Forged from a combination of copper and tin, bronze is the ultimate symbol of a durable union between two different people—stronger when combined! Bronze may not have the high end allure that silver or gold has, but with all the great gifting options out there, it's worth exploring this traditional theme for your eighth anniversary.
“Creative, heartfelt, and outside-the-box gifts are wonderful, but aren't always easy to come up with," say Dominic and Serena Fournier of San Antonio-based planning company, The Bride Source. "Traditional themes can help give you direction and something to look forward to each year."
Upgrade your kitchen with a sturdy cake server or a bronze-colored, non-stick aluminum pan. A custom piece of art or a personalized ring dish will make your S.O. feel special, and a bronze-hued piece of jewelry or watch is always appreciated. It's also possibly to get creative with items that aren't actually bronze, but make a nod towards the theme—think a bronze membership to a monthly cheese club or a metallic duffle bag. This metal may be a classic theme, but these gifts are anything but ordinary.
Read on for the best bronze gifts.
Callie Mae Crafts Bronze Ring Dish
Give their wedding rings the perfect home with this bronze, heart-shaped dish. You can customize it with your anniversary date or your name, place above a love knot heart, and it’s available in either two inches or three inches. Whether it sits on the nightstand or the bathroom sink, it’ll add a sophisticated touch to any room.
Price at time of publish: $43 for 2-inch model
Voice and Sound Song Sound Wave Bronze Anniversary
Turn your your first dance song into a piece of art! This Etsy artist prints the sound waves of any song on either fine art paper or metal. You can choose to have the former framed or unframed, and the latter comes with a float wall mount. It also comes in multiple sizes to fit your decor. Either way, it will make a bold impression when hung above a bed or mantle.
Price at time of publish: $49-$69 (Art Paper, Unframed)
Mepra Dolce Vita Pewter Bronze Cake Server
Whip this baby out for dessert on every anniversary—it's the perfect tool for serving up a sweet slice of something special. Made of stainless steel in a titanium coating developed by NASA, and four millimeters thick with a double serration, this serving knife is sharp and sturdy. It’s also dishwasher safe for more than 1,000 washes, which means it will last for long haul.
Price at time of publish: $96
Trophy Golf Bronze Golf Balls
Your partner’s golf game is about to get a facelift. They’ll love these Nike golf balls that sparkle with a bronze metallic overcoat (which makes them look like a disco ball out on the course!). The coating makes it hard to lose sight of the ball, even if it lands in a sand trap or among the trees.
Anthropologie Lizzy Frame
Take your spouse for a walk down memory lane by gifting a favorite photo of the two of you in a bronze frame. Whether the photo is of your first trip together, your wedding day, or something from your early days of dating, the memory is sure to make them smile. These frames are available in three different sizes: 4 x 6, 5 x 7, and 8 x 10.
Price at time of publish: $38 for 4 x 6
IGREAN We Fit Together Puzzle Art
Sometimes, it’s the small things that will make the biggest impression. This jigsaw art is just that. It features two puzzle pieces as a sweet symbol of your unity and connection, sitting above a punny phrase—“We fit together”. The pieces are paper cut with a bronze metallic finish, framed in pine wood, and can be customized with your names.
Price at time of publish: $19
Anolon Advanced Home 12-Inch Covered Ultimate Pan
Cooking gets a lot easier with the Anolon nonstick 12-inch pan. Stir fries simmer evenly and chicken tenders won’t burn on its hard-anodized surface. Sloped sides create more access to food, while a deep body allows sauces and oils to work their magic. It’s also safe for metal utensils and is PFOA-free, meaning it’s safe to cook in.
Mepra American 4-Piece Ice Bronze Steak Knife Set
It’s finally time to upgrade your steak knives to ones that will last for a long time to come. And with this set, you’ll be grilling and serving up steak a lot more often. Made entirely of bronze-hued, stainless steel that features a double serration, the knives are ready to cut into juicy fillets. Bonus: they won't oxidize and are dishwasher-safe.
Price at time of publish: $360
Shinola Detroit The Bronze Monster Automatic 43mm Watch
A handsome watch is a must in any man’s accessory arsenal. Inspired by the 1920s, the Bronze Monster Automatic revels in good looks with a bronze case and two interchangeable straps—khaki nylon and teak leather, which makes switching from day to night easy. It features 26 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve, with a stainless steel case back.
