Every year that you’re with your partner is worth celebrating, but hitting the 18-year mark is an especially exciting milestone. Not only does it mean you’re nearing two whole decades together as a married couple, but the traditional 18th-anniversary gift is porcelain, which signifies the strong, steadfast nature of a long-lasting relationship.
As such, porcelain anniversary presents are meant to evoke “longevity” and “durability,” according to porcelain gifting expert Alicia Gonzalez. Because of the sturdy material, porcelain gifts “can be passed down from generation to generation,” she adds, and are “timeless reminders of love.”
Meet the Expert
Alicia Gonzalez is the Head of Communication and Brand Image for the luxury handcrafted porcelain store LLadro.
From stunning artworks to eye-catching jewelry, there are so many great options to choose from if you’re looking to celebrate 18 years together. And if you want to veer from traditional gifts associated with each anniversary year, porcelain pieces are also excellent gifts for other events. It symbolizes the strength of your marriage and all the happy years still to come.
Read on for the best porcelain anniversary gifts.
East of India Mr. and Mrs. Heart-Shaped Porcelain Ring Dish
After 18 years of marriage, you or your loved one might need a new place to store your wedding rings, and this heart-shaped porcelain ring dish is the perfect pick. It’s inscribed with the words “Mr. and Mrs.” and has a little heart charm tied on with a twine bow. The gift comes in a matching box with porcelain message detail, making for a memorably beautiful presentation.
Price at time of publish: $15
Luck and Luck Porcelain Key Matchbox
For a truly romantic anniversary gift, get your significant other a porcelain matchbox that contains a little key and features the phrase “you hold the key to my heart.” It's a small yet deeply meaningful gesture that you and your loved one will never forget. Prepare for both of your hearts to melt.
Price at time of publish: $6
Andaz Press Personalized Porcelain Ceramic Ornament
This white porcelain ornament will make a romantic addition to your holiday decorations. In addition to the script that says “18 years” above a list of the days, hours, minutes, and seconds that have passed during that period, the ornament features the sweet phrase “...and we’ve only just begun.” You can also customize it with the names of you and your partner, as well as your anniversary date.
Price at time of publish: $24
Cosmos Fine Porcelain Pink Rose Figurine
How pretty is this delicate porcelain sculpture? Hand-painted and crafted to look like a rose in bloom, the attention to detail in this piece is truly impressive, and the vibrant pink, green, and brown colors will bring so much life to whatever space it's displayed in. At eight inches, it won’t take up too much room either, making it an ideal 18th-anniversary gift and piece of home decor.
MAAPSTUDIO Porcelain Personalized Cufflinks
These handsome porcelain-made cufflinks can be personalized with the engraved initials of you and your partner, along with the date of your anniversary. You can pick between several lovely colors for the glazed letters, along with whether you want the letters to be capital or lowercase. Best of all, the cufflinks will be delivered to you in an elegant jewelry box, completely ready to be gifted.
Price at time of publish: $90 for Silverplated Fitting
Paper Sculptures Art Handmade Porcelain Anniversary Card
A small but heartfelt gift, this handmade porcelain card features the number 18 in bronze copper wire with a tiny porcelain bead placed on top of a leather pad. The card says “Happy Anniversary” on the front but is blank inside, so you can write your romantic message to your partner. It comes with a matching brown envelope, too, to keep with the material’s color scheme.
Price at time of publish: $13
Daniel Canyon Art Porcelain Photo Plate
Display a sweet image of you and your spouse in this lovely porcelain photo plate. All you need to do is send the artist the photo of your choice, along with any text you want to be featured and your picks for font and color. They’ll fit the photo into the plate and even feather the edges and/or add a border for an extra-special touch.
Price at time of publish: $39 for No Metal Easel
LLadro Porcelain Couples Figurine
If you’re willing to splurge, this stunning porcelain figurine of a couple in love will make an unforgettable 18th-anniversary gift. Your partner (and you!) will be stunned by the level of intricate detail in the design, including the looks on the couple’s faces and the woman’s foot lifted in the air. Handmade in Spain by an iconic brand, it's a classic gift that you'll treasure in your home forever.
