Every wedding anniversary is certainly an occasion to celebrate. But 24 years together is a major moment. It's no small feat to make it through all the ups and downs of life together, many years after saying “I do”. Now, how should you mark the celebration?
Finding the perfect anniversary gift may be tricky, but you can always refer to the traditional and modern gift ideas for that specific anniversary year. The traditional gift for a 24th-anniversary is opal, while the modern gift option is a musical instrument. You can look to either theme or select something that's more out of the box—it’s all up to you! From customized wall art to kitchenware and wine experiences, the options truly are endless. You’ll be sure to discover something your partner will love.
Read on for the best 24th-anniversary gift ideas
Emma and The Bean Home Personalized Song Wall Art
Show off your favorite song lyrics as a nod to the musical theme. Whether it's your wedding song or just a special tune you both love, this custom song lyric print will help preserve it forever. Select from two different frame options, along with a variety of fonts, for the perfect match.
Zoë Chicco Opal Stud Earrings
Sometimes the best gifts come in tiny packages. These petite opal studs follow the traditional theme and are just the right amount of bling to pair with any outfit. Set in 14K gold settings, these are sure to add a little bit of shimmer to your partner’s day.
Mood For Wood Engraved Musical Rolling Pin
Add a little music to the kitchen with this handmade rolling pin. If your partner loves to bake, they'll treasure this sweet gift. It’s carved with musical notes and symbols and can be used to emboss a variety of baked treats, from pie dough to cookies and danishes.
Mark & Graham Round Wicker Picnic Basket
Few activities are as romantic as a planned picnic. Surprise your love with a fully-packed basket for a date night on-the-go. This cute wicker version has a flat lid that doubles as a small table, and it can be monogrammed for an extra-special touch Now, all you need to do is select the ideal wine and cheese pairing to top it off!
Riedel Swirl Stemless Red Wine Glass
It may be time to refresh those wine glasses! These Riedel Swirl glasses not only look beautiful, but they’re also made from incredibly durable, non-leaded crystal so they'll stand the test of time. They’re designed to assist with aeration while wine is in the glass, and the stemless option makes it easier to carry and sip at home.
Studio KMO Custom Hand-Cut Map
What’s a place you both love—maybe the spot you met or where you tied the knot? Show it off with this sweet custom map. Enter the exact address of a location, and the artist will hand-cut a graphic map out of paper. It's a modern take on sentimental gift that they'll be sure to love.
JBL Charge 4
It may not be a musical instrument, but it fits the modern theme (and is a great gift for anyone, regardless of musical talent!). This sleek Bluetooth speaker is portable, waterproof, and boasts impeccable sound. It's also quick and easy to charge before heading out to the beach or a picnic in the park. Choose from a variety of colors to find the best fit for your partner's tastes.
CBYM CREATIVE Hanging Diamond Planter
Does your spouse have a green thumb? This handmade hanging planter is perfect for displaying a succulent or air plant. It’s crafted from locally harvested wood and made entirely by hand using eco-friendly practices. The result is a charming, modern planter that will bring a pop of life to a drab corner.
Adita Gold White Opal Necklace
When it comes to anniversary gifts, you can't go wrong with a piece of special jewelry. This stunning opal necklace not only fits the 24th anniversary theme, but it’s truly eye-catching. Handcrafted out of 14k gold, it's a piece that your partner will wear again and again.
Uncommon Goods W.E.T. Custom Whiskey Decanter
While a quality whiskey from the bottle may be delicious, this oak decanter can make it even better. The smooth, oaky notes in whiskey (or other liquor) will be brought out even more with this vessel, or it can be used to create a customized blend by adding herbs, spices, and even fruits.
White Lily Gallery Custom Camp Mugs
No matter the adventure, you need your fuel! These cute metal camp mugs can be personalized with your names, a special message, or an important date. They're sturdy enough to take camping, but also great for your morning cup of joe at home.
Wildwood Grilling Wood Smoke Grilling Planks
If your partner loves to grill, this gift is sure to kick their grilling game up a notch. These handmade planks come in a range of different woods, including cherry, maple, hickory, alder, and cedar. Set fish, meat, or veggies directly on the planks and then place it right on the grill. They’ll add great smoked flavor that can't be matched.
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Essential Oven, 3 1/2-Qt
Le Creuset Dutch ovens are entirely classic, and if you don’t have one in your kitchen yet, now’s the perfect occasion. Whether your partner is the main chef of the house, or you love to cook together, this gift is sure to serve both of you well. Made from cast iron, and finished with enamel in a variety of hues, it’s the most versatile piece of cookware for soups, stews, roasts, and more (plus it can go directly from the oven to the dinner table).
Partners Brooklyn Coffee Subscription
Coffee lovers will swoon over this subscription, which can be catered to their brewing and roast preferences. Freshly roasted in small batches in Brooklyn, Partners Coffee features a range of delicious blends to suit any taste. The service can be conveniently managed via text to skip orders or add additional bags if they need more of a caffeine fix.
Esther Perel Where Should We Begin: A Game of Stories
This couple’s game is sure to bring a spark to date night. Complete with cards featuring question prompts, it encourages players to share their stories and to learn something new about your partner and friends. Just two people can play, or it can be brought out for dinner party entertainment.
What to look for in a 24th-Anniversary Gift
The traditional gift, Opal
“A 24th-anniversary is traditionally celebrated with opals, which are believed to inspire hope, love, and happiness,” says Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. She adds,“While couples often turn to jewelry gifts for this anniversary, there are many other unique options available—like artwork that incorporates opals—for those looking for something more unexpected."
The modern gift, musical instruments
If you prefer a more modern take for a 24th-anniversary gift, musical instruments are the go-to. If the recipient is a musician, it might be easy to find a gift that fits the theme. If not, any music-inspired present will also do the trick. Think custom artwork featuring a song they love or tickets to see a favorite musician.
What are some other creative 24th-anniversary gift ideas?
A physical gift is a wonderful choice, but you may also consider looking at the option of an experience to share. “The modern gift of musical instruments is a perfect theme for those who prefer to give experiential gifts, like taking guitar lessons or enjoying a concert together,” says Johnson.
Do I have to follow the traditional and modern gift etiquette for an anniversary?
There certainly aren’t any rules when it comes to anniversary gift-giving. It’s all about finding something wonderful for your partner to mark the occasion! Feel free to skip the traditional or modern gift ideas and seek out something that will make your partner filled with excitement. “Anniversaries are all about celebrating love," says Johnson. more than anything, couples should give gifts that have meaning to them and will last for years to come."
Meet the Expert
Lifestyle expert Dayna Isom Johnson is the Trend Expert for Etsy, as well as a judge on the NBC series Making It.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Molly Allen is a former small business owner with years of experience in the lifestyle and wedding industries, where she focuses on parties, entertaining, food, and beverage. She's dedicated to finding high-quality, beautiful, and unique products that will bring a smile to any recipient’s face.