Price at time of publish: $1,750
Slip Celestial Nights Gift Set
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this set by Slip. A silk bronze eye mask and matching scrunchie will keep both hair and skin smooth throughout the night. Silk is said to absorb less moisturize from the skin and helps prevents hair from breaking as easily as it would against cotton.
Price at time of publish: $75
Traeger Grills Pro Series 34 Electric Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker in Bronze
Give a delectable, wood-fired taste to everything from rib-eyes to broccoli with this master tool. You can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ to perfection across 884 square inches (that’s equivalent to eight chickens, seven racks of ribs, or 40 burgers!). The pellet grill features a durable powder coat finish and porcelain grill grates, making it sturdy and easily cleanable.
Price at time of publish: $700
Catori Life Terra Cuff
With a simple, yet chic design, the Terra cuff will easily become a staple in any wardrobe. The elegant shape can be paired with breezy dresses or a powerful pantsuit. It’s slightly adjustable and ranges from .25 centimeters to one centimeter thick across different parts of the band, creating a wavy sculptured look.
Price at time of publish: $298
Paxton & Whitfield Bronze Membership Cheese Club
If your spouse is a cheese lover, they’ll love this gift. The bronze membership to Paxton & Whitfield includes a curation of four hand-cut cheeses that are both seasonal and in peak condition. They come packed in an environmentally friendly fashion, with compostable insulation and recyclable ice packs. You can decide just how often the cheese arrives, from every month to quarterly.
Price at time of publish: $145
Mahi Leather The Classic Duffle in Metallic Bronze
Travel in style with this duffle bag. Crafted of metallic bronze leather on the outside and cotton on the inside, it’s stylish and functional with exterior and interior zipped pockets, plus extendable detachable shoulder straps. There’s also a leather clip on the grab handles for extra support and four brass studs on the bottom of the bag for protection when setting it down.
Price at time of publish: $203
Jungalow Peace Vase by Justina Blakeney™
This vase has got some serious personality. The peace sign motif gives a nod to the ‘60s while bringing a dash of modernity to the table with its bronze metallic sheen. Go the extra mile and fill it with your spouse’s favorite flowers before gifting it, and you’ll be sure to sweep them off their feet all over again.
Price at time of publish: $79
Bulgari B.Zero 1 Ring in 18kt Rose Gold and Bronze Ceramic
This is a statement ring you won’t want to take off. Featuring 18-karat rose gold loops and a bronze ceramic spiral that symbolizes the harmony of past, present, and future, it’s the perfect metaphor for the eight years you’ve spent together, and is a piece that your partner will keep forever in their jewelry collection.
Meet the Expert
Dominic and Serena Fournier are the founders of the San Antonio-based The Bride Source. In addition to event planning, they also offer DJ and MC services.
What to look for in a bronze anniversary gift
Rather than actually being made of bronze, it’s likely your gift will feature a bronze coating (and that’s totally ok!). Just make sure you pay careful attention to how you should best care and clean for the product. If you do want to buy something made of real bronze, test it out with a magnet. If the material is real bronze, the magnet will fall off. Bronze also doesn’t rust, another way to spot it is to observe if there is any corrosion.
Do couples need to follow traditional or modern anniversary gifting themes?
“Themes can be really fun," say the Fourniers. "However, the best themes to follow for your anniversary gifts are the ones that reflect you as a couple,” That means it's completely acceptable to go off-theme if there's a gift that you know your partner has been coveting, or if you choose to gift an experience versus a physical gift.
What are some creative, non-product gifts to give your partner?
As the Fourniers point out, sometimes the best gifts don't cost much or anything at all. “Bronze is one of the most durable man-made materials, lasting thousands of years,” they said. “Rather than give the actual material for your anniversary, one creative way to use this theme is to apply the properties of this metal to your relationship.”
That could take shape in the form of a poem, a letter, or a song in which you can reference the longevity of your love and marriage. They also suggest using the number eight, such as listing your eight favorite things about the other person or eight of your favorite memories from your married years.
They also love the idea of creating a scavenger hunt for your spouse. “This can be as simple as clues around the house, or as adventurous as a day spent exploring the city,” they said. “Each clue can be an opportunity to reminisce on a memorable moment from the past eight years.”
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