Price at time of publish: $468
The Porcelain Jeweler Porcelain and Oak Wood Circle Pendant Necklace
This striking minimalist necklace features an oak wood circle surrounded by a diamond-polished porcelain hoop, both resting on a long, sterling silver snake chain. It would be a beautiful piece of jewelry to gift for any occasion, but it's particularly thoughtful for an 18th anniversary. The necklace comes in a black gift box with a hand-written message from the artist, too, which your spouse will undoubtedly love.
Price at time of publish: $135
Just Paper Roses Porcelain Desk Rose
Looking for a simple but sweet gift to give your significant other on your 18th anniversary? This 7-inch tall rose, handcrafted out of porcelain, is just the thing that will make your S.O. swoon. The pretty red bloom comes in a pot along with a tiny card that says “happy porcelain anniversary” (along with a cute ladybug!). They'll be sure to keep this rose on their desk or nightstand for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $36
Gifts By Carol Frances Personalized Porcelain Wedding Bell
You’ll hear wedding bells all over again with this adorable porcelain bell. It’s hand-painted and embellished with 10k gold on the rim, with the names of you and your spouse, along with your wedding date and an additional inscription if you choose. Pick from a pretty pink or light green for the handle color to customize the gift even more.
Price at time of publish: $54 for Names/Date Front
Luck and Luck Porcelain Hanging Heart
A small but heartwarming token of your love, this porcelain hanging heart features the romantic phrase: “If I had to live my life again, I would find you sooner so I could love you longer." With a message like that, your partner will know exactly how much you care for them and how happy you are to celebrate 18 wonderful years as a married couple.
Price at time of publish: $6
One and Eight Designs Porcelain Silver Dipped Disc Necklace
This gorgeous, minimalist necklace consists of a white porcelain disc pendant dipped in silver for a striking look. It comes on an adjustable, long sterling silver chain, making it perfect to wear on any kind of occasion. The best part? It comes packaged in a glass bottle with a cork, giving the gift a unique, special touch. Add on a pair of matching earrings as a bonus.
Price at time of publish: $49
Hombene Porcelain Oil & Vinegar Cruet Bottles
If your partner loves to cook (or eat), consider getting them these elegant porcelain oil and vinegar cruet bottles. The two white dispensers have stainless-steel spouts and funnels—and are adorned with olive branch and grape designs to help you tell them apart. Even cooler, though, is that the spouts open as you pour and automatically close afterward, making for controlled pours and easy use. They’re dishwasher-safe, too, which your loved one will appreciate.
Price at time of publish: $23
Petia Element Gold Heart Porcelain Stud Earrings
Crafted in Bulgaria, these minimalist earrings highlight hand-painted 14k gold hearts on white porcelain circle studs. They’re elegant yet sturdy, with a design that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how your partner chooses to wear them.
Price at time of publish: $59 for 925 Sterling Sliver
What to look for in a porcelain anniversary gift
With porcelain gifts, it’s really all about you and your significant other’s taste in design, as the options for what you can buy are truly endless. If you’re art fans, you may want to focus on statues and figurines, while jewelry lovers can focus on porcelain pendants and earrings. “With such a wide variety of creations, many pieces can make the perfect gift,” says Gonzalez.
What are some of the most common porcelain anniversary gifts?
“The most traditional gifts are artworks representing couples,” says Gonzalez, such as statues showing two people leaning against each other or two swans making a heart with their necks. Porcelain jewelry is another popular choice, she adds, whether that’s a pair of dangly earrings or a dainty necklace.
How do you care for a porcelain gift?
“Porcelain is very easy to maintain since most of the creations made with this material can be cleaned with soap and water,” says Gonzalez, adding that porcelain items “with flowers or decorated with metallic colors require gentler cleaning.”
Why Trust Brides
Brides writer Rachel Simon has extensively covered weddings and other lifestyle topics for dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. She’s also engaged (her wedding’s in April!) and can’t wait to be celebrating anniversaries with her fiancé in the future.