Thirty-five years. Many people who are celebrating this anniversary have likely been with their partner longer than they’ve been without them! Together, they've figured out adulthood (as much as any of us can): they’ve watched one another pursue and succeed in careers, maybe learned to parent, developed new interests and hobbies, discovered new skills, faced losses and hardships, and embraced new challenges and adventures. Most importantly, they’ve been one another’s constants, offering unconditional love and support through it all. They’ve been there to provide encouragement in the face of struggles, comfort in the face of defeat, and celebrate every win and accomplishment. In other words, they are #relationshipgoals in every way.
So, how do you find a gift to celebrate two love gurus? The traditional (coral) and modern (jade) gifts and the gemstone (emerald) associated with the 35th anniversary leave you with a lot to work with. From on-theme décor, personalized art, and jewelry, to off-theme food and drink boxes, flowers, and heart-warming keepsakes, we’ve got ideas for that perfect gift you’re searching for.
Read on for the best 35th-anniversary gift ideas.
Anselmo Pebble Art Coral Anniversary Pebble Art Picture
In this unique and adorable art piece, a couple leans in to one another and holds a coral, heart-shaped balloon. Such a sweet, simple gesture perfectly captures the constant and reliable nature of mature love. This piece is minimalist and natural, composed entirely of pebbles found and arranged by the artist. You can make sure it’s just right for your loved ones by selecting the size and the background and frame colors.
Price at time of publish: $54 for 12x17 cm
Honeycomb Studio Coral & Gold Bud Vase
We’d be recommending this vibrant, porcelain vase even if it wasn’t perfectly on theme. Its glossy finish and gold leafing give off a bright, warm summer feeling that will bring a cheerful and energetic vibe to any home, and it looks great with or without a sprig of greenery. Each vase is slip cast and finished by hand, so the workmanship and attention to detail are top-notch.
Denvers Designs Coral Design Wooden Coasters
These stylish, laser-cut coral-patterned coasters make an excellent 35th-anniversary gift. They come in sets of four or six and, if you add a coaster holder to your order, they can be displayed like a modern art piece when not in use. The coasters are hand sanded and finished with a non-toxic oil and wax coating to ensure they last.
Price at time of publish: $39 for 4 Coasters
The Jade. Mine Canadian Jade Lovebirds
This tiny jade figurine is a lovely representation of your two favorite lovebirds. It comes as small as 35mm wide or as big as 110mm wide and makes an excellent decoration for desks and bookshelves. Best of all, because green jade symbolizes health and longevity, it’s the perfect way to celebrate a love that has stood the test of time and express your wishes that it will continue to last long into the future.
Price at time of publish: $36 for 35 mm
Cowin Emerald Green Noise Cancelling Headphones
These shiny, emerald green headphones are perfect for the music lover in your life. They look slick, feel comfortable, and incorporate many high-quality features–we’re talking advanced noise-canceling technology, 40mm speaker drivers for powerful, deep bass and crisp sound, a built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls, and an 800mAh battery that can go for 30 hours before it needs to be charged.
Price at time of publish: $50
Darling Original Hetian Jade Pendant
Jade jewelry is a beautiful way to demonstrate how deeply you care for someone’s well-being. In fact, jade was once believed to protect the person who carried it. A circular piece of jade, in particular, is meant to help the wearer retain peace and happiness and attract good fortune. In addition to its symbolism, this jade pendant and its 14K gold-filled chain will make a lovely and unique addition to anyone’s jewelry collection.
Price at time of publish: $42 for 0.47 inch. Gold
Mouth Sunshine in a Glass
Nothing says summer lovin’ like this tropical cocktail kit full of some seriously buzz-worthy mixers. It’s got a tomato beet Bloody Mary mixer; a crisp, cool cucumber mint syrup; a tangy rhubarb shrub; a bright citrus rosemary syrup; and a refreshing grapefruit basil limeade. The kit also includes some festive, pink tropical napkins and two unbreakable stemless wine glasses. They’re going to be in cocktail bliss as they sip the night away trying all of these sunny flavors!
Price at time of publish: $107
Wooden Studio Co Jade Whiskey Stone Gift Set
These jade whiskey stones are gorgeous in all six shades offered, and they come in a sophisticated white, cognac, brown, or black wooden box. Also included are a black drawstring bag for freezing the stones and a scroll with care instructions. You can even have the box engraved to further personalize the gift. Cheers to the happy couple!
