the encouragement to slow down and treat themselves! This at-home spa set includes body scrub, foot salts, a clay facial mask, foot cream, and lotion for ultimate pampering.
Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles
Say “cheers” to your big day with something sweet! Gift a pretty pink box of champagne-flavor truffles as the ultimate treat. These confections are handcrafted by master chocolatiers and shipped from the U.K. Pair them with a bottle of sparkling wine for a delicious date night treat
What to look for in a 23rd anniversary gift
The traditional and modern gift, silver plate
The 23rd-anniversary gift, both in the traditional and modern sense, is silver plate. That can be interpreted in a variety of ways to include silver dinnerware, barware, jewelry, and more. But it's also ok—and even encouraged—to stray from the theme if it means gifting your spouse something that's truly meaningful to them.
Psychotherapist and relationship expert Esther Perel recommends gifts that bring in new energy “I like generative gifts that bring in novelty but still rest on the stability of the past," she says. "Make sure to also add in something fresh and new for the future.”
What are some other creative anniversary ideas?
If you’d prefer to select a gift that’s incredibly meaningful to you and your partner, or that offers an experience, you may choose to stray from the theme. “Think of gifts that drive a renewed attention to one another: a set of silver-colored bikes instead of a silver plate; a piece of art, or an immersive art experience; or perhaps a series of cooking classes that will reinvigorate what happens at the dining table every night for the next year,” suggests Perel.
Do I have to follow the traditional and modern gift etiquette for an anniversary?
Don’t be afraid to stray from traditional and modern gift ideas. For some couples, it may be the best choice. “Tradition and etiquette were great when we were only married for 20 years, but when marriage lasts 40, 50, 60 years, what we want is to be surprised. The best thing about tradition and etiquette is the opportunity to break the rules and ‘infuse it with personal meaning’ as Priya Parker says,” says Perel.
Meet the Expert
Esther Perel is a Belgian psychotherapist, relationship expert, podcast host, and the New York Times bestselling author of The State of Affairs and Mating in Captivity.
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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.