Four years down and a lifetime to go! It's time to celebrate your fourth anniversary, but what should you get your spouse? If you prefer to follow tradition, the established 4th-anniversary gift is fruit and flowers—which are meant to represent the blossoming of your relationship and the beauty that comes with sticking by each other’s side through thick and thin.
"The fourth year is about being in full bloom and for me, florals are a beautiful illustration of that," says Jung Lee, an Event Architect and multi-brand Founder. "An inventive gift would be something that has fruits or florals included in its design."
If you want to go with a more modern gift, opt for an appliance. The timing of this gift theme is perfect because, at the four-year mark, you might be ready to replace some registry favorites. Whether you stick to the themes or go in your own direction (that's fine too!), it's important to consider your partner's interests and tastes. Opt for something thoughtful, or go the practical route with something they'll use in their daily life.
To help you find the perfect gift for your sweetheart, we've researched and narrowed down our top picks. For something sentimental and sweet, we love The Bouqs Flower Bouquet or the Statement Goods Strawberries Fruit and Kitchen Art Print. Want to up the ante on at-home date nights? Go with the Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondu Maker or the Imperia Pasta Machine.
Read on for the best fourth-anniversary gifts.
Mungo and Shoddy Store "Apply Married" Fruit Anniversary Card
If over-the-top presents—or even presents in general—aren’t really your thing, this fruit card from Etsy is a cheeky way to acknowledge your anniversary’s theme without making a big fuss. After all, a handwritten, heartfelt card is always appreciated!
Price at time of publish: $4
Uncommon Goods Homemade Limoncello Kit
Whether it’s craft beer or kombucha, make-your-own specialty beverages are super on-trend right now. If your spouse is always game to try a new culinary creation, this DIY limoncello kit is the perfect gift—plus, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor together!
Price at time of publish: $55
The Bouqs Flower Bouquet
The Bouqs offers gorgeous direct-to-consumer florals for same or next-day delivery. Because the flowers are freshly cut, they continue to bloom for a few days after you receive them, so you're guaranteed to have fresh flowers for a bit longer than you would with a traditional arrangement. Feeling stuck on which bouquet to choose? You're in luck—the brand has an entire section devoted to anniversaries.
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker
When it comes to brewing delicious coffee beverages at home, Nespresso machines are the cream of the crop. The brand's Virtuo Plus features options to make both espresso drinks and coffee in a variety of sizes, as well as a milk frother.
Price at time of publish: $250
Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Scent Diffuser
This contemporary, fruit-forward scent diffuser from Jo Malone is the perfect way to pay homage to the 4th-anniversary theme. Infusing your favorite room with delicious aromas of basil and mandarin orange is a delightful way to be reminded of your anniversary every time you come home.
Price at time of publish: $105
Diptyque Roses Scented Candle
Every candle-lover appreciates the intricate scent profiles and chic, minimalist design of Diptyque candles. The brand's iconic "Roses" candle is one of our absolute favorites—it's sure to fill your home with a lovely floral aroma and ambient candlelight.
Price at time of publish: $72
Venus Et Fleur Large Square Classic Roses
These real roses are specially treated so they can last up to a year with proper care. They come in a variety of colors and display options, and some designs even include a storage drawer that can be used as a keepsake box.
Price at time of publish: $400
iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum
Nothing says “I love you” like helping your spouse with household chores. Make it even easier with the Roomba robotic vacuum—you can control the device with an app to clean at any time, even when you’re out of the house.
Price at time of publish: $275
Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker
Everyone loves pizza, but it can be hard to achieve that coveted fresh, crispy crust in your traditional oven at home. This tabletop pizza oven from Breville solves that problem. By cooking your dough on a pizza stone at ultra-high heat, your homemade crust will taste as if it came straight from a wood-fired oven.
Price at time of publish: $180
Imperia Pasta Machine
Not only is homemade pasta absolutely delicious, but it’s also fun to make—especially on date night! This classic Italian-style pasta maker has two different attachments: one that rolls dough to make ravioli and one for making fresh fettuccine.
Price at time of publish: $70
Smeg 50s Retro-Style 4-Slice Long-Slot Toaster
Smeg’s retro-chic designs make this toaster perfect for gifting. Available in four different colors, this four-slice toaster is a high-quality piece that doubles as a bright décor accent on your kitchen counter.
Price at time of publish: $250
Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker
Bring a luxurious date night activity to your own home with this electric fondue set that's perfect for dipping everything, from your favorite bread and cheese to strawberries and chocolate.
Price at time of publish: $110
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker
This kitchen appliance is an easy way to recreate delicious, restaurant-quality meals (think juicy steaks or creamy eggs) at home. Your food cooks inside of silicone bags submerged in water, allowing you to achieve the perfect temperature and texture.
Price at time of publish: $219
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6 Quart
If you haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet, there's no time like your 4th anniversary. Instant Pots can cook everything from soups to meats and even bread! All you need to do is put your ingredients inside, set a timer, and come back to a delicious meal that tastes like it was slow-cooked for hours.
Price at time of publish: $100
Statement Goods Strawberries Fruit and Kitchen Art Print
If you'd like to go with the fruit theme but would like something that will last longer and brighten up your wall, this cute print is a perfect choice. It comes ready to frame—choose from a range of sizes and two different paper options.
Price at time of publish: $15 for 5x7
Meet the Expert
Jung Lee is an Event Architect and the Founder of Fête, Jung Lee NY, and Slowdance.
What to Look for in 4th-Anniversary Gifts
Quality and Thoughtfulness
When shopping for something special for your favorite person, it's important to put some thought into the decision. You want to show them you listen and care about their interests! You can never go wrong with something sweet and sentimental, especially since the traditional fourth-anniversary gift is fruit and flowers. Bonus points if you personalize the gift! On the other hand, a practical gift you know they'll love is a good way to go. First, think about high-quality gifts that they'll actually use and love in their everyday lives or something that you two can do together. For instance, if you're a couple who loves cozy date nights at home, the Crispy Crust Pizza Maker is a foolproof pick.
"Let's not forget the romance," says Lee. "It could be anything from aromatherapy for your bedroom to rose-engraved Champagne glasses to toast you! I also love surprise gifts for each other with a beautiful handwritten note on cotton paper. Everyone knows I love a good handwritten note!"
What are the traditional and modern 4th-anniversary gifts?
The traditional fourth anniversary theme is fruit or flowers, as a symbol of the sweetness of your marriage and your love blossoming. The modern gift option is a home appliance, as your home together continues to evolve.
Do you have to stick to the traditional or modern anniversary themes?
Definitely not! While the traditional and modern themes can help guide your purchase, what matters most is that it's something your partner will love and appreciate.
"As long as it reflects you as a couple, there are no rules! Every couple has their own viewpoint on what their journey as a couple means and represents to them. Just like every snowflake is different, so are couples," says Lee.
What are some other unique anniversary gift ideas?
"You can get a gorgeous box that serves as a keepsake. Fill it with personal treasures and love notes that have meaning to you as a couple," Lee recommends. "You can also give a beautiful unique whimsical letter opener with a love note to your partner."
What are some nice ways to celebrate a 4th anniversary?
"One of my favorite things to do is to recreate your wedding dinner with a private chef on your wedding china," Lee says. "So often your wedding goes incredibly fast, it is a beautiful moment to revisit your special day!"
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