One Tribe Jewelry Unisex Jade Necklace
For a more masculine recipient, consider this rugged necklace with an adjustable cord and a rectangular slice of dark green jade. The jade is all-natural and untreated, and the cord is 100 percent ethically sourced leather.
Price at time of publish: $58
Anthropologie Julien Tote Bag
For a gift that’s both modern and timeless, check out this circular leather carryall. This stylish bag has a zip closure, an interior zip compartment, and two slip pockets. It looks amazing in a cool, jade green, but it also comes in five other shades.
Price at time of publish: $148
iloniti Swarovski Emerald Green Bracelet
For those who prefer a gemstone that sparkles, this emerald green cuff bracelet hits the mark. It’s made of dazzling, genuine Swarovski crystals and 24K gold or sterling silver-plated brass. The bracelet is also adjustable so that it fits every wrist perfectly, and it arrives in a signature Ilona Rubin box.
Price at time of publish: $57
Greenwich Jewelers Emerald Yum Drop Ring
After three and a half decades, it just might be time for another ring, and this beauty by Chroma will have your beloved saying “I do” all over again. Its stunning 0.37ct emerald cut emerald is set in a matte 18K yellow gold band. Both the band and setting are angular and give the ring an edgy, geometric feel.
Wolf Point Studio Personalized Steampunk Cufflinks
Anyone who loves to tinker and think about how things work will love these steampunk cufflinks. To make them, the artist selects a matching pair of watch movements and uses a jeweler’s torch to solder them to gold or silver cufflink backs. You can choose from over twenty shades of Swarovski crystals to add some bling or opt to leave them unadorned. With or without crystals, these will add some unexpected industrial flair to any suit.
Bow SelecTie Emerald Green Feather Bowtie
If they’re out of the ordinary (a.k.a. extraordinary), they’ll be elated to wear this eccentric yet classy bowtie. It’s made of dark green feathers whose black edges highlight their shimmering, emerald centers. The next time they dress up, everyone will be marveling at their distinctive look and impeccable taste.
Price at time of publish: $115
Jam + Rico Maria Earrings
These multi-colored earrings have delightful coral-colored accents that stand out among semi-precious navy blue, pink, and turquoise stones. They’re made of 14K gold-plated brass and have a bold, geometric post. Their three concentric hoops add dimension as they twist and turn. Most importantly, they’re fun, fierce, and fabulous—just like the person you’re shopping for.
Price at time of publish: $128
Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet
Who wants to carry around a bulky bag or wallet when you could have the slim and sleek Hide and Seek Wallet from Belroy instead? This leather beauty looks great in emerald green (or, as they call it, racing green), but it comes in nine other lovely shades as well. It can hold more than twelve cards, it has hidden pockets for coins and business cards, and it’s backed by a three-year warranty.
Price at time of publish: $89
Simple Modern Spirit Insulated Wine Bundle
Couples who like to enjoy a drink together on the patio, in the pool, or at the beach will be so excited to put the Spirit bottle and glasses to the test. These stainless-steel containers are double-walled and vacuum-insulated to keep beverages cool (or hot) for hours, and they also keep those delicious drinks safe. The bottle has a leak-proof, twist-on top, and the tumblers have spill-resistant, press-on lids. Even if the recipients get a little tipsy, they won’t have to worry about spills.
Price at time of publish: $11
Eva Gifted. Hands Matching Map Necklace and Key Ring
After thirty-five years, two people in love become each other’s home and are bound to miss each other when they’re apart; with this matching necklace and key ring they’ll be able to connect across any distance. Both items contain a map that features whatever city or landmark means the most to them—the city where they met, the place they currently live, the mountaintop on which their super romantic proposal took place, etc. That way, they’ll never really have to leave home.
Price at time of publish: $35
Uncommon Goods Better Together Personalized Book of Love
What better way to celebrate an anniversary than to create a book about this one-of-a-kind love story? Design the cover; assign the characters names, genders, and unique physical characteristics; and fill the book with the types of details and experiences that make this relationship stand out from all the rest.
Price at time of publish: $40
Olive & Cocoa Savory Charcuterie and Dips Basket
If they’re all in on charcuterie, they’ll be chomping at the bit to crack this box, and a bottle of wine open on their next date night. It includes the staples like artisanal salami, rustic crackers, and farmhouse cheese. It also adds some pizzazz to the typical meat and cheese spread with Bavarian pretzels and two smoked cheese spreads (bacon and cheddar and garlic mozzarella). And it all comes in a handcrafted wood crate with a ribbon.
Uncommon Goods Homemade Limoncello Kit
Take it from the Italians. When life hands you lemons, don’t waste them on lemonade…make limoncello! With this easy-to-use kit, they’ll be able to take their lemons, sugar, and vodka and make them into a sweet, summery after-dinner drink. They’re going to have a great time making their own liquor, and the fruits of their labor will be oh so sweet.
Price at time of publish: $55
The Bouqs Co. Tropical Love Bouquet
You may think you can’t afford a tropical getaway for two, but that’s not entirely true. This vibrant bouquet of lush greenery and exotic flowers—like pink ginger and banana blooms—will transport its admirers straight to the rainforest. They’re going to be delightfully surprised by this unusual and captivating summer bouquet.
Price at time of publish: $64
Olive & Cocoa Tastes for Everyone Gift Basket
This gift is for professional snackers. It comes in three sizes, all of which include a mix of sweet and savory options. Depending on the size, the box will include sweets like chocolate almond bark, cinnamon toffee popcorn, raspberry cookies, and apricot jam. Savory items might include mixed nuts, artisanal salami, or farmhouse cheese. They’ll barely have time to say “thank you!” before diving right in.
Price at time of publish: $54 for Petite Crate
What to look for in a 35th-anniversary gift
The traditional gift, coral
Lucky for you, coral accessories and home goods abound in the summer. You can also opt for an item with a coral design, like a scarf, a piece of home décor, or jewelry. If you’re shopping for an ocean-loving conservationist, you can even donate to a campaign to preserve and protect our endangered coral reefs. There’s a lot of room for interpretation here.
The modern gifts, jade
Modern gifts can include items that are the shade of green jade or made from jade. There’s so much gorgeous jade jewelry out there for men and women, and jade green is a lovely, tranquil color perfect for hand towels or tea towels, throws, dinnerware, plant pots, and accessories. For the plant enthusiast, you could even go with a jade succulent.
In addition to the traditional and modern gifts, the gemstone associated with this anniversary is emerald, which looks incredible on anyone’s ears, neck, wrist, or hand. You don’t have to limit yourself to jewelry though. As with the traditional and modern gifts, you can opt for something emerald-colored to go with the theme.
If none of these options sound quite right to you, that is absolutely fine! You should never get something your couple or partner might not like just because you’re trying to stay on theme. If you feel bad about “breaking the rules”, you can always give a nod to the theme by wrapping your gift in coral or jade or emerald green. And, don’t forget the card!
What are some creative anniversary ideas for older couples ?
We agree with Etsy Trend Expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, who says that no matter the age of the couple, you “can’t go wrong with a personalized anniversary gift because there’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a sweet, sentimental something made just for them.”
She also adds that activity-based gifts are an excellent out-of-the-box option because they often provide couples with an opportunity to spend the day together doing something they both enjoy. Some stand-out examples that she mentions include a personalized chess/checkers set they can use to challenge one another on, a vertical planter they can fill together, or a DIY Cheese Kit for those adventurous lactose lovers.
Do I have to follow traditional and modern anniversary gift guidelines for each year?
Isom provides the following insights about anniversary gift guidelines: “Some of the benefits of sticking to traditional and modern guidelines are that it sets expectations, builds fun traditions, and helps spark gift ideas for couples who feel stuck or overwhelmed. Personally, my husband and I love giving each other traditional and gemstone anniversary gifts, as it challenges us to get creative with our gift-giving every year.”
On the other hand, she observes, “traditional gifts are not for every couple–and that’s more than okay! Some may feel restricted by the guidelines, and want to explore unique gifts outside the yearly themes.” Whether you follow the guidelines or not, though, she stresses that it’s important for a gift buyer to consider a partner or couple’s “personalit[ies], interests, and hobbies so that they can confidently select a present that is reflective of their relationship.”
Meet the Expert
Dayna Isom Johnson is an Etsy trend expert, NBC Making It judge, lifestyle specialist, and food enthusiast. With at least a decade of knowledge, she's the go-to for gift-giving advice.
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If they gave black belts in gift-buying, Mckenzie would have one. Friends and family members are always asking for her advice, especially when they’re looking for a gift for one of those difficult-to-shop-for people. Mckenzie’s partner happens to be one of those people, so she has to get creative when choosing anniversary gifts!